Well, it's pill bug time in some places; pill bugs, roly-polies whatever. A lot of people get upset about these things. They really don't do any harm except kind of causing you problems around your house as far as being a nuisance. Maybe if your child starts eating them or whatever and you don't think they are nutritious enough, that might be a problem. They will eat young tender plants, but other than that they're not a problem.
If you want to try to get rid of them chemically the best way to do it is with these baits such as I have here. I should mention to you that if you have pets or something, some of the baits have a larger pellet type, such as you have there, that pets might be able to pick up. So if you have pets around you may want to use some of the other brands, which basically are just kind of a powder, or kind of like a pepper-type thing.
They also have a chemical that you can put down actually in drops. That gets rid of them too. It attracts them and baits them out because they do come out at night.
Now of course I'm the organic type and you've got to remember that these little insects are related to shrimp, they're actually shrimp. So if you are really into the organic type you can shishkabob them, make a few little shishkabobs. Several hints: they will go on the shishkabobs a little bit better if they are fresh and you have to use a toothpick because these larger shishkabobs will not work. They do make attractive hors d'oeuvres if you're into that and that is an organic way to get rid of them. For your recipes send it to your Channel 5 address and we do have recipes for shiskabob pillbugs that are hard to beat.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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