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Re: Re: Cricket Damage
  • Subject: Re: Re: Cricket Damage
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@cox.net>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 17:40:36 -0400


Jean et al  --  When I get a cricket attack, I sprinkle the garden with diatomaceous earth  --  you can get it at the hardware store.  It gets rid of the crickets.  It damages their feet.  For those still wondering, typical cricket damage looks like someone using a teaspoon scooped a piece about as big as your fingernail out of the back of the rhizome.  The critters seem to prefer certain varieties over others.  Who knows about crickets' taste?  --  Griff

Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:34 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: Cricket Damage


Thank you for the information.  I only threw away a couple small SDB rhizomes.  I live in a condo with a small 17 x 9 garden area.  I heard one cricket out there this summer.
Don't know if he found another one to mate with or not!!!  But that seems to be the only damage I've seen so far. 
Good to know I can save the rhizomes.  I haven't noticed a big cricket problem here in KY, but I sure  had them back in Nebraska.
I've got all my irises planted for this year and distributed "extras" to my friends at our duplicate bridge club.  I plant between 50 - 60
in what little space I have, but, of course, I have to be very selective.  Plan to rotate some every year so I can also enjoy the new intros.
Jean in KY
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