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Re: Pill bugs/sow bugs

In a message dated 3/25/01 6:21:39 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
diannthoma@earthlink.net writes:

<< So - yes, you can kill sowbugs with Sevin (Carbaryl) but I surely wouldn't
 want to."

I grew up in the country, during a period of time where we did not understand 
the consequences of using chemicals and or pesticides.  I remember dusting 
all the dogs with seven once a week to rid them of fleas and ticks.  We used 
it on everything that we grew, it was do that or grow nothing for the bugs.  
I was a small child but being the oldest I had a lot of responsibility for 
caring for both the garden the dogs, cats and my siblings.  So far thank God 
we have not had any problems with our exposure to these chemicals.  We all 
have fairly typical children, maybe a little smarter than typical but doing 

I have stopped using mulch several years ago to try to eliminate some of the 
pill bug infestation.  I can say that pill bugs will take down a hosta if 
they are in large enough numbers and will work on impatients and many other 
fleshy types of plants.

I just a minute ago talked to my mother who wages a battle with the pill bugs 
every year.  She listed specifically several other plants that she has had 
problems with pill bugs eating up.  I told her about the cornmeal boric acid 
remedy and she thinks that she might try it around plants or under things so 
that the birds or the dog cannot get to it.  I think that I might try it too 
as it seems the simplest of all the solutions and the least harmful to the 

I don't know a great deal about pill bugs but I know that they come in 
several sizes and some are a little larger or flatter than others.  I have 
never heard of a bird that eats them, I would like to know that so I can pass 
the word on to my mother before she tries this boric acid mixture because she 
would not want to harm the birds.  I guess we are more involved with growing 
and providing food for the soul as much as food for the table.

It is very good to get a range of opinions on this subject and looking 
forward to hearing from an ........would an entomologist know about pill bugs 
as they are not insects?  Another good question.  N.
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