Winter moth & co.: Otherwise there is a risk of pest infestation: You should do this in the garden soon
Pests can significantly reduce your harvest of cherries, apples, etc. You should therefore take an important measure in autumn to protect against this.
Have you ever heard of the Frost Moth? The insects are particularly easy to spot when they are in the caterpillar stage: the winter moth then makes a cat’s hump when it moves.
But the nice-looking little caterpillar doesn’t come alone – and it can become a nuisance. Light green to brown caterpillars hatch in spring, which are very voracious. They puncture the leaves from April to May, often only the skeleton remains.
The young fruits of the fruit trees also fall victim to them. But there is a way to make that difficult for the little animals. Therefore, it is best for amateur gardeners to bring in the fall
Glue rings on trees protect the fruit
The Bavarian Garden Academy advises that the approximately hand-wide papers, which have been provided with a special glue, are best placed around the main trunk below the crown branch.
But posts for supporting the tree crown should also be “glued” because they can serve as a bridge for winter moths. The catch traps are best attached around the time of the first cold nights in autumn.
What do I have to pay attention to when attaching?
There must be no loopholes for the moths. Especially on older trees with gnarled bark, the area around which the paper comes must be smoothed out as much as possible. In addition, the catch rings are well lashed with cords at the top and bottom.
A disadvantage of this method of pest control: the buffet of caterpillars caught attracts birds whose beaks can stick together from pecking. It is best to offer the birds an alternative in the garden, for example
The Garden Academy advises removing the glue rings by the beginning of March at the latest. Then other beneficial insects such as ladybugs and earwigs become active again and are in danger of ending up in the traps as well.
Nevertheless, this method has advantages: It is non-toxic and therefore comparatively environmentally friendly – and according to the garden experts from Bavaria also a very effective measure against the winter moth. Larger tree crowns could only be treated with sprays in an extremely laborious and inadequate manner.
Alternative to the paper ring
As already mentioned, the great weakness of paper glue rings is that they cannot adapt perfectly to every tree bark. For example, older apple trees can have a very rough and ridged structure. Then the pests crawl up directly under the paper – this also applies to ants, which defend the aphids against predators in the crown.
There is an alternative for this: Den
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