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dividedsky
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2010
8:26 PM

Post #7690820

I thought this article was interesting and kind of funny: http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/05/bug.collecting.family/index.html?iref=allsearch Harnessing the Power of Bugs for Profit

I wondered about a few things, though. Like why they don't breed these insects instead of going out and catching them. I just assumed that people bred them, but maybe it isn't always easy to do that. Not sure.
GardenSox
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 9, 2010
8:58 PM

Post #7693611

I laughed at this quote:

"We normally have an extra fridge just for the bugs, but sometimes I just put them in the kitchen fridge in the pillowcase. Well, one time there was a hole in the case and a good number of them got out. We found a few stuck to the butter, others were floating in the orange juice."
dividedsky
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 10, 2010
7:59 AM

Post #7694210

ha ha haaa! Keep a tight lid on the juice!

And the woman who bought the gift certificate for her son. Now, who in the world would get excited about getting bugs for Christmas?

Oh wait. I would, if I really needed them.
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

April 16, 2010
2:06 PM

Post #7710762

Not the first time someone has imported one critter to chase another. Not all of them have worked out so well in the end. Think of the Mongoose in HI.
dividedsky
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 16, 2010
3:19 PM

Post #7710988

That's what I wondered about - how foolproof is this? I guess they've had experience enough to know which bugs will just die out when their preferred food supply dwindles. Sure would be bad if they started eating things that people didn't want them to eat, though.
sustained
Palm Shores, FL

December 22, 2011
9:49 AM

Post #8939330

I like the idea of rent a goat. Using a goat for targeted weed control.

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