New traps, baits & lures for tree fruit IPM


Abstract: Studies to develop new monitoring tools for key pests of tree fruits in the western United States are reviewed. Effective, low-cost monitoring of pests is an important component of developing integrated programs using action thresholds and semiochemicals, which can minimize risk. Precision management allows these assessment tools to be used in a careful process to assess pest densities, estimate risk of infestation, and select control tactics in order to minimize the use of insecticides that can disrupt biological control of secondary pest problems, and environmental externalities. New traps and lures have been developed for key pests of tree fruits in the U.S.A. Review of these new tools developed at the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Laboratory in Wapato, WA is detailed.

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