The boxwood moth is a small pest that can do a lot of damage. It appeared in Poland most likely in 2016. The most dangerous is in the form of a mature larva, because that’s when it starts intensive feeding. How to deal with it?
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What do boxwood moth larvae look like? Look for white cobwebs on the bush
The boxwood moth came to Poland from Asia about 7 years ago. Since then, it is an extremely troublesome and difficult to eradicate pest that lives inside the boxwood. The larvae are the most dangerous for the shrub. When mature, they can reach up to 4.5 cm in length. They have a characteristic green-yellow color, black bumps with white edges and bristles, and a black and shiny head. You can usually see them on the underside of the leaves. Their presence is also evidenced by the white cobweb on the bush and, of course, the fact that it is beginning to languish before the eyes. What to do when a pest takes up residence in your garden? First of all, you need to act quickly and effectively.
How to fight the boxwood moth? You can do this home spray in no time
The boxwood moth can be a stubborn opponent, but an early reaction will help protect the bushes from drying out. What’s more, if it has just appeared, instead of reaching for heavy, chemical preparations, you can use a proven home spraywhich will effectively drive her away. What will you need?
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 liter of water,
- a few drops of dishwashing liquid.
Dissolve baking soda in water, then add dishwashing liquid. Mix everything and pour into a spray bottle. Spray generously the areas where you have observed the pest. You can be sure that it will disappear immediately.
Effective spray for boxwood moth. You will do it yourself
However, this is not the only spraying you can do at home. Equally effective is a mixture of gray soap. Grind them on a grater, so that 75 g of chips are obtained, which should then be dissolved in 5 liters of warm water. Then mix thoroughly, pour into a bottle with an atomizer and spray the plants. Instead of gray soap, you can use vinegar, which should be mixed with water in a ratio of 1:10. Be sure to spray all over, both top and bottom, as the larvae usually feed on the undersides of the leaves.
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