Living in the rain forest does present more challenges than normal life in the USA. One thing are the insects that inhabit this part of the world. A while ago I found that our garden was disappearing. The leaves were being striped by the leaf cutters and being hauled away underground to grow their fungus. After talking with a local expert on the subject, he mentioned that by using a chemical called mirex, that these creatures would stop everything and carry it into the nest. I finally found a place that sold this chemical in Bribri this morning and soon began to spread it around the tunnel opening of the nest. This is the main entrance for the ants that carry the leaves, it has to be higher for them to fit the leaves. So anyway, I sprinkled a package of this around this opening and it’s just like he said, they dropped everything to carry this into their nest.
You have to keep this up for a few days in order the get rid of the whole nest since the eggs hatch at different times. I am hoping that soon our plants will be safe for a while, until the next attach from the creatures of the rain forest.