Using Butterfly House Netting to Protect Your Crops.
Keep Butterflies at bay with butterfly netting
For agricultural farmers in the fruit and vegetable industry and garden lovers growing their very own fresh produce, preparation is needed for every season, especially butterfly season. These beautiful little creatures look innocent from a far, but are far from innocent when laying their eggs on vegetable and fruit crops. With so many butterfly species, it is not only butterflies you need to worry about, but moths too. Once the butterfly/moth eggs hatch, caterpillar turmoil sets in, leaving your crops exposed to extremely destructive conditions.
There are a number of means of which to safe guard your crops from the wrath of caterpillars. One of the safest ways to protect both your crop and the environment where they lay, is by making use of butterfly house netting.
What is it?
Much like “traditional” netting, butterfly house netting is a light, plastic net with carefully sized holes. These holes are small enough to keep butterflies and other pests away from your crops, yet still allow sufficient moisture and sunlight to reach it.
Due to its being light weight design, it makes for a very flexible plastic net that easily “molds’ over your crops. It can also be used over very young plants with no risk of damage. Butterflies and even moths are efficiently kept out by the effective design of the netting. This further curbs the dreaded egg laying process which leads to disastrous results from the birthing of caterpillars.
The importance of utilizing butterfly netting
Butterfly house netting could possibly be one of the safest ways to protect your vegetable and fruit crops, as well as the environment at the same time. Pesticides can not only be harmful to the environment, but to your crops as well. When butterflies and moths are in abundance, it is only natural for them to look for the best possible places to lay their eggs. Fortunately for them, but very unfortunate for you, that includes your valuable fruit and vegetable patches. More often than not, you may not even notice that this is happening until it is too late.
The eggs are laid underneath the leaves of your crops and it is said that this occurs more towards the upper leaves of the plants. This is dependent on the type of crops being grown. The larvae are white or yellowish in color, in a small oval or round cluster. These tiny egg clusters can sometimes be very difficult to see. One would sometimes need to make use of a pocket microscope or a magnifying glass to spot the little clusters of doom. Once the small white larvae hatch, hungry caterpillars emerge, “demolishing” everything in sight. The damage left behind can be catastrophic to say the least. Agricultural farmers can really feel the aftermath of this on their bottom line, whilst the caterpillars will move on to safer areas for them to pupate. One can look out for pupae on tree trunks, fences, walls and other surfaces, in order to have them removed.
Another way of handling these little creatures is by removing the white larvae and caterpillars off your crops by hand. You may think this to be the most cost effective alternative if you have a small veggie patch, but it is not. It takes quite a considerable amount of man-hours, and man-power to inspect each and every leaf of the produce for the tiny white larvae. Caterpillars are great at camouflaging themselves to blend in with the environment. However, if you can’t see them, you will easily be able to tell whether you have an infestation or not. Simply look for half eaten leaves, or leaves with numerous holes in them. Alternatively, you can look at the stems of your plants or the actual vegetable/fruit for holes and signs of ‘brown trails’. This is a sure tell-tale sign that you might have a problem at hand.
It is rather clear by now that butterfly house netting is the best, most cost effective solution to protect your food and other crops
Attempting to get rid of larvae and caterpillars by picking by hand, can take a lot of unnecessary man hours, especially with larger crops and fields. Making use of butterfly house netting saves loads of time, money, resources and has a positive effect on overall productivity.
Screen of green and butterfly netting
With quite a number of crops needing structural support for optimal growth, and an increased yield, one would not want to interfere with the growth process of their crops. In actuality, neither would they want do anything that might hinder their crops from yielding only the best produce. Thankfully, screen of green and butterfly netting work hand in hand to protect your crops, and to ensure that you are able to maintain the highest standards of output.
How to use Butterfly netting
The simple task of laying butterfly netting over your crops, all depends on the size of your field and number of rows. Due to the easy set-up of the netting, you can decide whether to have proper structures in place or not. One can use hoops, frames or cages to tie the netting, leaving a bit of room over your growing produce. Alternatively, one can easily drape/lay the light and flexible butterfly netting over the crops.
To ensure that you don’t leave room for butterflies to creep in, you can secure the netting into the ground with pegs or use bricks or rocks to secure it. This in turn, will keep your produce safer by also keeping out other pests, insects and birds.
It is advisable for you to know the size and length of your crop rows, to ensure that you can fully cover the desired areas.
One can easily see why it is vital to fully understand all off nature’s creatures and its cycles when growing your own produce or crops. Be it for the serious farmer or advent gardener wishing to grow their own produce for home use, protecting ones growth is vital. Butterflies, moths and caterpillars are only but 3 pests that can completely destroy your hard work. They are able to accomplish this in no time at all and cost you unnecessary expenditures. Time and money are two extremely important factors when turnaround is concerned in the agricultural arena.
One simply cannot even begin to think of providing communities, shops or even oneself with poor quality produce. Butterfly House Netting is specifically designed to protect your crops, irrespective of its size.