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Killing Insects on Natural Crafts

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When you gather natural things for your crafts, you want to be sure there are no bugs in them. This page is about killing insects on natural crafts.


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By 3 found this helpful
December 22, 2008

Pine cones can be put into the microwave and heated on low temperature. Cones that have not opened will open up. They will be an undamaged specimen for craft projects. While doing this you will experience another benefit, free room freshener.

Pine cones that are slightly squished or in generally sad condition or almost pulverized can be heated in the microwave. This gives the real Christmas tree scent. Heat the cones and your room with the fake tree will get an added dimension.

By Margie from Upper Greenwood Lake, Hewitt

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October 11, 2012

Pinecones, acorns, and seedpods are great in holiday decor, but they sometimes house little insects or larvae. To eliminate the risk of uninvited guests at your holiday table, bake these things in a slow oven (200-250 degrees F) on a foil lined baking sheet for a couple of hours. Then glue, gild, and glitter the night away (odd stray idea - I bet you could dump them in a crock pot over nite instead of the oven).


By Linda L.

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November 6, 20041 found this helpful

Before using any natural stuff like pinecones or seed pods you have gathered in holiday decor, line a shallow pan with foil and put them into the oven at 200 degrees for about 45 minutes. This will kill any insects living inside. You don't want uninvited guests crawling onto your holiday table.

By Linda

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April 1, 20051 found this helpful

Whenever you bring any natural stuff like pine cones or twigs into the house to use as decor, put them on a foil lined baking sheet in the oven at 200-250 degrees for 30 minutes to kill any hitchhiking insects.

By Linda

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August 10, 20130 found this helpful

I purchased a large grapevine branch to use in my home for decoration. I am concerned of bringing any pests into house. What should I spray the branches with to make sure no bugs.


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January 25, 20182 found this helpful

If you plan to use pine cones for crafts or home decorations you will want to remove any bugs that are hiding out inside. This is a page about how to remove bugs from pine cones in the microwave.

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