A relatively new insect to Britain, the box tree caterpillar (cydalima perspectalis) feed within webbing and can defoliate box plants entirely. Symtoms of this difficult pest are webbing, patches of dieback, visible yellow flat eggs on the underside of box leaves and also visible caterpillar and pupae. Box tree caterpillars can grow up to 4cm in length and feed on plant leaves. As the caterpillars develop into pupae they wrap themselves in web like material.
There are several generations of box tree caterpillars that are seen from April to October. One way to control the population is to trap the male moths to prevent them mating with the females and producing fertile eggs. This Box Tree Caterpillar/ Moth Trap contains a lure that smells like the female; the male moths will be attracted to this scent and become trapped.
The trap will need hanging on a cane (not provided) in an open area close to the plants under threat. A Replacement Lure will need to be used after 5-6 weeks.
- Chemical free method of control for box tree caterpillars.
- Easy to use.
- Allows you to monitor the severity of box tree caterpillar infestation.
- Always read the product label before use.
- After a chemical pesticide that will control caterpillars? Take a look at Hallmark Zeon.
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