Grease bands protect trees from winter moth larvae and caterpillars crawling up their trunks. This leads to reduced egg laying in the tree, so no new caterpillars will be present to feed on the new growth and leaves.
Grease bands are supplied in 3m rolls for wrapping the trunks of trees. The plastic is covered in glue to catch any caterpillars and ants that try to go over it. The rolls are green coloured, so as not to attract beneficial insects. Ants can be a pest to beneficial insects, like ladybirds, as they are attracted to the honeydew produced by aphids. To protect this source of food they can often remove beneficial insects feeding on the aphids. The Grease band will reduce the number of ants getting into the tree.
The glue used on the Grease band is made from natural resin and wax, which will not dry out or wash off.
Apply Grease bands to trees in January and February for winter moth protection and in the autumn for Winter moth and other moths.