Thursday, June 27, 2013

Stink bugs

I noticed the other day that there were a lot of stink bugs on the tomato plants.  Looking online I found a recipe for a nicotine spray to kill stink bugs.

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    Use a nicotine solution. Soak a pack of shredded cigarettes in 1 gallon (4 liters) of warm water. Strain the solution and mix in 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of dish detergent.

    • Fill a spray bottle with this solution and thoroughly coat the stink bug with it.
    • The liquid dish detergent allows the solution to stick to the insect more effectively, and the nicotine poisons the stink bug.
    • Wear disposable gloves as you work with the nicotine solution to avoid accidentally absorbing the poison through your skin.

As soon as I started spraying there was a swarm of stink bugs flying out of the tomato plants.  Apparently they didn't like it much.  We'll have to see if they are as bad tomorrow, or if it worked.  

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