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What Permaculture solutions are there for slugs?

You could try slug nematodes. These are parasites of slugs that can kill them. They occur normally in the soil, but their numbers are normally in balance with the slug population. The trick is to ...
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Are bats and chickens good animals for pest control?

My wife and I have about 100 free-ranging chickens. For bug control, they are a mixed blessing. Chickens eat just about any kind of insect they can find, excepting small ants, and thank goodness ...
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What do I feed my snails?

We have kept a snail around for several years in a terrarium. I'll tell you that they will eat almost any plant material. They munched all the ferns down to dirt, so now I just toss a sprinkle of ...
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Is there a way to remove cockroaches without having to use poison?

For most insects a mixture of 1 cup water, 1 cup borax powder or welding flux, and 1 cup honey works. Dissolve the borax in water, add the honey, and mix. Spray around edges, under the fridge etc. ...
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Aeroponics system on a rooftop in the tropics - what could go wrong?

I lived completely off grid in a tropical forest for nearly 10 years, and had several different iterations of hydro/aero/aqua ponics systems inoperation for large periods of that time. In my location ...
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Non toxic insect(ant) repellent for use in the kitchen

I would suggest baking soda. It is very effective against ants, cheap and available in the supermarket. Just put some on the areas that frequented by the ants and if you can locate the points they ...
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What Permaculture solutions are there for slugs?

Human work as a permaculture intrant A solution that wasn't mentioned there is to collect them by hand day after day. I dispose the slugs collected into my composting pile where they feed, breed and ...
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How to deal with leafcutter ants?

We buy some cheap transparent plastic at a sewing store. Kind of like clear plastic sandwich bag plastic but thicker. We cut it into half circles of various sizes - usually 6-9 inches long and maybe 4-...
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How to deal with leafcutter ants?

I keep many species of ants including leafcutters and what we use in the hobby is barriers like extra virgin olive oil or fluon to keep them from climbing up the walls of containers and escaping, ...
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How to deal with leafcutter ants?

Cut off the upper section of a plastic beverage bottle, leaving the top opening as thick as the newly planted tree. Put shaving cream under the dome and duct tape it to the tree. The plastic dome ...
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What are environmentally friendly and efficient ways to fight hogweed?

Main problem is that the seeds can remain vital for 5 or more years, so any measurements taken need to be persisted for a while and there's really no silver bullet (also not herbicides since they're ...
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Gnat problem with a rotating composter

Gnat's are attracted to fruit, if that's what you're putting in the bin, you've identified the problem. One way is to Freeze your fruit/vegetable scraps in the freezer, this eliminates their odor, ...
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How to deal with leafcutter ants?

I use a vacuum. It takes about an hour a night( four 15 minute shifts) for three nights. No environmental side effects. In Guatemala they usually forage in early evening. Mix a glass or mug of your ...
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Non toxic insect(ant) repellent for use in the kitchen

Rubbing alcohol will prevent all insects. Of course, it doesn't last very long. Clove powder will kill ants, even causing burning to them if it is just sprinkled on top of them. But, I do not know ...
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