Get to Know (and Prevent) this Common Garden Pest
Trying to purchase the screen cloth mentioned in the article. I am not sure I am finding the right stuff. Is is a shade cloth? Wouldn't that block too much sun? I'm in SE MI.
The material is known as “Reemay” (a brand name), which is a thin polyester fabric. It lets in light but keeps out pests! You should be able to find it for sale online.
Just thought I'd share my experience.......last year, I laboriously made realistic looking decoys, put about 12 in a small patch, didn't work.
This year I made strings of very simple decoys as follows - and it's WORKING!!
I used thin fishing line, opaque white shopping bags cut into rectangles roughly 7 cm x 5 cm or 2" x 2 3/4". Cut off about 3M of line, find the middle, tie a slipknot, pinch/scrunch the rectangle in the middle of the long side, put it through the slipknot and secure with another knot, spacing each butterfly about 15- 18 cm or 6-7" apart, continue till you've reached the end and then do the other side of the fishing line. The shorter lengths are easier to pull through when making the second knot and I just tied each run of fishing line together when installing it.
I strung these up all around the outside of the brassica bed and crisscrossed them over the beds using stick/stakes. I used about 50 butterflies per square meter.
The cabbage moths are checking out the bed and then flying off WITHOUT LANDING WOO HOO!! I think because I used so many they are seeing the patch as already having too much competition. I've been observing this for over a week - and they are definitely avoiding that bed!
Cheap, easy and I hope this helps someone else! Cheers
We tried making the moth decoys to protect our kale and brussel sprouts and did as the linked article suggested. Maybe it works for some people but it just seemed to attract the moth even more. We live in northern Illinois.
What is the yellow flower with the cabbage butterfly at the heading of this article? Is it an attractant for cabbage butterflies? or a repellent?
Thank you for this article! I, too, have bunches of white moths in the spring, and they love my green bean leaves! Last year, in one of my gardening groups, someone mentioned hanging a white plastic moth (with the black spots) in the garden. I used them last year and this year. You can actually see a time line on the green bean leaves this year where I hung my moths, as that's when they quit eating holes in the leaves. Everything under that is chewed up!
Thanks again for this article. I always read gardening articles, as it just reinforces what I already know, or I learn something new! :-)