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[Cob] fleas/ticks in sandBryan bryantree at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 13:02:05 PDT 2009
Solarzation would be a great way to bake them out if you have sun and cover with clear plastic to kill them. Check out my site-> www.BryanTree.com Bryan Hilbert 2526 54th St S Gulfport, FL 33707 727-323-7268 office 727-804-7268 cell - Please Only use Cell 10-5 Mon-Fri. Never on weekends or after hours unless its a real emergency. 727-489-1009 fax Buddha: Consider others as yourself. ... On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 3:45 PM, Shody Ryon <qi4u at yahoo.com> wrote: > > I am not a cob builder, I agree with Dulane accept I am slight more sure no > insect or anything else would live in a high of a pH environment as lime > would provide. We were not adding it to compost because it would kill things > that digested compost. > Some plants like lime, but in small amounts to balance acid pH and as a > source of calcium, but plants like beneficial organisms too, so ... > > My first though was to cover a thin layer of material, maybe one inch > thick, with plastic to let it bake in the sun for a few days. I also wonder > if doing anything is necessary. I do not think they will take kindly to > being made into cob, and if they do, there is a torch that is commonly used > for roofing and burning weeds, it is a nasty short range flame thrower and > it is a common tool, the house, after it is done, if anything is coming out > of the walls, I say torch it! then a few days later do it again and if that > doesn't do it call the discover channel, you'll have discovered a unique > life form! Maybe. > the walls will likely need to be very dry to do this; to run a torch for > more than 3 or 4 seconds, or may not even that long in one location and very > dry walls may also mean no critters living there, so if you have any > problems, and the walls are drying slowly, maybe running a torch over all > the cob surfaces for a second or two to dry out the cob, the dryer it gets > the longer and more it could be heated, so perhaps a daily routine to slowly > dry it out over time? I am guessing about all this. > > Another idea just came to mind, a farmer or anyplace that makes compost, > sometimes they sterilize compost. Mushroom growers do, you could take the > earth there. Well it may not be practical or cost effective. They may give > you ideas though. > > Try making cob with some fleas and ticks in it and see if they stay there. > > Some ceramic glazing is non toxic and high in mineral content that the > critters may not like, so if you find one that you like the color of that > you could get at a reasonable cost in 5 gallon buckets, if that is the > amount you would need, paint it on a little cob test wall and see if they > come through it? > > Shody > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Coblist mailing list > Coblist at deatech.com > http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist >
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