February 17

Diabolically Simple Pest Control

See the little straw mats wrapped around the trunks of these trees? They aren’t to keep the pines from catching cold, they’re old-fashioned pesticide!

In the wintertime, insects crawl down from the branches and burrow into the temptingly warm straw mats, which are wrapped tightly at the bottom and loosely at the top.  Congratulating themselves on finding the insect equivalent of the Bahamas, the bugs never suspect that before it’s warm enough to return to wreaking havoc, gardeners will swoop in and BWAHAHAHAHA toss their cozy roach motel into the fire!

Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car with two strangers. But the more Yumi Hata learns about her friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more