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Epicatt2

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Re: tanglefoot direct application experiment
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2021, 11:59:17 AM »
Update - do not use "coflex" / rubber-stretch-gauze for this!   after a few days the tanglefoot was absorbed into the gauze material, causing it to lose stickiness and unwind, and the tanglefoot soaked through to the bark.  So now I have direct tanglefoot on all my tree trunks.  I guess I am now "all in" on this experiment.

Wow, the CoFlex sounded promising but not a compatible option with the tanglefoot, after all.

That's really too bad.

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Re: tanglefoot direct application experiment
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2021, 04:28:40 PM »
I always have ants and snail problems.   Based on the discussion here, I tried two items below: paint tape, and Vaseline, both purchased from dollar store.

The paint tape is applied with the non-sticky side toward the tree bark.  Then smear the Vaseline to the tape.  By this way, the vaseline has no contact with the bark.   It seems that the ant trail stopped for now.   The Vaseline may have to be reapplied once awhile when the dust accumulates that ants can walk over.    If the the paint tape gets too tight due the tree trunk expands, I will have to cut the tape and reapply the Vaseline.
 




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Re: tanglefoot direct application experiment
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2021, 02:59:57 PM »
Update - do not use "coflex" / rubber-stretch-gauze for this!   after a few days the tanglefoot was absorbed into the gauze material, causing it to lose stickiness and unwind, and the tanglefoot soaked through to the bark.  So now I have direct tanglefoot on all my tree trunks.  I guess I am now "all in" on this experiment.
Oh no :(  Can you remove the tanglefoot from the bark?  i did a quick search, seems like mineral spirits or other degreasers would work, but I'd be concerned about it hurting the tree.

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Re: tanglefoot direct application experiment
« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2021, 03:54:52 PM »
Not wanting to lead you down yet another wrong path, I personally would try to remove the Tanglefoot with a fairly benign vegetable oil, such as olive oil, then wash it off using dilute soapy water, finally rinsing/flushing with straight water. I use this process to remove dirty grease from my hands. The process continually progresses from more harmful to less harmful. I would try to keep the affected area as small as possible, perhaps, with the use of a masking tape boundary. However, avoid peeling off the bark when removing the tape!
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