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More box tree moth advice from readers

LanguedocLiving, Sep 5

More advice and information has come in from readers about box tree caterpillars, further to the articles this week:

How to combat the pesky box tree moth

The box tree moth is invading Occitanie

"A more ecologically friendly method is a BTK spray, containing a Bacillus that kills them quite quickly. I used it a few days ago and have a lot of dead caterpillars According to RHS It’s not as effective as the chemical sprays but can be enough and doesn’t kill so many harmless or beneficial insects, I used Fertilgene Insecticide Biologique vers & chenilles, which I bought in Bricomarche.”

"Re your article on the box tree moth, we have lost or nearly lost a complete mini box hedge over the last year which we thought was due to lack of water.  We found the best solution is to use Bacillus thuringiensis ssp. kurstaki, which is a natural organism which
kills the moths larvae. You can buy it in powder form for spraying on  or By coincidence I have been using it for years on my geraniums but never realised box suffered as well!"

Keep the information coming please!

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