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    My favorite paraphrase of a Pollan Food Rule is:

    "If a ten year old can't pronounce everything on the ingredient label and explain what it is, you probably shouldn't eat it."

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    I deleted this post because I put it in the wrong thread. (oops)

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    Back to the yellow jacket thought - I had eight guests for a potluck last evening and decided to try to make fresh lemonade for the first time because I had the lemons. My recipe called for 1 cup each of freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar in 2 quarts of water served over ice. We all enjoyed it and found it a refreshing drink but the wasps thought it was good as well. So we finished out drinks fairly quickly and the wasps moved on to find better opportunities.
    Next time I will reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    Back to the yellow jacket thought - I had eight guests for a potluck last evening and decided to try to make fresh lemonade for the first time because I had the lemons. My recipe called for 1 cup each of freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar in 2 quarts of water served over ice. We all enjoyed it and found it a refreshing drink but the wasps thought it was good as well. So we finished out drinks fairly quickly and the wasps moved on to find better opportunities.
    Next time I will reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup, I think.
    Or give out coasters to cover the glasses, or instruct guests to use their cell phones to cover the glasses.. I'm. not saying this is the best solution as a host, but that's what I got used to doing this summer. I'm not sure 1/4 cup of sugar is going to make a difference, as far as the wasps are concerned!
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    I think catherine is right about the wasps not being concerned about 1/4 cup sugar - lol. However, my recipe was always similar to yours, razz - two quarts water, 1 cup lemon juice and, actually, just a little under 3/4 cup sugar. I'm not one for overly-sweet drinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Or give out coasters to cover the glasses, or instruct guests to use their cell phones to cover the glasses.. I'm. not saying this is the best solution as a host, but that's what I got used to doing this summer. I'm not sure 1/4 cup of sugar is going to make a difference, as far as the wasps are concerned!
    Or give everybody a sippy cup so the wee beasties will have a smaller target.

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    Fruit flies have come and gone but only stayed briefly and I haven't had them for awhile. Their favorite thing IME is bananas, haven't had many of those around for awhile. Some of it is climate, there are obviously more pests in a humid than a dry climate. What else have I even ever dealt with. Silverfish, I leave them alone. Spiders, they are almost all daddy long legs, I leave them alone, but the occasional brown widow is more alarming. Mosquitos I'll definitely swat at, we have west nile virus. Moths I'll kill, but mostly I've just taken to keeping grains and beans in the freezer and so there haven't been any, that's where food moths come from. I have cedar wood in drawers where I keep towels/sheets/clothes for clothing moths, but who knows if it works, that might be mostly wool that they go for, and well I have only a couple of wool items so no wonder it hasn't been much of a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ApatheticNoMore View Post
    Fruit flies have come and gone but only stayed briefly and I haven't had them for awhile. Their favorite thing IME is bananas
    Yep. Times flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

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