Red Ball Trap


Red Ball Trap

Use to monitor and trap insects, including apple maggot fly and cherry fruit fly. Sturdy 3½" reusable hollow glossy red plastic ball with hook and wire for hanging. For monitoring purposes, place several traps along the southern perimeter of your orchard. Check traps twice weekly beginning just before your area has reached 900 growing degree days.

To significantly reduce apple maggot damage, hang 1–6 traps per tree, depending on tree size. Coat traps with Stiky Stuff and hang about eye-level with 12–16" of clearance between them and any foliage so insects can get a good look at them.

Hang the traps in the proximity to fruit at eye level, on the south or southeast side of the tree. For large, mature trees, use up to 6 traps per tree. If using more than one trap per tree, place some traps facing a wooded or brushy area.

Hang each trap on a sturdy stem about 1' above a dense patch of fruitlets, and remove any foliage to create a leaf-free area that is at least 18" in diameter.

Apple maggot lure vials increase the efficacy of the traps by attracting flies from a distance. Situate the vial on the same limb about 12" behind the trap (so the vial is closer to the trunk than the trap is), on the underside of the branch. Leave the cap fully secured on the vial; the apple essence scent penetrates the plastic.

8627 Red Ball Trap

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Orchard and Garden Pest Patrol

These products provide a degree of insect control and will help certified growers meet the requirements of rule 205.206 of the National Organic Program.

Also consider row covers for excellent protection from insects.

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MOFGA: Reviewed and approved by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association Certification Services. Allowed for use on MOFGA-certified farms. Check with your certifier.
WSDA: Listed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Organic Certification division for use in organic agriculture in Washington State. MOFGA has indicated that they will accept products on this list for their certification program. Check with your certifier.
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AYC: Ask your certifier. Has not been reviewed by a certifier, but the active ingredient is allowed. Ask your certifier.
Not Allowed: A few of the products we list are not allowed for organic production but we think they have a place in sensible agriculture and can be used when certification is not an issue.