Trap Protocol

For those who choose to participate in the Tomato potato psyllid (TPP) surveillance program, TIA will provide plastic sleeves to place over collected traps, zip lock bags for short term freezer storage, reply paid return envelopes and labels.

Sticky Trap

Sticky Trap

Please see below for instructions for setting out traps.

Yellow Sticky Trap Protocol – Field

  1. Peel the traps apart to reveal the sticky surfaces. Fold together sticky side out.
  2. Place one trap on each side of your crop as close to the centre of the edge as possible. (Total of four traps).
  3. Secure traps on either star pickets or stakes (see images) so that the bottom of the trap is just above the crop canopy, not touching foliage.
  4. Leave the traps out for 7-10 days to prevent the traps becoming too covered in insects. If traps are too soiled after a week consider relocating.          

Yellow Sticky Trap Protocol – Glasshouse

  1. Peel the traps apart to reveal the sticky surfaces. Fold together sticky side out.
  2. As a minimum requirement place 1 trap for every 300 m2 of crop being sampled.
  3. Secure traps so that the trap is just above the canopy, not touching the foliage. Ensure you place some traps at potential entry points (doors and vents).
  4. Leave traps for 7-10 days. 

Sticky Trap

Sticky Trap

Upon collecting sticky traps, ensure you cover the sticky side with the clear plastic sleeves provided or cling wrap and, with care, fold the traps back together (sticky side inwards). All traps collected from the same field can be placed together in the bags and stored in a freezer prior to posting.

Please fill out the sticky labels for each individual sticky trap with the GPS coordinates of trap location and return traps as soon as possible.