Have you ever bitten into a homegrown apple and, rather than a crisp and juicy treat, you have found a grub and rotten centre? If not, think yourself lucky! If you have, this will have been the larvae of the codling moth, which feeds inside the fruit before burrowing out to pupate. By targeting the larval stage of the pest, you can break the cycle, and ensure that your apples and pears remain untouched.
An effective way of doing this is by spraying a biological protection, such as Nemasys Biological Fruit and Vegetable Protection, onto the trunk, branches and soil beneath the affected tree, aiming for an area of about the same size as the canopy. This is because once the larvae burrow out of the fruit, they will drop onto floor to over-winter in the leaf litter. The best time of year to target these caterpillars is in September and October to prevent this over-wintering.
Nemasys Biological Fruit and Vegetable Protection uses a unique mix of different nematode species to create one product to target a broad range of pests. Nematodes are naturally occurring microscopic worms that act as organic pest controllers making this product ideal for the organic home gardener
Nemasys Biological Fruit and Vegetable Protection works at temperatures above 12 degrees, perfect for outdoors application during the key codling moth targeting period of September and October. Delivered fresh, the product can be safely stored in the fridge, however it is recommended to use as soon as possible when you are ready to apply.
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