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  1. Black leaves

    Seeing as how I'm renting this home, I don't have any idea about its history, nor do I care to get too involved in major soil improvement. But I will take your suggestion and spray with Neem oil or other products that have been mentioned. Thanks all for your good advice.
  2. Black leaves

    OK, I guess I was expecting a lot for anyone to diagnose the problem(s) without at least a photo or two. As for ants, there are some, as usual in these parts, but I do spray for ants regularly, and for the most part, there aren't many to be seen on the vegetation...if any at all. I've been renting this property for the past 7 years, so I've not been too concerned about keeping the plants in the healthiest condition. Moreover, the problem of black leaves hasn't been too bad until lately. Here's what I'm dealing with. I don't even know the names of some of these plants. The last three are Jasmine, Lamyai, and Mango.
  3. Black leaves

    Thanks, kickstart. I'll check the thread you mention. I'll try to add a photo tomorrow.
  4. Black leaves

    Over the past months, I've noticed a lot of black leaf mold on my ornamental and fruit trees. Can anyone tell me something about why it's happening, and how to get rid of it? Thanks much.
  5. I know of two locations of driving schools. A bit north of Mae Jo on a small road south of the hospital. https://goo.gl/maps/ogpPNoj9n562 Another is near Mae Rim, a ways south of Makro just off Highway 107. https://goo.gl/maps/5USPgKrMzaF2 There may be others. One would think that they should be able to answer your questions.
  6. Reupholster service in Chiang Mai?

    If you don't mind driving about 7 kms north of town, just east of the river in Nong Kio District (turn north at PaKoiTai market), there's a very competent upholsterer just behind the now-closed village school. Actually, two different business exist on this property. I've never taken anything to the one right alongside the road. Drive in and talk to Jee [pronounced with a rising tone] at the house on your right. He's really good, and his prices are very affordable. By the way, Jee does not speak English. https://goo.gl/maps/zf6yy7D38ES2
  7. Motorbike Licence tests

    My takeaway from having sat through the video is that what we are to learn from the indoctrination is how to evade dangerous situations, not how to prevent them or how to abide by the law. For example, if you are being forced to hit the ditch because an oncoming vehicle is in your lane, try to drive into a clump of bushes rather than a wall or an unyielding light post. Another time to be extra careful is when approaching an intersection in which you have a green light, be aware of vehicles coming at you from either side due to their failure to stop for their red light. The drivers here write the rules of the road, and it's the motor vehicle department's job, in cooperation with the traffic police, to instruct us how to blend in, (nahm jai), be like water in a river.
  8. Valuables Security?

    I suggest that you look into getting a portable room door lock to install as you leave your room. It would be the kind that locks on the outside of the door while you're gone, rather than on the inside while you're asleep. I see that there are a number of styles shown by googling.
  9. LED Motorbike bulbs

    I can't say for sure, but there are a few motorcycle accessory shops along Chang Moi Road which might have what you want.
  10. Were to buy comfrey root?

    This article is about comfrey root powder. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/comfrey-root-powder/profile
  11. Heart attack....best hospital..?

    If you haven't already, it would certainly be a good idea in most cases to make sure that the rescue service at your preferred hospital--or a number of hospitals--knows exactly how to find your house. Many areas of Chiang Mai are a tangled maze, and the last thing I want is an ambulance driving up and down dead end sois trying to find me when I need help. Bangkok Hospital is very accommodating on this matter. They look up your house on Google maps, and save a few photos in your electronic file in their computers. I hope I never need them to come after me, but if I do, I want them to get to me without undue complications, assuming that I'm at home when I need them. Also, put their emergency phone number in your contacts list on your phone. I listed them as "1 Bangkok Hospital" with the "1" making their number appear first on my contacts list. For their rescue service the number is "1719." A stitch in time saves nine.
  12. Another mysterious animal

    Regarding Post 18 above, the glass surface is smooth. I'm right there with what Silverhawk_USA says, i.e., I'd simply rather not have the noise, potential for babies and their offspring, all the accumulated shit, possible eating of my wiring, the off-chance that my ceiling tiles and gypsum will be breached, and all else that goes with uninvited house guests. I didn't know that only the male tokay makes the familiar sound. I haven't heard any tokays calling for weeks, so I didn't give it a thought that one or more could still be around. Maybe she's moved in. Thanks for all the cautionary advice about capturing tokays. My neighbor and I will be extra careful when we go up there looking for whatever it is.
  13. Ultrasonic Critter Repeller.....

    On the Banggood web site there are quite a selection of ultrasonic pest repellers. Which item do you, Buddy Dean, find works well. Do you place it outdoors? What is the range of effectiveness? I'm thinking that one placed inside my attic would keep mice and other critters away. There is an electrical outlet in the attic, so that would be no problem; solar, of course, is another story. Thanks for your help. https://www.banggood.com/search/ultrasonic-pest-repeller.html
  14. For the past week or so there has been a nocturnal animal visiting my yard at night. Occasionally I hear that he's gotten into my attic space, rutted around a bit, and then apparently leaves since the noise does not continue all night. It's definitely a night-time creature due to the fact that the noises occur on different nights at any random odd hour of the night for, oh, 15 minutes or so, then stops. The night before last as I was at my computer at about 9 pm it apparently was on my roof, and made a misstep, causing it to slide, trying to get traction as it slid, scratching its claws on all four feet from the top of my roof to the lowest edge...and then there was a dull thump outside my wall. No caterwauling, just silence, and no evidence of anything in the morning. But it stayed away for 2 nights. Over the last weekend I woke up to animal tracks on my living room window! I know that the photos don't show them very well, but maybe they'll help identifying the critter. The highest footprint is 240 cm (about 8 feet) above ground level. Actually there's another window even higher that also has a footprint! The print is about 5.5 cm wide (2¼ inches). Does anyone have an ideas what kind of animal, other than a gecko, can climb up a vertical glass wall? Beats me. Incidentally, the slatted woodwork in the photos is on the other side of the walkway, about one meter from the wall.