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Update on spiders
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E. Ray    Posted 03-27-2003 at 05:03:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Was surfing the net yesterday and found recipe for spider deterrent. I did not mark site and can not find it this morning, but I think this is what it said.

(Boil package of chewing tobacco in 1 gal. of water. Strain, add 2 cups of lemon dish detergent, put in spray bottle and spray area where spider are a problem).

Will probably try this but donít know if it will mark white painted walls and ceiling in my garage. The fix might be worst than the problem............E. Ray

carol    Posted 09-15-2004 at 13:16:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do you know about a plug-in contraption that deters spiders? If so do you know where to buy it and does it work?

RayP(MI)    Posted 03-28-2003 at 18:52:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tobacco, actually nicotine in tobacco is a potent insecticide. Also can be a potent poison for other life forms, including humans. I wouldn't use it on any vegetables or fruits that I planned to eat. I was looking into it the other day, as a possible treatment for Colorado Potato Beetle - the scourge of potato growers. I decided against it. Lots of potatoes grown around here, and those darn bugs are immune to almost all insecticides. Look up BlackLeaf 40- an insecticide based on nicotine, NASTY STUFF! You might try the detergent in water, spray it on, it sometimes works alone - plugs up bugs breathing ports. Tobacco juice and nicotine are dark brown, and will probably stain too.

WallSal55 - -    Posted 03-28-2003 at 12:49:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
My great-grandmother would put dried tobacco leaves in the storage chest to keep out moths, etc. or to preserve her quilts. Don't know if the leaves were separated from the fabric or not.
Been to many years ago.
Go figure, the quilts never got stained.

Lazy Al    Posted 03-27-2003 at 07:22:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
E Ray I wonder how that boiling tobacoo concoction would work on fruit trees . Don't
the big fruit growers spray nicotine on trees
to keep worms out of and prevent scabing on apples Cherrys and the like ?

E. Ray    Posted 03-27-2003 at 09:40:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Donít know about fruit trees, but I have heard that nicotine was an insecticide..........E. Ray

kathy in illinois    Posted 03-27-2003 at 06:23:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
maybe if you soaked a rag in the mixture and hung the rag where you have problems with spiders. I also heard that spiders build their webs/nests where there is good air flow...often where there are cracks in foundations or walls/ceilings. Don't know if this is your situation but...

Kathy in Illinois

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