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I wanted to try one more thing before getting new bird feeders, so I looked at changing the seed instead. Reading about it, it was suggested that nyjer(thistle) seed would be attractive to finches, but not larger birds. I filled the taller bird feeder with nothing but nyjer seed, and the lantern feeder with a mix of seeds meant for finches which contains ...


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There are a number of ways you can try and control mosquitoes.I've listed them in order of effectiveness Prevent them having a breeding ground and/or kill existing larvae. Basically most still water is perfect for mosquito larvae. We had some breeding in an old barrel full of rain and fixed the problem with a bit of washing up liquid; we noticed a huge ...


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Depending on the type of blackbird, you may be dealing with one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. Many Blackbirds: make and use tools may have theory of mind recognize individual people communicate details of their experiences to others show empathy hold grudges Passively Scare Them Away Scarecrow (may scare other birds away too) ...


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There isn't much you can do to prevent them flying into your yard. anything that keeps them away will usually scare off the birds you want, as well. About them eating your berries, that can be an issue. The thing that worked best for me was bird netting over a hoop frame. It's some work, but it looks better and is easier to get into than laying the mesh ...


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Unless I'm mistaken, you're almost certainly wrangling with grackles. I've battled these myself in our backyard and they're quite a pain to get rid of, as the Wikipedia article notes. We had success with two different methodologies. First, a number of companies market bird seed that's specifically designed to attract songbirds, but to be unpalatable to ...


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We had this same problem and after trying multiple solutions the one that worked was to upgrade to a more expensive feeder. You can find them from various suppliers in the United States and Canada. A sample product is shown here. They all work from the same idea: finches, goldfinches, chickadees and cardinals weigh much less than blackbirds, starlings, ...


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The only thing you can do is change the container for the seed - blackbirds are essentially ground feeders, they won't, for instance, hang from a suspended nut dispenser or seed dispenser. It's likely, though, that other ground feeders that you do want won't be able to feed either. This answer assumes you mean blackbird to be the same blackbird (turdus ...


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Well, after a fashion, yes, it should do. Even crushed rather than ground eggshells deter slugs and snails, the eggshells have sharp edges that they don't like, but in my experience, they're not that effective. If you grind them to a dusty mixture, then that will stick and dry out slugs and snails (they don't really like any surface that's sharp or very, ...


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Here's the trick that worked for me. Use some petroleum jelly, a cheap, easily acquired substance which is the base for many lotions and ointments, and is of course non-toxic. Ants can't walk through it, so a ring of it applied to the hummingbird feeder pole, just wider than the length of the longest ants you expect, will keep them off. Reapply whenever ...


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Use an ant moat. You could build one yourself but the ones you can purchase are inexpensive and essentially consist of a cup that holds water and creates a barrier between the shepherd's hook and the hummingbird feeder. The ants won't be able to cross the barrier - at least they don't on ours. That style - same style I have - can leak a bit and if the ...


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It looks like your tree is heading in the right direction, and has some great-looking fruit on it. If you keep the tree watered and fertilized, all the fruit should mature. That's the way oranges are, but they may not get huge unless you thin them. Citrus trees respond well to lots of organic matter and minerals. Once your soil is in good shape, pests ...


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Agree with BYJ's ID of the pest. Try neem oil concentrate, mixed appropriately, that should do the job - you'll probably need to spray every 14 days, otherwise, it's handpicking them all off, which whilst tedious, is certainly the most organic way to go.


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Looks like Epilachna varivestis Mulsant (Mexican bean beetle larva) from Coccinellidae family. Cultural Control: Cultural control efforts may include destruction of overwintering locations and late planting of the soybean crop. The destruction of overwintering locations increases exposure to inclement weather conditions and can greatly reduce adult ...


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I have also had a big problem with pill bugs eating my plants. They have really been feasting on my beans and I have photos to prove it. What I found worked was sinking a little cup or can into the ground so that the top of the can is ground level and filling it with beer. The bugs are attracted to the beer and fall in. That really seemed to help control ...



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