Grow\'Em Plant Propagation Database
Custom Search
main index
plants index

propagation techniques

growth media

growth enviroment

Seed - General
Chipping Seed
Soaking and Pricking
Pre-sprouting Seed
Stratifying Seed
Cuttings - General
Stem Cuttings
Heel Cuttings
Root Cuttings
Leaf Cuttings
Rooting Hormone
Rooting with Vitamin B1
Rooting with Willow Extract
Dividing Plants
Dividing Orchid Pseudobulbs
Simple Layering
Air Layering
Tip or Trench Layering
Serpentine Layering
Bulbs - General
Bulb Chipping
Bulb Scaling
Twin Scaling
Grafting - General
Cleft or Wedge Grafting
Bud Grafting
Whip Grafting
Side-veneer Grafting
Plants of Home and Garden
Trees and Shrubs
Fruits and Vegetables
Grains and Grasses
Cacti and Succulents
Water Plants
Growth Media
Sphagnum and Peat Moss
Manure, Nitrogen, Potassium
Making Compost
Constructing a Compost Bin
Indoor & Vermicomposting
Compost Tea
Composting Problems
Foliar Feeding
Green Manures
Bone Meal & Other Additives
Manure, Nitrogen, Potassium
Containers and Enclosures
Pots & Potted Plants
Biodegradable Pots
Raised Beds
Cold Frames
Water and Irrigation
Artificial Light
HID Lighting
Aquarium Lighting
On Photosynthesis
Synthetic Mulch
Floating Row Covers
Favorite Gardening Sites
General Information
Specific Interests
Seeds and Seed Catalogs
Gardening Tools
Garden Design
header, pests and organic pest control

image gallery

header, plant of the week

Organic Pest Control
plant hardiness zone maps

plant of the week
image gallery


Sticky traps

Coloured sticky tape or sticky cards can be useful for a number of pests. Yellow is used for aphids, whiteflies and fruit flies, cucumber beetles, flea beetles and imported cabbageworms, leafhoppers and leaf miners, onion fly and carrot root fly, and some moths. Yellow traps are typically most effective if hung vertically immediately above plants, though very effective against fungus gnats if laid horizontally across the soil. Unfortunately, yellow traps may also catch beneficial insects such as lady beetles.

Use white sticky traps for flea beetles and tarnished plant bugs. Blue and green can be very effective against thrips; bright blue against leaf miners.

Home-made versions use colored paint on wood, cardboard, or plastic, and are covered in sticky materials, i.e. Tanglefoot for big bugs, thinner products for smaller pests. In addition to commercial preparation, Vaseline and vegetable oils may be used.

It is reasonable to try sticky traps for insect pests not listed here: experiment with the colors listed above. Bright colors appear to work best.

Sticky traps may be used to monitor pest numbers over time, and the efficacy of interventions used. Sticky cards of a defined size can facilitate counting and monitoring. Placed strategically, especially with greenhouses, these may help localize breeding areas and access routes for specific pests.

See Also

Flea beetles
Ladybug, ladybirds, convergent lady beetles

Related Topics

Moth orchid

Don't see what you're looking for? Try our Search function.