dealing with NSW rainforest leeches

Discussion in 'Breeding, Raising, Feeding and Caring for Animals' started by tsun, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. tsun

    tsun Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hi all,
    Does anyone know of a reliable predator to land leeches in mid-north NSW? I've heard ducks eat water leeches but I don't know whether they like land leeches. Geese perhaps?

    Cheers,
    Tsun
     
  2. Michaelangelica

    Michaelangelica Junior Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2006
    Messages:
    4,771
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    0
  3. tsun

    tsun Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    There's just a few too many around the property for comfort. Especially during the wet season, they come close to the house and water tanks .

    Thanks,
    Tsun
     
  4. Speedy

    Speedy Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    Messages:
    233
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    rub a cut , squeezed Kaffir lime fruit on your lower legs to prevent them gaining hold.
    they hate the oils from it.
    A tip from Sri Lanka ;-)
     
  5. Michaelangelica

    Michaelangelica Junior Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2006
    Messages:
    4,771
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Have you thought of breeding and selling them?
     
  6. tsun

    tsun Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    thanks speedy. will try kaffir lime. thought about selling them but i don't think anyone buys land leeches yet. CSIRO is doing research into it so hopefully something will come out of it. 'cause let me tell you, I have supply.
     
  7. S.O.P

    S.O.P Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2011
    Messages:
    1,456
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Just walked around in Coffs today and what do you know, 5 mins in, leeches and ticks.
     
  8. tsun

    tsun Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Wow. Where were you walking S.O.P? We haven't actually bought the property in question yet and we're not locals. I'm suprised to hear that the leeches are even present in Coffs itself.
     
  9. Pakanohida

    Pakanohida Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    2,984
    Likes Received:
    20
    Trophy Points:
    38
    OMG I was just thinking that. They are used a lot in surgery, and other uses by medical professionals world wide.
     
  10. S.O.P

    S.O.P Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2011
    Messages:
    1,456
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Grew up there in north Coffs, a place called Korora Basin, near the fixed speed camera. Semi-rural in nature, creeks and such, maybe 50 year old regrowth in places.

    Thinking about buying one of my parent's blocks, 1 hectare with a creek. Funny thing is, I don't think permaculture has got a foothold in the area. Burn piles everywhere.
     

Share This Page

-->