Brassicas is the name given to a family of plants that includes popular vegies like cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. They're also often referred to as 'cole crops'. Whatever you choose to call them, winter is ideal for growing these delicious and super healthy vegies, whether it’s out in the vegie patch or in pots on a sunny balcony, veranda, or patio.
These vegies are unfortunately also very popular with caterpillars, including the voracious cabbage white butterfly and cabbage moth caterpillars as well as looper caterpillars. They can rapidly skeletonise leaves and chew into and ruin heads of cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
You may not see the caterpillars themselves, just the damage they cause or their droppings. To ensure you’re able to eat more of your brassicas than the caterpillars, you can protect your precious plants with Yates Mavrik Gun. It controls a wide variety of caterpillars, including the larvae of the cabbage moth, and cabbage white butterfly.
Start spraying at the first sign of infestation, and repeat as required. If you have a large patch of brassicas to spray, use Yates Mavrik Chewing and Sucking Insect Killer. It's a concentrate and can be mixed in a sprayer for a more broadscale application. Only mix as much as is required to spray on the day.