What is Tanglefoot?
The Tanglefoot Insect Barrier is a pest control product that specifically helps to protect trees from destructive crawling and climbing insects.
Tree Tanglefoot Pest Barrier is the perfect way to protect your trees and reduce the invading ant population. It is a very unique product that, when applied properly, prevents crawling insects like cutworms, black vine weevils, webworms, caterpillars, moths, ants, and weevils from building nests and wreaking havoc on your trees. This product is so effective that it can even catch flying insects that are close by.
Tree Tanglefoot is easy to use and resistant to weather. It is also non-toxic to humans and environmentally-friendly. However, if you do not know how to use this product, it can cause damage to your tree. This article will teach you how to make maximum use of the Tree Tanglefoot.
Always make use of a banding material
Tree Tanglefoot Pest Barrier is made from only natural ingredients: tree resins, vegetable oils, Tanglefoot glue, and vegetable waxes. It is a vicious and sticky liquid that comes in a caramel color. The best way to use this product is by applying it around tree trunks and bark using a flat wooden or plastic spatula or, better still, a tube cartridge.
It is advised to protect the bark by wrapping the tree trunk with a banding material or any waterproof material before applying the Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier. This makes it easy to remove it without any sort of damage to the tree. You should also make sure you block holes under the banding. This will eliminate every possibility of ants crawling under the banding material to the top of the tree.
There are several options when it comes to the material to wrap the tree with. The weather and climate of your area will determine the type of tree wrap you are to use. If you live in a sunny and dry area, you can use a cardboard tree wrap.
However, do not use a cardboard tree wrap if you live in a rainy area because the rain will soften and tear the cardboard making it ineffective. In this case, use standard plastic wrap from the kitchen as your “tree wrap”.
How to apply the plastic wrap to the tree
For maximum effect, make sure you apply the wrap and the Tanglefoot in the early spring or mid-fall. And note that the plastic wrap can only be left for 1 or 2 months at a time. Do not leave it on the bark for a long time. Trees breathe through their bark so it should be removed once the Tanglefoot has done its job so the tree doesn’t suffer any permanent damage.
Know when to use cotton balls
Matured trees usually have their barks full of lumps, bumps, cracks, and crevices. This is why it is important to plug those crevices and cracks by putting cotton balls in them before you wrap the tree. Without doing this, insects will have a free ride under the plastic and the Tanglefoot layer without any obstruction. However, young trees do not require cotton balls since their bark is usually smooth.
You can either use a putty knife or a spatula to apply the Tanglefoot. If you plan on using a knife, be extremely careful with the sharp corners so as not to damage the bark of the tree. It is therefore advisable to use a plastic putty knife in order to avoid causing damage to the tree. Or a cake decorating spatula because of its rounded edges.
Step by step direction of applying Tanglefoot
- Wrap your tree in plastic.
- Apply a lump of Tanglefoot.
- Use a spatula to smooth out the lumps.
- Make a band of Tanglefoot few inches from the plastic and use a spatula to drag it in the same direction that you wrapped the plastic.
- Create a duplicate band a few inches from the first band. This will create two barriers and will add an extra protection from pests. Because if any ants are able to get past the outer barrier, it is unlikely that they will be able to get past the second barrier as well.
Best times to apply Tanglefoot
For maximum effectiveness, it is extremely important to know when to apply Tanglefoot.
October and March are the best times of the year to apply Tanglefoot. The bands should be left for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 2 months before removing the tree wrap.
Adding the Tanglefoot to your pest control arsenal is a step in the right direction to fighting many different tree pests. Because this product will help you prevent all types of crawling and walking insects. However, be advised that there are times when the Tanglefoot will trap a beneficial insect. However, the cost of trapping a beneficial insect is far lesser than not trapping all the destructive insects that attack your trees. So rest assured, you will not regret using Tanglefoot as your pest control method. And, believe me, your trees will be very grateful as well