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How to treat Berberis sawfly larvae damage? Assuming I have made the right diagnosis. This happens to my Helmond's Pillar every year. Should I spray with insecticide? I have not been able to detect any grubs on the leaves, but only this leaf damage. The young bush is about a third defoliated and I hope to stop it getting worse. Advice much appreciated.




Hi Jonathan - try the RHS advice on this.

I hope it helps. :-)

16 Jun, 2011


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16 Jun, 2011


OK, is this any use? :-)

Chemical control
The larvae can be controlled by spraying the shrub with pyrethrum (Py Spray Garden Insect Killer, Doff All in One Bug Spray, Scotts Bug Clear Gun for Fruit & Veg), deltamethrin (Bayer Sprayday Greenfly Killer), lambda-cyhalothrin (Westland Plant Rescue Fruit & Vegetable Bug Killer) or thiacloprid (Bayer Provado Ultimate Bug Killer).

Avoid spraying plants while they are in flower.

16 Jun, 2011


Thanks Spritzhenry. I think I will go for the Pyrethrum, seeing as I have recently bought some. I tried using Provado on something recently, in sunlight, and it damaged the plant. No sign of the bug, but I guess it may be a very inconspicuous thing. I presume the pest may at times attack whole berberis hedges. Unlucky for some. Does one application per year deal with it, or might it need furhter treatments later in the season?

16 Jun, 2011


I'd have to go back to the RHS advice for that. I'd say watch it and treat it again if it needs it!

16 Jun, 2011

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