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Re: [BKARTS] press room / bindery pests



Hi Leonard,
I have almost the same setup without the wood floor. I learned a trick from the natives here. They use horse chestnuts to keep the spiders out. Every fall when they are ripe I hull a couple of baskets of them and throw them into corners where I can't reach and otherwise line them up on doorsills and window sills whereever spiders are wont to enter. They work until the winter's over although sometimes in the spring if its a bad year for spiders I have to poke holes in a bunch and soak them overnight in water to restore their effect until the weather outside is nice enough that the spiders don't want to be inside.


I do, however, have a problem with carpenter ants. Any thoughts on repelling them? I get a bunch every spring flying around for about 3 weeks.
Dave Allen
From an Island in the Pacific on the Left Coast.


Leonard Seastone wrote:
My pressroom and bindery is a converted, free-standing garage. The cement floor has had a vapor barrier, foam insulation and a plywood floor installed above it. The walls and ceiling are likewise insulated and sealed. The garage door removed and replaced with a french door found discarded and salvaged. Two new windows and electricity and baseboard heat were also installed. It is, as I intended and do enjoy, surrounded by my garden of herbs and flowers. Here is a refuge not only for me at work but for a growing number of spiders. The number has increased each summer season. Physically squishing or vacuuming is no longer sufficient. I feel the need to bomb the space, but I am concerned about the effects on paper and equipment. Are there any among us that has had and solved this type of problem?

Leonard  Seastone
The Tideline Press
68 Brook Street
West Sayville, New  York
11796-1318

631 589-5706



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