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March 20th, 2012, 10:06 AM
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I just killed one!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!

I'd never had any true lilies before we inherited several when we bought our house a couple of years ago so was blissfully unaware of these nasty little buggers. Early last summer I was strolling about my yard one day when I noticed one on a lily. I said 'oooh aren't you a pretty little thing' and moved on. About three days later my lilies were in tatters. I hand picked the horrid things (quite a feat for someone who is only ok with beetle type creatures when they stay well away) and drowned them in a jar of oil and water, cackling and singing about it like a madwoman.
I guess it was foolish to have just the smallest flicker of hope that I might have gotten rid of them all
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March 20th, 2012, 11:39 AM
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I dislike bugs as when I get indoor garden start flies come in trying to bury eggs in my soil .

I gotten rid of some flies by using Apple Cider Vinegar with Dish Soap in a Bottle but I think I may have to get a big bucket and big thing of the vinegar to get rid of the flies but they say basil acts as a repellent so I tried using a basil cleaning spray they were still around.
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March 20th, 2012, 12:52 PM
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I hope you can get rid of them this year.
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March 20th, 2012, 01:14 PM
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lol we have a small community of spiders and ladybugs in our house that are allowed to coexist if they don't land on me.
Tobacco and tomato (leaves) repel some things as well. Several other herbs and some flowers can be effective too, depending on what's after your plants. From what I've read though, natural remedies don't phase those beetles with the limited exception of neem oil and they have no natural enemies on this side of the ocean. Pesticide and hand picking are about it; I won't use chemicals so I get to spend an hour or so each summer giggling at dead bugs.
Though I have to say, earwigs (which I loath with every fibre of my being) sorely tempt me to break my pesticide rule....
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March 20th, 2012, 01:56 PM
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Though I have to say, earwigs (which I loath with every fibre of my being) sorely tempt me to break my pesticide rule....
Earwigs suck!

When I was in high school I woke up one night and my ear hurt like hell. Tried to scratch it, shake my head nothing. It was so painful. Finally when I got up to use the bathroom, the source of the pain fell out of my ear on to my lap. An earwig! They are called that for a reason.
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March 20th, 2012, 02:07 PM
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No pesticides on my plants either and earwigs yikes.

Mr. Blackie our cat eats our spider webs every time he sees a web no idea why he just does that as I say that's good not really much spiders in our home.
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March 20th, 2012, 03:56 PM
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When I was in high school I woke up one night and my ear hurt like hell. Tried to scratch it, shake my head nothing. It was so painful. Finally when I got up to use the bathroom, the source of the pain fell out of my ear on to my lap. An earwig! They are called that for a reason.
Gah! Creepycreepycreepy!




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Mr. Blackie our cat eats our spider webs every time he sees a web no idea why he just does that as I say that's good not really much spiders in our home.
Is Mr Blackie for rent? I don't mind the odd spider kicking around but I'm not a fan of their decorating.
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