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A destructive type of caterpillar that decimates the clumsy hedges of the British upper classes, has now spread to all British countries and is at the top of the list of most common & # 39; pests & # 39; (stock)

Box caterpillar is Britain's largest garden pest: native Chinese species destroy trees in EVERY part of the UK

  • Chinese box tree caterpillars arrived in the UK a decade ago and have spread
  • Now found in all countries of the British Isles and even at some stately homes
  • Decimate very rectangular hedges and there are few solutions for contamination
  • Regular spraying can protect against the caterpillar, but this is reserved for professionals
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A destructive type of caterpillar that decimates the hedges of the British upper classes, has spread to all British countries and is at the top of the list of most common & # 39; pests & # 39 ;.

The Chinese caterpillar decimates box hedges and is spotted in the gardens of various stately homes.

They decimate the ornamental trees by devouring all the leaves.

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A destructive type of caterpillar that decimates the clumsy hedges of the British upper classes, has now spread to all British countries and is at the top of the list of most common & # 39; pests & # 39; (stock)

A destructive type of caterpillar that decimates the clumsy hedges of the British upper classes, has now spread to all British countries and is at the top of the list of most common & # 39; pests & # 39; (stock)

& # 39; We have 4.5 million members who can ask us questions & # 39 ;, said Stephanie Bird, RHS entomologist The times.

& # 39; Based on the questions we elaborate, the number one question. Historically, snails and snails are always top. This year it is the box caterpillar. & # 39;

The vermin arrived on the British coast ten years ago and spread rapidly, but started mainly in London and the Southeast.

It is difficult to control the plague and homeowners are encouraged to remove it by hand.

There is little guidance available and there are few effective ways to eradicate the plague.

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Experts believe that the moth originated in China and that they either flew over the English Channel or were stored in containers with imported plants.

Invasions of slugs and other villains in the garden can be controlled in different ways, but the Chinese caterpillar in the box tree is currently freely revolting.

The caterpillar first discovered in East Asia, which was first discovered in 2011 in the UK, feeds noisily on root ball plants and strips them bald.

During feeding, it covers itself under a blanket of pale fine bands that can cover infected plants.

China, the home country for the caterpillars, sees them limited by hornets that feed on them.

Experts believe that the moth originated in China and that they either flew over the English Channel or were stored in containers with imported plants. Invasions of slugs and other villains in the garden can be controlled in various ways, but the Chinese caterpillar of the box tree is currently freely rising (stock)
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Experts believe that the moth originated in China and that they either flew over the English Channel or were stored in containers with imported plants. Invasions of slugs and other villains in the garden can be controlled in various ways, but the Chinese caterpillar of the box tree is currently freely rising (stock)

Experts believe that the moth originated in China and that they either flew over the English Channel or were stored in containers with imported plants. Invasions of slugs and other villains in the garden can be controlled in various ways, but the Chinese caterpillar of the box tree is currently freely rising (stock)

WHAT IS THE CHINESE BOX CATERPILLAR?

Box tree caterpillars feed within the tissue and can fully defoliate casket plants.

The plague arrived on the British coast ten years ago and has spread rapidly.

It is difficult to control the plague and homeowners are encouraged to remove it by hand.

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Common name: Box tree caterpillar

Scientific name: Cydalima perspectalis

Affected plants: Box (Buxus)

Main symptoms: foliage is eaten and covered with webbing

Most active: April-October

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But in Europe they have decimated large parts of wild boxwood and sown plagues of moths throughout villages.

Pesticides are available for large areas and professional gardens, but the average person cannot obtain them.

There are also deepening concerns that will transcend the scourge beyond the current boundaries of domestic and stately homes.

If it spreads to wild boxwood trees in the UK, it can destroy all appearance of the plant.

Measures are being taken to try to combat the pest, because the RHS and various researchers are investigating ways to combat it effectively.

The excrements of the caterpillar itself can offer the best solution.

New invasions avoid areas that are already contaminated and spreading the scent of the caterpillar can prevent them from nestling in a new box.

They are constantly busy monitored are registered as signs of an invasion by the European Boxwood and Topiary Association.

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Pear blisterPillow shell
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