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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Diatomaceous earth ground injector

DE will kill most soft-bodied insects by causing them to become dehydrated due to miscroscopic cuts incurred from contact with the razor-sharp ancient fossil dust. Wasps definitely will die from DE ...
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With increasing emphasis on biosecurity, how do I properly dispose of livestock remains?

Note: This still needs info on when carcasses should only be incinertaed, and when which heat tgreatment is neccessary. Animal leftovers can be used as a substrate for anaerobic digestion, to ...
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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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Dealing with bugs in compost

Consider using a bokashi composting system for your foodscraps. The bokashi process ferments (or pickles) your foodscraps meaning that they are not attractive to pests and bugs.
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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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