The Guava moth is a new invader and is causing problems in many other fruits, even in the hardy macadamia nut.The larva are now being found in plum,feijoa, peach,mandarins,guava,loquat and nashi pear.
This new pest was first found in Northland, New Zealand in1997 and has slowly made its way southward.
Whilst this moth trap is non specific in its targeting it does however seem to avoid the large moths that are more friendly. It is recommended that the trap is used all year, as this in its self will help to disrupt the breeding pattern of the moths.
The “Little Bugga” moth trap has been on trial in feijoa orchards in Kerikeri,Northland, New Zealand for the past four years and the results are very promising.
HOW TO USE
Situate the trap where it can be seen from a distance and also gets maximum sunlight during the day to recharge the batteries. The height from the ground appears to effect the catch rate. During trails we found that approximately one and a half meters above the ground was about right.
Two or three mm of a light oil such as olive or cooking oil is all you need in the alloy tray, any sticky substance will work, just remember to be ECO friendly.