I knew that I recalled a device for keeping ants off of fruit trees, but
the person at Home Depot who knows everything about gardening (the old
guy who used to work at a Japanese nursery) said there was nothing).
The device is this
they aren't sold in the U.S. (though you can order them from the U.K.).
Does anyone know how these are constructed and how to make your own?
Do as your conscience allows, but be aware that Bayer (yes, that
Bayer) is the company making and selling neonicotine, the insecticide
finally determined to be behind the killing off of huge bee
populations. They're right up there with Monsanto as one of the great
Satans of the chemical industry.
Jes thought I'd mention it.
The web page claims this sticky band uses "Non-drying adhesive, pesticide
Sticky bands were widely used in England in the 1950s, probably made the
same way as fly paper (coiled sticky strips such as hung in farm kitchens,
common in a country that had no screened windows.)
Just use this. Take a putty knife and spread a narrow band of it
around the tree trunk:
Tree Tanglefoot - 15 oz Tub
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Tanglefoot's a semi-solid concotion of vegetable wax and castor oil.
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