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You should figure out why you have so many flies in the first place. If they are reproducing indoors, addressing that source would be far more effective than plants. If they are coming in from the outside, plants might not be your answer either. They are likely to "lure in" as many new flies as they eat, giving you no net benefit. But if you are bent on ...


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I took over a garden in an old house, which was completely infested with slugs, my solution was many-fold. I tried to remove the places for them to hide during the day, this certainly worked, but the population then settled at a reduced (but still there) level. It was really only when I found a hedge-hog on the road outside my house one winter, and ...


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You cannot possibly keep up with the fly population with carnivorous plants. Your typical venus flytrap will handle 2-3 flies a month. I raised carnivorous plants as a kid. Managed to get my flytraps to bloom and produce seed. In fall I would catch 30-40 flies, and freeze them for winter use. HI is correct. Some of the largest ones could handle a fly,...


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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 increase the number of nematodes to the point where the slug population collapses. The problem is that this causes the netmatodes' source of food to vanish, so the ...


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Methods There are several methods of livestock disposal to choose from, each has its own benefits and drawbacks. While there may be no correct answer for everyone, there are better approaches - especially as we factor in sustainability. Inspiration for this Q&A layout is drawn primarily from Amundson (2013). While this book concerns husbandry (see ...


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Compost probably won't work, as you need something that emits carbon dioxide. Something starchy (eg potato, flour), chopped into small pieces, and mixed with some yeast and water may still work as well as sugar. However, as @THelper says in his comment directly against the question, the swamp is probably the wrong place to put a trap to get an effective ...


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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 they don't appear to eat bees. But they also eat frogs and lizards, which also eat insects. We try to create environments where the frogs and lizards can hide ...


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At best, the pond is a local source of mosquitoes. Predators such as dragonflies can only achieve a balance: if the mosquito numbers decline, so will the dragonflies. Frogs If the pond cannot be covered or drained, I would encourage you to consider frogs, as Mσᶎ suggested. Worldwide, frogs are in decline, so introducing local species to the pond would seem ...


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From your link it seems likely that you're seeing a net increase in mosquitoes: dense populations can be useful in reducing mosquito problems I take that to mean that you need a lot of dragonflies to see a small reduction in mosquito population. My experience is that having a vigorous frog population eliminated mosquito larvae from the ponds the frogs ...


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My position on mosquitos is that they are welcome to live where they belong, and to serve their purpose there. I just don't want them biting me. Therefore I would not try to kill them in the swamp. I would instead try to: keep them out of the guesthouse keep them away from guests if they do get inside the guesthouse keep them away from guests in the ...


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I would suggest a combination of methods to control the mosquitoes. The Lethal ovitrap is one approach, but if we look at the mosquito life cycle, we see multiple points of attack. Adult breeding. Government and Aid Agencies breed and release huge numbers of sterile male mosquitoes to interrupt breeding in some parts of the world. I assume that such an ...


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Possums are not farmed in New Zealand or in Australia. They're an Australian native, where most species are protected. The brushtail possum that's a major pest species in New Zealand is only minimally protected in Australia as it's very common. To the best of my knowledge there is no possum real industry in Australia, just some experimental outlets. So ...


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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. It is safe to use. Honey draws most insects to eat it. The borax sticks to them and perforates their shells, so that they 'bleed' to death. They also carry it ...


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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 microgreen seeds in the terrarium every couple of weeks. They sprout, they grow and feed the snail, and then when it is looking sparse I sprinkle some more. The ...


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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 4-6" high at the top of the half circle. We then use cheap elastic maybe 1/4" wide (also from a sewing store) and then attach these half circles, circle side ...


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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, leafcutters are poor climbers of smooth surfaces, so if you apply this barrier to some material(preferably something smooth like a pipe) and have that around the ...


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As I've been trying various strategies, the following helped me overcome the problem with the ants. Leaf-cutter ants invariably carve out a highway for carrying the leaves from the source plant to their home. The ants may do so for distances of several metres, but they seem to only cut down grass that's shorter than about 15cm. I have been growing grass ...


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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 enter your house and put some there. A chemical reaction I can't describe right now will kill the ants when they eat the powder. I had the same problem with my pot ...


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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 attract predators. But you need a composting pile in a good place where predators will find shelter. The secret for collecting slugs is to have a bucket with a ...


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Sundew Plants When I was a teenager I grew a lot of Sundew plants. To give you a good idea of the usefulness of these, I can say they can catch tiny flies (fruit flies, perhaps, and smaller) and perhaps mosquitoes but they won't catch larger house flies. I don't think their efficiency would be high enough to make a noticeable difference. They managed to ...


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Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring sedimentary rock and is effective for this purpose. However, I would not classify it as permaculture. A simple definition of permaculture is growing plants within a ecosystem that is self-supporting. Diatomaceous earth comes from places like Germany, Denmark and closer to home Southern California, Colorado, to name ...


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I put up an electric fence. The deer wire is about 3 foot off the ground. I take a piece a tinfoil the size of my hand put a dab of peanut butter on it and fold it over, in half. The deer are attracted to it, by smell, must touch it, get stung, then leave and never come back again. I do not know why it works but it has for me for several years and I see ...


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Here is a method that works for Indonesian sand flies. Tear a plastic bag to get 2 sheets of plastic Dip them in any oily substance (to make it sticky). Attach them next to an outdoor light Re-oil the plastic every week One of this trap easily kills hundreds of monsters each night. By setting 4 similar traps we reduced the (very) local population by about ...


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Those cockroach are unable to exit from an aluminium can. The only problem is to get them in. Cut open a can Paint the outside with anything that would give foot traction. You can also glue some paper Put some bait inside. Stale beer is possibly the best. Any leftover would do. It is not nearly as efficient as chemicals as those are designed to poison the ...


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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 won't allow the rain to rinse off the cream and it will last many weeks. Leaf cutters won't cross a line of shaving cream.


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I lived in the tropics for a year. The three repellants that seem to work well are either: 1) Permetherin - a common insecticide and repellant. It's safe enough to use on your clothes and camping gear, but not directly on skin. It's also effective as a general insecticide around the house. 2) Citronella incense - very easy to get a hold of and it'll ...


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The two methods I have used recently is: 1. smoke - I have worked with a cigar which helped keep mosquitoes away. I have also had a controlled burning with much smoke which will help very much depending on the environmental conditions. I was working down in a swampy area and the smoke dropped into the swamp bottom and helped much. 2. onion - I take one ...


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Filling in the pond seems excessive. Mosquito's like stagnant water, rather than flowing. Install a solar powered fountain or fall. May not help but more attractive than a filled in pond.


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I'm going to be politically incorrect and say yes. "The solution to pollution is dilutions" Toxicity is in the dose. The amount of heavy metals and PAH's (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) is significant. This is likely causing the anti-termite effect. A 1980 paper reports lead content of around 7500 ppm Zinc at 1500 ppm. (Note that zinc is a ...


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