The nursery industry has a large economic impact in the state of Kentucky.  A report from the Kentucky Horticulture Council states that in 2012, cash receipts for wholesale and retail sales for nursery, greenhouse, and sod products totaled between $50 and $70 million.  In 2019, Kentucky had 429 licensed nurseries and 921 licensed nursery dealers in the state (data from Office of the State Entomologist).

Many moth pests attack popular trees and ornamentals that are sold in Kentucky’s nurseries.  Another invasive pest, Imported Fire Ants, may be accidentally moved through nursery stock.  This trapping survey will safeguard this economically important industry and will augment yearly inspections by nursery inspectors from the Office of the State Entomologist at the University of Kentucky.    

False Codling Moth

False Codling Moth

Oak Processionary Moth

2020

  • Number of Nurseries: 10
  • Counties Surveyed: Barren, Fayette, Franklin, Graves, Greenup, Hopkins, Madison, Marshall, Oldham, Union
  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Oak Processionary Moth, False Codling Moth, Summer Fruit Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, and Box Tree Moth
  • Target Pests (Visual Survey): Imported Fire Ants (Red, Black, and Hybrid)
  • Number of Target Pests Captured: 0

2019

  • Number of Nurseries: 10
  • Counties Surveyed: Barren, Boone, Franklin, Graves, Greenup, Hopkins, Jessamine, Marshall, Shelby, Union
  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Variegated Golden Tortrix, Oak Processionary Moth, Green Oak Tortrix, False Codling Moth, and Summer Fruit Tortrix. 
  • Target Pests (Visual Survey): Imported Fire Ants (Red, Black, and Hybrid)
  • Number of Target Pests Captured: 0

2018

  • Number of Nurseries: 10
  • Counties Surveyed: Daviess, Fayette, Graves, Henderson, Hopkins, Marshall, McCracken, Shelby, Todd, Union
  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Variegated Golden Tortrix, Oak Processionary Moth, Green Oak Tortrix, False Codling Moth, and Summer Fruit Tortrix. 
  • Target Pests (Visual Survey): Imported Fire Ants (Red, Black, and Hybrid)
  • Number of Target Pests Captured: 0

2017

  • Number of Nurseries: 10
  • Counties Surveyed: Fayette, Henderson, Hopkins, Jefferson, Jessamine, McCracken, Union, Washington
  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Variegated Golden Tortrix, Oak Processionary Moth, Green Oak Tortrix, False Codling Moth, and Summer Fruit Tortrix
  • Number of Target Pests Captured: 0

2016

  • Number of Nurseries: 10
  • Counties Surveyed: Daviess, Graves, Henderson, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Union
  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Variegated Golden Tortrix, Oak Processionary Moth, Green Oak Tortrix, False Codling Moth, and Summer Fruit Tortrix
  • Number of Target Pests Captured: 0

2011

  • Number of Nurseries: 20
  • Counties Surveyed: Boone, Campbell, Fayette, Jefferson, Kenton 
  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Summer Fruit Tortix, False Codling Moth, and Egyptian Cottonworm
  • Number of Target Pests Captured: 0                          

2010

  • Number of Nurseries: 20
  • Counties Surveyed: Boone, Boyle, Bullitt, Calloway, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Hopkins, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Laurel, Marshall, Mercer, Nelson, Union
  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Summer Fruit Tortix, False Codling Moth, and Egyptian Cottonworm
  • Number of Target Pests Captured: 0


  Summer Fruit Tortrix

Summer Fruit Tortrix