Join the RHS today and support our charitable work
Free personalised gardening advice
RHS members get reduced ticket prices
RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens
Free entry to RHS members at selected times »
Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops
020 3176 5800
Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm
Help us achieve our goals
Join the RHS today and support our charity
I have forgotten my password
Register for free to receive our newsletters, add comments to blogs/articles and to save content.
See what events are on near you and browse your bookmarked pages.
Grease bands and tree barrier glues are a pesticide-free method for preventing infestations of winter moth caterpillars in the spring. They stop the wingless females from climbing up the trunks of fruit and other deciduous trees and laying eggs.
Grease bands are mainly used to protect fruit trees, such as apple, plum, pear and cherry from winter moth caterpillars.
Note that sticky barriers give no protection against codling moth (the cause of maggoty apples), plum moth (the cause of maggoty plums) or other types of caterpillars. That pest has winged females that are active in midsummer.
It is important to time the fitting correctly so that it protects your tree from the winter moth;
Choose a product that fits your tree best;
Grease bands and tree barrier glues will give no protection against problems such as codling moth or plum moth which must be controlled separately.
Acid cherryApplesCodling mothPlums, gages and damsons: choosing cultivarsPlum mothSweet cherryWinter moth caterpillars
the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9
RHS members can get exclusive individual advice from the RHS Gardening Advice team.
Register for the site or sign in to share your experiences on this topic and seek advice from our community of gardeners.
We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. We want to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.