Spotted Lanternfly (SLF)

A potential serious crop and nuisance pest

Spotted Lanterfly

Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), or SLF

Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), or SLF, is an invasive insect first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since spread to at least 8 additional states (stopslf.org).

SLF is a significant threat to the agriculture industry with the potential to cause serious damage to trees, vines, crops, and ornamentals. Honeydew, a sticky, sugary byproduct of SLF feeding, disturbingly rains down from trees and builds up, promoting the growth of sooty mold and attracting bees, wasps, and other insects.

SLF Egg Masses

Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), or SLF egg masses

Additionally, SLF is a residential nuisance pest and affects the quality of life for homeowners and tourists.

SLF Phenology

SLF has one generation per year and survives winter as egg masses. They are commonly laid on host trees, but females will lay their eggs in a variety of places including vehicles, stones, bricks, picnic tables, and other outdoor surfaces. Covered in a grayish putty-like substance, egg masses can become camouflaged against the substrate they are laid on, providing one method of assisted dispersal for SLF populations.

THE MONITORING TRAP
Two trap options are available; the PHEROCON® SLF Trap with Replaceable Bag design or the PHEROCON® SLF Trap with Reusable Full Season Reservoir. Both traps utilize the same bottom design that attaches to the tree trunk but have different top reservoirs for capturing SLF. The replaceable bag design allows for the whole bag to be replaced and disposed of once full, and the reusable reservoir can be emptied and reused over the entire season. Choice of trap design depends on user preference.

Trap with Replaceable Bag

PHEROCON® SLF Trap with Replaceable Bag design

SLF Trap with Reservoir

PHEROCON® SLF Trap with Reusable
Full Season Reservoir

Currently, there are no attractants identified for SLF. However, Trécé is conducting ongoing collaborative research with the USDA ARS to develop attractants. While current trap designs are useful, it is believed that effective attractants will improve these as management tools.

TRAP PLACEMENT AND TIMING

Traps should be placed by mid- to late-April. Attach one trap to the trunk of the host tree approximately 4 ft high. Secure trap against tree trunk by wrapping the bottom material tightly around the trunk using staples to secure the thickest part.

OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

If SLF is captured outside quarantine zones, it should be reported to extension authorities or state department of agriculture. Many states, such as California, Michigan, Washington state, and Florida, among others, have quarantines in place or have released pest alerts to increase awareness.

For additional information regarding PHEROCON® SLF monitoring traps, please see the TRECE IPM PARTNER SLF Guidelines for Use.

Danielle KirkpatrickDanielle Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Global Technical Support Coordinator

 

 

 

© 2021, Trécé Inc., Adair, OK USA ∙ ® is a registered trademark and ™ is a trademark of Trécé Inc., Adair, OK 74330 USA

 


Oklahoma Ag Company Engaging in Azerbaijani Market

OKLAHOMA CITY– Trécé, a small, Adair, Oklahoma-based company that is currently the leading manufacturer and supplier of insect monitoring systems for agriculture in the United States is continuing to grow its worldwide footprint by working to develop a market and export its products to Azerbaijan. Trécé [pronounced tray-say] currently sells products already in all 50 U.S. states and 51 other countries around the world.

“Trécé introduces solutions for Azerbaijani farmers to fight insects in host crops through pest management approach,” said Natig Bakhishov, United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “Trécé’s mating disruption technology which is widely utilized in over 50 countries globally reduces reliance on pesticides and helps to save beneficial insects and the environment. Lesser pesticides in crops mean safer and healthier food on our plates.”

This partnership was cultivated after the 2019 Oklahoma-Azerbaijan Agriculture Forum, held in Oklahoma City. Trécé’s most recent trip followed a July trade mission to Azerbaijan by Governor Kevin Stitt, Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur, Secretary of Commerce Scott Mueller and other members of the Governor’s staff.

“I am pleased to see Trécé leading the way in expanding our partnership with Azerbaijan,” said Gov. Stitt. “Trécé is an example of how Oklahoma companies have the products and expertise to improve the lives of people in Azerbaijan and all over the world.”

Bill Lingren, founder and CEO of Trécé, said their mission in Azerbaijan is to produce long-term economic and political benefits to their company, their state and their nation by aiding the Azeri agriculturists in adopting our solutions for Integrated Pest Management programs in certain of their key crops.

“Our overall main goal is to introduce the technologies that Trécé currently offers for pest-management world-wide, but has not been introduced to Azerbaijan yet,” said Danielle Kirkpatrick, Global Technical Support Coordinator for Trécé. “From my last visit, local growers were asking me how quickly we can get this product from Oklahoma to them. Azerbaijani producers are excited to get these products as quickly as they can.”

Additionally, Trécé is working with Azerbaijan State Agriculture University and Oklahoma State University through their Memorandum of Agreement for a Dual Master’s Program. They are all working together to craft an internship for students, allowing for knowledge of pesticide management to be passed to the next generation of producers.


GYPSY MOTH (GM) IPM with Monitoring Traps and Lures

Pherocon IIID Green Trap

PHEROCON® IIID Trap

Gypsy Moth (GM), Lymantria dispar, is one of the most destructive pests to ever be introduced to the US. Although oak is preferred, caterpillars feed on over 300 species of tree and shrub species such as apple, birches, pines, and spruces, among others. Infestations are cyclic and regional. Effective management strategies can be used to slow the spread of gypsy moth movement into suitable, uninfested areas or reduce the risk of tree mortality from repeated defoliation. Strategies include physical removal of egg masses, tree banding for caterpillars, insecticide use, and traps baited with a pheromone lure that attracts male gypsy moths. Effective programs utilize early detection through monitoring followed with well timed applications of insecticides targeting specific life stages.

Caterpillars hatch from egg masses in spring, first appearing dark and hairy, then developing characteristic markings as they increase in size. They defoliate trees as they feed; however most broadleaf trees produce new foliage in response to defoliation of less than 50%. Defoliation leaves trees vulnerable to diseases and other pests that can eventually kill the tree.

Gypsy Moth String Lure

PHEROCON® Gypsy Moth (GM)
String Lure

Suppression strategies include Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk), a naturally occurring soil bacterium that has been formulated into a commercial biological insecticide targeting foliar-feeding, early instar larvae. It is favored in many large-scale treatment programs because it is effective against high-density populations and has limited non-target effects. Btk is typically applied from an aircraft but can also be applied to the canopy from the ground. Application of broad-spectrum insecticides to the tree crown can also be used to target larvae. Immediate and persistent toxicity of these products may benefit homeowners, but non-target effects make them unfavorable for use in larger treatment programs.

Pheromone-baited delta traps can be used to detect low abundance of gypsy moth populations, providing the opportunity to manage new infestations before they reach outbreak numbers and cause detrimental effects. Additionally, pheromone traps can monitor population spread and evaluate the success of treatment programs. The PHEROCON® IIID Trap is the preferred trap used in survey and detection programs.

Adults are usually present from mid- to late-June through mid- to late-September depending on location. PHEROCON IIID Traps should be set up in a trapping grid to ensure appropriate distribution of traps throughout the survey area. The distance between traps will depend on the density of traps used and the objectives of the program. Proper traps placement is on host trees, 4-5 feet high, on woodland edges, and on the windward side so prevailing winds carry the pheromone into the woods.

Trécé has time tested monitoring products that are frequently the choice of government research and quarantine programs like USDA APHIS and Forest Service. And the good news is that these are readily available from your local supplier, Great Lakes IPM. Visit their website and webstore to learn more about available gypsy moth traps and lures.

Always contact local extension authorities and consultants for regional advice. For additional information regarding PHEROCON GM insect monitoring traps and lures, please visit the Trécé IPM Partner® Guidelines for Use or contact a Trécé Rep.

 

Danielle KirkpatrickDanielle Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Global Technical Support Coordinator

 

 

 

© 2021, Trécé Inc., Adair, OK USA ∙ ® is a registered trademark and ™ is a trademark of Trécé Inc., Adair, OK 74330 USA


Navel Orangeworm (NOW) Monitoring Traps in Almonds and Pistachios

THE INSECT AND THE PROBLEM

Male Attractant System displays Pherocon NOW L2 Lure and Pherocon VI Delta Trap

Navel Orangeworm (Amyelois transitella), or NOW, is a serious pest of almonds and pistachios. Accordingly, pheromone and kairomone based monitoring traps and lures play a significant role in the NOW IPM process.  

Multi-Gender Attractant featuring Pherocon NOW PPO-HR L2 LureThe Trap and Lure
The Trécé line of PHEROCON® monitoring products offer different lure and trap combinations for NOW. When it comes to the selection of traps and lures, it is all about the objectives that you set for your management program and what control measures you are planning to take.

Female attractant system featuring Pherocon IV NOW Egg Trap

Trap Use Pattern and Other Information
Your objectives will be based on whether you are using a conventional insecticide-based program or a CIDETRAK® mating disruption program for managing key pests. You may also plan on tracking beneficials for biological control of various pests, such as monitoring predacious thrips.

 

Predator detection system featuring Pherocon Predator Trap

The first questions that arise are which traps, which lures, how many, how often should they be checked, and how should they be maintained? The following is a guideline to aid in the selection, installation, and management of PHEROCON NOW monitoring products:Table

Trap Capture Interpretation and Action
Research has shown that no singular trap and lure combination has a particularly high correlation to damage at harvest. But, when the data from different trap and lure combinations are considered together for any objective, the power of information is significantly increased. The table above will provide a stable basis for your monitoring program.

The following diagrams provide a more detailed overview of an efficient and comprehensive trapping strategy in two different size orchards, 40- and 160-acres. For the most resolution, more than one trap and lure combination would be deployed at each location, depending on the objectives.

chart 2

chart 1

 

Other Important Considerations
The foregoing outlines a solid monitoring program, but it is only as good as the consistency of the data collection, maintenance, and proper storage of these products. Using the products for specific treatment decisions, not only when but where to treat, is an art and requires careful examination of the data and the relative values (different monitored locations within a year and historically). It is essential to keep accurate and accessible records for developing your orchard history. All Trécé PHEROCON products will provide actionable information that will lead you to a much more successful and economical outcome than simply taking a risk and just spraying.

Contact local extension authorities and consultants for regional advice. For additional information regarding PHEROCON NOW insect monitoring traps and lures, please see the Trécé IPM Partner Guidelines for Use, or contact a Trécé Rep.

 

Danielle KirkpatrickDanielle Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Global Technical Support Coordinator

 

 

 

© 2021, Trécé Inc., Adair, OK USA ∙ ® is a registered trademark and ™ is a trademark of Trécé Inc., Adair, OK 74330 USA


CODLING MOTH (CM) Monitoring Lures and Traps

PHEROCON® VI DELTA Trap

PHEROCON® VI DELTA Trap

Codling moth (CM), Cydia pomonella, is a major pest of apples and pears in most parts of the world. The PHEROCON® line of insect monitoring lures and traps includes several options. Ranging from the original quality pheromone only septa lures with the CM Standard 1X, CM Standard 10X, and CM L2, to multi-gender attractants with the CMDA COMBO™, and the PVC based CM L2-P and CMDA COMBO-P. There are many options depending on your IPM program and objectives.

 

PHEROCON® CMDA COMBO-S with and without AA

PHEROCON® CMDA COMBO-S with and without AA

Septa Lure Technology
The original quality CM septa (-S) lures, first red, then grey, contained the CM sex pheromone and captured only males. With the addition of pear ester kairomone (DA) to the septa lure, the CMDA COMBO-S captures both genders in traps and allows for monitoring in mating disrupted orchards. This original multi-gender attractant system can be used with and without the acetic acid (+ AA) lure synergist and has an 8-week field longevity.

 

PHEROCON® CMDA COMBO ™- P + AA with and without AA

PHEROCON® CMDA COMBO ™- P + AA with and without AA

PVC Lure Technology
The PVC (-P) lures are based on Trécé’s superior technology using a proprietary formulation matrix. The new CMDA COMBO-P lure is improved over the standard CMDA COMBO-S with higher captures of male and female CM, ultra-long-lasting field longevity of 12 weeks, and better overall results in mating disrupted orchards than septa lures. The CM L2-P provides better pheromone only results and has a 12-week field longevity. Both lures are approved for use in organic orchards. Results of a field trial conducted in conventional Washington apple orchards showed a 2.9x higher capture rate on average with the CMDA COMBO-P + AA lure over the duration of the trial, significantly more CM captured during the peak of the flights, and greater sensitivity to tracking phenology over the season when the capture rate with the CMDA COMBO-S + AA lure was extremely low.

Better Overall Results with CMDA COMBO-P
The CMDA COMBO-P lure consistently captures more CM on average in both domestic and internationally conducted field trials. This lure provides an increased sensitivity in high and low populations environments and allows for better tracking of the phenology over the growing season, making CMDA COMBO-P a better option for monitoring CM in both conventional and mating disrupted orchards. Contact local extension authorities and consultants for regional advice. For additional information regarding PHEROCON® CM insect monitoring traps and lures, please see the Edge Brochure, visit the Trécé IPM Partner Guidelines for Use, or contact a Trécé Rep.

 

Danielle KirkpatrickDanielle Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Global Technical Support Coordinator

 

 

 

© 2021, Trécé Inc., Adair, OK USA ∙ ® is a registered trademark and ™ is a trademark of Trécé Inc., Adair, OK 74330 USA


SPOTTED WING DROSOPHILA (SWD)

THE INSECT AND THE PROBLEM

Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), or SWD, is one of the most devastating invasive species to invade the US. With a specialized serrated ovipositor, females can saw through the skin of fruit as it ripens and deposit eggs.

THE TRAP AND LURE

There are two monitoring traps for spotted wing drosophila, the PHEROCON® SWD cup trap that utilizes a drowning solution inside, and the PHEROCON® SWD STKY™, a double-sided adhesive trap; both incorporate a red visual cue and an attractive lure. The PHEROCON® High Specificity Lure which is more selective for SWD and reduces non-target capture, and the PHEROCON® PEEL-PAK™ Broad Spectrum lure has higher capture rates of SWD.

Pherocon SWD Trap Product Photo

PHEROCON® SWD Trap

The two styles of traps have been compared extensively in field studies, and results show that both traps are equally effective for capturing SWD throughout the growing season, leaving monitoring trap and lure combination up to the user and their preferences.

TRAP PLACEMENT TIMING

SWD traps and lures should be placed in the field in the early spring before fruit begins to color.

TRAP PLACEMENT

For orchards, traps should be hung in the border row from a tree branch approximately 3-5’ high, in a shaded part of the tree. For berries, traps should be hung from trellis wires or within the bushes, and for strawberries traps should be hung on metal stakes just above the top of the plants. Traps should always be placed adjacent to wooded areas or areas with alternate hosts to capture migrating SWD from areas where alternate host are present.

High Specifity SWD Lure Product Photo

High Specifity Lure/Low Capture (3 component)

TRAP CAPTURE INTERPRETATION AND ACTION

Once SWD is captured, chemical control programs should be initiated if fruit is at a susceptible stage to infestation. Spray intervals should be at seven-days and chemical classes should always be rotated when used to manage for resistance.

MCR Peel-Pak SWD Lure Product Photo

Advanced Multi-Component Controlled Release PEEL-PAK™ Broad Spectrum Lure

OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

In addition to monitoring, other strategies should be implemented from the IPM toolbox. Cultural control methods such as frequent harvesting, removing and properly destroying dropped and rotten fruit, using plastic mulches, and pruning of bushes and trees to make the canopy less hospitable should also be considered. Though SWD is a challenging pest, IPM methods, when properly implemented, have been able to protect fruit from infestation and achieve marketable yields.

Contact local extension authorities and consultants for regional advice. For additional information regarding PHEROCON® SWD insect monitoring traps and lures, please see the IPM PARTNER Guidelines for Use.

TRECE PHEROCON SWD STKY 7-24-2020

PHEROCON SWD STKY

 

Danielle KirkpatrickDanielle Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Global Technical Support Coordinator

 

 

 

© 2021, Trécé Inc., Adair, OK USA ∙ ® is a registered trademark and ™ is a trademark of Trécé Inc., Adair, OK 74330 USA


Trécé expanding, and economic development wheels are spinning

Trécé Inc., a 20-year old Adair company that ships environmentally-friendly insect control products to 50 countries around the world, is planning construction of a new building to add at least 12 employees – and Mayes County, Grand Gateway, Rural Water District No. 5, State of Oklahoma and the federal government are in line to help make it happen.

Mayes County commissioners last Monday agreed to sponsor Mayes County Rural Water District No. 5’s request for a $395,000 CDGB/EDIF grant from the federal government to fund the majority cost of constructing a new eight-inch, 2.5-mile water line to serve the new building.

CDBG/EDIF is an abbreviation for Community Development Block Grant for Economic Development Infrastructure Financing.

Grand Gateway is writing the grant, Mayes County is the sponsor, RWD-5 will manage construction, and the grant request must be approved by the state Department of Commerce before federal funds are released.

RWD-5 is committed to provide $50,000 of water line construction costs in participation with the $395,000 in federal funds, and is expected to apply for a CDBG grant for that amount, also through Grand Gateway.

Trécé, located on State Highway 28 just west of Will Rogers Turnpike, is a customer-focused, market-driven organization that develops, manufactures and markets insect pheromone and kairomone-based products designed to respond to customer needs, protect food production and preserve the environment.

Bill Lingren, founder of Trécé, grew up in Adair, and established his company headquarters here where Trécé’s own chemists and scientists conduct research and development, create and manage the production of its pheromone formulations and sophisticated equipment, and oversee all system design and technical matters.

Lingren’s other investments in the Adair community include donation of land for the construction of a new fire station for a local volunteer fire department, and the creation of a scholarship program that provides annual scholarships to students at Adair High.

The Trécé product catalog currently contains more that 100 species-specific, pheromone-based kits, attractants and lures, and a full line of trap models designed for a wide variety of flying and crawling insect pests that attack standing and stored crops.

These products are marketed under the internationally respected PHEROCON®, CIDETRAK®, and STORGARD® brands.

Trécé collaborates closely with universities, government agencies and business associates around the world in an ongoing effort to refine and advance our insect attractant, monitoring and storage system technologies.

The Trécé-related business before county commissioners created an additional page of agenda because the federal government is potentially involved in this project, and that means I’s get dotted and T’s get crossed.


Trécé Introduces New CIDETRAK® Formulation Designed to Control Indian Meal Moth and Related Pests

ADAIR, OKLA.—Trécé Inc., a leading American manufacturer of pheromone and kairomone based insect trap and lure based monitoring systems and mating disruption products for insect control, announced the introduction of a new mating-disruption (MD) product designed to control five of the most destructive moth pests that attack agricultural commodities in processing, manufacturing and storage facilities.

The new offering, CIDETRAK IMM MEC, is a novel microencapsulated (MEC) sprayable formulation that provides mating disruption control of Indian meal moth (IMM), Plodia interpunctella; tobacco moth Ephestia ellutella; almond moth, Cadra cautella; raisin moth, Cadra figulilella and Mediterranean flour moth, Ephestia kuehniella.

“CIDETRAK IMM MEC is an excellent addition to Trécé’s rapidly growing stored product and pest control operator (PCO) line of mating disruption and traps and lures for insect monitoring,” said Bill Lingren, Trécé owner and founder. “The new formulation also provides exceptional ease of use because it produces no harmful or unsightly residues, is non-toxic and requires no facility shut-down or re-entry interval—when sprayed alone at the full rates.”

Trécé noted that the novel formulation also is fully compatible with other products, suspends and mixes well—and is very easy to measure and pour with a modern, well designed, tip-and-pour container.

“CIDETRAK IMM MEC provides an outstanding level of long-lasting efficacy for IMM and related moths when used alone,” said Trécé Stored Products and PCO Market Manager James Miller. “It is also extremely versatile, because it can be tank-mixed with conventional insecticides and/or insect growth regulators and used as a spray or aerosol to widen the range of control.”

The new product, which can be used alone or with Trécé’s successful CIDETRAK IMM solid MD dispenser, will be sold through the company’s distribution partners who currently offer the company’s STORGARD product line of insect monitoring traps and lures.

“Trécé encourages PCOS to explore the advantages of CIDETRAK IMM MEC and other Trécé products by visiting our exhibit at Pest World—or by contacting us through our  website at www.Trece.com,” Miller said.

Most states already have registered CIDETRAK IMM MEC. Registration and organic approval is pending in California.

 

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Trécé Inc. is a customer-focused, market-driven organization that develops, manufactures and markets insect pheromone and kairomone based products designed to respond to customer needs, protect food production and preserve the environment. The Trécé product catalogue currently contains more than 100 species-specific, pheromone-based kits, attractants and lures, and a full line of trap models designed for a wide variety of flying and crawling insect pests that attack standing and stored crops. These products are marketed under the internationally respected PHEROCON®, CIDETRAK®, and STORGARD® brands. As an Oklahoma-based company with international reach, Trécé is dedicated to conducting business in a manner that ensures a net economic benefit for the employees, customers and local and global communities who make its growth and success possible.


5 Questions with James Miller, ACE

The Indian meal moth is the #1 stored product pest worldwide. Its control and prevention are well known but underutilized due to varying economics. Now Trécé has developed a first-ever microencapsulated sprayable mating disruption product, which is soon to be available industry-wide. Here James Miller, ACE, Market Manager, PCO with Trécé Incorporated, reviews questions regarding the application of CIDETRAK® IMM MEC™ sprayable mating disruptant for IMM and other species. READ MORE…

 


Leveraging Public-Private Sector Partnerships to Protect Georgian Hazelnut Crop

In Georgia, CNFA works with Trécé Inc. – a U.S. company based in Oklahoma that produces pheromone traps and lures – and other public and private sector partners to help monitor the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) pest which threatens hazelnut and other crops across the country.

View video on partnership here.