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Gall wasp infested tree in green waste?

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Gall wasp infested tree in green waste?

I've had a lime tree in a pot for many years that has never produced much fruit and has gall wasp. I've decided to put it out of its misery and replace it. Just wondering if its okay to put the cuttings in the green waste bin?

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Re: Gall wasp infested tree in green waste?

I would wrap them up and dispose in the rubbish bin rather than the green waste bin so you're not spreading them. The wasp larvae grow within the citrus stems until late summer - that's typically when you start to notice the galls. If they are old galls though there's no issue - the adult wasp will have left through the tiny exit holes that you'll see on them. 

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Re: Gall wasp infested tree in green waste?

I put the infested branches in a bin filled with water to drown the larves. Leave them for 6 weeks and pour them into the compost bin.

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