Four key steps to a successful Indianmeal moth (IMM) mating disruption program include:
1. Implementing pheromone monitoring — This critical component should take place before and during the program.
2. Selecting the size of the treatment site, not only in square feet, but also in cubic feet — Ensure all susceptible areas are treated, and remember, IMM larvae wander to pupate.
3. Selecting an application rate — Base your decision on product label and historical/current IMM levels, which are typically broken into three segments: high, medium and low activity.
4. Placing dispensers at a height of 5 to 16 ft. — Every application is different, but the goal is to achieve a grid-like pattern throughout the treatment site.
James Miller, ACE, is Market Manager and Pest Control Operator for Trece Inc.