When customers ask for pesticide-free, environment-friendly gypsy moth control, install the BugBarrier Tree Band. This band is effective, clean, easy to install and remove, and contains no pesticide or pheromone. University researchers, government entomologists and arborists in the field have successfully tested the band, and it is so effective that it is required to be EPA registered as a “mechanical pesticide”.
The BugBarrier Tree Band, which should be installed in spring when the gypsy moth larvae hatch, consists of a dense, flexible, fiber barrier; an adhesive film barrier, and a top wrap bridge that allows the larvae to crawl down the tree easily. The fiber is wrapped around the trunk to fill bark crevices, the film is installed over the fiber with the adhesive side facing the tree, and the top wrap is installed on top of the band and clings to itself.
Gypsy moths have an interesting quirk that increases the band’s effectiveness. As the caterpillars eat a tree’s leaves, they expose themselves to the sun’s heat and predators. To survive, the caterpillars crawl down the tree to the cool shelter of the tree base on a daily basis. The BugBarrier Tree Band allows the caterpillars to crawl down the tree, but catches them as they return to the tree at dusk. The bands can be left in place through the summer and early fall to catch adult females as they climb the tree to lay their eggs.
As a pesticide-free control, the BugBarrier Tree Band can be installed on any tree that has insects crawling up the trunk. The bands trap flightless, egg-laden fall cankerworms and winter moth in the fall, beginning at the first hard frost. The band also traps aphids, spider mites, sawflies, and has been used effectively in the south to stop the climb of leaf cutting ants.
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