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RHS Top 10 Pests 2020 and the natural ways to control them

The RHS today released their top 10 list of garden pests, as searched for by members throughout 2019. The Box Tree Caterpillar remained in the number one spot after another year of expansion here in the UK, a trend which looks set to continue. These figures are backed up by data at Dragonfli with trap sales for Box Moth increasing year on year.

Alder leaf beetle has made an appearance on the list for only the second time, a metallic green beetle which feeds on Alder leaves. It has been speculated milder conditions in the UK has seen the re-emergence of this species as a common concern for gardeners.

We have taken the opportunity to provide some quick links to products suitable to each pests control. As always if you need further help or advise you can always Ask Our Expert

The Top 10 list with current available control methods

1- Box Tree Caterpillar

  1. Nematodes to kill box tree caterpillars
  2. Box Moth Pheromone traps to disrupt mating
  3. Bio stimulants to strengthen the plants resistance to pest damage

2- Vine Weevil

  1. Nematodes to kill Vine weevil larvae in the soil

3- Slugs & Snails

  1. Nematodes to kill slugs
  2. Copper tape to protect plants
  3. Natural slug pellets

4- Fuchsia gall mite

  1. Predator mites to find and kill gall mites

5- Alder leaf beetle

6- Wooly aphid

  1. Ladybird larvae for outdoor treatment
  2. Lacewing larvae for indoor and outdoor treatment
  3. Ladybird adults for indoor/ greenhouse treatment

7= Rosy apple aphid

  1. Labybird larvae for outdoor treatment
  2. Ladybird Adults for indoor / greenhouse treatment

7= Viburnum beetle

9- Spider mite

  1. Full collection of predators to tackle any size spider mite infestation

10- Plum leaf-curling aphid

  1. Ladybird larvae for outdoor control

  2. Ladybird adults for indoor / greenhouse treatment

As always we at Dragonfli strive to find the natural solutions for your pest problems and as such are currently undertaking trials to deal specifically with Alder leaf beetle and Viburnum beetle. Keep your eyes out for future updates in these areas!