Ghost peppers are saving U.S. grasslands—by scaring off hungry mice

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    I forgot you made that comment, was wondering the same thing. It might be tricky handling it though - I can see myself getting it in my eyes in under one minute.
     
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    Capsaicin is often used as an animal repellent. There are lots of articles on the Web. It's also being used to repel some insects. Birds can't sense capsaicin; so it won't work against them.
     
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    I didn't know that. Thanks. Maybe this is something I can use to fight spider mites on my container plants. I'll have to do some research. Do you know if capsaicin affects the taste of edible produce/fruit?
     
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    It might add some "picante" to whatever its sprayed upon but can be washed off if you don't like the effect. Capsaicin stimulates heat/pain receptors in your body, not taste receptors; so, it doesn't have any direct effect on taste.
     

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