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Pests are one of the biggest problems fruit tree growers face - and traps help us suppress or control pest populations. But how do you use them?
In this episode of The Urban Forestry Radio Show, IPM specialist Kristy Grigg-McGuffin of the Ontario Ministry of Food and Rural Affairs explains the difference between traps that control pest populations and those that help growers evaluate what pests need targeting and when.
This was a very visual show, so we made a video of it so that you can see the insect pests and the traps first hand. Click below to watch the video or find it on Orchard People's YouTube Channel. If you prefer to listen to audio only, you'll find the podcast download at the bottom of this page.
You can find a wide range of recommended IPM tools in Orchard People's online shop. But below are a couple of products mentioned in this program.
In this episode, Kirsty recommends the Appscope Quick Attach Microscope. Attach this little device to the camera of your smartphone and it will magnify an image by up to 10 times. It's perfect if you are scouting for insect pests in your orchard. Click on the affiliate link here to order!
Apple maggot traps are frequently used in both home orchards and in commercial orchards. They reduce the numbers of this insect pest that can destroy your apple crop. If you order a kit, make sure the red balls can be reused year after year.
Listeners during the live show were eligible to enter month's contest to win a copy of the beautiful, full-colour book "Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colourful Flowers Anywhere in Your Yard" valued at $16.95.
The host of the Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website www.orchardpeople.com and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards (GWA Silver Award of Achievement 2014).
Susan is an urban orchardist and an ISA Certified Arborist. You can listen to previous episodes of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast at www.orchardpeople.com/podcast and you can subscribe to the iTunes podcast.
Tune into The Urban Forestry Radio Show LIVE by going to RealityRadio101.com on the last Tuesday of every month at 1.00 pm Eastern Time and email your questions in during the show to [email protected] This show covers fruit trees, food forests, permaculture and arboriculture.
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