MothCatcher Trap

Simple to use funnel trap for monitoring and containment of various moth pests

Russell IPM’s MothCatcher traps (universally known as bucket traps) have been developed to be highly effective at trapping a range of moth pests. The weatherproof casing is designed for use with pheromone lures for monitoring and mass trapping of flying insects.
The traps are hardwearing and can be used for several seasons. Additionally, as the entry point is covered, the moth trap is suitable for outdoor and dusty environments.

Benefits of the MothCatcher trap
  • Durable and hardwearing for both indoor and outdoor trapping.
  • Clear casing allows ease of monitoring and identification.
  • Robust trap can be used for several seasons.
  • Simple to install and maintain.

A versatile and robust trap, the Mothcatcher is a reliable population monitoring tool for damaging pest species of moth and flying insects, such as fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), codling moth (Cydia pomonella) and Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata).

When used in combination with species-specific pheromones, the Mothcatcher may be used to quickly detect new pest infestations, provide accurate data for monitoring populations of harmful insect species and act as a physical barrier between flying insect pests and vulnerable crops. Target pests fly around the pheromone dispenser until they fatigue, eventually falling through the Mothcatcher’s funnel and drowning in a liquid solution contained within the trap’s base. The Mothcatcher is easy-to-use and maintain and the trap cover allows the trap to provide effective pest population monitoring when used in outdoor, dusty environments.


Mothcatcher is available in a variety of colours to meet specific needs:

  • Yellow and Green – attract the most moths and flying insect pests in open field environments.
  • All Green – attract fewer non-target insects and are useful where bumblebee pollination and natural enemies are being used.
  • Black & White – attract Ephestia & Plodia moths in food production and storage facilities.

Mothcatchers should be placed in orchards or open field crops in advance of pest emergence at a density of one trap per 500m2. Traps should be placed approximately one meter above the crop on supporting posts or at the highest point possible, so that the pheromone can readily disperse. Replace the pheromone lure every 4 to 6 weeks to maintain attraction.