GROWING SUCCESS GREASE BANDS/ GLUE BAND TRAPS
There are three common species of winter moths and they all lay eggs in trees over winter. The eggs hatch out in to caterpillars, which feed ravenously on young leaves and fruit in Spring. Growing Success Glue Bands provide a sticky barrier against wingless female moths, which climb trees in Autumn to mate and lay their eggs. This prevents egg-laying and the consequent damage from the caterpillars.
Ants climb trees to farm black fly and greenfly, collecting a sugar-like substance as food to take back to the ant nest. The ants protect the aphids from friendly predator, including ladybirds and lacewing, by spraying the aphids with formic acid. Therefore, using a glue band trap to stop ants climbing up is beneficial to the health of the tree.
Growing Success Glue Bands are coated on one side with non-drying glue to trap crawling pests. The green colour of the glue bands is not attractive to beneficial insects.Instructions for use:
- Apply in early Autumn and keep in place until the following Spring
- Re-apply between May & August to protect from ants, earwigs and other crawling pest insects
- The glue band should be placed around the tree trunk below the lowest branch and 50-80cm above the ground
- Where trees are supported by a stake, it is vital that the stake is also banded
- emove any moss or lichen before applying the glue band
- Cut off sufficient to go round the tree trunk, with a minimum overlap of 10mm
- Unfold the glue band and wrap it round the tree, with the glue side outwards. The glue on the overlap will hold the band in position
- Tie the band top and bottom, above and below the glue area
- Do not allow debris to stick to the glue band, as this may form a bridge for insects to cross over