I spray my collards with liquid Sevin whenever cabbage worms appear.
I am apprehensive about eating the leaves and I wish to know if after
careful washing the collard leaves, are they safe to consume?
I wouldn't. (Other people's mileage may vary.) And Sevin is particularly
hard on bees.
If you feel apprehensive about eating residual cholinesterase inhibitor,
try a BT spray.
Alternately, try "the examine the leaves, squish the worms and knock the
eggs off the leaves technique" once a day. Which has served us very
Then again, you may do as we do and cultivate wasps, which, once they
get going in a season, make off with most of our cabbage worms. I just
love the little attack critters which, along with our resident
dragonflies and the birds make a wonderful air force.
Bt is the best choice for any type of butterfly or moth larva and that
includes cabbage worms or loopers. It is very selective and virtually
harmless to other lifeforms. It also has a good degree of persistance
and can be used as preventive. It is a stomach poison so the larva
have to ingest it. Carbaryl on the other hand is a contact poison,
with a shot halflife, It will kill many insects that come in contact
with it including cabbage worms. But it is most useful on beetles. It
is not very poisonous to humans, a little less than Rotenone and has
biodegraded with 24 hours, so I don't worry about poisoning myself,
but it just is not nearly as effective on cabbage worms as Bt.
Agreed, if you think it's larvae that are attacking your sage.
Sevin is also safe around birds, but BT is better for caterpillars.
Sevin kills any insect that comes in contact with it tho' so it also
kills beneficials. The only reason I'll submit to using in desperation
sometimes it is that it is so short lived. Only works for maybe 5 days
at best, and it if gets wet, it's gone.
I use it once or twice per year for flea control. I dust the entire yard
the same day I Frontline the pets. I'm always saddened tho' sometimes
by what I find dead. Last year, I found a dying female rhinoceros
It does control the fleas tho' and I've never had a problem with tics...
Thanks - I've been trying to keep the herb garden chem free, but most of
my energy has been focused on this damned mole. Carl Spackler's method
looks rather attractive at this point... I'm just not sure I can stay up
late enough to make the kill if I 1)tape a flashlight to my rifle, 2)
get stoned 3)drink a 6-pack. I'm also kinda short of C-4...
Nah. ;-) Some adult rescue from the shelter will do.
It's just been my past experience that gray or gray/calico females have
been death on moles, mice and gophers in the past!
Seems to be genetic with the color.
I've had a gray female cat for 16 years. She doesn't give a damn about
moles. I also have a 3 year-old hyper-effing-active rat terrier. She's
of the same opinion as the cat. Squirrels don't stand a chance, but
apparently this is a mole sanctuary.
Well, the old girl (Roxy) has been on thyroid meds for about 4 months
now. Her appetite comes and goes, and she's lost a lot of weight. She's
always been an indoor cat.. to many cars/dogs/mean people out there...
anyway, when she goes, I'll get two little fireball kittens to replace
her. Wish I could train 'em to catch moles...Actually, I should put that
damned rat terrier to work....
I've lost cats to hyperthyroidism... They generally lasted about 3
years. The thyroid meds the vet sold me made them nauseous so made their
appetite worse. <sigh> I gave up on the meds and just fed them every
time they begged, and offered gourmet cat foods to get them to eat more.
It's about all you can do. By the time they died, they weighed maybe 2
And I agree about keeping cats indoors now. Many years ago, we did not
feel that way.
The cats live longer now.
What you really need are some snakes.
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