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What insects are chewing my lilly pilly

I have 15 small lilypily trees,they have been in the ground for about 2 years,they are not growing at all, and they are full of chewed leaves. Do you think it might be caterpillars? How do I fix it. Thanks

Australian Natives • Pests

Dear Jeanette,

If the foliage on your lillypilly is eaten, it is likely to be a caterpillar. There are two products that we can recommend to control caterpillars that are very effective in controlling this pest. Success Ultra is a natural insecticide which has activity by both contact and ingestion. It help to control insects that have become resistant to traditional chemicals. Ensure when spraying that you cover both the upper and underneath sides of the leaves. It is best to apply in the early morning or early evening. Once the caterpillar ingests the product it will stop eating immediately but it may take up to 3 days for the insect to die. Yates Natures Way Caterpillar Killer Dipel is a naturally occurring bacteria. It controls may leaf-eating caterpillars of moths and butterflies. Again the foliage needs to be sprayed both on top and underneath the leaf. You may need to respray at 5-7 day intervals as moths and butterflies will be continually laying eggs, hatching out into more caterpillars. If you are experiencing rainy weather, you will also need to re-apply.



Answered: 18 Mar, 2011

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