Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Sugaring...Any tips?

I've made a concoction to 'sugar' for moths. I don't have a trap so I thought I'd give this a go. I Put half a bottle of Broon Ale, half a kilo of broon sugar and half a tin of broon ( well black really, but I had a theme running) treacle into a pan, boiled it up and now have it in a jar to paint on posts etc.

But, what next? When, where etc. Have any of you out there ( Rob, Skev, Dean, Steve etc) tried it? Will I get results? I'm skeptical but all the books mention it so it must be worth a shot...

So far my moths come from me wandering about with a 'million candle power' torch ( Try 'You Tube' for Rhod Gilbert doing his theory on these torches during his stand up routine) looking at Buddleia and Ragwort in the garden.

8 comments:

Kingsdowner said...

No doubt the experts will advise, but it sounds like the concoction can be used as creosote on the fence posts.

Stewart said...

Definately Steve. I've never been a good cook....

Dean said...

Stewart. You can paint it on fencing, tree trunks etc. Anything that at it`s not likely to spoil. It`s best to keep checking the area every 10 mins or so.

ps : you`ll also get butterflies feeding on it during the daytime.

oldcrow61 said...

Well, this is fascinating. I must get me some broon ale, broon sugar and treacle, lol.

Andrew at Quicksilverbirds said...

Hi Stewart, for some reason Bill Oddie coated a sock with some similar concoction for TV last year, worked a treat.

I'm sure Mrs Stewart will be thrilled to wash those foot coverings afterwards... good luck and looking forward to the results. A

Stewart said...

Thanks all, last night I had some success with 1,yes 1 lonesome Silver Y....

OC- Mind you don't bake a cake with it!
A - She might say my socks don't need dipped!!

Blyth Birder said...

I've tried this a couple of times (including earlier this year) and not had a thing to be honest.

Similar recipe to yours more or less.

Skev said...

Hi Stewart,

Just simply paint it on (avoiding any nice lichens of course). Would recommend adding something just before you apply it though - a drop of brandy and banana or vanilla essence works well.

You'll need to avoid shining the torch directly on to the moths as they'll probably just drop to the ground otherwise.

I've tried it a few times - virtually nothing some nights and plenty the next with no logical reason.

Forget the socks - that was Bill's eccentric alternative to a wine rope (similar principle using a sugary wine mixture instead of beer).