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1999/00 Gardening Catalog Cover   1999/00 Gardening Customer Letter
 
Print Catalog Cover
 
Dear Customer,

Most gardeners try to live in harmony with nature. In fact, the terms "gardener" and "nature lover" are nearly synonymous. But just as gardeners are selective about the flora they allow to survive in their gardens, they are equally selective about the fauna. Living in harmony with tomato hornworms, slugs and cutworms ranks right along with having an indigent in-law move in for the summer. It is all take and no give.

But all of these pests are easier to live with than earwigs. Hornworms can be transported, slugs can be fed beer, and cutworms can be frustrated several efficient ways. Most important, all three stay in the garden. Earwigs, on the other hand, are ubiquitous – they not only eat virtually everything, but will occupy every nook and cranny of your house as well as your garden if left unchecked. Fortunately, there is a solution.

To dispose of earwigs, you employ exactly the same principle as that used in government sanctioned lotteries, you exploit the creature's weaknesses. The primary difference of course is that earwig traps are more humane; lotteries are based on the repetitive exploitation of a weakness, whereas earwig traps limit the exploitation to a single event.

All of this is by way of saying that if you have ever waged a silent battle with earwigs by constructing crude wooden traps or by stuffing plant pots with straw in preparation for early morning funeral pyres, you will appreciate the effective and inexpensive earwig traps on page 57. The fact they are priced competitively with lottery tickets is purely coincidental.

Yours sincerely,

Leonard G. Lee
President

 
 


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