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Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier

Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier

Tree Tanglefoot is a non-drying, sticky compound that forms a barrier against climbing insects. Made of all-natural ingredients and listed by the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic gardening.

  • Protects against: gypsy moths, cankerworms, pecan and root weevils, ant, tent and army caterpillars, tussock moths, webworms, black vine weevils and climbing cutworms
  • Long lasting, weather-proof
  • Ready to use

Before applying Tree Tanglefoot, we recommend wrapping the tree trunk with Tanglefoot Banding Material for easy removal.

Available in 6oz, 10.5oz, and 15oz sizes

Buy Now $6.49 - $9.99 USD     

  • About Tree Tanglefoot

    About Tree Tanglefoot

    Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier is a sticky, caramel colored paste made from natural gum resins, vegetable oil and wax. When applied as a continuous band around the trunks of shade trees, fruit trees, plants or vines, it creates a barrier that effectively entraps or repels destructive climbing insects.

    The combination of ingredients is non-toxic to insects, humans, pets and the environment. Tree Tanglefoot works strictly in a mechanical fashion. It is listed by the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic gardening.

    Here, Tree Tanglefoot is used with TangleGuard Tree Wrap to keeps ants out of a peach tree.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • How to Use

    We recommend using 4” wide wrap of waterproof paper or tape on the trunk of the tree and applying Tree Tanglefoot over the wrap. Tree Tanglefoot is oil-based and the oils will soak into the bark. Banding material eliminates staining of the tree and offers quick, complete removal of the sticky material. In addition, Tree Tanglefoot will remain sticky longer when applied on top of a surface resistant to oil. For rough bark trees it may be necessary to plug the gaps between the tree trunk and the banding, this can be done by using insulation or other materials. 

    Apply Tree Tanglefoot Insect barrier in a uniform fashion. It can be applied in a heavy or light coat. Heavy coats are approximately 3” wide and 3/32” thick. A heavy coat is used when the insects to kept from the tree foliage are large or numerous, or when there is little time available to maintain the band. Light coats are 3” wide and 1/16” thick. A light coat is good as a general barrier against smaller or less numerous insects, or when the band can be maintained regularly.

    Generally, Tree Tanglefoot will remain sticky and effective until it is covered with insects, dust or other debris. A build-up of debris or insects will create a bridge for other insect to cross. This debris requires removal and possible re-application in spots. If an area is unusually dusty or the surface of the barrier is stiffened, Tree Tanglefoot can be rubbed around to expose a new sticky layer beneath. Remove bands at end of season.

  • Video

    A short video showing how to apply Tree Tanglefoot.  Featuring customer service representative Jessica.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are the sticky barriers maintained?

Barriers should be inspected frequently during the insect season. A build-up of debris or insects will create a bridge for other insects to cross. Remove and reapply if necessary.

How is Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier removed?

Clean tools with mineral spirits or baby oil. Citrus-based cleaners may also be used. Dry cleaning is recommended if product contacts clothing.

How much should I apply?

Apply Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier in a uniform fashion. Use a light coating for smaller insects and areas and a heavier coating for larger insects and areas. For ease of cleaning and to protect the tree, wrap a band Tanglefoot Paper Tree Wrap around trunk, then coat with Tree Tanglefoot.

Is it a pesticide?

No. The combination of ingredients is non-toxic to insects, humans, pets and the environment. Tree Tanglefoot works strictly as a mechanical barrier.

What is Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier?

Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier is a sticky coating made from natural gum resins, vegetable oil, and wax. When applied as a continuous band around the trunks of trees, it creates a barrier that entraps or repels destructive climbing insects. Tree Tanglefoot is available in several sizes.

Will Tree Tanglefoot Insect Barrier damage the tree’s bark?

Tree Tanglefoot will not damage trees but if a banding material is not used with the product, a permanent stain may occur.

Set Up Instructions

Wrap Tanglefoot Barrier band around trunk. On rough bark trees plug all gaps under band with cotton batting or similar material. Do not apply directly to young, thin-barked trees or to bearing fruit or nut trees. Apply Tanglefoot Insect Barrier on banding material using a putty knife or disposable paddle to spread 3" (7.62cm) by 1/16" (1.59mm) thick. When sticky areas become covered with insects or debris, remove banding and repeat. Remove bands at end of season.

Remove Tree Tanglefoot from tools with mineral spirits. Remove from hands or skin with baby oil or citrus cleaners then wash with soap and water.

Tips & Tricks

Before applying Tree Tanglefoot, we recommend wrapping the tree trunk with Tanglefoot Banding Material. . Banding material extends the life of Tree Tanglefoot, makes removal easy and prevents any possibility of the Tree Tanglefoot staining the trunk of the tree.

Easy-to-use kits, combining the insect barrier and banding material are available. Remove the tree bands at the end of the season.