Maggots in Plums

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This Plum Fruit Moth Trap uses the 'Pheromone' scent of the female moth to attract and catch male moths. This provides a warning as to if and when control measures are needed. Control of this pest in the garden is very difficult using insecticides unless they are applied shortly after egg laying.

When to use the trap
Moths fly and mate on warm nights from early June until the middle of August. The trap should be placed in the garden at the end of May. If spring weather is exceptionally warm, or in sheltered urban gardens, it may be an advantage to install the trap in mid May.

How to use the trap
Assemble the trap, pop in the sticky insert, sticky side up. The pheromone lure (which looks like a hollow cone of soft rubber) should be removed from the foil sachet and laid in the centre of the sticky insert. Do not open pheromone sachets until lure is needed.

In the garden one trap should monitor up to 3 average size trees.. It should be hung at around head height on the windward side of the tree (or group of trees).

After 5 weeks replace the sticky insert and lure, with the second set provided.

Inspect the trap regularly - the Plum Fruit Moth is small (about 6mm or � inches long) dark coloured and rests with its wings folded to form a triangular shape.

If you are catching more than 50 moths per week the infestation is very high and a suitable spray should be applied a week later. Continue monitoring and if again 50 or more moths are caught repeat the treatment.

Please note - this pest can also attack peaches, nectarines and apricots.

Other Pest Problems
A number of other insect pests may attack fruit trees. It is recommended that the trees are 'banded' with 'Insect Barrier Glue' or Glue Bands during the winter and summer to protect the trees against many of these pests. This trap will not warn of damage caused by sawfly.

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Author: Julie Brandreth

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