Spanish pyramid pheromone trap attracts more business
A Spanish-developed pheromone containing trap that permits a 45% higher capture of red palm weevils (Rhynchophorous ferrugineus) than conventional box traps is attracting business beyond Europe. The product has been developed at the Polytechnic of Valencia (UPV), and is be marketed by the Spanish company, Sansan Prodesing (Valencia). The UPV notes increasing interest in the product from the US and the Near East. It is already sold across Europe. The trap is pyramid-shaped and designed for large-scale captures across large areas within a "global activity strategy" to cut the pest's population. Meanwhile, the first appearance of the pest has been detected in the Spanish region of Extremadura. The regional agriculture secretariat informs that three detections have led it to call the weevil a present agricultural pest in the region.