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    Yes Cookie we have stink bugs.

    They are not phased by Sevin, Dish soap Malathion or even dursban.

    There is a product that will kill them, but you have to spray it directly on them.
    And it cast about 10 dollars for a 6 ounce bottle, that you mix with water.

    They breath from under there wings, and the poison has to go into there respiratory system.

    Wasp spray works but it kills plants, or wilts them badly.

    As for the Reincarnation, No it is not like in the movies, or Ghost.

    "The common definition of reincarnation has been altered from its original meaning. The word has come to mean 'to be born again in different life forms' whereas its actual definition is 'to be born again into the flesh of another body.'

    The way I understand it is that a human being makes mistakes in first life and is Reincarnated in a different form until reaching perfection.

    Like the birds that come to visit, could be a person that is trying to reach perfection, and they come to visit you again.

    Everyone has different beliefs and that is what make us who we are.

    Who is to say what is right and what is wrong. No one.

    I do believe that You should treat others the way that you would like to be treated. That is my rule.

    Anyway, I hope Your Day is going well.

    I got my garden in , so now I get to water and watch it grow.

    I hope soon too enjoy the fruits of my labor.

    Have a Good Afternoon and a Great evening.

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    The Golden Rule works for me. I wish it worked for everyone, like John the Beatle, imagine ...

    You believe what I would see as the Indian way.

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    Well, I lost so many people so early in life. I became a widow too soon. I remember after my husband's death I sat on the deck one night looking at the stars by myself, and I said, " if you are still here, if the breeze is you in this night air, give me a sign." Then, a shooting star streaked the sky, and stayed alit so long that I stood up and then, could feel the warm air wrap about my shoulders.
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    One of my outside hose bibs is plumbed to softened water (just no easy way to get hard water to that part of the house) and plants seem to do OK. There is about the same amt of sodium in a quart of softened water as in a couple slices of bread.

    Yes, Dawn is OK to use. I have done this off and on over the years and it certainly doesn't seem to do any harm. It may make soil less appealing to grubs, among other things.

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    Thanks Steve,

    I use dawn for the dishes so I will use that.

    And we do have many grubs, but the fire ants get them.
    I wonder if the soap work on ants, they are a big problem here. They get my Quail and other Ground nesting birds.

    I have hard and soft water available for use, and I did not know their was that much salt in the soft water.

    I have no problem drinking it, no blood pressure problems.

    I am still unsure if the salt is more problems than the minerals and iron in the well water, for the plants.

    Thank You for Your Input.

    And Cookie sound like You had a special visit, Good for You.

    Have a great evening.

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    Regarding sodium in softened water - the whole idea of sodium causing high blood pressure is still controversial. There was a new study just last week that basically said that for most people, salt intake is just not an issue. There are a very small number of people who do need to be careful, but much fewer than we used to think.

    I too wonder if soap might be good to get those fire ants to move on down the block. Jerry Baker used to talk about soap making his lawn unpalatable to grubs and other critters. Doesn't necessarily kill 'em, but makes 'em head for a tastier patch of turf.

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    Well your belief is not all that unusual. I know my grandfather believed in pretty much what you do. I still remember sitting with him when he told me the old stories. We would sit up high, and he would point out the birds, the clouds; and, he would show me how to know when it was going to rain by watching them, the birds. Salt by the way, will probably harm your plants. Even a small amount is too much for them, they are so delicate. Salt is very harsh. It is ashame you are low in rainfall. Cayenne will kill ants, as well as table salt. You got to wet it first both of them.

    When I lived in the south and had fire ants, we would also fill the hills with grits and believe this or not, it worked. Fill the holes and cover them up after, you put the grits in. It does work.

    I make a paste of borax and some red pepper or chili powder, this also, works.

    So, far, it is not effective against unwanted rellies,
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    That is good to know about the fire ant natural cures. will have to try some.

    Have you used Epsom salt for your garden ? I think it is for nitrogen.

    I am not sure if I should fertilize or not. I normally just add new dirt, when I plant.

    I think I may just use the hard water, because I no sodium is not good for the plants.
    I was using it to kill trees and it works. There is nothing growing around my water softener drain.


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    Nope, never used it. My neighbor, Meatball Mike trucks in some smelly stuff. I got to admit, his garden is pretty good. But, when I grow my basil is surpasses his anyday of the week. And, I don't gag the neighbors.

    I heard walking about the lawn is good wearing golf or football shoes.
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    Hello all,

    Cookie I used to grow using Chicken Poo and Cow poo, when I lived on a farm in Indiana, and it worked good.

    Some country's grow their stuff in Human waste. I do not think I will try that one... Talk About Recycling, lol.

    Have a great day.

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    We used to have chickens, but, I think what he uses is horse manure. Boy, o boy does that smell. Worse than any socks. lol. Yes, some countries use human waste to fertilize banana trees, so, food for thought here, it is a good idea to wash your bunch of bananas before use. I do.

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    *do you got stink bugs? If you look at them closely, under a magnifying glass, their backs plus, stomachs are like a beautiful Asian rug. If I had one stronger, it would probably have some color. Really nice markings.

    I was told, if you want to get rid of them to put out a dish of water& dishsoap. When they first appeared I was trying to get rid of them by any means, now, I kind of gotten to like them. I still put them outside, but, I try not to kill them. They are pretty unique looking, alittle bit prehistoric like a dino. Check one out. I have a picture, not a good one, I will post. You can vaguely see his markings. Not anything like if you look directly at him by the aid of a scope.

    This was taken with a cell phone. my brother & I was playing with them.

    Now check out his shape, rather unique don't you think? He was VERY cooperative.
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    That looks to me like a 'asassin bug' or kissing bug, which is the height of evil in california, you can watch them stalk a sleeping person for a drink of blood. 3 or 4% of people have near death reactions to their bite.

    I would play with them with a hammer or diesel fuel.

    they also carry chagas disease

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triatominae

    FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth is the best in the garden. Put it a jar with holes punched in the lid and sprinkle it around small plants until they get started
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    That's nice, lol. BUT, that is not the same bug!
    Funny, but I have 2 pitbulls and they both love them. They eat them.
    Both are very well, very big & heavy and been eating them since they appeared here over 2 years, ago.
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    LOL,

    If You hit them with a hammer they have a strange Mint smell.

    Not sure what they taste like.
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    Kissing bugs look very similiar, but are truly evil, and smell even worse when smashed. I would much rather have wasp nests in the house [and do] then one kissing bug.

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