Wednesday, September 4, 2013
More junk science from the Fringe, love bugs.
I have read that organic grape (wine) farms are crawling with spiders, they even bring in certain types to get started. Likewise, the best defense against bugs in your house are spiders outside it, do not run around spraying spiders on your eves or foundation, these guys are catching critters that will get in otherwise. Right now a huge spider has a web high over the front door sidewalk from the eve to a red leaf maple, almost every morning he is wrapping up some flies and moths when I go out for the paper.
This same scientific exercise was observed to work the same with elk and wolf, elk spend less time eating a meadow to the ground and more time watching and walking about if wolf are in the area. Who would have thought predators help the health of meadows. Don't panic hunters, the elks weight stayed about the same, they still eat enough, just cut back on the binge grazing.
Ants running up and down your downspout, resist spraying them. Termites and ants are not friends, a healthy population of ants around the foundation discourages termites.
As for bug spray, Lowes has sprays made from lemon grass and one from spearment and chilis. They kill most bugs fast and they are not poison to us or pets. Yes I spray bugs, but rarely, and never with chemicals, just these things. If you like to watch stuff die, squirt lemon grass oil on a spider and watch, drop, run, die, as fast as black flag.