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May 28, 2020 10:19 AM CST
Northern California
I've got an ant hill in my strawberry bed. They were probably attracted by the Rice straw mulch. But it's hot here and we've got to mulch or everything dries out.

I've been spraying the plants with a wet spray of 4T diatomaceous earth with 1 gallon water. When it dries it's supposed to stop the ants and other bugs as they crawl across it. But my strawberries get dew in the morning which washes it away and that is the time that earwigs, pillbugs and this ant nest are stripping the leaves (and attracting aphids and whatnot).

So...can I make a slurry using orange peels and pour it in this nest, which is in the center of my strawberry bed? Or will that murder my strawberries. It's 3 or 4 orange peels plus 3 cups boiling water that you let cool and use.

I've also got beneficial nematodes in the soil so I don't want to kill them. I put them in one week ago so they might take care of those earwigs and pull bugs for me in another week. It's just so hard to see totally stripped strawberry leaves.

They're first year plants so I don't have to worry about fruit this year, as I'm pinching the buds.

I've got sluggo plus laid out for the earwigs and pillbugs but this nest is stumping me.

Thank you in advance.
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May 28, 2020 10:54 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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If you know where the nest is, you can mix up some Insecticidal Soap and pour it down the entrance to the ant hill. Insecticidal Soap is instant death to ants. The survivors will coming streaming out so be prepared with a spray bottle fill with I. S.

The Insecticidal Soap should not harm nematodes but I doubt there are any near the nest anyway.
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