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Re: CULT: Sytemic insecticides and pollinators

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] CULT: Sytemic insecticides and pollinators
  • From: "robert stewart" <crusher4@wnclink.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 19:42:07 -0400

Hi Mel,

Sure be nice if it would keep moths that lay eggs that turn into borers.  One good use for a cigarette.   ROB
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: melody ross 
  To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 7:29 PM
  Subject: Re: [iris-talk] CULT: Sytemic insecticides and pollinators

  My mother in law used a cigarette "soup" for her
  garden and flowers. You take some cigs and break them
  apart and pour water over the tobacco. Let this sit(it
  will change color)and then she watered the plants w/
  it. She said it never hurt the butterflies but kept
  "chompy" bugs away. She would just do it about twice a
  summer, I think.
  MT zone4
  --- gibbman6@home.com wrote:
  > Reading recent postings regarding systemic
  > insecticides, such as the 
  > Bayer products, I'm beginning to worry about my
  > butterflies and the 
  > almost non-existent honeybees and others that visit
  > the garden. Does 
  > it make its way to the nectar? It would seem it
  > might. Granted, they 
  > don't seem to like roses much, which is what the
  > Bayer product is 
  > listed for, but are these types of systemics
  > inherently dangerous for 
  > the good bugs?
  > Jim Gibbons
  > 8A, Carolina coast
  > Rain's leaving, Autumn Tryst and Double Shot
  > finishing up, with yet 
  > another Gibson Girl spike starting.

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