Natural Spray for Boxwood Moth. Works Wonders, Quick to Make and Costs Pennies!

    Natural Spray for Boxwood Moth. Works Wonders, Quick to Make and Costs Pennies!

    Natural Spray for Boxwood Moth. Works Wonders, Quick to Make and Costs Pennies!
    Greg
    5:23 PM EDT, August 23, 2022

    Boxwoods are popularly planted and very decorative shrubs. They are ideal for creating hedges and remain green even in winter. However, they are attacked by one pest, whose caterpillars bite the young parts of the plants. How to deal with it? Here's how to deal with the boxwood moth.

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    Ever-hungry caterpillars

    The boxwood moth is nothing more than a butterfly that arrived from Asia. Unfortunately, in many places it has no natural enemies so it reproduces very quickly. The most dangerous are the caterpillars, which eat the woody and young parts of boxwoods. They are hard to detect because their body color is similar to that of boxwood leaves. In addition, the moths also attack holly, laurel or arborvitae. And they are most active from April to September. As a result of their activity, whole bushes can die. How to get rid of these pests from the garden? Here are some reliable measures you can take.

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    Spraying with gray soap

    Grate 75 grams of gray soap and dissolve it in 5 liters of warm water. When the liquid has cooled down, pour it into an atomizer bottle and spray your boxwoods thoroughly.

    Getting rid of boxwood moth using vinegar

    Mix wine vinegar and water in a ratio of 1:10. Add a little dishwashing liquid and canola oil to the mixture. This will make the liquid stick better on the leaves and will not run off so easily. Spray the resulting solution well on the shrubs (outside and inside). After about 30 minutes, the caterpillars should be dead and will fall to the ground. On the other hand, after about an hour, be sure to rinse the bushes with a strong stream of water. This will remove all the dead larvae and get rid of the spray from the leaves.

    The power of pheromones

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    Didier Descouens/wikimediacommons

    If sprays don't work, then bet on a pheromone trap. Their action is to attract, using pheromones, and inactivate males. This will prevent the reproductive process of this butterfly. The traps are completely safe for humans and animals. No other insect, except the boxwood moth, will be attracted to them.

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