So are Cardinals. Funny thing, two years ago I noticed a pair of
cardinals working through the tomatoes like crazy. They repeated this
last year. Upon investigation, they were killing young hornworms like
there was no tomorrow. Some they were eating, it appeared, but most
they were shaking, pecking and crushing and leaving. I've no idea
about any of this. It was a Good Thing at any rate.
Cardinals can be killers. We did wildlife rehabbing (mostly birds) for
about 15 years. I learned the hard way to never house fledgeling
cardinals with other birds in a flight cage.
The killed and half-ate two fledgeling doves before I learned.
I'm just looking to get rid of these. Pulled three from my tomato plant
(only have one and its on the patio planted in a container), But, it is
about 4 foot tall and round. Well, I picked off three more tonight. When I
lived in CA, I had 6 tomato plants; I remember picking off the worms then
feeding them to the birds. The only birds I have here in Las Vegas are
doves and pigeons. Plus I had to move my plants up onto the patio because
the sun was literally frying them. I never knew that tomato, or hook worms,
would eat green pepper plants. Well, I came out one morning and my pepper
plant was damn near gone. I picked a worm off of that was as big around as
my pinky finger, but was like 4 inches long. BTW he ate a whole green
pepper I was growing and waiting until it got a little bigger,
I hear ppl always talk about home insecticides that are made from soap.
Would this help, and what do you use? Also, what is BT spray?
Better than control them, they die! The mosquito dunks (with a bacteria
in them that is way too long for me to want to type here) are eaten by the
mosquito larvae which kills them. I use them in my fish pond; they work
beautifully. The water is supposed to be safe for all other life,
insects, animals and plants. I have an abundance of young dragonflies
(but no mosquitos) so it must be true. (Also lots of lilies and various
other pond "greenery" some of which isn't welcome.)
Once a month and no new skeeters here though I welcome all existing
mosquitos to my pond to do their thing. My little bit in "the buck stops
If the dunks are put in water and the water dries up before the 30-day
life is up, apparently, they reactivate when there is water again. I
cannot address that since there is always water in the pond. I do wonder,
however, why they are not being used in all those swimming pools in
abandoned foreclosed homes they talk about being such a problem on the
news. I'd sure invest in a package and toss them in the pool next door if
there were one there. I drop a quarter of one in each of our bubble basins
on the street, wonderful mosquito brooding pools which are courtesy of our
city fathers of yesteryear.
Lots of "organic" products are very toxic so surely this does not come
as a surprise. Label instructions should be followed whenever using
chemicals (whether synthetic or "organic)
BT itself should not be inhaled due to very slight risk factors
(allergy etc.), but the bacteria are not harmful under most
circumstances. The hazard warning is probably because petroleum
distillates are in the inert ingredients.
Given that the bacillus delivery consists of living spores, I very
much doubt that the "inert ingredients" are a petroleum distillate. I
would bet on water+spreader/sticker (i.e. soap) The warnings are
likely the result of legal expeience with folks who are too careless
to keep the material away from children or simply the best way to tell
forlks not to drink/eat it.
In the case of the dry forms, the mixture often contain fuller's or
diatomaceious earth, both of which are irritating to the lungs if
And yes, things like nicotine, strychnine, atropine and digitalis are
quite "organic" in both the chemical and the agricultural senses, and
also quite toxic.
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