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It's important to monitor when pest moths first start emerging to mate so you can start treating at the right time to give the best results.
Pheromone traps can also offer some control early in the season by disrupting the breeding cycle.
These weatherproof traps are designed to last a number of years. You can insert sticky sides and then bait the trap with a scent that is specific to your particular pest.
Pheronomes are the natural "sex hormone" for insects. Generally speaking they lure the male moths into the trap because they think they can smell females. By putting out fresh pheromone in the traps at the very start of the mating season, usually Spring, you can slow down reproduction, which will mean much less caterpillars attacking your plants. Each pheronome is specific to a particular pest, and we can offer specific lures for four of the worse culprits - Citrus leaf miner, Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner, Codling moth and Plum Moth. Each pheromone lure lasts around 6 weeks.
Traps and Refills - Two year pack
We offer one sturdy delta trap with three sticky inserts and two pheronome lures. Our traps are made from recycled plastic, and are more long lasting than cardboard traps. We supply enough inserts and lures for two years, and if you need more refills you can keep the trap and just buy more refills.
When to use them
You can buy these traps in advance as the pheronomes have a shelf life of at least a year
Codling Moths and Plum Moths have a brief mating season at the beginning of the summer so you should ideally have your traps in position by the end of April, ready for action in May
Read RHS advice on the Plum Moth...
Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner is now a common scourge in the warmer parts of Britain. The culprit is another moth caterpillar (Cameraria ohridella) It makes unsightly dead patches in the leaves, and after a bad attack the whole tree turns a rusty colour and looks half-dead. Put up the traps in April to reduce the population of males, leaving females unfertilised drastically reducing the eggs laid. If you are late putting up the traps it is still worth adding them in May, June, July as there are successive generations of caterpillars throughout the summer. However don't put them out when there are no leaves out, because the moths will not be around.
Read what the Forestry commision say about Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner
Citrus Leaf Miner is normally found inside , in orangeries, glasshouses and conservatories where is warmth all year. The little caterpillars mine their way through the citrus leaves making characteristic tracks and then pupate at the end of their tunnel and hatch out. Traps should be kept up all year to try and monitor and reduce the moth population. It is particularily important to renew the traps at the beginning of the growing season as the caterpillars love the tender young leaves.Pack contents
One green trap (folded flat), one wire hanger, and one set of cardboard inserts (all sealed). You should also have two pheromone vials sealed in two foil bags. One is a refill so please don’t open it yet but put it in the fridge.Instructions for use
Open the green trap so it makes a triangle. Open ONE sticky base, unfolding it so the sticky side is exposed to make a sticky floor, insert it in the green trap. Open one pheromone vial and put in the middle of the floor. Fold up both ends of trap as shown in the photo. Hang up the trap. Put the spare pheromone in the fridge and the spare sticky inserts safely away.