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Carrot fly can make a large proportion of carrots and allied vegetable crops inedible.
Common name Carrot flyScientific name Psila rosaePlants affected Carrot, parsnip, parsley, celeriac and celeryMain symptoms Rusty brown tunnels in the tap roots. Slender creamy yellow maggots may be seen in the rootsMost active May-October
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 soil-applied pesticides available for home garden use against carrot fly larvae.
Pesticides for gardeners (Adobe Acrobat pdf document outlining pesticides available to gardeners)
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RHS research has been comparing different heights of barriers and complete covering with netting as methods of control of carrot root fly. Results are due by summer 2017 read more
Biological pest controlCabbage root flyCarrot fly - getting to the root of the problem CutwormsHardy winter vegetablesInsect-proof meshProtect your gardenSwift moth caterpillarsThe root of the problem (RHS carrot fly research)Vegetables in containers
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billzilla on 04/02/2016
If I grow my carrots off the ground in containers higher than 60cm will they be safe from carrot fly?
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