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Palm–o-trap is a specially designed trap loaded with an aggregation pheromone dispenser of the red palm weevil, (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus), which is used to determine the population level in localized zones. This trap is also useful for trapping in large or small groves. The trap is a 5 lit PE white round basket which is covered with its lid and bears openings to its sides. A pheromone dispenser and a bottle with the 2nd food attractant is placed inside the basket. One hole 4-5 cm deep is made in the soil and the trap is placed inside so that the openings of the round side come to the same level with the soil. Then the beetles enter easily into the basket where they slip to the plastic surfaces, they cannot escape and finally die.
The basic lure is an aggregation pheromone dispenser, loaded with 600 mg of active ingredient known under the name of ferruginol. VIORYL’s dispensers contain also a powerful synergistic food attractant in the same formulation, 1,5 gr isoamylic alcohol.

It is recommended to add in the trap a second food attractant in a small recipient (about 50 ml) containing 15-20% of an aqueous solution of sugar can molasses.

Both lures have to be changed every 6-8 weeks depending of the average temperature of the area where the traps have been placed.

Use for Monitoring: The recommended trap density is 1-2 traps per hectare depending on the density of the plantation. By counting the number of insects caught, the user gets information about the flight activity and the population density. An IPM program can therefore establish. If the traps stay empty there is no need for further insecticidal treatment.

Use for Trapping: The placement of 4 to 8 traps per hectare can significantly reduce the active population of the insect and minimize the use of chemical insecticides for the control of this devastating pest. The beetles enter from the side openings; they slip from the trap walls and cannot fly away.

The traps are placed in the specific area during the first flight period of the beetle or as advised by an agronomist. Place on the ground near the trunk of the palm or on the trunk of the palm at a height of 1.5-2.0m.
The traps are placed on the ground next to the trunk of the palm, buried in the soil up to the height of the container openings. Or simply place on the ground after the bottom of the trap has been covered with a fabric to facilitate the beetles to reach easily the openings on the sides of the trap.
  • 5 plastic traps/box
  • 10 pheromone sachets 5 x 250ml bottles with food attractant