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Crickets in the well!

 
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After my grandparents died my wife and I moved onto the family ranch. We have a working well that we use for the house, and then there are two other wells very nearby we want to hook a windmill up to.

The problem with them is crickets. One was used for another house on the property until crickets got into it and started making the water taste foul. The drilling guys said there was nothing that could be done once crickets get in. The wells were not sealed with anything but a large stone, and now when you move it there are still hundreds of crickets jumping around.

This isn't a problem if it's just crops that the water is feeding, but I'd like to have it as a backup to our electric well. Does anyone know if there is anything that can be done about the cricket situation?
 
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If it were me I'd grab some chicken wire, 3' should do. Surround the area, leave a opening. Next buy some ducks, several breeds are not really flyers (Runners, Muscovies, Pekings etc.) and turn them loose in there. Go in a move rocks for them every now and then.

Your hopper problem will be eliminated. And if you raise up any ducks pend in with lots of hoppers they will be on the hunt for hoppers for the rest of their lives.

You keep the eggs and then meat of course *wink*

I wish I had grass hoppers, my ducks have eliminated all the beetles and such. My friends bring me their snails and slugs now, oh the good old days.
 
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Neem "not that I would want to drink the water after" " stops metamorphosis"
Garlic "that I could tolerate drinking as medicinal water" I've seen it work somewhat with mosquito's but maybe I didn't have enough garlic in the water.
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