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DIY Your Own Gypsy Moth Trap

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DIY Your Own Gypsy Moth Trap

At this time of year, gypsy moths may have been wreaking havoc in your neighbourhood for weeks now, stripping the foliage from the trees. Now is the time to help prevent an outbreak from happening next year, by preventing this year's insects from laying their eggs. These homemade traps can be very effective at trapping the males and stopping the gypsy moth lifecycle in your backyard.

 

HOMEMADE GYPSY MOTH TRAP

  1. Select a clear plastic jar or bottle. Those with bulging top sections larger than the sides are best.

  2. Cut 2 - 4 holes in the shape of slots around the jar or bottle, just below where the bulge starts. The holes should be one and a quarter inches long, and three eights of an inch high (more or less). Small fingernail scissors work well. You can punch a hole with the pointy ends and make a rectangular slit with the scissor blades.

  3. Take off the lid and punch a hole in the center. String a piece of twine through the hole with a knot at the inside end. Alternatively use a screw-eye hook in the top of the lid, and attach the twine onto that.

  4. Tape the pheromone lure to the inside on the jar or bottle lid so that it isn't all covered with tape, but hangs from the lid down into the bottle. (Hint: wear gloves when handling a pheromone lure).

  5. Make a loop in the outside of the string, which you can use to hang on a tree branch.

  6. Put a couple of inches of water, with a dash of Dawn dish soap or some other dish detergent into the bottom of the jar or bottle. (Hint: put the water in first or you will have bubbles in the bottom)

  7. Hang it up somewhere and stand back! You are ready to catch some moths. Note that only the male gypsy moth’s fly. Female moths walk up and down the tree and wait for the males to find them.

Info shared from https://www.gypsymothalert.com/traps_homemade.html



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