Category Archives: Pest Control

Spring has Sprung at The Deadly Nightshade!

The birds are singing, the spring bulbs are blooming, and we are getting serious about this garden! Last week I co-opted the husband and youngest child. “Give me one hour a day,” I asked. It tended to run a little … Continue reading

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Flying Menace

This Sucker is HUGE On Monday morning, Dave was getting ready for work and came down, all in a dither. “There’s an enormous hornet in our bedroom!” One of the side effects of having window units (and old windows) is … Continue reading

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Fight Ant Invasions Naturally

Years ago, my mother gave me three little sprigs of spearmint. These grew into over two hundred square feet of mint over the next five years. It would have been more, but we kept our main section in check with … Continue reading

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The “Greening” Has Arrived…and So Have the Ants!

The “Greening” I look forward to it each year. It isn’t a specific day or month, and it isn’t at all scientific. But I refer to it as the “greening.” It is the day when you look outside and realize … Continue reading

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Tomatoes, Storing Rice, and Diatomaceous Earth

As usual, life is busy ’round here. On Friday I managed to get some baking done before heading off to cleanings. We’ve been enjoying the zucchini and banana bread ever since! Tomatoes I ordered several varieties of tomato seeds from … Continue reading

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Life Feeds on Life – the Tale of the Now Very Dead Marauding Mouse

So the cats had been letting us know that there was a mouse in the house. There is this area that runs behind the north wall of kitchen cabinets that is, to put it mildly, a palatial estate for mice. … Continue reading

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Um…Yeah…So That’s WEIRD…

Deep in the middle of my organizing binge of the office (I had just returned from buying organizing baskets at Big Lots), Dave says to me, “Hey, I know you are busy, but could you please come listen to something … Continue reading

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Sound the Alarms, We’ve Been Invaded!

Recently I noticed that a couple of my potato plants weren’t looking so hot. Their leaves were curling slightly. Then Dave, who can spot a two inch turtle in the road when driving 35 mph, noticed that the tomato plants … Continue reading

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