1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 29, 2008

:242 Insect Pheromone Traps

Filed under: :242 Insect Pheromone Traps — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:20 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:242 EcoTip: Pheromones are used by insects to attract a mate. Many are currently available for attracting insects into traps where they die. Aerial spraying of pheromones is also being used as a method for insect control. The idea is to confuse insects so they can’t find a mate. While traps with pheromones seems like a good idea, exposing people by aerial spraying of entire communities has become quite controversial.

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 Additional Information:

A number of pheromone attractants and traps are available from ARBICO-organics.

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April 16, 2008

:107 Insect Exclusion

Filed under: :107 Excluding Insects — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 1:01 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:107 EcoTip: Stucco weep screeds frequently leave gaps between the foundation and the screed. This can permit insect entry.

A properly installed weep screed will allow moisture to drain but exclude insects.

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Suggested Review – :106

The weep screed should be sealed to the foundation so that the only openings are the weep holes that permit water to drain. These weep holes are designed to help exclude insect. What needs to be sealed is the gap that may be present between the weed screed and the foundation or stem wall of your home. I’ve seen these openings be large enough to insert ones fingers (scary thought). The sealant should be a silicone elastic caulk material that can expand and contract as conditions change. It should be checked every year to be sure it remains in good condition. This is usually best accomplished by using a mirror to give you a better observation angle.

When applying the sealant, it may be helpful to apply painters tape to cover and protect the weep holes from becoming clogged with sealant. Once the sealant has been applied the tape is removed to uncover the holes.

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