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Services - Insect and Pest Control Services UK

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Brown Tail Moth - The Problem

The caterpillars will eat almost any type of tree or bush, although they have a preference for hawthorn or blackberry.  The caterpillar releases irritant hairs into the air which can cause a painful skin irritation, and can affect some people badly.

Leatherjackets & Chafer Grubs - The problem 

If a Crane Fly (Daddy-long-legs) lays its eggs onto a lawn and the eggs hatch, the resultant larvae are referred to as Leatherjackets.  The recent warm, damp autumns and winters have favoured leatherjackets, so it is important to be on the lookout from late August and be prepared to act. 

The Leatherjackets, and similarly the larvae of Chafer beetle live in the soil just below the grass and eat the grass roots and stems.  The result is little grass root growth which, in turn, leads to poorly grassed areas and eventually bare patches.

The Solution

Worm suppressant Carbendazim is not available and Leatherjackets can only be controlled using beneficial nematodes that invade the actual larvae below ground. 

There are different nematodes that attack Leatherjackets and Chafer grubs. 

These are expensive solutions, maybe only suitable for small areas such as bowling and golf greens as treatments of fairways or pitches could cost a significant amount. However, we have information that a new insecticide is just around the corner for use in the amenity sector. 

There is nothing available just now specifically for controlling worm casts, however Complete Weed Control will always be at the forefront of new application methods and solutions as they appear on the market.  

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