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Bug Brews


1.  Planter's method for controlling large bugs that are too slow to fly away (Japanese beetles, vegetable weevils).  Or, use it to store larvae, before tossing them, a much more palatable approach than squishing!  Since life cycles of insects are predictable, it requires less time than you would think.  Coitus interrruptus gives you a big bang for your bucks, too!

Stir a few drops of dish detergent and a teaspoon of salt in about 1 1/2 cups warm water in a pan, ideally one with a handle. Hold pan underneath the insect(s) and tap into brew. After a couple days, dispose in ground and cover with soil. We have been able to keep the Japanese beetle and vegetable weevil population tolerable by doing this once or twice a day. 

2.    Pepper Spray

Source:  Auburn Univ. ext serv.

In blender or processor, mix:

2 tablespoons hot, red pepper
2 cloves garlic 
1 tablespoon liquid soap
1 quart of water
Should be strained several times with damp jelly bag, muslim cloth, or several 
overlapping layers of cheesecloth, to prevent food from clogging the spray nozzle.