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Subject: FW: [TowerTalk] Moles are destroying fie
From: (Roger L. Elowitz)
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 1997 15:24:23 -0400
Hi Gang and Ken,

I hope this puts the icing (yeech!) on this stuff.  Please check me for
accuracy but I believe that Milky Spore Disease... is specific ONLY FOR
JAPANESE BEETLE GRUBS.  It may not make any of the others do anything
besides belch.  

Now the Japanese beetle grubs will surely destroy large patches of your lawn
if untreated early.  The moles are (I know this is going to sound crazy)
doing you a favor by eating them. Anyway, if you run right out and milky
spore your lawn (I believe you need a spoonful of the stuff every so many
feet) you're not going to see results for two or three years.  Lot's of good
mole hunting 'till then.

I used to teach turfgrass management for homeowners.... about twenty years
ago.  I've forgotten a hell of a lot in between... except how to mow and
water and fertilize.  L.B. is correct.  By all means... do look up the
number of you county Cooperative Agricultural Extension Agent and he'll /
she'll be more than happy to help you out with loads of free information.

Com' mon Stan, help me out here with a limerick.....

GL and happy hunting...

Roger, K2JAS

At 01:40 PM 6/17/97 +0000, you wrote:
>L. B. Cebik wrote:
>> > The reason you have moles is because you have grubs. Get rid of the grubs
>> > and the moles will leave for grubber pastures. There are insecticdes for
>> > this purpose at your large lawn and garden stores.
>> Please be careful in the selection and application of insecticides,
>> especially when applying to large areas.  Not only do moles eat grubs, but
>> so too do birds, and insecticides of the wrong types can harm them in many
>> ways, some of which are insecticide-specific.
>> Checking with your local agricultural agent or the local "master gardener"
>> program can produce a wealth of information on insecticides and on which
>> ones may be right for the types of "grubs" in your local area--along with
>> data on human, pet, and other animal safety measures.
>I absolutely agree with L.B. here and would encourage you to investigate
>the use of "milky spore" as a long term solution to the Japanese
>beetle/grub/mole problem.  It has been recommended locally (Lynchburg,
>VA) by our Agricultural Extension Agent as an environmentally friendly
>solution to the grub and mole problem.  While initially rather expensive
>and a little slow to develop, a milky spore treatment is, as I
>understand it, a once in a life-time operation.  This stuff is usually
>available in better lawn and garden shops.  I recently saw it on the
>shelf in my local True Value Hardware.
>Ken K4XL
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