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Posted 8/28/2009 11:01:07 AM
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We have several pecan trees and like the years before we are getting spider webs in them. We don't spray them. We wait for a rain and light the webs on fire. I have a pecan tree in the chicken yard and is very close to the shed/coop. Don't want to spray because of the chickens and don't really want to lite a fire since it's to close for comfort. Any suggestions, besides just leaving the webs along? The caterpillars that fall only the ants will kill and eat. The chickens don't eat them like some of the other small insects.
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Posted 8/28/2009 6:26:45 PM
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We can't grow pecan trees. Is there something wrong with having spider webs in the tree? To me spiders are another one of those wonderful creatures that keeps the bugs at bay. Personally, I'd leave the webs there and let the spiders do their job.

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Posted 8/29/2009 6:07:26 AM


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If these are tent caterpillars, then you can spray them with a detergent mixture. Mix about 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent with 1 - 3 gallons of water in a sprayer. Hose down the tent caterpillars well, it will take a moment to get the detergent mix to penetrate the webs, the caterpillars will die in moments. No poison to worry about, the detergent will not harm the chickens.
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Posted 8/29/2009 12:31:20 PM
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1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent with 1 - 3 gallons of water in a sprayer. 

Does it matter the brand name on the detergent? Like using Dawn for fleas we found works the best.

Thanks so much for that. Going to try it in the A.M.

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Posted 8/29/2009 1:41:16 PM


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Anything works, if you have Dawn around, use it.
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Posted 9/9/2009 8:15:05 AM
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Were taking about a flock that goes nuts for Louisiana LoveBugs and I'm not talking about the crawfish. I've never seen anything like it. They will peck the dead ones off the front of the jeep and with the new truck we have to wash it every day during lovebug season so they won't peck the finish off. When hubby cuts the grass and the lovebug are up in the air they fly over the fence and eat their bait full and peck the sides of the shed and even the house.
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Cutting off the affected branches and spraying with the soapy mix are probably the easiest fixes. But you might also want to contact your local Cooperative Extension office in case they have solutions which are specific to your area. You should be able to find a listing for your local office in the phone book, online, or through your state's land grant college.  Good luck.
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i know useing those hedge balls. those big green balls off of certain trees works great if u put them in your basement or barns. bad thang is they last a few months maybe put sum at the base of your peacon trees i dont know if it would work that well out side inside it works great.
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i know useing those hedge balls. those big green balls off of certain trees works great if u put them in your basement or barns. bad thang is they last a few months maybe put sum at the base of your peacon trees i dont know if it would work that well out side inside it works great.
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Posted 9/11/2009 10:26:14 AM
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Well I started to try the soap and water with a hand pump strayer and a ladder. It seemed to me that is was working, then the rains have set in. Now the caterpillars have moved up. I need to get (more like barrow) a pole saw to get the limbs. Most of our pecan trees where planted in the 1920's or eailer you can't hug some of them.

Any suggestion about those black carpenter ants?

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