How to make coddling moth traps

Written by robert preston
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Codling moths are an annoying pest that prefer to infest fruit trees. If you have ever bitten into a fruit and encountered a worm, it is very likely that what you actually bit into was a codling moth caterpillar. While there are commercial traps available to kill the moths, most pheromone traps will only catch males, and the traps can be expensive. A simple homemade design can be made for far cheaper, and will attract both male and female moths, preventing them from creating more caterpillars to damage your fruit.

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Things you need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Five cups water
  • One cup vinegar
  • One half cup molasses
  • One eighth teaspoon ammonia
  • Empty gallon jug
  • Scissors
  • Funnel
  • String

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  1. 1

    Combine 5 cups water, 1 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup molasses and 1/8 tsp ammonia in a mixing bowl until the mixture is even.

  2. 2

    Poke a hole in a gallon jug with scissors near the top of the jug, where the jug first reaches its full width. Expand this hole to about two inches in diameter.

  3. 3

    Pour the mixture into the gallon jug, using a funnel to ensure all of the mixture gets in the jug.

  4. 4

    Hang the trap in a tree by tying a string through the handle and over a branch on the tree.

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