Advisory ArticleAgroStar Agronomy Centre of Excellence
Solar Light Trap - Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM), also known as Integrated Pest Control (IPC), is an approach that integrates pest economic control practices. In this, pests are controlled using various types of traps. Light traps can be used to attract and control all types of pests.
Benefits of Light Traps
1) During the night time, adult pests are attracted to the light. The same technique is used to attract pests through a special light bulb.
2) This light can attract pests from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at night. The solution of pesticides or kerosene is positioned under this light in a flat vessel to put these insects; as a result, these insects drop into the solution and are controlled.
3) When the lifecycle is resumed, these pests can be controlled during their adult stage. In their adult stage, it is better to kill these pests in order to manage them in the long term.
Pests that be Controlled
1. The trap attracts white grub, adult moth species, and insect pests in grape, mango, and others.
2. Many pests can be governed in their adult stage at the beginning of the monsoon in June.
Difficulties in Using Light Traps
1) Light traps cannot be used consistently in rural areas due to load shedding. There are challenges in continuing with the light trap from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2) The major use of light trap is in the monsoon season. During the rainy season, there is a major issue with electricity connections. Rain creates problems attributable to constant bulb maintenance.
3) One solar trap should be installed in one acre of the farm as a solution.
The light trap starts automatically after sunset in the evening and is also closed in 4 hours from the start.
Source: AgroStar Agronomy Centre of Excellence
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