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How To Make And Properly Install A Catcher's Belt

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Taking a young garden plot, every owner dreams to shoot a large crop of fruits grown without the use of pesticides, which not only do not always successfully protect the garden from pests, but can also have a negative impact on the health of people, animals, beneficial insects. To get away from chemistry and not give up the harvest to voracious hordes of pests, experienced gardeners use proven tools and devices that help to qualitatively solve the problem of garden protection. Such little tricks (know-how) save time, reduce financial costs and have a significant effect in the constant struggle for the harvest.

Trying a variety of ways to protect garden crops from pests, experienced gardeners have returned to the gardens catching belt. For small gardens, the use of trap belts on trees has become somewhat of a panacea against pests.

How to make and properly install a catcher's belt
Catch belt with your own hands

Pests destroyed by catch belts

These tiphacks have proven very successful. By using trap belts, you can greatly reduce the number of insect pests. Pest trap belts are best suited for killing plum, codling and pear caterpillars. Trap belts serve as a good protection against damage by beetles - gray budworm (kidney weevil), apple blossom beetle, gooseflies, bunting, as well as fruit moths, mites, whitefly, aphids and other pests. Properly installed trap belts are also an insurmountable barrier for ants.

Types of trap belts

All types of trap belts are designed similarly. They are based on a barrier in the form of a tightly fitting tape and traps of different shapes: straight sticky tape, multilayer corrugated paper or cloth, funnel belt, double funnel, natural trap, etc. For all types of trap belts the following requirement is obligatory: not the smallest gap should remain between the trap belt and tree bark because small insects are able to get under the belt and move up the trunk.

Trapping belts may be dry (the simplest) and treated with sticky substances that significantly increase their efficiency. In this case, it is the quality and duration of active action of the sticky layer, not the width and multilayer of the trap belt, that is important. Quick-drying, weakly adhesive adhesives are not suitable for trap belts.

Tree trap belts with your own hands

Tree trap belts belong to the group of mechanical methods of plant protection. A trap belt for fruit-trees is a straw harness or a wide band (15-25 cm wide) made of various materials, covering the trunk and the biggest skeletal branches of trees.

Straw harness is fixed around the trunk, sometimes treated with the preparation for elimination of biting and sucking insects. Once in the middle of the tourniquet, the insects stay there and die. This grandfatherly method of making a trap belt for garden trees has its disadvantages - it is necessary to have straw, toxic chemicals or special insecticidal substances that kill not only pests, but also useful insects are used. It is necessary to spend more time for making and frequent replacement of harnesses.

  • It is easier to make a trap belt from different materials in the form of ribbons around the bole and skeletal branches of fruit-trees. The trap belt (catching tape), folded in several loose layers, is wrapped around the trunk, sticks, propping up the branched branches, and tightly fastened with twine. In autumn and spring, insects remain between loosely folded layers of the trapping belt, rising from the ground along the trunk. Once in 1-2 weeks, the trapping belt is removed, pests are destroyed, and returned to its place. If there are many pests, burn it and replace it with a new one.
  • It is possible to make a funnel-shaped trap belt, which is fixed with its narrow side on the bark "skirt" down. As a variation, a double funnel is used - insects, moving from top to bottom along the trunk, fall into the oil or other glue solution of the upper funnel and die. Insects, rising from the ground along the trunk, fall under the free part of the lower "skirt" and accumulate there or are pulled down to the litter under the tree, where they can be easily collected and destroyed.
  • Some gardeners make a rubber trap resembling a plunger. The lower part of such a trap belt tightly covers the bole, and in a bowl filled with some technical oil or sticky substance, insects are collected. The uniqueness of this type of trap belt for trees is that as the bole increases in volume, the rubber stretches. The trap belt is replaced once every 3 to 4 months. These belts are used from early spring to late fall to kill caterpillars, larvae, ants, moths, aphids, and other pests. But they all have a common disadvantage. Glue masses, when they get on the bark of the tree, damage it. In addition, the use of poisonous glues causes the death not only of pests, but also of beneficial insects.

Consider that ordinary glue masses should not get on the bark of the tree. As they dry out, they prevent oxygen from entering. The bark and the subcortical layer of wood die, which leads to the formation of gaps and holes.

How to make and properly install a catcher's belt
Aerosol glue for protection against insects

Use of glue-aerosol for making a trapping belt

If it is impossible to make trapping belts yourself, you can buy ready-made in specialized stores. Manufacturers offer many different variants of different cost and advantages. Recently a novelty has appeared on the market that has no analogues. Gardeners are offered glue-aerosol for processing of trap belts, which is safe for human, animals and the environment. The composition of the glue-aerosol possesses the properties of bait and simultaneously is a glue trap for insect pests.

Features of the glue-aerosol

  1. The glue-aerosol is produced in 400 ml aerosol can, which is most convenient for its application on the catching belt material.
  2. Aerosol is absolutely safe for people and animals.
  3. Without damaging the trees in contact with the bark.
  4. The residual mass in a sealed bottle can be used for 5 years.

The proposed preparation is also remarkable in that it can be used in closed rooms in the form of traps and baits for catching flies, ants and other crawling and flying insects.

Airosol Glue application method

Airosol Glue is very easy to use:

  • Shake the can thoroughly
  • dismantle the cap;
  • continuously pressing the spraying head to apply the thin layer of glue foam on the prepared surface.

Trap with adhesive aerosol is convenient because it does not require constant replacement. It is enough to refresh the adhesive layer with the spray adhesive once a month. This method reduces time spent on tree protection by 2-3 times. Totally remove the trapping belt at the end of August and burn it.

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How to make and properly install a catcher's belt
Aerosol glue application
How to make and properly install a catcher's belt
Aerosol glue application

Rules of trap belt application with aerosol glue

previously clean the bole from the old bark, Lichens, fix cracks, hollows. Catch belts are installed at a height of 20-40 cm from the ground. First, a fruit-tree bole is wrapped with burlap or other material up to 30-40 cm wide in 2-3 layers and fastened tightly. The foil is cut to length to the girth of the tree (trunk, skeletal trunks, supporting sticks), up to 20-25 cm wide. The film is fastened tightly. Once a month, the film is treated with aerosol, without removing the catching belt from the bole.

Period of installation of catching belts

Start attaching catching belts to protect trees from pests before buds swell, to prevent transition of their species, wintering in the ground, to the tree crown. To maximize protection from catching belts, it is necessary to correlate their installation with the pests development cycle:

  • Attack weevils, aphids, ants, herbivorous mites, whiteflies, catching sticky belts are installed from March-April and till June and in autumn in September-October (after fruit eating). Regular trap belts are inspected every 2 weeks and replaced with new ones if necessary (the old ones are burned). Catch belts treated with glue spray are removed once at the end of the season.
  • To resist caterpillars of fruit beetles and moths, catch belts are applied from the second half of June (before fruit harvesting of early varieties) and until complete harvesting (September-October).
    If aphids and ants are in the garden, catch belts are applied from early spring (when ants wake up) and until late autumn. House ants move their "cows" from their winter quarters to trees in the spring and, conversely, return them to their winter quarters in the fall.

For garden care, treating your garden with the new spray trap belts will help get rid of pests, save health and time, and their cost will make little difference to your family's budget. Don't pass by the new product! This is a worthwhile find for gardeners.