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Garden Pest Control
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Garden Pest Control
Don’t think pest control is limited to more common pests such as mice, rats and wasps. There’s many pests in the garden and this can cause all sorts of problems both for domestic and commercial gardens.
The Box Caterpillar and Fuchsia Mite
These pests are top of the Royal Horticultural Society pest list, these creatures can cause havoc in the garden.
Box Tree Caterpillar
The adult moth has white wings with a brown border although they can be completely brown or completely clear.
Female moths lay pale yellow eggs under leaves and the eggs hatch into caterpillars that have greenish yellow bodies and black heads. As they grow they develop black and white stripes along their body and can reach up to 4cm in length.
They spin webbing among the leaves and branches where they feed.
Where practical, remove all caterpillars by hand. Prune out stems covered with webbing and destroy.
Spraying with insecticides may prove useful in their control. Thorough spraying is required and must penetrate webbing; two treatments may be required depending on the level of infestation.
Fuchsia Mite Control Measures
The first step in controlling these mites is pruning. Ensure you dispose of pruning carefully to prevent further spread.
An insecticide can also be used 2-3 weeks after pruning but for those who do not wish to use an insecticide spray outside, horticultural oil spray or an insecticidal soap may provide some control if applied every 7-10 days.
It’s easy to forget the role of the humble insect when you see your prize roses damaged but we’d urge you to consider what benefits insects provide and what your options for treating any infestation are prior to going ahead with use of insecticides. There may be alternative solutions you haven’t considered that are better for the environment and the pests.