Many sap-sucking pests are attracted to the color yellow, and you can use that to your plants’ advantage.
Much the way sticky barriers prevent crawling insects from climbing up into fruit and nut trees, yellow sticky sheets attract and trap many flying insects that might carry death and disease to your garden plants.
Unlike pesticides and other chemicals, insects cannot develop a resistance to stickiness - not any time soon, any way! Plus, sticky sheets do not cause harm to people or pets. The worst that can happen is they will stick to you temporarily. When an insect lands on the sticky surface, it means death. They cannot escape, reproduce, feed, or spread disease. They are done, and all you have to do is toss them in the trash.
Yellow sticky sheets can capture a wide variety of pests, including:
Yellow sticky sheets are often used in tandem with pheromone traps. The pheromones lure the insects closer and then the yellow sticky sheet makes them unable to fly away.
Whether you use a pheromone trap in conjunction with yellow sticky sheets or not, you can use the sticky sheets to monitor for pest populations in and around specific plants or beds.
Personally, I hang them in my citrus trees in early spring to significantly reduce leaf miner damage, and to help me know what else I happen to be up against at any given time.
The best news about yellow sticky sheets? They’re cheap. And if you are having problems with indoors pests, you can always cut the sticky paper into a decorative shape and put it to work for your container plants!
You can grow a surprising amount of food in your own yard. Ask me how!