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Efficacy of Plastic Bottle-Baited Traps for Capturing Coffee Berry Borer and Other Coffee Insects Pests in Kilimanjaro Region-Tanzania

Globally, the coffee industry loses millions of dollars per annum due to the effects caused by Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) (Hypothenemus hampei Ferrari) which reduces the yield and quality of coffee by boring into the coffee fruit and destroys the marketable product. Plastic bottle-baited traps with methylated spirit and water ratio 1:1 (v/v) have been locally designed to control CBB. However, there is limited information on proper height and spacing for placing the traps in controlling this insect pest. The present study aimed to evaluate the efficiency of this trap placed at different heights and spacing in capturing CBB and other coffee pests in the coffee field. Unlike spacing, the trap’s heights showed a significant effect on the total number of captured CBBs (p=2.01×10-9) and other coffee insect pests, in this case, only Black coffee twig borer BCTB were captured (p=0.007671). The trap height at 1.2 m and 1.6 m captured a total of CBB (208) and BCTB (19) respectively. However, there was a significant effect of the trap’s spacing on capturing the CBB over time (p=0.04540). But there was a significant effect of spacing (p=0.0004910), height (p= 0.0007209), and interaction of spacing and height (p=1.428×10-5) traps on which traps were placed. According to the study findings placing the trap at a height of 1.2m and spacing of 5m is more efficient in capturing CBB and lowering their population in the field. The study found that plastic baited traps could be explored as a useful tool for capturing the CBB, considering its monitoring and management.

Coffea arabica, Hypothenemus Hampei, Coffee Berry Borer, Baited Trap Spacing, Height

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Aden Mbuba, Lilian Shechambo. (2023). Efficacy of Plastic Bottle-Baited Traps for Capturing Coffee Berry Borer and Other Coffee Insects Pests in Kilimanjaro Region-Tanzania. American Journal of Entomology, 7(3), 100-108.

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Aden Mbuba; Lilian Shechambo. Efficacy of Plastic Bottle-Baited Traps for Capturing Coffee Berry Borer and Other Coffee Insects Pests in Kilimanjaro Region-Tanzania. Am. J. Entomol. 2023, 7(3), 100-108. doi: 10.11648/j.aje.20230703.13

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Aden Mbuba, Lilian Shechambo. Efficacy of Plastic Bottle-Baited Traps for Capturing Coffee Berry Borer and Other Coffee Insects Pests in Kilimanjaro Region-Tanzania. Am J Entomol. 2023;7(3):100-108. doi: 10.11648/j.aje.20230703.13

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