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Tanglefoot 300000670 Red Sphere Trap

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  • Effective pesticide free system for apple, pear, apricot, plum, and hawthorne trees
  • Kit includes 3 red spheres and 8oz can of TangleTrap coating plus hangars.
  • Spheres are re usable and last for years
  • Used by homeowners and growers for decades. Proven Effective

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Product Description

Red Sphere traps protect your fruit trees from apple maggot flies. The fruit shape and color attract egg laying pests which are then caught in the sticky tangletrap coating.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.8 x 5.1 x 6.5 inches
Item Weight 13.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces
Department Teak
Manufacturer Contech Electronics
ASIN B000NCUVYK
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Item model number 300000670
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4.2 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #125,652 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
#1,357 in Patio, Lawn & Garden > Gardening > Pest Control > Traps

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I'm a total neophyte, just a regular neighbor tired of moths colonizing all my apples, so I sampled a bunch of these products without knowing what was on each box, so here I'll give you my scoop (since the description is quite unclear as well).

In the box you will find 3 plastic balls, with a hook, and a can of glue that includes a brush under the lid so you can spread it neatly over the ball, thus creating a sticky trap.

Following the advise of an aggie friend, I added maggot hormonal (feromones?) lures which I bought separately, since the glue doesn't seem to be enough to stop the flies.

These traps, hooks and glue are far better quality than the Springstar alternative, which has a very hard glue, crappy hooks and no brush.

Can't tell if they yield any results though, only that they're way better than the Springstar traps!
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I have just taken two injured chickadees to a local wildcare hospital after finding one stuck to this trap, hanging by its wing, and the other on the ground below, missing wing feathers and covered in sticky stuff. I suspect that they will not survive and feel just awful about it. Please do not use these traps as they can harm and kill small birds.

My traps also seem to have failed to catch any codling moths - my apples are full of grubs not a single moth on the trap. They have been up for several weeks and mostly seem to have caught beneficial insects and the two birds.
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"Paint" goo and hang orb on tree. Works like a fly trap.
"Wash" off with mineral spirits and use again.
We have children that play around our apple trees, and are trying to stay as chemical free as possible.
We have an orb on each tree and each orb has caught 100's of bugs.
Probably will be buying more to catch even more.
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The product is as simple as it gets: a round red sphere painted with sticky goo. The coddling moths who lay eggs on your young apples go for these instead and get stuck. So far the sphere trap has been covered in various insects. I won;t know how effective they are until harvest, but so far they are holding up well. Nice thing is that they are reusable, and there is plenty of sticky material to paint on for numerous uses.
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Please do not buy this product. Birds are attracted to the dead flies, and it in turns turns into a death trap for them. I found a dead chickadee on one of my spheres yesterday, and promptly took all of them down and threw them in the trash. The company should look into surrounding this sphere with metal mesh to spare the birds from a painful death.
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These spheres are work reasonably well whether you are growing fruit trees organically or with pesticides. The application of the Tanglefoot adhesive is quite simple but plan on using multiple disposable gloves. My only suggestion is there should be longer ties to attach the spheres to branches -- I made my own. The company doesn't provide a reason for why these spheres should only be a few inches from the branches. Are the insects that smart? It seems leaving them more exposed say by dropping down 8-10 inches would work best. Basic string or even two 12" zip ties work well. Time will tell....
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Last year, my apples were so infested, we could only eat about 2 apples. This spring, I hung these Red Sphere Traps for Apple Maggot traps (with pheromone lure attractant added ~ purchased separately) and the Codling Moth Traps. We also got a bug zapper and hung it by our trees (LOVE that thing too!). End result... I have had about 3-4 bushels of apples this year!!!

This trap is in essence a red thin plastic ball that you cover with sticky stuff (I recommend purchasing the spray on "goo"... because it is easier to apply and less messy), then apply pheromone lure attractant (purchased separately) and put inside ball. Ideally you are to hang the balls in the trees prior to bud break. It is said that if you keep an eye on them though out the season and see bugs, you will know when to spray. I did not do that and I also hung mine late (after blooming), so I wasn't sure if they were going to work, but as I have stated above, the results were still very rewarding! I did not see any signs of insect damage (except for from yellow jackets). I used 3 spheres each for a Dwarf apple tree and also placed 3 in my dwarf plum tree (next to my apple tree). (Yes, both of these insects affect plums also.) You take them down in the fall after harvest. Some people clean off the sticky goo somehow and reuse. I am just going to throw them out and hang new ones annually. It is worth it!

~Another thing, quickly pick up bad or spoiled fruit and dispose of in the garbage or burn it... do not compost because the larvae will live in the dirt and will be back in increased numbers next year!
~Also, if you spray, never spray your tree when blooming, because it will kill the bees! Bees are inactive or less active at night when it is cooler. If you must spray, do so as close to dawn or dusk as possible (preferably dawn, when cooler). No bees = no fruit!!!

Good Luck!
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It comes with 3 balls and the sticky substance you have to paint on the balls yourself. If you don't mind the mess, this is a pretty inexpensive way to go as the balls can be cleaned and the sticky substance reapplied. It works well for trapping anything that comes close, but without the pheromone, it traps everything equally and doesn't target the moths.W

update - a few months later
It is well into the season and while the product does trap anything that comes close - it isn't any better than flypaper as it doesn't include a lure for the moths. Also, since it traps everything, including gnats and bees, it quickly loads up with other bugs and has to be cleaned (a somewhat messy process) or it won't trap moths. This product was not nearly as effective as a different product that i purchased last year that included a lure. I saw very few months trapped and I have more worm damage this year than last year.
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