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Carrot fly can make a large proportion of carrots and allied vegetable crops inedible.
Cover carrot crops with a fine mesh sheet (available at garden centres) to prevent the carrot fly colonising the crop in the early stages.
Carrot fly is a small black-bodied fly whose larvae feed on the roots of carrots and related plants, such as parsnip, parsley, celery and celeriac.
There are no pesticides available for home garden use against carrot fly.
Biological control suppliers (Adobe Acrobat pdf document listing biological control and suppliers)
RHS research has been comparing different heights of barriers and complete covering with netting as methods of control of carrot root fly. The results are being interpreted and will inform the advice given on control of this insect read more
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