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Killing bugs in mulched rows.

Posted by rustico_2009 (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 18, 13 at 12:50

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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RE: Killing bugs in mulched rows.

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.

RE: Killing bugs in mulched rows.

One thing I don't have is slugs.

RE: Killing bugs in mulched rows.

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.

RE: Killing bugs in mulched rows.

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.

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