[permaculture] leaf cutter ants
George Anna Clark
esac at laneta.apc.org
Sat Jun 12 14:45:07 EDT 2004
Hi Mike, enjoyed yours as well, always do (especially on fish pond security)...
>Have you ever thought of trying neem oil to repel them?
>What about using a very strong essential oil...that messes up their
>smell...garlic eucalyptus, peppermint, lemongrass
these two are new, will try them .... I'm also interspersing neem
trees in the live fence around the farm - thinking at some point I will
make my own neem oil (right... sometime around 2 am after making organic
peanut butter and hummus...), but have recently been told the trees work as
a physical barrier for the white fly as well. We'll see in a few years, boy
do they grow fast. Absolutely love dry conditions.
>Injecting Boiling water into the nest..??
tried that... I think you need a very large swimming pool full of
>Black Plastic barrier around the field...?
they're inside the field (and outside as well, of course)
>Sand around tree trunks?
I think perhaps I did many moons ago -just in case, will try it
again. Have tried ash and lime, though, also inside their holes... Also
tried stick-em stuff that I use on the plastic yellow cards for the white
flies (which capture about 1 out of 10,000 white flies, by the way, and
more beneficials than I like) around the trunk, they didn't even feel it.
>Scent barrier around trees/plants that you want...
I'm working on that - I'm thinking lemongrass is working (yet another
excuse to grow it)...
> boric acid as a deterrent?
>beneficial fungii, bacteria that attacks the ants, their eggs, or the
>stores?....check out quassia (active ingredient quassine) to spray around
>your good plants..
great ideas, any volunteer research students out there who would
like to study these in Mexico for your thesis??
>Natural pest? (Rent-an-anteater??)
Honest to god I tried this once. Well, I bought the anteater (you can
go to a certain tree on the side of the highway sort of in the middle of
nowhere and buy live anteaters -sometimes- not always available...) I let
him (her?) loose in the field and never saw it again, with no noticeable
drop in the population... I suppose I would have to start an anteater
farm.... I do have iguanas living in my roof (they like the heat but I
suspect they've also discovered the cat food), but perhaps they sleep when
the ants are active ?? (which is one reason why chickens and ducks don't work)
>Anyone have similar ideas from keeping away goats out of my plants??
>Any tried and true ideas? Offline ideas welcome too...
The only thing that occurs to me is barbecue... (sorry...)
good luck and thanks again!
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