ATTRACAP®

Effective wireworm control in potato and asparagus crops

ATTRACAP® – our wireworm control solution

Wireworms, the larval stage of click beetles, cause massive problems in many potato-growing regions. In collaboration with the University of Göttingen, the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, and Trifolio-M, we have developed a solution as part of the BLE project “ATTRACT”. ATTRACAP® is an insecticide in the form of granules, formulated for the control of infestation in potato and asparagus crops under mild to moderate pest pressure.

ATTRACAP® has been reapproved for marketing and use in Germany in accordance with Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009 for a period from 19 February until 17 June 2020. The product is designed for the control of wireworms in potato and asparagus crops in areas under the threat of infestation, over a total surface of approximately 3,500 ha.

Attract-and-Kill strategy

Intelligent and effective: ATTRACAP® attracts wireworms with CO2 and infects them with an insect-destroying (entomopathogenic) fungus. Owing to the addition of baker’s yeast our patented insecticide mimics a plant releasing CO2 in the process of respiration. However, instead of a food source, wireworms find Metarhizium brunneum Cb15-III, an entomopathogenic fungus which grows from ATTRACAP® granulate distributed in the substrate. Wireworms get into contact with fungal spores, which results in their infection and death within a few days, depending on the temperature and soil conditions.

Attract-and-Kill strategy

Intelligent and effective: ATTRACAP® attracts wireworms with CO2 and infects them with an insect-destroying (entomopathogenic) fungus. Owing to the addition of baker’s yeast our patented insecticide mimics a plant releasing CO2 in the process of respiration. However, instead of a food source, wireworms find Metarhizium brunneum Cb15-III, an entomopathogenic fungus which grows from ATTRACAP® granulate distributed in the substrate. Wireworms get into contact with fungal spores, which results in their infection and death within a few days, depending on the temperature and soil conditions.

Benefits of ATTRACAP®

  • Made in Germany

    Country of origin of the active ingredient: Germany

  • Biologically effective

    Attract-and-Kill strategy for wireworm control

  • Powerful protection from the start

    Application performed during planting

  • Suitable for combined use

    Compatible with Moncut, Monceren Pro, Proradix, Funguran Progress, Cuprozin Progress, Risolex® liquid, Rhizovital 42

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FAQ – ATTRACAP®

ATTRACAP® is recommended for use in crops under mild to moderate pest pressure. Sprinkling is recommended in dry weather conditions.

ATTRACAP® should be applied in bands, in soil furrows, at potato planting time in the spring.

The application is performed with a granule spreader:

  • equipped with a separate shutdown device for the dosing unit;
  • fitted with a tightly closing lid; and
  • with the downpipe placed in as straight a line as possible in relation to the coulter unit.

Compatible devices are listed on the homepage of the Julius Kühn Institute (www.jki.bund.de).

The dosing device of the granule spreader must be switched off in good time, at least 4 m before reaching the headlands to ensure that the granules are distributed evenly.

If the granules remain on the soil surface, they must be removed immediately or ploughed in.

ATTRACAP® is sold via an agricultural product distribution network.

Both laboratory tests and field studies have shown that ATTRACAP is compatible with Monceren Pro. The mutual tolerance of a number of agents has been tested in the laboratory setting, with compatibility demonstrated for Proradix, Funguran Progress, Cuprozin Progress, Monceren G, Moncut, Risolex® liquid, and Rhizovital 42.

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