Blueberry growers should look out for moth

British garden and greenhouse enthusiasts who plan on growing blueberries this summer should look out for a problematic moth.

The light-brown apple moth, also known as Epiphyas postvittana, has been causing trouble for growers already, the Farm Advisory Services Team (Fast) warned.

According to Horticultural Week, the pest has been increasing its population numbers over the past few years and is set to cause gardeners real issues in 2010.

Fast consultant Rob Cook explained that the problem is becoming more widespread.

"Larvae roll together leaves, buds, shoots and fruit clusters to make a webbing. They eat immature fruits before burrowing and hollowing out the berries," he told the news provider.

The expert added that the problem has been enhanced by the lack of approved insecticides on the market to combat the pest.

Mr Cook explained that even fewer are able to be used on blueberries, meaning that those growing such fruit may experience real problems.

Meanwhile, Horticulture Week recently published tips on protecting lettuce.