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You can find information on Organic Citrus Care here.
Horticultural Glues
Horticultural glues are very effective organic controls to prevent crawling insects from feeding, mating and spreading diseases in woody plants (roses, citrus, apples, etc.). This includes: codling moth, tent caterpillars, procession caterpillars, earwigs, elm leaf beetle, gypsy moth, crawling insects and ants. Controlling ants reduces scale, aphid and mealy bug problems, as the ants protect these pests from predators. The recommendations vary as to the width of application, from wide to multiple narrow glue beads. Ants will be stopped by a narrower band of glue than, for example, caterpillars. Other uses include keeping ants or geckos out of electronic watering systems or security sensors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is horticultural glue? It is a sticky non-drying glue made from natural gum resins, vegetable oil and wax.

How many trees will it cover? Manufacturers recommendations vary as to the width of application, from wide to multiple narrow glue beads. Tree Guard Glue in a tub will cover approximately 12 tree trunks that measure about 30 cm in diameter, depending, of course, on your skill in applying it with a spatula and the amount you use per tree. It should be applied as a wafer / paper thin smear around 10 cm wide. Tree Guard Glue in a tube will cover approximately 15 to 20 trees with a narrow glue band delivered via the squeeze tube.

Do I need to band the tree prior to applying the glue? This is highly recommended especially for young, thin-barked trees and smaller trees. Citrus is known to have particularly sensitive bark. Citrus trees are often killed by applying substances such as axle grease to their bark. By banding you protect the tree and lengthen the life of the glue. In addition, re-application or removal is far easier. You can use Green Harvest Tree Wrap. Some fissured bark trees will require a filling in order to plug any gaps between the wrap and the trunk. The goal is to force the crawling pest onto the banding / glue and prevent their access into the canopy.

Why are there still ants in the tree? They may be trapped and will soon die, or they may have found a way to bypass the glue. Check you have removed branches touching the ground or nearby trees and that there are no gaps underneath the tree banding material. For bad infestations apply Eco-oil.

How long will the glue stay effective? It does not dissolve in rain and its active ingredients last for up to 6 months or until it is covered with insects or dust. Banding the tree first, extends the glue's effectiveness because it stops the oil component being absorbed by the tree bark and so stops the glue from drying out.

Will the glue run in extremely hot weather? This is possible and the best recommendation is to apply a wafer thin layer. The thicker the application the more likely the glue will run down the trunk when temperatures reach into the high 30's.

Why is this product which is considered an organic control technique not available to gardeners in Victoria? Warning to Victoria In December 2019 Victoria updated its legislation pertaining to cruelty to animals. They have added Regulation 62: Sale, use or setting of glue traps that can trap an animal is banned. Sale, use or setting of a glue trap for the purposes of capturing an insect is only permitted where the trap has a cage, or is of a design, that prevents an animal contacting the adhesive surface. While we await for products to enter the market meeting this regulation we have blocked sales of this range into Victoria. Consider using exclusion products to keep the pest out.
Ants In Your Plants? Ant Kit
Includes:
  • Tree Guard Glue 150ml tube
  • Tree banding tape. A roll of horticultural, outdoor use sticky tape: 60 mm x 50 m (only available in this kit)
PG137


Grease Band
Warning to Victoria
Here's the quickest and most convenient way to exclude ants from your trees and shrubs.
  • Pre-glued band
  • 175 cm long and 10 cm wide
  • Twist wire supplied to secure the band at the top and bottom
  • Cut it to any length (make sure to overlap by 8 cm)
  • Measure the distance around the trees you want to cover at 45 cm above soil level and add 8cm for overlap
PG128Reduced from $15.95
You can find information on Organic Citrus Care here.
Citrus Care Tips
Protect your trees from most citrus pests and the ants farming them. Mealy bug, scale and black sooty mould can be controlled so you get the delicious, home grown citrus you expect.
Predalure: Bring on the Good Bugs for true natural pest control.
Tree Wrap: To band the tree prior to applying the glue and make it easier to clean off or reapply glue if necessary; this horticultural clear tape is slightly elastic and 25 mm x 50 m.
Tree Guard Glue
Warning to Victoria
  • Stops climbing insects in their tracks
  • Physical, non-chemical pest barrier
  • Waterproof, non-drying, horticultural glue
  • Protects 24 hours a day until covered in insects or dust
  • Stops the creepy crawlies from entering trees, letter boxes, irrigation controls, etcetera
  • Codling Moth (apply as soon as flowering starts)
  • Elm Leaf Beetle, and Pear and Cherry Slug
  • Ants (the likely cause for aphids, scale and sooty mould)
  • Earwigs, weevils, moths and caterpillars (including the dreaded Procession Caterpillar)
  • Application - apply Tree Wrap around the tree trunk, about 30-50 cm above ground level and at least 10 cm wide.
  • Use a spatula or paint scraper to smear a thin layer (about 2 mm) of glue on to the wrap.
  • Make your own card traps by spreading on cardboard for indoor use or core flute for outdoor use.
  • 500 gram tub will cover approximately 12 tree trunks that measure about 30 cm in diameter.
  • 150 ml squeeze tube will cover approximately 3 tree trunks that measure about 30 cm in diameter using the smear method or 15 - 20 trees with a narrow bead.
Material Safety Data Sheet

PG108
PG109minimum 3 per order

PG138Also available as part of a Ant Kit
Grafting Tape For Use With Horticultural Glue
Banding your trees is a two-step process. The first step preferably is to use a banding material underneath the horticultural glue. To do this first fasten this horticultural, slightly elastic, rot-proof, clear non-sticky tape (or some other waterproof banding material) around the tree trunk. This is crucial for young trees, particularly citrus, which have very sensitive bark. Using a banding material provides a non-absorbent surface for the glue, reducing the application rate, extending the life of the glue and making for easy removal after the insect season. This is an easy and inexpensive banding material, just wrap well so that each layer overlaps the prior one. Slightly elastic, rot proof, clear PVC tape. Tape length is 50 metres (150') long.
TG110
Yellow Sticky Roll Trap
Warning to Victoria
Double-sided, 15 cm wide, sticky ribbon is used to encircle the perimeter of your growing area or can be placed along crop rows to mass-trap flying insects such as whiteflies, aphids, fungal gnats, grasshopper and thrips. Can also be used to band trees to keep ants and other crawling insects off.
  • Easy to cut
  • 100 metre long roll, ideal for large area trapping
  • Insert round stick in centre for ease of unrolling

PG134
See also:
Sticky Trap products

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Warning to Victoria Regulation 62: Sale, use or setting of glue traps that can trap an animal is banned. Sale, use or setting of a glue trap for the purposes of capturing an insect is only permitted where the trap has a cage, or is of a design, that prevent an animal contacting the adhesive surface.
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