As a rule, at the beginning of summer, garden pests reach their peak of activity, massively occupying defenseless fruit and berry plants. However, many gardeners are not in a hurry to resort to chemical methods of dealing with uninvited guests but cope with this scourge with more gentle and simple measures. In particular, to catch annoying insects, they put special fishing belts on the trunks of garden trees.
Hunting belts come in all sorts of different types: poisonous, dry, and sticky. They are made from straw, tow, or other dark material. Poisonous belts are thoroughly moistened in a solution of insecticide (actors, etc.), and adhesive ones are coated with caterpillar glue.
To catch such harmful insects as a bookmark, apple bee-eater, goose, cherry weevil, and gray bud weevil with fishing belts, they wrap around the lower part of the trunks at a height of 30 to 40 centimeters from the soil surface. Periodically, the traps are inspected, the bugs caught are selected from them, and after flowering, they are completely removed and burned.
Adhesive-based hunting belts perfectly help to relieve orchards and grapes from the invasion of a wide range of pests. The glue should be applied in the form of rings directly on the boom or on thick, slightly soaking paper, which wraps the trunk of the tree. Such rings protect horticultural crops from attacks by unpaired silkworm caterpillars, gray bud weevil, and other species of land weevils, as well as from wingless females of the winter moth and others.
In order to catch the caterpillars of the apple codling moth in private gardens, hunting belts are used, which are made of 2-3 layers of packaging paper or burlap with a width of 15 to 20 centimeters (corrugated paper will also work for these purposes). These belts are fastened to the lower part of the trunk, and in the southern regions to the main branches two to three weeks after the completion of the flowering phase.
They are tied from below and from above with a strong rope so that the edges of the trap slightly lag behind the stem and caterpillars can penetrate under them. The “catch” of creeping creatures is removed at least once every 7 days in the south, and in areas with a temperate climate – with a frequency of 10-12 days. The last inspection is carried out in late August (when the average daily temperature drops to +10 degrees).
In places where only one generation of the moth has time to form, hunting belts are checked once after harvesting, but throughout the summer, the tension of the strands should be loosened at least once every 25-30 days to prevent the bark from being intercepted. The crop of caterpillars that were collected after each inspection is carried away from the site or simply destroyed. After harvesting the apples, the paper belts are removed and also burned.
The use of hunting belts in household plots allows minimizing damage from a large army of creeping pests without resorting to more radical and less safe methods of exterminating them. At the same time, regular inspections of traps usually do not require any significant expenditure of time and energy from the gardener.