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[Cob] fleas/ticks in sand (Udit)Bryan bryantree at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 13:19:57 PDT 2009
clear plastic is better than black as it lets the rays in more to kill more deeper. 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 3:38 PM, Don Jackson <homesteadpower at hotmail.com>wrote: > > Re: "The real reason I'm writing is because the local sand which is readily > available has a lot of sand ticks/fleas" > > An internet search turns up no relevant results for "sand ticks". Looking > up "sand fleas" shows these are distantly related to fleas, and live at the > beach, but also that some people call every creature that lives in sand a > "sand flea". > http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IG132 > > So first I wonder, is this a real concern, or do you have a general fear of > insects? > > Second, if this is a real concern, heat kills all insects. If you could > mound this sand in a pile and cover it with black plastic in the summertime, > temperatures above 140 degrees kill all insects within a couple of hours, > and temperatures of 120 kill most insects similarly (probably the extended > period it would be in the sun), so the temperatures required aren't really > all that great. I've seen steam sterilizer units that fit in the back of > dumptrucks that nurseries used for sterilizing 10 yards worth at a time, so > this couldn't be too difficult. > > Once it's in the wall, the dryness of clay would suck the moisture out of > insects. Look how many insects infest clay dirt in the ground - I can't > think of any. > > I don't see any one address this on the cob list (maybe it doesn't matter), > but I would suspect the differences between washed river sand and sharp > crushed sand might be more important, if you were really to examine the part > that sand plays in cob house strength. > > Don Jackson > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Windows Live™: Life without walls. > http://windowslive.com/explore?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_WL_allup_1a_explore_032009 > _______________________________________________ > Coblist mailing list > Coblist at deatech.com > http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist >
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