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

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Project objectives

The Pine Processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) and Pine tree lappet (Dendrolimus pini) are moths of the familiesy Thaumetopoeidae and Lasiocampidae, and are abundant species found in pine woods in north, central and southern Europe, and an important economic pest and health human and pet problem (allergic, skin illness, etc). The species are notable for the behaviour of its caterpillar larvae, which overwinter in tent-like nests high in pine trees, and which process through the woods in nose-to-tail columns, protected by their severely irritating hairs.

Current methods to control this infestation have some limitations to control medium-large amounts of them and/or they are expensive. The main objective of LIFE PISA project is to demonstrate the viability of the combination of several systems currently used to control processionary and tree lappet pest to be applied in different urban or recreational areas in 4 countries (Spain, Italy, UK and Greece), where the air or massive fumigation is not possible. Moreover, it aims to improve current traps systems to increase significantly their effectiveness, reduce cost and to be adapted to each selected demonstrative urban pine areas.

Decrease population of pine processionary and Pine tree lappet

Reduce significantly irritating injuries and allergic symptoms

Optimize the trunk barrier device to be easy mounting and dismounting

Trunk barrier system will have duration of 3 years without removing

Improve the design and efficiency of pheromone traps

Traps with minimal visual effect and non-disturbing the life of other forest animals

Low cost (less than 25 ?/standard device), current cost is in the range of 33-40 ? / device.

Study efficiency of MD technologies in pines situated in open urban places.

Fulfill Directive 2009/128/CE related to the rational use of chemical pesticides.

Transfer knowledge to forest pest control authorities, town hall, neighbourhood associations



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