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This Cute Raccoon Is Stealing Our Cat Food!

June 14th, 2013 · 8 Comments

I was out on the back deck reading after dinner when Tom poked his head out the door, looked past me towards the steps, and laughed, saying “Who’s your friend?” We quickly realized that this was the raccoon we’ve seen hanging around our yard recently. Claire and I had spotted her the day before, boldly [...]

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Tags: garden, pest control, urban nature

Sundews: The Best Carnivorous Plant for Catching Fruit Flies

September 22nd, 2009 · 7 Comments

My husband Tom (who normally blogs at Bikejuju) continues our carnivorous plant adventures: Lyanda recently described our semi-tongue-in-cheek experiments with using a Venus fly trap to catch fruit flies. As at least one commenter rightly pointed out, however, sundews (plants in the Drosera family) are much more suited to the task, covered as they are [...]

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Carnivorous Plant Fruit Fly Remedy (and Other Fruit Fly Control Ideas)

September 15th, 2009 · 8 Comments

With the harvest season upon us, and bowls of plums, tomatoes, and apples crowding the counters, fruit flies are proliferating madly.  Some things, like tomatoes, just can’t go in the fridge without altering their flavor, and ferment more quickly when covered.  But if even one skin breaks, the flies descend!   There are lots of [...]

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Tags: pest control