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A delta trap. Courtesy Pherobank

Pheromone Lures

A lure containing sexual attractants for monitoring your common greenhouse (flying) pests. During low light and low temperature periods, pests may become very inactive. These lures aim at increasing this activity to improve the efficiency of monitoring. We have a large array of available lures to monitor a diverse range of pests.

Some pheromone lures may also be used to improve the efficacy of spraying. Simply distribute the pheromone in the greenhouse atmosphere (ie. via greenhouse fans) prior to spraying. This will evoke the pests and cause them to become more active, thus increasing their susceptibility with the spray.

Lures are often used in conjuction with sticky or delta traps.

Delta Traps

Generally used in conjuction with pheromone lures. These triangular (delta) traps are used to monitor specific pests based on the pheromone lure used. Allow at least 10 metres between traps and hang at foliage height where possible to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Tips for handling of pheromone lures1

  • Pheromone lures are best kept in the refrigerator or freezer in the tightly closed original packaging. Lures are guaranteed for 2 years when kept at (minus) -25C and for 1 year when kept in the refrigerator. Allow the original packaging to acclimate to room temperature before opening to prevent condensation.
  • The white vials must be hung closed in place. The (red) rubber lures may be pierced at the edges without hampering the potency of the lures.
  • Wash your hands before and after working with pheromone lures in order to prevent contamination. This is vitally important when working with lures for different species.
  • Do not use traps (see below) for different species.
  • Lures be disposed of together with the normal household rubbish.

1: adapted from Pherobank knowledgebase

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