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The Dragonfli Box Tree Moth Life Cycle Control Bundle provides all the best natural solutions to combat every stage of the Box Tree Moth life cycle. The trichogramma evanescens wasps contained within our Box Tree Moth Egg Killer Sachets will parasitise and kill the Box Tree Moth eggs. Our Box Tree Caterpillar Killer Nematodes will the caterpillar stage of the pest, while the Box Tree Moth Pheromone Trap will catch and kill the male adult moths.
The bundle provides a perfect natural solution to your Box Tree Moth & Box Tree Caterpillar infestations and will help you to combat larger, or multiple, areas of infestations.
The Box Tree Caterpillar Control & Recovery Bundle includes:
Box Tree Caterpillars have rapidly become a serious pest of Box plants and Box hedges all across the UK. The Box Tree Caterpillars can develop in large numbers and in severe cases are capable of completely killing Box plants. The caterpillars will defoliate the plants and damage the leaves, leaving them in a skeletal state. The caterpillars may even bore into the bark of more mature Box plants if left untreated.
The Box Tree Moths will lay flat, pale yellow eggs that overlap each other in a flat sheet on the underside of the leaves on your Box plants. The larvae that hatch are of a greenish-yellow composition with black heads. As the larvae mature their green body develops dark brown stripes. Very mature larvae have thick black and thin white stripes down the body, with large black dots outlined in white. Look for clear webbing left on the plants which is created when the caterpillars achieve high numbers.
1. Firstly, use our Box Tree Moth Traps:
The first step in protecting your plants is to set up your Box Tree Moth Trap. This will assist you in catching, monitoring and killing male Box Tree Moths. Once these adult moths are observed, it is likely that the Box tree Caterpillars will follow a few weeks later. By pre-empting their activity, and reducing moth numbers, you will have a greater chance of limiting a severe infestation. Moth mating and egg laying will also be reduced as a result. One trap covers between 30-180 square metres.
2. Next, apply your Box Tree Moth Egg Killer Sachets
Simply place the Moth Egg Killer Sachets within the foliage of the buxus hedges you wish to treat for infestation. The sachets will gradually release the tiny trichogramma evanescens parasitic wasps over a period of four weeks. The trichogramma wasps will seek out Box Tree Moth eggs to parasitise, laying their own eggs inside them, killing the moth eggs and preventing any future Box Tree Caterpillars from emerging. One sachet treats up to 10 square metres or one linear metre.
3. Finally, apply our Box Tree Caterpillar Killer Nematodes:
Nematodes can be used as another effective form of biological control against the caterpillars. The most successful species of nematode for Box Tree Caterpillar control is the Steinernema carpocapsae, which is contained within our Box Tree Caterpillar Killer Nematode pack. Apply these nematodes as soon as small caterpillars are observed and spray directly onto the caterpillar pests. One pack treats up to 35 square metres.
You may wish to consider supplementing your bundle with our Nema Super Sprayer if you are seeking an easier method of applying your nematodes. The Nema Super Sprayer can be found here.
4. Consider supplementing your bundle with the use our Soil Boost Granules to help your Box plants recover
If your Box plants have sustained damage from these horrible Box Tree Caterpillar pests you may wish to aid their recovery with the application of our Soil Boost Granules. Soil Boost acts as an organic slow release fertiliser, helping the Box plants achieve newly invigorated growth after stress and damage. Soil Boost can be found here.
There are several generations of Box tree Caterpillars in a season. They are active from April - October, so traps should be set, and nematodes and sachets applied during this period.
Full application instructions will also be provided for each product with your order.