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Posted: 4/26/2014 10:58 PM

Bug control 


 

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Don’t really like using sprays or chemicals. So I use the all natural way.  Got a lot of bugs and a lot of those stink bugs so, thought I give this a try. Seem like it worked last year and turned out to be fun. Hatch them, spread them in your garden and let them eat’n grow.  If I have to have bugs then have the ones you want and like.


 

"You never step in the same creek twice"
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Posted: 4/27/2014 6:32 AM

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Am I missing something in the pictures?  I don't see what you are referring to.  What did you get that helped? 
Betty, Northcentral Louisiana, Zone 8
I asked God for a flower, and He gave me a garden.
I asked Him for a tree, and He gave me a forest.
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Posted: 4/27/2014 8:14 AM

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Those are praying mantis egg cases used for insect control.  There are lady bug and Carolina mantids also available commercially.  Lady bugs are sold hatched/alive and the Carolina mantids are sold as egg cases yet to be hatched.  Place them into you garden and let them eat the bad guys.  They die off in winter but lay egg cases before they die so some may be available next year.  Be careful when cleaning off debris next spring or this fall to not destroy the egg cases.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 4/27/2014 2:33 PM

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I have a lot of mantis's living around where I live. I like them. You need to "spread them around" pretty quickly after they hatch or they will eat each other. Betty, time to get new glasses.

High desert grass and shrubland, zone 5, cold desert of Northern Nevada. 
Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.
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Posted: 4/27/2014 3:25 PM

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Thank you, sir, but I don't wear glasses! : -)
Betty, Northcentral Louisiana, Zone 8
I asked God for a flower, and He gave me a garden.
I asked Him for a tree, and He gave me a forest.
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Posted: 4/27/2014 3:44 PM

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GeauxBet wrote: Am I missing something in the pictures?  I don't see what you are referring to.  What did you get that helped? 

My bad i thought the mantis pic came out better. noidea haha
"You never step in the same creek twice"
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Posted: 4/27/2014 4:59 PM

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Well, maybe it is time????? eek

High desert grass and shrubland, zone 5, cold desert of Northern Nevada. 
Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 3:14 PM

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I was really into using Praying Mantis,.....until one day, I saw one on my raspberry bush with a Monarch Butterfly in it's mouth. No more Praying Mantis for me. ...............But they are so cool. ........................If only they would go for the lily beetles and June bugs........never see them with one of those in their mouth.
Dawn.......Zone 6a.......Niantic, CT
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Posted: 6/28/2014 9:57 PM

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Mother nature always shoots for the easiest target... A really big praying mantis can take down a bird. And as they say, everyone has to eat.

High desert grass and shrubland, zone 5, cold desert of Northern Nevada. 
Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 6:32 AM

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Yeah, I know. I hate to see my cat with a bird or chipmunk. I will try to save it, if it was just grabbed before the critter gets hurt......but if I don't know how long the cat has been playing with it, I leave it alone. Mother Nature at work.........
Dawn.......Zone 6a.......Niantic, CT
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Posted: 7/8/2014 8:45 AM

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I didn't know a praying mantis would go after a butterfly! This is fascinating. I have these tiny worms that devoured my moneywort earlier in the season. Perhaps I should have gotten some praying mantis eggs!
Kathy C, Minnesota, Zone 4-5
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Posted: 7/8/2014 10:01 AM

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I once fed a katydid to one at work. Took a while to convince it that it was worthy and then it pounced. I let go of the katydid and watched for a few minutes. I don't remember if it really did much with it or not. Had to get back inside.

Do a search for "praying mantis hummingbird" and check out the pictures. They're not gross or gruesome, but they might not be for everybody. I think they're fascinating.
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Chris Behrens
Pendleton, SC (near Clemson, SC)
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Posted: 7/8/2014 10:02 AM

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I'm surprised a praying mantis ate a Monarch butterfly due to the milkweed toxins they contain, but butterflies are definately on their menu. Just saw a TV nature show with a big tropical mantis catching a hummingbird on the fly.

My main bug control here is lizards. The desert spiny lizards climb the plants and rock walls to grab every bug they can. The horned lizards (my avatar) eat exclusively red harvester ants and can devistate an anthill in a day. The whip tail lizards and leopard lizards chase down the larger bugs like crickets and grasshoppers. The leopard lizard will also eat baby mice. The little "unknown" flat rock lizards eat something but I don't know what.

High desert grass and shrubland, zone 5, cold desert of Northern Nevada. 
Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.

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Posted: 7/8/2014 12:14 PM

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I had to move some baby Mantis yesterday, neat little guys. Blue Bellies rule here, they are everywhere and just gorgeous.
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Posted: 9/30/2014 10:39 PM

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cool I don't use any chemicals in my yard and gardens.  I use ladybugs, nematodes, praying mantis, lacewings...all of these beneficial critters keep down the aphids, japanese beetles...even discouraged the grasshoppers I saw last year...I have a lot of butterflies, even have monarchs now, so I want everything to be natural.  Several years ago, my peach trees showed signs of bores....I wrapped them with cotton tea shirts and sprinkled the ground around them with nematodes....they all recovered and now are healthy again.  I even pull weeds by hand....to many chemicals going into our ground water.
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