Pest Monitoring Videos

Making a Beating Tray

A beating tray should be used by every good fruit grower to quickly monitor for the presence of mites, aphids, thrips, leafrollers, and more.  They are easy to make from a window screen frame, fabric, and a wooden stick.

Using a Beating Tray

A beating tray is a large cloth frame that is used to catch insects that fall from a shaken branch. It is helpful for monitoring a large area, such as an orchard, quickly.

Assembling a Plastic Orange Delta Trap

We recommend using a plastic orange delta trap for monitoring certain moth species.  They last for years, are easy to assemble and hang, and the orange color does not attract bees.

Identifying Greater Peachtree Borer on a Trap

Greater peachtree borer is not the only moth attracted to the lure, so it is helpful to know the key characteristics in identifying this moth on the trap's sticky liner.

Identifying Peach Twig Borer on a Trap

Peach twig borers are small, gray, and non-distinctive, but they are usually the only moths attracted to the pheromone lure.

Trapping and Identifying Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted wing drosophila is a new pest to Utah; larvae (maggots) feed on the flesh of a wide variety of fruits.  Entomologist Cory Stanley discusses how to make your own trap and how to identify adults.

Controlling Earwigs Using Traps

Because earwigs do not travel far, mass trapping is often the best method of control.  Learn about three simple options to trap for this common pest of vegetables and fruits from Entomologist, Diane Alston.