Location: Chemistry Research Unit
Project Number: 6036-22000-027-05
Start Date: Jul 01, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2015
Blends of attractants for pepper weevil identified in laboratory tests will be field tested during whole growing seasons for population monitoring. Tests to determine: 1) if it is possible to prevent infestations by pepper weevils by trapping insects migrating into fields and; 2) how efficiently populations can be reduced by trapping within infested fields will be conducted. Tests will be performed using a standard randomized block design. Initially it should be sufficient to use standard rubber septa lures and yellow sticky traps; however, tests will be conducted to develop an optimized release system and trap design.