Kentucky has several hundred licensed nurseries in the state; thus, it is an important industry and source of revenue.  Nursery inspectors employed by the Office of the State Entomologist at the University of Kentucky inspect each nursery yearly to look for pests of regulatory concern.  The survey in 2010 and 2011 augmented those yearly inspections by allowing for targeted surveys of several insect pests of concern and one disease, Sudden Oak Death (described under Diseases).  In 2016, the survey focused only on insect pests. 

False Codling Moth

False Codling Moth

For the insect portion of the nursery survey in 2010 and 2011 we set 3 different moth traps in 20 nurseries. Each trap targeted a different moth pest of concern: Summer Fruit Tortix, False Codling Moth, and Egyptian Cottonworm.  One trap for each insect pest, baited with the appropriate lure, were in place from April/May to September/October in 2010 and 2011.

In 2016, we set 5 different moth traps in 10 nurseries.  Each trap targeted a different moth pest of concern: Variegated Golden Tortrix, Oak Processionary Moth, Green Oak Tortrix, False Codling Moth, and Summer Fruit Tortrix.  One trap for each insect pest, baited with the appropriate lure, were in place from April/May to September/October 2016.

Egyptian Cotton Leafworm

Egyptian Cotton Leafworm

2010

  • Number of Traps Set: 60
  • Number of Target Moths Captured: 0
  • Number of Counties Included in Survey: 16
  • Counties Sampled: Boone, Boyle, Bullitt, Calloway, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Hopkins, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Laurel, Marshall, Mercer, Nelson, Union

2011

  • Number of Traps Set: 60
  • Number of Target Moths Captured: 0
  • Number of Counties Included in Survey: 5
  • Counties Sampled: Boone, Campbell, Fayette, Jefferson, Kenton

2016

  • Number of Traps Set: 50
  • Number of Target Moths Captured: 0
  • Number of Nurseries Included in Survey: 10
  • Counties Sampled: Daviess, Graves, Henderson, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Union

Summer Fruit Tortrix

Summer Fruit Tortrix

Moth Traps: Nursery Survey 2010

Moth Traps: Nursery Survey 2011