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Farmers tackle pests with colas (Pepsi and Coca-Cola used as pest control)
BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 3 November, 2004, 14:39 GMT | Alok Prasad Putul in Raipur

Posted on 11/03/2004 10:43:30 AM PST by bedolido

For farmers in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh it is cheaper than pesticides and gets the job done just as well. The product? Pepsi or Coca-Cola.

Agricultural scientists give them some backing - they say the high sugar content of the drinks can make them effective in combating pests.

Unsurprisingly, Pepsi and Coca-Cola strongly disagree, saying there is nothing in the drinks that can be used in pest control.

Cheaper

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: cocacola; coke; pepsi; pests

1 posted on 11/03/2004 10:43:31 AM PST by bedolido
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To: farmfriend

ping!


2 posted on 11/03/2004 10:44:39 AM PST by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: Skylight

Well, that's a better use for than using it to douche with. I understand that Coke was used by women to douche in the 40s. Eeeooowwww!


3 posted on 11/03/2004 10:48:58 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Skylight

Just don't stand in the field when the cropduster unloads the bottles....


4 posted on 11/03/2004 10:49:02 AM PST by Fudd (W1)
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To: Skylight
MAy be something to is as colas are highly acidic and possibly act as an irritant to pests or, the cola coated crops become unpalatable to pests.
5 posted on 11/03/2004 10:51:51 AM PST by fso301
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To: Skylight

Coke has plenty of other uses. It's a GREAT glass cleaner. (I know, it defies logic since you'd think the sugar would leave the glass sticky, but it doesn't.) I've also heard a lot of policemen keep a cache in the trunk because it does a great job of cleaning blood off asphalt.

MM


6 posted on 11/03/2004 10:54:34 AM PST by MississippiMan (Americans should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.)
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To: fso301

I believe it is the caffeine. It's a natural pesticide.

(you'll never see fire ants in the coffee grounds.. :^)


7 posted on 11/03/2004 10:58:22 AM PST by Hard Way (Razor nothin'. I'm firing up Occam's Chain Saw)
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To: Skylight

Kool-Aid works pretty good on RATS, so far today.


8 posted on 11/03/2004 11:00:54 AM PST by Waco
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To: Hard Way

Probably the sodium in it too.....


9 posted on 11/03/2004 11:01:34 AM PST by goodnesswins (WOOHHOOOOOOOO........FOUR ......MORE.....YEARS!!!)
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To: Hard Way

Want to get rid of coons...pour some 7-up in a ceramic bowl, add some fly bait. The stuff stinks so bad that you don't want to mix it in the house. Coons love it and will make it at the most maybe 25 feet away. Don't know what exactly does it, but the coons drop like flies. Knew an old farmer that kept the coon population down in his haymow with this concoction.


10 posted on 11/03/2004 11:03:23 AM PST by Pure Country
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To: MississippiMan
We've used it to clean that gunk off battery cable connections in a pince.

Works great!

11 posted on 11/03/2004 11:04:05 AM PST by Freedom Dignity n Honor
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To: Waco

"Kool-Aid works pretty good on RATS, so far today"

There you go, kick'em while their down...BAWHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAA,
GAWDDDDDDDDDDDD, it feels like christmas!!! I feel like a little kid who got everything they wanted on their christmas list....YEEEHHHHHAAAAWWWW!!


12 posted on 11/03/2004 11:04:56 AM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: MississippiMan

COKE...
1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.

3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
For Your Info

1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.

2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.

3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years! Now the question is, would you like a glass of water or Coke


13 posted on 11/03/2004 11:06:30 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: Skylight

nutra sweet


14 posted on 11/03/2004 11:19:33 AM PST by joesnuffy ("The merit of our Constitution was, not that it promotes democracy, but checks it." Horatio Seymour)
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To: Skylight
Mice can't burp. If they drink enough of the stuff (not much at that), they'll explode from the gas.

TS

15 posted on 11/03/2004 11:27:17 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (Random Childhood Memory #8: "We can rebuild him. We have the technology.")
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To: WildTurkey

On #7, also sprinkle that ham with brown sugar.

Speaking of cooking meat, I make the world's best ribeye. Worked on the prep-juice and methodology for over twenty years. Seriously thinking about marketing it.

MM


16 posted on 11/03/2004 11:28:44 AM PST by MississippiMan (Americans should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.)
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To: MississippiMan

I ran out of ant spray one time, tried Windex. It worked.


17 posted on 11/03/2004 11:30:43 AM PST by wizr (Old Cosby joke (flushing toilet) "Fire One!". (The Johns replace woolen top coat.))
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To: Fudd

Just don't stand in the field when the cropduster unloads the bottles....



HAH !!!


18 posted on 11/03/2004 11:30:45 AM PST by sawmill trash (We interrupt the regularly scheduled tagline to bring you this special tagline. 4 MORE YEARS !!!!)
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To: MississippiMan
sugar

Go read the label.

19 posted on 11/03/2004 11:31:17 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: Fudd
Reminds me of when Les Nessman, of "WKRP in Cincinnati"....and the station manager...Arthur Carlson gave away free turkey's by dropping them from a helicopter. Only thing was..they used live domestic turkey's...thinking they could fly.

Twas a classic........

20 posted on 11/03/2004 11:32:02 AM PST by Osage Orange (Dems...those unaccountable looking, gargoyle-like scarecrows looking to party, and raid the pantry.)
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To: Skylight

Really obese vermin run slowly.


21 posted on 11/03/2004 11:34:36 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Pure Country

"pour some 7-up in a ceramic bowl, add some fly bait"

And what is fly-bait?


22 posted on 11/03/2004 12:03:30 PM PST by oldcomputerguy
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To: Skylight

>>> Unsurprisingly, Pepsi and Coca-Cola strongly disagree, saying there is nothing in the
drinks that can be used in pest control. <<<

Ha way back when I was in the Navy I was coming in to the back door of our barrack with a can of coke. A big cockroach goes running across the floor. I splashed a few drops on it. And it went legs up in 2 sec.


23 posted on 11/03/2004 1:59:15 PM PST by quietolong
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To: MississippiMan

The best ribeye in the world is served at The Great American Land and Cattle Company in El Paso Tx. If you disagree, you haven't eaten there.


24 posted on 11/03/2004 2:11:53 PM PST by csmusaret (Urban Sprawl is an oxymoron)
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To: MississippiMan

"Coke has plenty of other uses. It's a GREAT glass cleaner. (I know, it defies logic since you'd think the sugar would leave the glass sticky, but it doesn't.)"

Works great on a trip in the rain. Buy a coke, splash a bit on the windshield and wipe it off while you drink the rest. learned that from my dad.


25 posted on 11/03/2004 2:18:42 PM PST by DugwayDuke
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To: csmusaret
The best ribeye in the world is served at The Great American Land and Cattle Company in El Paso Tx. If you disagree, you haven't eaten there.

SteakFight!

I never had any plan for marketing it, but over the years, every time somebody eats one for the first time, they start raving about how I should figure out a way to sell it. Having taken one product from raw mental concept to the national retail market, I'm not anxious to dive into the process again.

MM

26 posted on 11/03/2004 2:37:07 PM PST by MississippiMan (Americans should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.)
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To: oldcomputerguy

Fly bait is packaged in a can. Stinks like dead animals. You can find it in farm supply stores or where horse supplies are sold. We used to use it in the loafing shed for our cattle. Drew the flies like crazy--just like it does coons. When you open the can, it's blue. There's a couple of different companies that make it. Hardware stores could probably get it for you.


27 posted on 11/04/2004 7:24:09 AM PST by Pure Country
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To: Pure Country

Thanks for the info, I think I know a coon population that could benefit from this concoction.


28 posted on 11/04/2004 11:32:14 AM PST by oldcomputerguy
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