406 Sticky Traps, Horse Pee, and Your Apple Trees from Orchard People on Vimeo.

I’ve always been curious about the use of sticky traps in an organic orchard. Typically, you will read about red balls that have been painted or sprayed with Tanglefoot spray – a sticky, gluey product. These sticky balls are hung up on your apple trees and insect pests will land on the traps, thinking they are big, juicy apples. Then the insects get stuck and die a slow and lonely death.

In our orchard in Ben Nobleman Park we have never used that type of trap, mostly because we use Orchard Sox on the baby fruit to prevent insect damage. But if you have a larger orchard, of if you can’t be bothered to slip a sockette onto every single piece of fruit on your tree, using a sticky trap might work.

And yet, I was hesitant to recommend this organic pest control method. That’s because of the horror stories I read online of little birds and butterflies getting stuck on these innocent looking balls. So, during a visit to Avalon Orchards in Guelph, Ontario, I asked proprietor and orchardist Gaye Trombley for her perspective.

It was an enlightening interview in many ways…especially the part about horse pee.

What am I talking about? Watch the video to find out!

To learn more about how to grow fruit trees organically visit: www.orchardpeople.com.

Susan Poizner is the author of Growing Urban Orchards: The Ups, Downs and How-Tos of Fruit Tree Care in the City. She is the creator of Orchard People’s e-Learning Workshops. She is also the director of fruit tree consulting and education company Orchard People.