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    Nickdub, while I remember to ask any chance of a picture of your patented "metal roofed tray thingy" sometime this year so I can knock one up next winter and just buy refills for it

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    nickdub
    Many Thanks for the timely reminder, also the apples and pears.
    Feed the soil, not the plants.
    (helps if you have cluckies)

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    Quote Originally Posted by It never rains..it pours View Post
    Nickdub, while I remember to ask any chance of a picture of your patented "metal roofed tray thingy" sometime this year so I can knock one up next winter and just buy refills for it
    I don't do many photos - too lazy to get the camera, batteries etc all in one place, but if I get inspired by something-else I'll give it a go :-) (happens occasionally)

    In the meantime what I did was :
    1) buy a refill kit off the internet (probably Amazon)
    2) take out the sticky cardboard bit and measure it
    3) cut a piece of plywood a bit larger than the cardboard
    4) cut a piece of zinc ( could be another metal, but that's what I had) the same length and half as wide again as the plywood
    5) bend the zinc round to form a sort of domed roof for the plywood (obviously both ends are left open so the moths can fly in easily)
    6) wrap a piece of wire round the lot, twist it together at the top of the roof with a bit bent over spare above as a hook to hang it up with
    7) push the sticky pad with the lure on it inside

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    You're very welcome - Happy Gardening

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    I don't do many photos - too lazy to get the camera, batteries etc all in one place, but if I get inspired by something-else I'll give it a go :-) (happens occasionally)

    In the meantime what I did was :
    1) buy a refill kit off the internet (probably Amazon)
    2) take out the sticky cardboard bit and measure it
    3) cut a piece of plywood a bit larger than the cardboard
    4) cut a piece of zinc ( could be another metal, but that's what I had) the same length and half as wide again as the plywood
    5) bend the zinc round to form a sort of domed roof for the plywood (obviously both ends are left open so the moths can fly in easily)
    6) wrap a piece of wire round the lot, twist it together at the top of the roof with a bit bent over spare above as a hook to hang it up with
    7) push the sticky pad with the lure on it inside
    Thank you Nickdub, I will keep a look out for suitable free materials passing by and knock a couple up this winter

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    you're more than welcome - checked my trap this morning as it happens, and there were more than 10 new moths on it.

    Happy gardening :-)

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    Within 5 mins of putting up 1st trap this morning, 3 moths have met a sticky end.
    Lost last chicken in June last year so that might have something to do with it.
    Feed the soil, not the plants.
    (helps if you have cluckies)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    checked my trap this morning as it happens, and there were more than 10 new moths on it.
    Nick, it took me a long time to realise that these traps only give an 'indication' of when the moths are active and I still need to spray.

    My question is what sort of numbers and over what time period indicates an invasion.

    To use your example, is 10 a big number ? and over how many days e.g. one day or two days or a week.

    Just interested 'cos like I said the penny has now dropped with me, pherome traps are an indicator not a cure haha.

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