How to get rid of a moth infestation

Record numbers eating UK out of house and home

The common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella)
The common clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella)

Are you suffering a moth infestation? We are and we’re not alone. Moth numbers have soared this year, thanks to a combination of a mild winter and warm spring.

Modern-day housekeeping habits aren’t what they were – in the past, people had few clothes, valued them more and we looked after them properly.

Now, thanks mainly to cheap fashion, we buy vast quantities of clothes and stuff them into wardrobes – dark, warm places where moths – silvery-brown, about a  can breed merrily undisturbed.

Moths can cost a fortune – the larvae eat carpets, wool, cashmere, cotton, etc – so how to get rid of them without calling in pest control? Continue reading “How to get rid of a moth infestation”

Should you keep cats indoors to save wildlife?

Does it have to be cat lovers v wildlife lovers?

George greenhouse
George – more interested in snoozing in the greenhouse – or is it all a front?

Do you, or would you, keep your cat indoors permanently to save garden animals? According to animal charity South Essex Wildlife Hospital, we should be doing so – I have a feeling many owners like me don’t want to think about the ‘true’ nature of our pets.

Judging by this Facebook post, they have a point (sic): “Todays hoard of sacrifices to the cat gods. 37 birds didn’t survive, another 22 along with a baby rabbit, a frog 2 slow worms, and a lizard are still fighting for their lives. Continue reading “Should you keep cats indoors to save wildlife?”

Bee-friendly non-pesticide range from ecofective

Don’t take chances with the health of our bees

Rose Defender
Rose Defender. Picture; ecofective

Do you care about bees? The recent study on the effects on bees of the use of neonicotinoids on agricultural seeds has not come to any firm conclusions but one British company can assure gardeners that its pest control products are safe for honey and bumble bees.

The non-pesticide range of Defender/Bug & Mildew Control products from ecofective will not harm these insects that pollinate nearly 85 per cent of our food crops. Continue reading “Bee-friendly non-pesticide range from ecofective”

TV preview – The British Garden: Life And Death On Your Lawn

BBC Four, Tuesday, July 11, 9pm-10.30pm

Chris Packham
Chris Packham stars in BBC Four’s The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn. Picture; BBC Pictures

Are you convinced your garden is good for native flora and fauna?

In this 90-minute BBC film, naturalist Chris Packham and a team of experts spend a year exploring eight gardens on a suburban street to answer a vital question: how good for wildlife is the great British garden?
Beneath the groomed borders they reveal a beautiful and brutal world that’s far wilder than you might think.

Through all four seasons, Chris examines the secret lives of the gardens’ smallest residents, finding male crickets that bribe females with food during sex, colour-changing spiders that help them catch prey, and life-and-death battles in the compost heap.

There is also a different side to more familiar garden residents, showing that a robin’s red breast is actually war paint, and a single litter of foxes can have up to five different fathers.

In Spring, Chris witnesses a boiling ball of frogs in a once-in-a-year mating frenzy.

By the end of the year, with the help of a team from London’s Natural History Museum, as well as top naturalists, Chris reveals the sheer variety of wildlife living in the back gardens of just one street, and how good for wildlife our gardens really are.

Chris Packham: be tolerant towards slugs

Springwatch presenter’s Radio Times magazine interview

Chris Packham
Chris Packham – looking at the bigger picture ecologically

This may not go down too well with lovers of hostas and strawberries, but TV presenter Chris Packham has urged gardeners to “put yourself in the mind of the slug” and become tolerant towards the creatures.

The Springwatch host urged people to stop killing the garden pests in an interview in this week’s Radio Times magazine. “The slug’s been offered a free banquet. You have to expect it to eat it.

He said: “The slug’s been offered a free banquet. You have to expect it to eat it. If you’re planting a row of lettuces, you’re planting a free supermarket for molluscs. Continue reading “Chris Packham: be tolerant towards slugs”

Create bee-friendly gardens with ecofective

Defender Range safe for children, pets, and pollinators

Rose Defender. Picture; ecofective
Rose Defender. Picture; ecofective

With bees under threat, gardeners are looking for pest control products that are not harmful to bumble and honey bees that are responsible for pollinating nearly 85 per cent of our food crops.

The ecofective Defender range can help to keep your garden disease and pest-free garden yet not harm the vital pollinators.

The Rose Defender, Plant Defender, and House Plant Continue reading “Create bee-friendly gardens with ecofective”