Anti Carrot-Fly Screen
Anti Carrot Fly Screen forms a barrier aorund your carrots to offer protection against carrot root fly. Easy to assemble kit includes insect mesh screen, aluminium tubes and clip
Erecting our 61cm/2ft high Anti Carrot-Fly Screen will stop the fly in its tracks as this univited insect cannot fly an and altitude greater than the screen. The Anti Carrot-Fly Screen kit contains 7.9m/26’3” of 0.25mm x 0.8mm ultra fine insect mesh, 6 x 95cm x 16mm/0.6” diameter aluminium tubing and 18 fixing clips and is simple to erect and dismantle.
- The Anti Carrot-Fly Screen will stand approx 61cm/2ft high once assembled (with up to 30cm/1ft pushed into the ground)
- Kit consists of 7.9 metres of 0.25mm x 0.8mm Ultra Fine Insect Mesh, 6 x 95cm/3ft x 16mm/0.6" diameter aluminium tubing and 18 fixing clips
- Aluminium tube supports are simply pushed into the soil approx 30cm/1ft
- Netting is secured onto uprights with durable clips supplied
- Helps to form a barrier against flea beetles, rabbits, cats and rodents too
- Also ideal as a windbreak
- Ensure the barrier is complete with no open ends or sides
- Easily taken down for winter storage
The product was of a high quality and design, as expected, and easy to erect. This is the first year that I have used it so I shall wait until harvesting the carrots before rating its performance.
Have re-used the same screen for the past 3 years. Each time it works splendidly. Obviously very durable if stored overwinter
Easy to erect and seems to be performing its function well. The only problem I have had is with some of the clips. A small number of the green clips spring off the uprights after a few days and I find them up to five or six feet away. I suspect that I have a batch that is slightly defective because it always seems to be the same half dozen or so.
Want to know more about carrot-fly and how to avoid this pest?
Our horticulturist Martin Fiddes shares his advice on this common garden nuisance...
"The Carrot Fly Screen which stands 61cm (2ft) high when erected, will also form an effective barrier against flea beetles, rabbits and rodents as well as deterring cats and acting as a windbreak to young seedlings and is easily dismantled and stored when not needed.
Carrot fly is a perpetual pest in the world of carrot growing, and placing a fine mesh barrier around is a common – and very effective – way of preventing the low-flying adult flies from landing in the bed and laying eggs. The mesh fence does not need a roof to cover the crop and as long as the bed is enclosed by a 60cm high screen, the adults should not be able to enter. Erect any perimeter blockade in early May and keep in place until well after the last generation of adult flies emerge in September for complete peace of mind.
You can also companion plant with onions as the carrot-fly is attracted by the scent of pulled carrots, and the strong aroma of onions is enough to confuse it. Try and ensure you sow seed sparsely to avoid thinning the developing crop - this practice should also keep your carrots a secret!
It’s also important in any veg growing situation – but especially when carrots are involved – to practice crop rotation, and ensure you don’t grow the same plants, or related crops, on the same site for at least three years. Larvae and pupae over-winter in the soil and will make short work of your carrot crop if not!"
What The Press Say
Carrot Root Fly
Whereas I still would hesitate to rely on it for 100% control of carrot fly (compared with a complete cover of mesh), I did find the barrier very easy to put up and use - and very sturdy, and rabbit-proof! I sowed coriander and fennel inside it too - and both benefited from the extra shelter as well as pest protection. So I'll certainly recommend it if I get the opportunity.
What To Buy: Carrot Fly Screen
The problem of carrot fly is a constant niggle for most of us who grow carrots, parsnips and related crops and erecting covers and barriers and keeping them in place can be a bit of a faff. Now however, well-known garden sundries supplier, Harrod Horticultural has come up with a simple kit that could make the job a whole lot easier. The kit contains 8m (over 26ft) of ultra fine insect mesh, six lengths of 16mm (approx 1/2in) diameter aluminium tubing and 18 fixing clips and is simple to erect