Pest & Wind Barrier For The Ultimate Plant Protection
Protect vegetables from the carrot fly and other pests with the Micromesh pest and wind barrier. The tightly woven mesh comes complete with bamboo canes for support posts. Micromesh offers the best wind protection as well and acts as a wind barrier for young or less established plants. It will also keep cats and dogs off your crops and gives great protection from a major garden enemy, the wind. Wind can be very damaging to growing plants especially strong gusts. This micro mesh helps stop light winds that you encounter in gardens but still allows plenty of life giving light to those growing vegetables and other garden plants. This pack contains 4 metres x 70 centimetres of micromesh.
Prevent Carrot Fly & Other Pests With Micro-Mesh
Carrot fly mesh - Super little net particularly useful as protection against the scourge of carrot fly and insects as well as larger pests such as cats and dogs. The adult fly doesn’t fly higher than about 2ft so this portable screen offers significant protection against this very common garden pest. It is a perfect insect barrier stopping many different insects as well as the dreaded carrot fly that may set up home and invade your plants.
Also a very helpful barrier against wind. Wind can be very damaging to growing plants especially strong gusts. This micro mesh helps stop light winds that you encounter in gardens but still allows plenty of life giving light to those growing vegetables and other garden plants.
Carrot root fly is the most common pest affecting carrots and parsnips and other related plants like parsley and celery. The carrot fly is a small black fly which lays its eggs in May-June or August September around the base of the carrot. When the eggs hatch the maggots tunnel into the roots making them unusable and finally causing them to rot. The maggots will enter the whole root vegetable and leave it full of holes allowing bacteria and other organisms to enter and spread throughout the vegetable making it totally unusable for anything. If caught in it's very early stages, the affected parts of the vegetable may be able to be cut away and the rest used if only for animal feeding.
The carrot fly is attracted by the smell of the foliage which is particularly strong when you thin carrot seedlings. It is a good idea to try to sow your carrots as close as you can to the required spacings to avoid thinning as much as possible. You will have to do some thinning but try to do this on a windy day so the smell of the bruised foliage is carried away. Make sure not to leave thinnings near the plants but dispose of them away from the vegetable garden.
Even checking these vegetables has to be done with care as too much disturbance of the foliage or the soil around the vegetable can release the scent into the air attracting these pests. So the only way is to form a protective barrier around the vegetables to protect them, which will then allow you to work around your growing carrots with confidence that you aren't endangering your crop. The planting of strong smelling masking plants like onion and chives around your carrot beds is also a very good tried and tested idea, and other companion planting like surrounding your vegetable plots with Marigolds and similar plants which will attract Hover flies that will attack and eat any pest species that are attracted to your vegetables is also recommended.
When growing vegetables or just general gardening you’ll find insects feeding on your plants will be one of your biggest headaches. Not only do they damage the plants but also cause secondary problems like introducing disease and making your crops more susceptible to rot. It is a constant battle and large amounts of expensive chemicals are used by gardeners and farmers to control the carrot fly and other insect pest problems. Preventing pests from attacking is far better than trying to kill the pests after they have attacked your plants. By using this micro mesh you are saving many times over because you may not need chemicals and this mesh can be used over and over again. This means it is healthier for you, your pocket and the environment.
By using a 3 pronged approach of scent masking plants, pest predator attracting plants and pest barrier systems such as this micro mesh, then your growing carrots and other vegetables could be fairly safe from insect pests without the use of chemicals.