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Crunching and Munching

Category: Wildlife in the Garden | Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:58 pm

Hello again from West Virginia.
Now that summer is full swing, I am again doing battle with the things that go munch in the night (and in the day). Our extension service tells me that we had such a deep snow cover this year, (over 2 feet, and very rare for our area) that the insect larvae and eggs from last fall were not killed by the cold and freezing ground. Sounds good to me, but what to do?
I could blast every living thing in the yard with all sorts of chemicals from my local hardware store, but I think I would like to take a more calm approach to the problem. Other than putting a ballet dress, grabbing a butterfly net and running thru my garden like Peter Pan, I am on the horns of a dilemma. My shop vac seems like a good idea, but I wonder if my wife will mind bags of bugs at the curb for trash day? I tried a scarecrow for the grasshoppers, but my granddaughter's Barbi in bibs isn't that scary. I went so far as to move my bird feeders to the garden in the hopes that the birds would get the hint and eat bugs instead of sunflower seeds. Was not a good idea. The birds sat on the rail of our deck and pooped on our patio furniture.
I guess I will get out the power washer and clean the furniture and the deck. For now the critters will keep on crunching and munching, but I am lurking in the shadows with my butterfly net and hopefully a solution to the problem before I have to shovel snow again.
I'll be back soon.


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