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Weed'em & Reap tonight! and red pepper to discourage pets and pests.Posted Friday, April 15, 2011, at 8:10 AM
The rain is starting as I write this and just got a call from a business associate that plans to get in a game of golf before the rain. Maybe Putt Putt, but most other games of golf will take a bit longer.
Anyway, the meeting is tonight and a comments was made on another post about using red pepper flakes to discourage pets and other critters from digging where they should not. That brought a new development to mind that I thought deserved a separate post.
Red pepper, garlic and even rotten eggs have been used to repel pests but one drawback is that it usually washed away after the first or second rain. Some folks have made purees of the leaves from plants that they noticed the pests (deer, rabbits, etc)don't seem to eat, but again, it washes off.
Now for the new development (which I am not endorsing just informing about. A company is in final approval stages with the EPA for a tablet that delivers the hot stuff (capsaicin)to the plants internally (systemically). The plant tastes spicy for about a year and it does not wash off.
THIS IS NOT FOR PLANTS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION! To get the pepper taste into the cells they use DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) which allows the cell membranes to absorb the product. Here is more about DMSO http://www.dmso.org/subLevels/what.htm I believe it may be used in the horse industry and for humans, but that does not make this product safe. (at this point)
They also do NOT recommend using it with insecticides on the plant because that too can be absorbed. Their plans for the use of it to inject vitamins and other pharmaceuticals into plants is a little bit scary, but the original use sounds promising.
Here is their site http://www.repellex.com/Systemic_Repelle...
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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