A Plastic lure containing female Macadamia nut borer (Thaumatotibia batrachopa) pheromone for the monitoring of Macadamia nut borer.
(Z) – 8 – dodecenyl acetate 0.08 mg / lure
Positioning the trap in the field:
Fields should be divided up into monitoring areas of approximately 5 hectares. This is the maximum area that can be monitored by a single trap. The trap should be placed in the centre of the 5 ha area.
Placement of the trap in the orchard:
Orchards should be divided up into monitoring areas of approximately 4 – 5 hectares, this is the maximum area that can be monitored by a single trap.
The trap should be placed in the middle of the 4 – 5 ha area.
A higher trap density may be necessary where the orchard is not uniform in shape, where there are steep slopes and gulleys or when tree growth is very dense.
Prevailing winds may also affect the trap effectiveness and therefore a higher density may be necessary.
Placement of the trap in the tree:
Suspend the trap on the western side, in the top third of the tree using the wire supplied.
Ensure that the trap is not hung in the working row to avoid mechanical damage from tractors etc.
Remove all leaves and branches that may obstruct entrance to the trap.
Place trap in the direction of the prevailing winds to maximise spreading of the pheromone.
Identify every trap with a number for reference and recording purposes.
Place traps out at the beginning of the production season.
The number of moths caught is an indication of population pressure and dynamics thus consultation with your local pest management advisor for accurate interpretation of the moth counts is advisable.