Killing bugs in mulched rows.

rustico_2009October 18, 2013

Mulching creates an infestation of earwigs and pill bugs around here.
I really need a way to prevent weeds around my beds though.
Is sprinkling Spinosad pellets in the mulched areas from time to time a reasonable solution/cost effective, not toxic? Anything else instead?

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randy41_1

never heard of spinosad pellets but i would go by whats on the label. i've given up on organic mulch...too many slugs here.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 2:09PM
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rustico_2009

One thing I don't have is slugs.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 2:50PM
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boulderbelt(5/6)

I use landscape fabric for mulch, does a far better job than straw/hay and lasts for at least 15 seasons, if you take it up in the fall and store it indoors. Though voles will try and live under the fabric at certain times of the year.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 5:24AM
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Slimy_Okra(2b)

Insects build up resistance to Spinosad fairly quickly. As boulderbelt suggested, can you lay landscape fabric instead? That would be a more cost-effective solution.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 6:58PM
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