Equipment/Technology, Pests and Diseases, Production/Agronomy, Research

Canada: Islander produces trap to prevent potato-eating wireworm

Christine Noronha, an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada entomologist, had created the trap, and Ralph Yeo decided to mass-produce it.An Islander has heeded the call to mass manufacture a trap to fight P.E.I.’s wireworm pest. Ralph Yeo said he decided to start producing the wire trap after reading about its invention about a year ago. Christine Noronha, an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada entomologist, had created the trap and trademarked it in early 2016, but needed someone to manufacture it. Yeo, who until now ran a landscaping business, said he and a few others decided to follow up with Noronha. “We were pretty intrigued by, it and certainly saw the need,” he said. Wireworms are beetle larvae that dig holes in potatoes as they grow, making them unfit for sale. The P.E.I. Potato Board said the worms are a problem across the country, although they are worst in P.E.I., Alberta and B.C. The trap to stop them is called the Noronha Elaterid Light Trap, or NELT. It’s consists of a small solar-powered spotlight, a white plastic cup, and a piece of screening to keep out bigger insects that could clog up the trap. Yeo said the trap doesn’t actually capture the worm but its adult phase, the click beetle. More on CBC News

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