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How to deal with winter moths


Virtually wingless, female winter moths hatch in November, then crawl up fruit trees to mate with male moths. The eggs that are laid hatch into leaf-eating caterpillars in spring. Trap female moths before they climb to mate, by attaching a grease band to trees.

How to do it


Unroll the grease band and measure how much you'll need around the base of your fruit tree.


Cut off the length required, ensuring the ends overlap so there aren't any gaps.


Stick the overlapping end firmly in place. If it's not secure, tie it in position with two lengths of string above and below the band of glue.


Peel off the paper covering the glue.

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Anne Owen 20/10/2012 at 12:04

I have just planted a 3 yr Victoria Plum tree, should I put a grease band around the stem or does this only apply to specific fruits?

sandi love 07/11/2013 at 18:30

Does this apply no matter where you live? I live in Arizona and have two new apple trees. Should I put a grease band around the trunk?

Trelou 08/11/2013 at 00:30

Hi does this apply to fruit trees in pots as well as in the ground?

Syviamac 08/11/2013 at 15:00

I find grease bands very difficult to attach and last year ended up using grease and spreading it on with my hands (with disposable gloves, I might add).
I can't see why apple trees in pots should be any different to those in the ground. It wouldn't hurt to grease band them.