Corn Earworm is widely considered to be one of the most costly crop pests in North America!
Corn Earworm (Helicoverpa zea) or Tomato Fruitworm is found throughout the United States, surviving over winter as far North as Kansas, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and Washington. They are highly dispersive and move from area to area very quickly, making their way to Northern US States and Southern Canada during summer months. Adult pests may arrive as soon as early May through August, depending on seasonal & environmental conditions. With a life cycle of approximately 30 days, several generations per season can be expected depending on location:
- 1 Generation - New York, Minnesota, Canada
- 2 Generations - Northeastern States
- 3 Generations - Central Great Plains, Maryland, Delaware
- 4 Generations - Lousiana, Mississippi, Northern California
- 5 Generations - Southern California
- 6-7 Generations - Flordia, South Texas
Corn Earworms and Tomato Fruitworms affect these crops and more:
- Lima bean
- Melons (all varieties)
- Sweet Potato
VivaTrap! Corn Earworm Traps utilize a natural pheromone to lure moths to a sticky surface where they cannot escape.
Includes: 2x extra-sticky wet glue traps & 2x lures (2 complete traps)
Instructions: Place traps at edge or inside of planted area, with care to avoid wind and rain as possible. Deploy traps in early April, replace as needed through August for best results. Lure lasts for approximately 8 weeks.
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We tried these for the Tomato Fruitworms in our garden and they seem to be working! We were not sure if this was the right trap but we have little grubs in the trap just like the photos show. We will see how the vegetables turn out this Fall.