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Re: [Killietalk] Bird Protector?
At 08:44 PM 9/15/2003 -0500, you wrote:
In a message dated 9/15/03 8:06:46 PM, bjc3 at cornell_edu writes:
<< agree that the bird protectors are much more effective than mothballs for
keeping little flies out of the grindal worm culture. The chemical is
I thought mothballs were either para-dichlorobenzene, naphthalene or camphor.
Para-dichlorobenzene is considered a potential carcinogen in California. Why
only in California - who knows?
Yes Para-dichlorobenzene is usually *mothballs* but in a metal
container with small holes in it?? This stuff gets rid of mites and
flies??? in a worm culture without killing the worms? Is there a brand
name for this Bird Protector?
I think mothballs are usually naphthalene. At least the ones I bought a
year to two ago were.
The brand for the bird protectors that I bought is Bird Protectors. You
can't miss them. They are made for putting under the cover of a bird cage
(as used at night) to avoid mite infestations.
I can guarantee that they will get rid of the flies. I have never had
problems with mites, so can't promise, but probably that's also true.
Finally, I can guarantee that they won't hurt the grindal worms, at least
if you limit "output" by putting a few small holes in the paper cover, over
the holes in the metal lid.
Barry J. Cooper, Prof. Emeritus, Dept. Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University
Adjunct faculty, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University
Home address: 27505 Riggs Hill Rd., Sweet Home, OR 97386 (bjc3 at cornell_edu)