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The Dragonfli Box Tree Caterpillar Control & Recovery Bundle provides the perfect solution to Box Tree Caterpillar and Box Tree Moth infestations. Our brilliant Box Tree Caterpillar Killer Nematodes will kill the caterpillar stage of the pest, while the Box Tree Moth Pheromone Trap will catch and kill the male adult moths. The bundle also provides a solution to sustained pest damage with our Soil Boost. The boost contains natural biostimulants which aid the recovery of your box plants by improving the quality of the soil they are situated in.
The bundle provides a perfect natural solution to your Box Tree Caterpillar & Moth 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.
2. Next, apply our Box Tree Caterpillar Killer Nematodes:
Nematodes can be used as an 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.
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.
3. Finally use our Soil Boost Granules to help your Box plants recover
Box plants can be aided in their recovery from Box Tree Moth attack 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.
There are several generations of Box tree Caterpillars in a season. They are active from April - October, so traps should be set and nematodes used during this period.
Full application instructions will also be provided for each product with your order.