Insect Bait and Lure Types

Forestry Distributing and ForestryDistributing.com distribute many kinds of lures, each designed to release a pheromone or other message-bearing chemical at a desired rate. Each type of lure is tested experimentally in the field against specific insects. To purchase a specific bait or lure please contact us.

Rubber Septa

  • used primarily for volatile moth pheromones which are attractive to adult males
  • placed on the sticky surface of delta or other traps, but pheromone dispersion can be improved if hung from roof of trap using plastic tab
  • used mainly for detection and monitoring of moth pests, such as codling moth and spruce budworm
Flexlures

  • made by adding a volatile semiochemical to a liquid plastic, which then hardens
  • release rate determined by cutting lure to desired length
  • semiochemical releases from walls and end of lure
  • used for many types of pheromones including nun moth sex pheromone, lineatin (an ambrosia beetle aggregation pheromone) and honey bee queen mandibular gland pheromone

Sleeves
  • used to release large amounts of semiochemicals
  • typically used to release large amounts of host plant volatiles like ethanol and alpha-pinene
  • high and low-release ethanol sleeves available
  • provide constant release rate until the material is gone
  • wide sleeves should be suspended on the outside of Lindgren or panel traps
Bubble Caps

  • contain liquid lure in a reservoir with an impervious backing, and a thin plastic membrane heat-sealed over the bubble
  • used for release of pheromones at the milligram level at a constant rate over many weeks
  • often used for bark beetle pheromones
  • typically suspended within central column of Lindgren trap
Polyethylene Bottles

  • used to provide intermediate release rates (between sleeves and bubble caps)
  • used to release small amounts of tree volatiles like alpha-pinene or myrcene
  • used in Lindgren and panel traps
  • if used in Lindgren trap, should be placed to rest within the open central column
Eppendorf Tubes

  • provide slightly lower release rates than polyethylene bottles
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