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USDA Assistance for Pecans Update   

From Alexander Ott, Executive Director, American Pecan Council

Using Traps as Part of Your Integrated Pest Management Plan

Insect pests can cause costly problems in the pecan orchard. There are times to spray for these menaces, and you can use insect traps to help you determine when. Insect traps are another tool in your integrated pest management plan, which you design to balance the economic and environmental considerations of your operation. Traps, if properly used, can be an effective way to monitor pest populations and determine if an economical threshold for spraying has been met. Here are some tips to consider when setting traps for pecan nut casebearer, hickory shuckworm and pecan weevil.

How to Identify and Control Pecan Nut Casebearer

There are more than 200 insects that feed on the roots, wood, foliage and nuts of a pecan tree. Of these insects, 17 are nut feeders, with one of the most important nut-infesting insect pests being the pecan nut casebearer (Acrobasis nuxvorella Neunzig).