All about our Solar Moth Trap

From a career producing surgical instruments, Bob Mitchell used his research, development and tool making skills to bring a simple, safe device for getting rid of guava and codling moth to New Zealand orchards and gardens.

Bob Mitchell moved to Kerikeri in 2004 to live the ‘good life’. Moving north from the hustle and bustle of Auckland, he and his wife Barbara bought a ten-acre lifestyle orchard property with macadamia nuts, citrus, tamarillos, figs, avocados, apples, plums and feijoas. 

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Finding a spray-free alternative that works

To their dismay, they discovered their feijoas, apples, macadamia nuts, and lately even mandarins and lemons, were being overrun with grubs, rendering them inedible. They were stunned to see just how much damage a single species of insect could inflict on a crop.

After much frustration at the damage the guava and codling moths were causing, and unwilling to use hazardous chemicals, it was obvious that there was a need for something better.

Bob has a knack for creating solutions from a variety of resources. A specialist in surgical devices, Bob came to New Zealand from the UK to help the late Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes’ team set up the cardio-thoracic unit at Green Lane Hospital.

The right tools for the job

Being very aware of the long-term, harmful effects of using toxic sprays for pest control, and the fact that sprays are largely ineffective for guava moths, Bob brought his many years’ experience in the electronic and medical instrument field to the task.

The cost-effective, spray free solution to guava and codling moth control was born. The Little Bugga guava moth trap was built,  tested, and field trials monitored by fellow Kerikeri orchardists. 

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Effective guava moth control

The solar powered moth trap works like a treat. It is an environmentally friendly method of insect control and can also be used in conjunction with pheromones. 

Our solar guava moth traps are now being used by home gardeners, as well as major commercial growers to ensure fruit meets stringent export quality standards.

Eco-friendly solutions designed and manufactured in NZ

Determined to keep the manufacture of the solar traps here in New Zealand, Bob Mitchell and his growing team has committed to full production tooling and jigging, all held here in New Zealand.

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If you need further information on our guava moth traps, feel free to give the Trapz NZ team a call or send us an email. We’ll get back in touch ASAP.