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Losing the war

So this year the rabbits stayed away from my flowers.  I was so happy I finally found some plants that rabbits weren't hungry for. My green thumb was twitching with joy. Note that I say "was twitching."  That's because my flowers and I have a new enemy. The colorful, yet feisty, Japanese beetle. They've all but obliterated a bush in our backyard, and are making swift work of my marigolds. Apparently there are no good ways to get rid of these pests. I made an attempt to read a brochure on the topic from our friends at the US government, and it made my head spin. The only things I managed to process were that there's no good pesticide to kill them..but I could try to introduce parasites into the equation. Where do I go? Parasites 'R' Us? I guess I'll stick to my current method. Muttering under my breath, and plucking them off the plant and squishing them (with a paper towel), or knocking them off and crushing them with a rock. I figured I've killed around 17 of them so far. That's a good start, right? If you'd like to read the exciting government booklet on the topic, click here.

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Losing the war
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