Effectiveness of Different Traps for Monitoring Sucking and Chewing Insect Pests of Crops

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Entomology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Punjab Pakistan

2 Institute of Plant Protection, MNS-University of Agriculture Multan, Punjab Pakistan

3 College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan

4 Department of Zoology Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad


  Various type of sticky traps is frequently used for monitoring the sucking pests like jassid, aphid, whitefly, and thrips. Light traps and pheromones traps are species specific and commonly used for capturing the moths such as Spodoptera litura, Helicoverpa armigera and Leucinodes orbonalis. The sucking and chewing are very destructive pests of various crops such as cotton, cabbage, brinjal, okra, tomato and onion all over the world, Insect pests are controlled by various methods but insecticides are commonly used method to control these pests.  A filed experiment was conducted to determine the attraction of insect pests to different sticky traps like red, blue, yellow, orange, pale yellow-green and white while light and pheromone traps also installed to capture the Spodoptera litura, Helicoverpa armigera and Leucinodes orbonalis moths during 2019.  The study showed that that yellow sticky traps were the most effective for monitoring and managing thrips and whiteflies in cotton crops. In brinjal crop, the highest adult population of thrips, whitefly, jassid, and aphid was 139, 13, 29 and 13 per card, respectively were recorded on green traps. Light traps and pheromone traps were proved effective control against chewing insect pests especially Spodoptera litura followed by Helicoverpa armigera and Leucinodes orbonalis. The current study concluded that eco-friendly and natural approaches such as use of traps are helpful in pest management on agricultural crops.