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Re: Beetles and Books

After reading the book, I even felt benevolent towards cockroaches (as long as they stay outside the house!). Grissell admits that even he has a problem with mosquitos, but acknowledges they are a food source for many predators. I try to keep insecticide use to an absolute minimum, but today I did spray the damaged (Bambi cleaning antlers) trunk of a young tulip tree to minimize opportunistic insects. Would hate to lose a tree I planted myself.
On Sunday, July 20, 2003, at 08:11 PM, Kitty wrote:

I have this book, alas another I've not sat down to read, but I do want to
get to it one of these days. I read an excerpt when it first came out and
agree wholeheartedly.

I've recently noticed an actor in a commercial pushing a lawn insecticide
that kills grubs and ants. I understand the presence of grubs should
minimized in lawns and I understand the damage some ants like carpenter ants
can do to a house and certain ants in particular parts of the country like
fire ants posing a problem. But just generally ants? Why are ants such a
problem for a lawn? And don't they provide some benefit? Why do these
people want to sterilize our world?

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