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...And out: The Truth About Pest control

THIS is an area where good green intentions founder. If everything is left to itself, the organic theory goes, clever Mother Nature will solve all. For every few hundred aphids there will be a hungry ladybird larva, birds and spiders will do their bit too, and, while plants will be nibbled a bit, they will never be stripped to the bone. This is fine and dandy if one happens to live on a large estate where there is room and isolation for an eco-system to develop. But it is rather less effective in a town garden where the neighbours may not share green enthusiasm. If your neighbours are gaily spraying away and you are not, then every hungry many-legged creature for streets around will make a bee-line (as it were) for your little plot, which will soon look as if locusts have been in for a snack.

Concept house takes flight into fantasy

THE NEW kid on the block at the Ideal Home exhibition is guaranteed to cause the net curtains in the adjacent show houses to tweak. It is called the Oyster by its architect Nigel Coates, but from some angles it looks more like a stealth bomber landed inside Earl's Court.

Go to work on a slug

I AM just back from the home of the brave and the land of the free with a question for John Prescott as he sweats out his new transport strategy. Has he given thought to slugs?

Detroit ban for dead octopuses

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Racing: Hopes rise for turf return

Hopes are rising that racing on turf will resume at Musselburgh tomorrow followed by Newcastle on Saturday. Today is the 11th successive racing day with action confined to the all-weather tracks.

Gardening: How do you fight slime-trailing pests?

Scientists are on the trail of more environmentally-friendly ways of killing slugs. Helen Lewis reports

Racing: Cecil running low on ammunition

Henry Cecil starts the last full week of the turf season pounds 22,279 behind Saeed bin Suroor in the race for the trainers' title and admitted yesterday: "I haven't got much chance. I haven't got the ammunition left. But win or lose I have enjoyed it."

Woman's battle to save boat crew

A woman who spent four hours in the sea without a lifejacket is the only survivor so far from a dredger that capsized off the Scottish coast at the weekend.

Snail forces bypass into slow lane

A slime-eating, marsh-dwelling mollusc, slightly larger than a ball bearing, could today achieve more than thousands of roads protesters in seriously delaying - and perhaps even halting - the Newbury bypass.

Sex for cephalopods

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Snail may slow down bypass

A tiny snail, less than three millimetres tall, is causing the latest bout of embarrassment to the builders of the Newbury bypass.

Thaw boosts turf prospects

Yesterday's thaw has improved prospects for racing this week. Forecasts predict that the biting frost will ease.
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