Codling moths (Cydia pomonella) are a major pest for apple and pear growers. This is largely because these insects can go unnoticed until the damage is done to the fruit. Damage is caused by the larvae tunneling into the fruit, rendering it fruit unsightly and unsellable. These larvae, when left uncontrolled, can infest up to 90% of available fruit. Late-maturing varieties are most likely to incur severe damage. Adults do not damage plants but should be controlled as a first step in breaking up the codling moth life cycle.
The best way to handle these insects is by being proactive. Avoid disrupting the habitats and habits of natural predators like beneficial insects. Inspect frequently and keep the growing area clean. Bagging fruit, creating barriers to prevent larval movement and trunk banding are all useful. The use of pheromone lures and traps like in this kit are extremely effective. They offer a way to break up the mating cycle by luring the adult male moths as they gather near the tree to mate. Once close enough, the ardent males are caught on the sticky trap and perish. There is also an additional lure than can be used or added, it emits large amounts of pheromones that confuse and disrupt the males so they cannot find a partner. These traps only work on the flying adult moths and only stop the ones caught from reproducing; they do not kill the larvae.
The Pest Wizard Just Codling Moth Trap Kit comes with 2 disposable red paper delta traps coated with MessyLess Adhesive™ and a lure that selectively attracts male Codling Moths. This kit comes with a standard 30-day lure, but there is also a 10X lure available for use that has 10 times the strength. The 10X lure is used to confuse adult fliers and disrupt mating; it also lasts up to 30 days. If traps become covered with insects or debris, remove the lure and attach it to a fresh trap. When the lifespan of the lure is complete and the season is still active, replace lure and sticky trap with new ones. Replacement lures and additional red paper delta traps are available.
- Non-toxic pheromone lures and adhesive
- Low risk to beneficials
- Results may vary due to seasonal changes, insect pest population variations, natural predator populations, correct or incorrect trap installation, proper lure storage, weather extremes, disruption, damage and/or contamination due to chemical sprays, pets, children, sprinklers, or other unforeseen events.
Some beneficial insects may land on the sticky traps. But, by comparison, toxic insecticides totally annihilate all insects and will harm or kill outright other wildlife. Not to mention the potential harm to children and pets.
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This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases: Codling Moths (Cydia pomonella)
Use this trap and lure kit to detect the presence of pests. Hang traps as early in Spring as possible and check them weekly for males. As soon as you catch 2-3, treat trees immediately.
NOTE: Handle with clean hands or implements.
TO SET UP STICKY RED PAPER DELTA TRAPS:
- Crease along all folds before removing adhesive cover.
- Peel off the adhesive cover diagonally from corner.
- Fold to align top edge.
- Insert hanger. Staple or paperclip top edge.
- Fold in corners, roof flaps, then floor flap on one side of trap.
- Put lure in trap.
- Fold in corners, roof flaps, then floor flap on other side of trap.
Please refer to the manufacturer's label under the DOCS tab for illustrations of the above instructions.
HOW TO DEPLOY TRAPS:
- Hang traps with lures about 10 feet apart at shoulder height just inside foliage.
- Continue deployment into the fall for maximum trap captures of adults as they emerge throughout the season from their pupal stages in the soil.
- If an untended weedy area is nearby, hang a trap from a garden stake between the edge of the crop and the weeds.
- The lure is typically effective for about 30 days. When a trap becomes saturated before that time, remove the lure and attach it to a fresh trap. Repeat as necessary.
ATTENTION: Results may vary due to seasonal changes, insect pest population variations, natural predator populations, correct or incorrect trap installation, proper lure storage, weather extremes, disruption, damage and/or contamination due to chemical sprays, pets, children, sprinklers, or other unforeseen events.
- Keep MessyLess Adhesive card away from eyes and hair. Adhesive could stick to eyelashes and hair and pull them out.
- Dispose of plastic packaging in a proper trash receptacle - do not recycle.
- Adhesive cleans up with soap and water.
Storage: Keep lures sealed until used. Store in a cool place or in a freezer.
Warning & Toxicities: Choking hazard. Small parts, keep away from small children and pets. If lure is ingested, seek medical attention.