Solar Light Trap To Control Pests
Whole pests can be controlled without using Single drop of chemical pesticides.
Agriculture is the main occupation of Indian people. Farmers encounter the problems of various types of insect pests that harm crops and result in loss of productivity each
Therefore, it is necessary for farmers to use pesticides to prevent crop damage.
However, when pesticides are used in large quantity, they cause adverse impacts on people, animals and the environment. Instead of using pesticides, the government has to support other ways to prevent insect pests, including the use of biological agents and some insects etc.
Insect light trap is one of the very effective tools of insect pest management in organic agriculture as it mass-traps both the sexes of insect pests and also substantially reduces the carryover pest population.
The key insect pest of cereal crops ( rice ,maize,sorghum), Pulse crop ( chickpea , pigeon pea ,lentil, green gram) vegetable crops (okra , cauliflower,cabbage,tomato) and Horticulture crops (mango,litchi,pomegranate, apple ,guava etc.) can be mass trapped by using light trap.
Farmers must know that by attracting and killing one adult moth or Insect they control around 300-400 insect progenies through them.
Once the insect population in the light traps crosses a certain limit the farmer can decide on the type of pest management they have to take up.
By keeping a light trap, one for every half an acre right from the beginning of planting the farmer can control almost all the insect pests that are trying to attack the crop.