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London Box Tree Caterpillar Extermination and Control

Box tree caterpillars are devastating box hedges and topiary across the UK. This invasive species has been in the country for less than a decade, and has already destroyed historic hedges that are hundreds of years old.

As they have no natural predators in the UK, it’s up to gardeners and pest controllers to put a stop to the spread of box tree caterpillars.

At Environ Pest Control, we provide a completely organic, wildlife-and-pet-friendly treatment for box tree caterpillar extermination and control. Book your treatment now by calling us or requesting your call back.

Our box tree caterpillar treatment

We apply our professional-use organic pesticide to the entirety of any affected box hedges, topiary or trees. We will also remove any box tree caterpillars or eggs that we discover in the process.

The pesticide works by coating the leaves that the box tree caterpillars eat, which then poisons them when ingested. Because it only affects creatures that eat box leaves, the pesticide poses no risk to beneficial insects such as bees and is harmless to wildlife, pets and children.

To ensure that we exterminate any box tree caterpillars that have hatched after our initial treatment, we will visit your property again after a couple of weeks. In severe infestations, we may apply the treatment three or more times.

Box tree caterpillar treatment needs to be thorough, so we typically spend a few hours in a normal sized garden. As the pesticide is harmless, there is no need to vacate your property during treatment and you can enjoy your garden immediately afterwards.

If you have any questions about our treatment, feel free to get in touch by requesting your call back.

Don’t ignore a box tree caterpillar infestation

Box tree caterpillars are an invasive pest which is causing long term damage to our box trees, hedges and topiary – a species that is already struggling from the box blight fungal disease.

Every year, more box tree caterpillar infestations are reported and are being tracked by the Royal Horticultural Society to aid research in how to stop them. If you spot an infestation, you can report it to the RHS by clicking here.

If we don’t slow down their spread, we’re at risk of losing our box trees, a species used for many of the country’s finest and oldest hedgerows. You need to take box tree caterpillar infestations seriously, for the sake of your garden and for gardens across the UK and Europe.

How to identify box tree caterpillars

It only takes a few days for box tree caterpillars to completely defoliate a box tree. This means it’s vital that you contact us the moment you spot a box tree caterpillar, but first you need to know what to look for. Here’s how to identify a box tree caterpillar infestation:

  • Box tree caterpillars have green bodies with black stripes and black heads, are mostly smooth with fine hairs.
  • After hatching, box tree caterpillars are 1-2mm long and grow to a maximum of 3-4cm over a month.
  • Box tree caterpillars produce webbing to hide themselves from predators and leave it behind them as they feed.
  • The pupae are covered in webbing, are 2-3cm long and are green at first before turning gradually brown.
  • Box tree moths range from solid brown to white with brown wing edges.
  • Box tree moth eggs are flat, yellow and laid in clusters on the underside of leaves.

To book your treatment, call us now or request your call back today.

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Helen

We'd been really messed around by other pest control 'experts'. After weeks of worry, five mins with the guys from Environ made us feel like we wer...

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Very friendly, & helping was very quick & good at the job explained how the extermination was going to go very pleased!

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