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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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Lots of ideas.. Dark Side Diatomaceous Earth (Fossilized organisms so small it scratches them up, inside and out) Build a hot compost pile on top of it (If it can get rid of Comfrey, ants don't stand a chance) Entomopathogenic Fungi (but it requires you to morph the fungal Escovopsis culture into a non-sporulating form yourself) Be careful what you wish ...


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I know this isn't the answer you're hoping for, but since you do mention it toward the bottom of your question, I think it's still on-topic; yes, you would (probably) be more sustainable to just buy organic tomatoes at the market. Inefficiency of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) This is a recurring theme I see a lot: people mistaking sustainability for DIY. The two ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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The comments in this discussion looked helpful, including discussion of why standard ant control techniques don't work with leaf cutter ants. http://crphotos.blogspot.com/2009/05/leaf-cutter-ants-and-biological.html Unfortunately the link that is referenced in the comments no longer works directly. It looks like the resource has been moved to 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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Not close to any conventional methods, but might help. Setup a audio speaker system that can play a sound of the animal which foxes in your region are afraid of (eagles, coyotes, wolves etc). Let this system automatically play the noise periodically (every 30 mins between mid night and moning). Or if you could some how detect motion using a webcamera/...


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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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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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I believe i saw Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall tying little portions of his off-cut hair in nylon stockings in regular intervals on a fence, in one of his shows. If I recall correctly, it was around his chicken coop to deter the foxes.


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Try placing mint around your tomato plants. Most rodents are not fond of mint and will actively avoid it. The strong smell of mint can also distract/dissuade other garden pests of the insect variety (not pollinators thankfully). Whether to keep the mint potted or to inter-plant directly in the bed is up to you. Mint doesn't grow taller than about a foot so ...


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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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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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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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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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