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 is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

A young woman is found dead in an abandoned car, with a pair of strangers old enough to be her parents. Their suicide note apologizes for a disaster that hasn’t yet happened. And someone is stalking the…read more

…or watch the book trailer (0:52)