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Veg pests you need to know about

These fast working pests can spoil your veg crop overnight.

Here's a quick round up of what they are, what they do and when and how to treat them.

 

Carrot Root Fly

What - A small grey fly that looks very much like a housefly

Damage - The larvae (maggots) of this fly feeds on carrots & similar (parsnip, parsley, celery and celeriac) making the corp inedible.

Timing - May onwards

 

Cabbage Root Fly

What - A small grey fly that looks very much like a housefly

Damage - Their maggots attack brassicas along with turnips, swedes & radishes

Timing - April to September

 

Cutworm

What - The caterpillar of several moth species

Damage - they cut down stems or roots that protrude above the surface.  They will also move higher up at night and eat leaves and stems

Timing - All year

 

 

Onion Root Fly

What - As above, grey flies and creamy coloured maggots

Damage - Wilting leaves. dead seedlings or damaged bulbs

Timing - June and July

 

Luckily all of these pests can be treated with the same product, check out our Fruit and Veg nematodes here.