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The Boxwood Tree Moth

The boxwood tree moth is a common problem responsible for the premature deaths of thousands of hedge-like growing plants, such as boxwoods.

The moth presents itself in larvae form in late April to early May and begins feeding on boxwood foliage. A prime indication that boxwood moths are present are the white-coloured webbing that the pests leave on the foliage. Before this stage, boxwood moths are very difficult to detect. Their eggs are often laid in clusters of 10-20 and can spread up to 10 km when the moths are in flight. It is important once boxwood moths’ signs are recognized to treat the problem right away. To do this, homeowners will often invest in a spray that targets these pests. The earlier the problem is detected, the higher the chances of eradicating the pests will be.

If you suspect that you have boxwood tree caterpillars, fast response time is the best course of action. The spray treatment must be applied every month until winter comes to target the infestation. In its healthy stages, boxwoods are incredibly full and holds a strong green colour. If not treated, the foliage will quickly die and will turn brown. It is crucial if you suspect or are told about this problem, to take action immediately.

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