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Innovative eco friendly traps for the control of
Pine Lepidoptera in urban and recreational places


Expected results and degree of achievement after the 36 month period. (June 2017)

Result 1: Updated analysis of the current control system of pine processionary in Spain, Greece and Italy and Pine Tree Lappet in Scotland.

An update the review of state of the art and selection of the most representative pine urban areas in different European countries, study and optimization of current traps design and preliminary studies in field using the designed traps and MD system were carried out.

*NOTE: MD System stands for System of Mating Disruption. It refers to the technique used to avoid the procreation of the new moths, and consequently it reduces the pest levels. These tests were carried out in Italy and Greece.


Result 2: Pilot plant experience to evaluate and demonstrate the viability of trunk barrier, MD and pheromone traps systems in selected Lepidopteras control.

Different prototypes have been evaluated during the project.

Final prototype of trunk barrier trap:


Final prototype of pheromone trap:


Result 3: Study the impact over the population (during two years) of pine processionary and pine tree lappet in different selected areas/countries where the new systems will be installed.

Results obtained in different areas using trunk barrier systems, pheromone traps and MD:


Result 4: Define the best technologies available for Lepidoptera insects with irritating hairs in each European area studied.

The best technologies available are the commercial traps and the prototypes developed in the project.

Final prototype of trunk barrier trap:


Result 5: To evaluate and demonstrate economic and environmental feasibility advantages of the system proposed.

Comparing the commercial trunk trap with the developed prototype, it is concluded that the effectiveness for larvae capture are very similar but with several important advantages; cost and assembly time reduction. The cost of the new trap will be below 25 €/trap compared to 40 €/trap of the commercial and the time of assembly is between 6-7 minutes compared to 20 minutes of the commercial.

The materials used for the manufacture of the traps, both the trunk trap and the pheromone trap, will be made of recycled plastic material, contributing to an environmental improvement.


Result 6: Reduced environmental impact and to fulfil the Directive 2009/128/CE establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides.

The new traps (trunk barrier and pheromone traps) fulfil the directive because pesticides are not used to capture insects.


The development of this web server has been co-funded with the support of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union [LIFE13 ENV/ES/000504]

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