There are three common species of winter moths and they all lay eggs in trees over winter. The eggs hatch out into caterpillars which feed on young leaves and fruit in spring. Growing Success Glue Bands form a sticky barrier against wingless female moths, which climb trees in autumn to mate and lay their eggs. This prevents egg-laying and consequent damage from caterpillars. Ants climb trees to farm blackfly and greenfly, collecting a sugar-like substance as food to take back to the ant nest. The ants protect the aphids from friendly predators including ladybirds and lacewing by spraying the aphids with formic acid. Growing Success Glue Bands are coated on one side with non-drying adhesive glue to trap crawling pests. The green colour is not attractive to beneficial insects.
The glue band is extremely sticky so we recommend wearing disposable vinyl gloves. If glue gets onto hands, remove it with surgical spirit or soften with liquid paraffin and wipe off. Wash hands afterwards and apply moisturiser.
• Apply in early autumn and keep in place until the following spring.
• Re-apply between May and August to protect from ants, earwigs and other crawling insect pests.
• 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.
• Remove any moss or lichen before applying the glue band.
• Cut off sufficient to go round the tree trunk with a minimum overlap of 1cm.
• Unfold the glue band and wrap it around 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.
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