ECONEX CATALOGUE OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FOR FOREST PESTS
CROSSTRAP® MINI WITH WET COLLECTION CUP is the latest generation in cross-vane traps to help capture forest pests. This trap is product of an R &; D project (University of Murcia - ECONEX) aimed at developing traps and attractants for forest pests.
The trap consists of a polypropylene lid, 33 cm in diameter with a central carabiner attached to a steel spring. Two reinforced PVC sheets are held in place by four steel springs in the lid's upper section, serving as shock absorbers against strong winds. This helps to avoid damage to the trap. In the lower section, the reinforced PVC sheets are held in place by a polypropylene funnel, 30 cm in diameter and four steel springs. The CROSSTRAP® WET COLLECTION CUP for the captured insects is in the lower section of the funnel and is attached by metal screws.
The PVC sheets, funnel and collection cup are treated with a slippery film to significantly increase captures and prevent the pests from escaping.
The wet collection cup has approximately a 2 litre capacity (12,5 cm diameter x 19 cm height) and is provided with drainage in the upper section to prevent it from filling with rainwater.
Wet catches allow the precise identification of insects. It is therefore recommended to fill the collection cup with 10 ml of propylene glycol diluted to 10 or 20%, or if applicable, use automobile anti-freeze. This liquid serves both to kill catches as a preservative, provided it is not diluted too much rain, in which case it should be replaced.
Once deployed the trap measures 33 cm in diameter by 100 cm in height. When folded up it measures 30 cm in diameter and 40 cm in height which facilitates transportation. Due to the trap’s structure and its highly resistant component parts it can be operational for up to 7 years.
The latest experiences have shown that this trap is more effective in catching Tomicus spp and other scolytinae.
POSITIONING AND USE: The trap should be suspended horizontally with a rope in-between two trees or from one of the branches, taking care that the trap does not come into contact with the tree trunk. In this way, the trap does not knock against the tree and break, therefore ensuring that the insects are able to distinguish the trap from the tree trunk and go to the trap.
The trap is activated by placing the attractant diffusers hung in the holes of one of the PVC sheets with the clips provided.
The height of the installed trap is not of importance, as long as the collection cup does not touch the ground or any other object. A metal support designed specifically for this purpose is also available: ECONEX CROSSTRAP® SUPPORT (Code: TA147).
OBSERVATIONS: This product is sold in boxes of 8 units, but through this virtual store you can buy the ones you need without having to buy a box.