Keeping ants off fruit trees/Bayer Boltac Grease Bands

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 <http://www.bayergarden.co.uk/en/data/Products/b/Boltac-Greasebands.aspx but 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?
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On 4/29/2013 11:25 PM, sms wrote:

Is the product supposed to stop garden headaches? ^_^
TDD
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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.
nb
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The web page claims this sticky band uses "Non-drying adhesive, pesticide free." 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.)
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On 4/29/2013 11:25 PM, sms wrote:

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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Google is your friend http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pidQ8
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