Fall Armyworm Trapping

Posted by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 21st Oct 2020

The presence and build-up of FAW in a particular area can be detected by using pheromone traps. Pheromones are natural compounds that are emitted by female FAW moths to attract male moths for mating. Synthetic compounds that mimic natural FAW pheromones, often referred to as lures, are placed in traps to attract and trap male moths. Moths that are caught are then counted. From these numbers, farmers can know if FAW is present in their fields and if there is a need for increased scouting.

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