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Dealing with flies indoors: Carnivorous Plants

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 ...
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Dealing with flies indoors: Carnivorous Plants

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 ...
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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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mosquito control with plastic bottle

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 ...
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With increasing emphasis on biosecurity, how do I properly dispose of livestock remains?

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 - ...
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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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Dragonflies vs. mosquitoes

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 ...
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Dragonflies vs. mosquitoes

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 ...
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mosquito control with plastic bottle

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 ...
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mosquito control with plastic bottle

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. ...
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Are possum fur products typically from culled possums?

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 ...
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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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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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Dealing with flies indoors: Carnivorous Plants

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 ...
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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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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?

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 ...
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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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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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What Permaculture solutions are there for slugs?

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 ...
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Getting rid of those little flies (gnats) without using a spray?

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 ...
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Sustainable methods of cockroach control (Periplaneta americana)

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 ...
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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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More sustainable mosquito repellants

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 ...
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More sustainable mosquito repellants

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 ...
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How can I easily detect the presence of insecticides?

If you have a particular location in the room where you suspect they may have been used, you could try releasing some live bugs there (ones that are moderately welcome indoors), eg some jumpy spiders. ...
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What is a permaculture solution for dealing with deer in a suburban environment?

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 ...
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Dragonflies vs. mosquitoes

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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How does one judge the sustainability of using burnt motor oil for termite protection?

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 ...
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