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Offline SlickMick

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Lemon grass oil
« on: March 25, 2009, 06:21:08 AM »
Does anyone know if lemon grass vegetation can be used in swarm traps instead of the oil?
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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009, 09:27:52 AM »
I would venture to say no.   I don't believe there is a high enough concentration in the vegetation.
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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009, 09:38:24 AM »
I would venture to say no.   I don't believe there is a high enough concentration in the vegetation.

I have never tried it in an experiment. I also think it would not be concentrated enough to duplicate the effect.


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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009, 02:43:23 AM »
I would venture to say no.   I don't believe there is a high enough concentration in the vegetation.

The dried stuff won't work as the much of the oils plus water is dehyrated out of it.  Fresh might work but it would be weak and of short duration.
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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009, 04:15:11 AM »
Oh well it was a thought :-D

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On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,
   And men of religion are scanty,
On a road never cross'd 'cept by folk that are lost,
   One Michael Magee had a shanty.

Now this Mike was the dad of a ten-year-old lad,
   Plump, healthy, and stoutly conditioned;
He was strong as the best, but poor Mike had no rest
   For the youngster had never been christened,
A BUSH CHRISTENING - A.B. "Banjo" Paterson http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/patersonab/poetry/christen.html

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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009, 10:37:16 AM »
You could extract it yourself -- instructions are on the Internet -- but sounds like a lot of work.

I did read about a person who dabbed some on the string supports for her peas to attract honeybees to her garden. She claims it worked. I might give it a try with the oil. I've grown it in my herb garden the last couple of years and noticed the leaves don't have much of a scent.

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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2009, 05:06:11 PM »
Sounds like a lot of effort for very little return when you can just go out and buy the stuff doesn't it
On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,
   And men of religion are scanty,
On a road never cross'd 'cept by folk that are lost,
   One Michael Magee had a shanty.

Now this Mike was the dad of a ten-year-old lad,
   Plump, healthy, and stoutly conditioned;
He was strong as the best, but poor Mike had no rest
   For the youngster had never been christened,
A BUSH CHRISTENING - A.B. "Banjo" Paterson http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/patersonab/poetry/christen.html

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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009, 08:16:53 PM »
well i saw a show on TV about beekeeping in AFRICA and they where all rubing the insides of there top bar hives with fresh cut lemon grass -so it must do somthing  :lol: RDY-B

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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2009, 09:09:21 PM »
Yes.  It just won't last as long.  Chip Taylor, who brought the idea back to the US, was studying AHB in South America when someone there told him it would work for swarm lure (the grass itself).
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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2009, 03:53:07 PM »
  How do you use the oil exactly? I bought some and I thought I would give it a try.

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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2009, 03:59:14 PM »
A few drops somewhere in the bait hive.
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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2009, 08:31:25 PM »
I use lemon grass essential oil.  Place a few drops in a spray bottle and fill with water.  Essential oil is concentrated.  After mixing with water you will still smell it.
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Re: Lemon grass oil
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2009, 10:31:23 PM »
If you want to use fresh lemongrass you rub the inside of the bait hive with it and, if you like, leave some of it inside as well.
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