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Imagezuzu
Dec 15, 2012 3:24 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Look at this news item:

YES, BIRDS USE the usual twigs, grasses, and feathers. But apparently they use cigarette butts, too—or so scientists at Scotland’s St. Andrews University have reported after studying house finch and house sparrow nests in Mexico City. Why the used butts, which averaged 10 per nest? Seems the cellulose is just right for insulation and comfort, and chemicals present in them, including residual nicotine, a powerful insecticide, help keep things pest-free. Whoever coined the expression “birdbrain” to mean not a big thinker had it all wrong. Smarty-birds. (Via the BBC.)
JuneBug
May 5, 2013 6:35 AM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
Hahaha! Good think bird brains! I've used butt-tea to spray plants with and to use as a soil drench on plnats that I suspected had root aphids. It works really well at killing on contact. Big Grin
chalyse
Nov 23, 2013 11:54 PM CST
Eureka! I'm going to put my butts to good use in fighting near-constant aphid attacks, and keep my filters for the birds next spring! You guys have such good info!
chalyse
May 7, 2014 11:54 PM CST
I believe this calls for a cubits tour of the island, to do our part ... Thumbs up

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/06/310141274/sci...
Imagezuzu
May 8, 2014 12:33 AM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Yes, they need our cigarette butts! Hilarious!
JuneBug
May 9, 2014 6:05 PM CST
Name: June or Nancy☺
Dover AFB, Delaware
Rolling on the floor laughing

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