By: Ellaine Kryss Hubilla
Insects play a vital role in one’s garden. Some species can be beneficial but—more often than not—many people consider them as pests. As farmers and gardeners try to eradicate the population of insects to conserve their crops, sometimes, they can also unknowingly be threatening the life of their plants.
Fortunately, there is a way to control the insect population without compromising plant health; it is by using a natural insect trap.
ATI Region 2 posted, in Tagalog, procedures for making a natural insect attractant and trap.
For insect attractant:
1 gallon of coconut vinegar
8 tablespoons of Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ)
½ kilogram of Molasses
- Boil the coconut vinegar. After boiling, add the molasses and let the mixture cool.
- Put the mixture in a container, then add 8 tablespoons of Fermented Plant Juice. The FPJ must be made of the fruit from which tree you will hang the insect attractant.
For the insect trap:
1 cup of used oil
2-3 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon on cornstarch
Yellow plastic bag or bottle/container
- Mix the oil, sugar, and cornstarch thoroughly.
- If you have a yellow plastic bag, flatten the bag then cover the surface with the mixture. For a yellow container, simply cover the surface with the mixture.
- Then hang them around the farm or garden. The color yellow attracts insects.
The tutorial was provided by the Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) Region 2.