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
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.
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.
Pour the mixture into the gallon jug, using a funnel to ensure all of the mixture gets in the jug.
Hang the trap in a tree by tying a string through the handle and over a branch on the tree.
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