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Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
May 22, 2013 2:38 PM CST
We had a problem with (maybe) the tawny crazy ant breaking into the house a couple of weeks ago. Pest control came by on Friday and sprayed the yard and the house and said to wait a couple of weeks and contact them to come out for a reapplication.

Well, that's fine and dandy. They did chase off the fire ants, but also chased off my dragonflies. Thumbs down

But, we also have a "house"mouse (he lives in the garage) and a pair of rats live under the porch next to the pool - they got lots to eat from the dogs' bones and the messy messy birds (those Phoebes are slobs! Not the Cardinals so much) since they spread seed around and knock a bunch of mealworms onto the porch too. Actually saw the pair of rats eating the seeds out of my jasmine pot yesterday (which is nice since that means I won't be pulling millet plants) and then a squirrel was on the porch pacing around the pool. Dogs couldn't resist and kept him up the tree for about twenty minutes. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
May 23, 2013 10:19 PM CST
Somehow I manage to get by without pesticides...unless you count occasional insecticidal soap or the cat's flea drops. I do worry about mosquitos, with West Nile turning up in the hot season. BTW, a deer showed up to eat birdseed at the wildlife feeding area today! First time I've actually seen a deer on my place since last summer. The years of drought have really had an impact out here! So I took a walk around the property. Sure enough, the yucca bloom stalks have been pruned! It must be Deer Yucca Feast season. Green Grin!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
May 23, 2013 11:07 PM CST
I guess it's good to see them return as long as they don't eat your favorite garden plants. nodding
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
May 24, 2013 11:33 AM CST
That's what fences are for...we have a fenced yard, but it's only a part of our 2.1 acres.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
May 25, 2013 8:26 PM CST
This is the first time I've had to resort to the pesticides. These ants are so aggressive. They were trying to force their way into DH's homebrew buckets! YUCK.

The deer must have visited recently - my echinaceas and carnations were also pruned. Hilarious!
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 25, 2013 9:10 PM CST
We've lost all 6 of our large koi, some we had for 10 years, to raccoons this year! Sad Even our little goldfish got eaten. Worse, DH found fish head bones in the yard. Crying
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
May 27, 2013 9:12 PM CST
Not quite critters but that is some grub!


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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 27, 2013 9:58 PM CST

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Anna, here's a photo for you! Hope it doesn't make you homesick!

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And I opened the gate and let them in!

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That's our smokehouse on the far left. We keep the riding mower in it. Forgot to add, we were at the lake!
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
May 27, 2013 10:28 PM CST
Blinking That's a big one Anna, what is it? cutworm? Confused

Sandi, nice of you to invite a few friends in for the weekend. Hilarious!
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 28, 2013 10:04 AM CST

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That looks like a Rhinoceros beetle grub. They're good guys, I think.
Name: Carey
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careyana
May 28, 2013 9:10 PM CST
YUCK! Good or not that thing is frightening!! Blinking
Name: Anna
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canadanna
May 29, 2013 5:38 PM CST
Thankyou for those Canada Geese. I feel lucky if I spot them flying in the spring or fall.
I am glad to know it is beneficial. I forgot to weigh own the container and it ended up back in the garden or maybe an easy meal for a bird.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 29, 2013 7:05 PM CST

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I'll gather some and box them for you. After I invited them into our yard, they left me some huge surprises all over the yard!!!

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Name: Anna
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canadanna
May 30, 2013 7:43 PM CST
I hope you are talking about the geese, not grubs!
I have heard geese are very messy.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 30, 2013 7:55 PM CST

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Messy is an understatement! The dock, the deck, the driveway....all "messy!" They definitely have a"pecking" order too.
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Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
May 30, 2013 9:24 PM CST
Canada geese have taken over the northeast and have been a nuisance. They've claimed so many of the waterways that the other native waterfowl are losing nesting ground.

The town where I grew up recently installed decoy swans to keep the geese away!
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jun 2, 2013 3:27 PM CST
Thumbs down too bad
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jun 18, 2013 6:56 PM CST
Speaking of critters, I was driving past someone's gate out in the country today and saw this! I wondered if it was the feral hogs that inspired this...or did they have domestic pigs? Either way, I thought it was danged cute! Sign says WOOPIG!
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 18, 2013 7:50 PM CST

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Me thinks he's an Arkansas Razorback! Cute, tho!
Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Jun 18, 2013 8:12 PM CST
I think Sandi's right - that's the Razorback red. And I think that's the 'battle cry' too. Very cute!

All I have is real obnoxious critters. Wonder if a metal one would chase them away? Rolling on the floor laughing

Sandi, I need to get you some cuttings of the begonia. Hummers have been all over them! Lovey dubby

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