Thursday, June 11, 2009
Rollie Pollie Trick
For the most part, rollie pollies eat leaves and plants that are already on the way out. We haven't had much of a problem with them eatting any of our plants. Until yesterday. I went to cut a cucumber for a salad and saw tons of them had infiltrated it. It might be that another pest got to it first and they were just cleaning it out.
My mother-in-law taught me a trick to use an orange rind cut in half placed near the plant. We happened to have an orange on the way out to the compost- so I put it near the cucumber plant. (I had already cut off the affected cucumber and put it into the compost- lest anyone assume I ate a rollie pollie salad). Then today I checked under the halves and there they were. On the ground and in the rind. I scooped them up and threw them into the compost. There are still a ton more. Its a trick I will have to use a few times to actually move them away from my cucumber- but still- very easy to do.
Another easy way to kill them is to make elaborate shoe box houses filled with grass and sticks and dirt and keep them inside it for a day. I learned this the hard way, repeatedly, when I was 7.