The worm is SPODOPTERA FRUGIPERDA and is also called as army worm.The army worm will be dwelling in the soil and will be coming out to feed the baiting technique may be an effective method to kill them. As the bait has attractant jaggery the larvae gets attracted to jaggery, feed on the bait mixture and will be killed avoiding them to feed on the plants. Bait mixture must be evenly broadcasted evenly all over the plot and under the plants.
The process of baiting can be a mixture of 3 components,
1. Poison (Insecticide): 2. Carrier or base (Rice bran), and 3. Attractant (Jaggery) at ratio of 1:10:1. Mix all the items with given ratio to prepare the bait mixture.
In organic ecosystem the poison may a stomach poison insecticide and may be Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) [Delfin] can be used.
K SANJEEVA REDDY,
Senior Agronomist, BigHaat.
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