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Nature Table Items & Bugs?

post #1 of 7
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I'd like to start a nature table for my little one, but every time we bring something in from nature, it seems to have bugs in it! A bird's nest was crawling with tiny insects, larve came out of the acorns... Now I'm afraid to let anything from the forest into our house.

How do you know an item that you've picked up off the ground doesn't contain any hidden insects? Do you contain it in a sealed jar for awhile? Do you just risk it? Leave it on the porch for a few days? Any input is appreciated!
post #2 of 7
Bugs are part of nature too, right?

We give it a good shake, blow on it, leave it on the "porch" or what have you. If it's able to get rinsed without getting ruined (like shells) I do that sometimes too. But they come in sometimes, and we escort them out again. No worries really.

We have lots of dead bugs collected by my little one for our nature table too
post #3 of 7
You want to be careful about having something like a bird's nest if you have a LO who will touch it and then put hands in his/her mouth. Also watch for mites, etc.
post #4 of 7
Yeah, there's often nature in nature, LOL! You can bake things at a really low temperature to kill any bugs if you want to go that route. Bonus: if you have pinecones, it makes them open up. Here's a link with more exhaustive directions on baking pine cones, but I can't see why it wouldn't work for other nature items as well.
post #5 of 7
I found another link with some ideas about birds' nests.
post #6 of 7
freezing is another option. you can pop things into the freezer. so far, though, we've had no trouble with bugs.

no bird nests though. i was thinking of getting one at a craft store since that will be bug free. lol
post #7 of 7
We just collect bird's nests well after freezing weather sets in. Bug-free and we can be pretty sure it's not needed by the bird anymore at that point. I save it in a box for our Spring table.

I've never had trouble with acorns...maybe just pick up unblemished ones?
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