To get my fellow gardeners excited about Spring, here are some photographs of the pest-resistant cage I built in my back yard. Before the cage, birds and squirrels ate all of my blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and sweet corn. Now they cling to the wire and stare longingly. I just watch and laugh. As a bonus, the cage keeps my pug out, too — she’d eat anything she could reach (which, luckily, wasn’t much).
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Further refinements to my camel cricket control setup. Addition of a red “party light” illuminates the whole area so that the motion sensor works much better — no more motion-sensing lights in the system, as per initial design. Note: most insects don’t see red well, so it’s just dark to them. Just dab a little food onto the surface of the motion sensor, and they will come. And then they will go. Last night I caught approximately 30 crickets. While I slept. And upon waking, I could check my iPhone for the update from the WeMo app (I have it say, “Crickets sucked” at each event). Details on how to make your own. Two photographs below were taken by a Belkin Netcam HD automatically, when motion was sensed. Again, all while I slept.
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Tagged basement, Belkin, camel crickets, cave, entomology, insects, motion sensor, pest control, pests, red light, vacuum, vision, WeMo
Here is my Type A solution to my Level 5 squirrel problem: a fully enclosed garden. Drives the vermin absolutely crazy. Contains 5 raised beds separated by crushed-gravel paths, all under an 8-foot ceiling. You can’t see them, but I use sturdy wire panels (the kind used for reinforcing cement floors and walls) to trellis tomatoes right up to the ceiling. But it’s not yet done. Still need to construct the vertical strawberry beds. Stop by in a few weeks for a photo update, if you’re into this kind of thing. Can’t wait for Spring.