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post #31 of 38
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Just know he used 3 boxes each time (he did it 2 times).
doh I missed the first post with the size of your lot.

I'm thinking one box would prolly do our lot So $70 or so is reasonable to me (I know you have to do it 2x, once at the beginning of the season and once at the end)

i'm glad to hear of people having success with them. We will definately give it a shot.
post #32 of 38
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
re: DE....from what I've read, they have 2 types, food grade and non-food grade.... I'm "assuming" that would limit availability in certain areas.

re: JuneBugs..... do the turtles eat them?

The Snake Lady is not afraid of getting bit by reptiles, but despises the feel of crunchy big flying bugs on her LMAO. I'll take getting a good bite from my largest boa, over a dozen June bugs in my hair. LOL
I think it's just prevailing attitudes of farmers - and just think, the people that happy grab those strong chemicals are the ones growing the food you eat!

My turtles love them, it's a crunchy treat that few insect eating animals can resist (Junebugs are nearly blind, making for an easy meal). Several times when out catching them I'll have toads hop up for a share.
You go ahead and prefer that bite, btw, ouch! I'll pass.
There is one thing that is bad about getting them in your hair. During the time of the year there's tons of them flying around, they're breeding. Thus releasing pheromones. Get that in your hair and you probably look pretty attractive to a bunch of Junebugs.

Good luck on your yard! Hopefully it's just a few spots that have grubs - since the rest of it looks pretty good anyways.
post #33 of 38
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My turtles love them, it's a crunchy treat that few insect eating animals can resist (Junebugs are nearly blind, making for an easy meal). Several times when out catching them I'll have toads hop up for a share.
You go ahead and prefer that bite, btw, ouch! I'll pass.
There is one thing that is bad about getting them in your hair. During the time of the year there's tons of them flying around, they're breeding. Thus releasing pheromones. Get that in your hair and you probably look pretty attractive to a bunch of Junebugs.

Good luck on your yard! Hopefully it's just a few spots that have grubs - since the rest of it looks pretty good anyways.
Ok, here I am being all girly.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

But at least now I understand why if I get a couple in my hair, that the rest seem to swarm.

As well, I didn't know they were near blind...that explains why the "ping" off the house so noisily.

Thanx for the well wishes, I think we will try them and see. It's more of a preventative, as opposed to them already causing damage....hopefully I can avoid the damage part if I nail em with nematodes.
post #34 of 38
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
Ok, here I am being all girly.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

But at least now I understand why if I get a couple in my hair, that the rest seem to swarm.

As well, I didn't know they were near blind...that explains why the "ping" off the house so noisily.

Thanx for the well wishes, I think we will try them and see. It's more of a preventative, as opposed to them already causing damage....hopefully I can avoid the damage part if I nail em with nematodes.
That's nothing, you should see a turtle eat a cicada.... even I get a little grossed out and prefer not to watch it.
Next time you tug one out of your hair, look at it's "face" the eyes on a typical brown Junebug are extremely tiny. They're nocturnal so all those eyes really do is tell light from dark. It varies with type though - the bright green ones can see better as they're also diurnal. And some types of the species have varying sight depending on how their face plate is - the ones with more ornate "faces" including horns tend not to see as well. (Ah, the strange useless information I can pull out of my head )
More useless info - the green ones stink.

And it could be worse, I always seem to get wasps in my hair.

I've noticed it varies from year to year - sometimes I can find lots of grubs and sometimes I'm lucky if I can even find one. Since your's are out so early you'll probably have plenty. They'll also sit in your trees and bushes and buzz (wafting those pheromones around) while looking for mates. The more places you give them to hang out, the more of a problem you may have.
post #35 of 38
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Originally Posted by KittiesHasMe View Post
Garden centers and plant nurseries usually carry DE. If that fails, try a feed store. Some people use it around stables, chicken coops, etc. to control insect pests in those areas without harming their animals.
feed store is where i found mine, too.
post #36 of 38
Because of DE being envoirnmentally safe and I don't want fleas in the yard I was thinking about getting some but I'm not sure I'd want to be throwing it around the yard myself.
I found this on their website:
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You do need to be cautious with your use of DE. It can cause lung problems. (It's a fine dust.) It's OK to eat, but don't breathe it. Use a mask when applying DE.
I heard you can mix it with water as a spray but it doesn't dissolve well and could clog up the sprayer.
post #37 of 38
If you want to spray it you might want to add a surfactant to help it bind to the water a bit-like a few drops of dish soap!. But it also loses its effectiveness if it gets wet.

Also make sure you buy the DE intended for insects vs the DE used in swimming pool filters as this is not effective on garden pests!!

Also just an FYI you might want these books for references, both by Jeff Gilman.
The truth about Garden Remedies and The truth about Organic Gardening. Both I feel are great reference books.
post #38 of 38
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
If you want to spray it you might want to add a surfactant to help it bind to the water a bit-like a few drops of dish soap!. But it also loses its effectiveness if it gets wet.

Also make sure you buy the DE intended for insects vs the DE used in swimming pool filters as this is not effective on garden pests!!

Also just an FYI you might want these books for references, both by Jeff Gilman.
The truth about Garden Remedies and The truth about Organic Gardening. Both I feel are great reference books.
They suggest you not breathe in the DE dust because it can irritate your lungs. When I put it around I just hold a cloth over my face.

The DE used in swimming pools is the industrial grade and as has been said, it is important you get human/food grade. The industrial grade is also dangerous around pets.
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