Environ. Horticulture, Pears, Cherries, and Viticulture
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Environ. Horticulture, Pears, Cherries, and Viticulture

Traps and Lures

Several companies now sell stink bug traps and lures, and the technology and trapping effectiveness will likely continue to evolve. Below are selected traps that were used in Sacramento in 2014.

Photos by Chuck Ingels unless noted.

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AgBio trap on a 4 foot tall stand (Grower model), found in studies to catch the most BMSB.
AgBio trap on a 4 foot tall stand (Grower model), found in studies to catch the most BMSB.
AgBio trap on a 2-foot stand (Professional model).
AgBio trap on a 2-foot stand (Professional model).
AgBio trap (Homeowner model), 18 inches tall.
AgBio trap (Homeowner model), 18 inches tall.
Rescue Rocket trap (photo by Rescue)
Rescue Rocket trap (photo by Rescue)

 

Two lures must be used in BMSB traps: One containing methyl decatrienoate (MDT) and the other containing sex pheromone. Both have a dose-response, so the greater the rate, the greater the attractiveness and potential catch. A kill (insecticide) strip is recommended to assure that trapped BMSB do not exit the hole.

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Trap with two lures suspended on a metal rod. It is likely that neither the rod nor the screens are necessary.
Trap with two lures suspended on a metal rod. It is likely that neither the rod nor the screens are necessary.
Trap with Rescue lures (on rod) and kill strip (at bottom). The round object is to prevent escape - unnecessary with kill strip
Trap with Rescue lures (on rod) and kill strip (at bottom). The round object is to prevent escape - unnecessary with kill strip
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