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ila_8
bangalore
India

December 3, 2012
5:28 AM

Post #9348454

i am starting my new terrace garden on a 2000 square foot terrace, in the western state of gujarat, India. The gray langur monkeys have been infamous in this area and being herbivores, they leave no scope of letting plants grow. nothing survives their prying fingers and insatiable nibbles! How do i tackle this problem? I want to plant all kinds of garden varieties, as well as herbs, veggies, flowering creepers... But they keep coming in large groups and ruin gardens all around. My terrace is on the 4th floor and is the top of the building.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9348480

I sure hope you find a solution for your problem. We have cats here and wild armadillos which do damage. It is very frustrating to put in all the work and some wild animal tear it up. Luciee {;^)

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9348496

Perhaps take a page from the Bhutanese farmers. They plant Molasses grass (Melinis minutiflora) as as a living fence around their crops. You could do the same thing in containers around your herbs, veggies and flowers. It seems the grass is very sticky and emits a strong odor of Molasses and Cumin.


http://www.bhutancreativetour.com/news/bhutanese-farmers-discover-monkey-repellent-grass/


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luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2012
10:02 AM

Post #9348730

Thanks, moon, I have heard of molasses grass. Someone told me that
silver dollar crab grass was molasses grass. I'm glad there is such a thing as the lady seemed flaky. Luciee

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2012
1:46 PM

Post #9348909

I do know many tropical areas have problems with the wild life moving into populated areas...monkies, iguanas, birds...much like we have deer, opossum, raccoons and alligators. They just sound a lot more exotic to us. I can well imagine Langurs climbing up onto balconies.

Here is some info on Molasses grass.

http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/Melinis_minutiflora.htm
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9349087

Thanks, moon for that link. I am always willing to learn something new. I do not think we have any grass like that in my neck of the woods. Ila, I hope you get some help for your problem. Luciee {;^)
davidsl88
Worcester, MA

December 5, 2012
11:44 AM

Post #9350548

That's a huge area for an apartment(?) terrace! Can you attach (staple/nail) chicken wire to your terrace? I don't know anything about the monkeys - are they strong enough to be able to pull it off?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 5, 2012
3:15 PM

Post #9350735

Male Langurs can get up to 40 lbs and can leap 12 to 15 ft horizontally and 35 to 40 ft descending...

These langurs are largely gray (some more yellowish), with a black face and ears. Externally, the various species mainly differ in the darkness of the hands and feet, the overall color and the presence or absence of a crest.[2][3] There are also significant variations in the size depending on the sex, with the male always larger than the female. The head-and-body length is from 51 to 79 cm (20 to 31 in). Their tails, at 69 to 102 cm (27 to 40 in) are always longer than their bodies.[7] Langurs from the southern part of their range are smaller than those from the north. At 26.5 kg (58 lb), the heaviest langur ever recorded was a male Nepal gray langur[3] However, the Kashmir gray langur is reportedly the largest species in the genus, though few actual measurements are known.[8] The larger gray langurs are rivals for the largest species of monkey found in Asia. The average weight of gray langurs is 18 kg (40 lb) in the males and 11 kg (24 lb) in the females.[7]

Langurs mostly walk quadrupedally and spend half their time on and the ground and the other half in the trees. They will also make bipedal hops, climbing and descending supports with the body upright, and leaps. Langurs can leap 3.74.6 m (12.015.0 ft) horizontally and 10.712.2 m (3540 ft) in descending.[9]
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 25, 2012
11:36 AM

Post #9366814

Add together the agility, strength and intelligence, and it sounds like a problem that is worse than the deer, rabbits, raccoons and voles that are the worst pests around here.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

December 25, 2012
1:31 PM

Post #9366878

I do agree Diana...while maybe not as dangerous as an alligator like we have here, just as big a nuisance I am sure.

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