After a bit of a delay, Box T Pro Press is now available in the UK through Fargro.co.uk
Box T Pro Press works by disrupting the mating of box tree moths. Using the same pheromone that is in moth trap lures, but 7 times stronger, dollops of the gel are applied to the box hedges and topiary at a rate depending on the size of the plants. This causes the surrounding area to smell of female box moth to a level that means the males can’t find the real females and consequently they don’t mate and fertilised eggs aren’t produced.
It is applied prior to the first flight of moths each year and then again 3 months later before the final flight. Chris Poole arranged trials undertaken and managed by EBTS within Ham House Garden (National Trust) under special arrangement last year and you can see how the product was applied in the video below:
The results of the trial showed a significant reduction of damage caused by caterpillars and reduced spraying with Dipel (a Bt spray) from 8 to 3 applications.
To read more about the product you can download the product information here: