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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: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 18:09:02 -0400

Cathy are you saying if I pour this cigarette brew down mole holes were voles travel they never use that tunnel again.  Never thought I would be buying cigarettes but I will do anything to stop these voracious critters.  Thanks Cathy and the butterflys are plentiful here and hummers too so they won't be hurt by the cigarette brew.  Might deterr borers or the moths that lay the eggs.  Now this is exciting new!  Thanks loads.          Rob   zone 7
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: cathycampi@aol.com 
  To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2001 3:51 PM
  Subject: Re: [iris-talk] CULT: Sytemic insecticides and pollinators

  In a message dated 8/15/01 4:32:42 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
  melrossmt@yahoo.com writes:

  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.

  Try growing tobacco plants and other nicotina plants.flowers attract 
  butterflies and hummingbirds. Nicotine tea is a poison so makes a good 
  pesticide. It also seems to be a detterent for burrowing varmits such as 
  moles, voles, gophers and ground squirrels. I pour about a quart down open 
  holes and on fresh digs, They never use those areas again.

  I haven't heard from the other critters but the ground squirrels have climbed 
  the fence to verbally express their displeasure at my work. :>)


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