Your Guide to Easy Fruit Tree Care

Episode 54: Fruit Tree Traps

Sticky traps can help fruit tree growers identify and control fruit tree pests. But how do you use them? Find out in this radio show and podcast.

Fruit Tree Traps - How to use them?

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.

What you will learn about fruit tree traps in this episode:

  • Why fruit tree traps are important
  • Which traps can help control insect populations
  • Which traps can help us predict pest problems
  • What lures are and how they work together with fruit tree traps to clamp down on specific fruit tree pests
  • What tools are helpful when you are scouting in your orchard or inspecting your fruit tree traps
  • We also meet some common fruit tree foes in the garden including apple maggots, coddling moth, oriental fruit moth, plum curculio and Japanese beetles

What Types of Insects Will You Catch in Your Fruit Tree Traps?

The various insect pests that you can find on fruit trees. You can capture and kill these pests in fruit tree traps | Orchard People
Traps can target a variety of insects including leafrollers, apple magots, plum curculio and Japanese beetles. Learn more about fruit tree pests in Orchard People's online course Integrated Pest Management for Fruit Trees
A delta trap for catching and killing fruit tree pests. Fruit Tree Traps | Orchard People
Kristy Grigg McGuffin shows off a delta trap used to monitor fruit tree pests.
A bucket trap for catching and killing fruit tree pests. Fruit Tree Traps | Orchard People
Bucket traps are perfect for reducing pest populations and if you partner them with a lure you can be specific as to which pests you will trap.
Fruit Tree Traps can be made at home out of juice or soda bottles | Orchard People
Kristy Grigg McGuffin shows off some home made bucket traps that can reduce fruit tree pest populations

Watch a Video of this Episode on Fruit Tree Traps

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 watch the recording of the Facebook Live video here to learn all about fruit tree traps and the pests that they can help you monitor and control.

Where to Buy Fruit Tree Traps and IPM Tools?

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.

More Information about The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast

The host of the Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast is Susan Poizner of the fruit tree care education website 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 and you can subscribe to the iTunes podcast. 

Tune into The Urban Forestry Radio Show LIVE by going to 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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