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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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Since the food source that is attracting the rats is the food store next to you, you should talk with the owners of the store about taking one or more of the following measures: Make sure the rats cannot access any food or leftovers. This may be hard to do as rats can eat their way through various materials. Storing all food and garbage in metal containers ...


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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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Outdoors Snakes and owls are the rat's natural predators out doors. If you can encourage their population in or near your yard you will decrease the rat population. Any bird of prey will hunt rats but Owls especially because they are nocturnal so they are most active when the rat is. Rodents are not fond of the smell of mint or citronella. Planting these ...


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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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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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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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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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To the extent you can cultivate predators (certain birds, frogs, etc), you will have a wonderful, on-going, biological control system that will keep them under control. For the cockroaches problem I mentioned before I have started trying to cultivate frogs and lizards around the perimeter of the house. The same should work with slugs. This means focusing ...


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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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Surely the most natural solution would be for the human population to reduce the deer population by eating them.


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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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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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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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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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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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If you can get a sticky rat mat, then place it in areas where they are sure to come. You can get scented mats, for e.g peanut butter etc. From your name, it appears you are from India. I was able to get those from local stores in Bangalore. One for your reference http://www.gluetraps.co.uk/rat-glue-trap-boards-2-c.asp


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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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There are many types of gnats like fungal gnat, fruit flies, etc. How exactly you can get rid of gnats may depend on which plant it is (if the plant needs a lot of water or not). Remove the top layer of the soil, because gnats generally lay their eggs on the top layer. Take the plants outside, use a shovel and remove about one inch of the soil's top layer. ...


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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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