The use of semiochemicals in pest management
Most insect pests communicate with members of their own species using semiochemical messages in order to find mates (sex pheromones (SP)), habitat and food sources (aggregation pheromones (AG)), to warn of danger (alarm pheromone (AGP)) and to avoid competition. Insect pests also use semiochemical cues produced by their host plants (kairomones (K)) in order to locate food sources.
In pest management we make use of semiochemicals to deliver highly specific decision-making as well as safe and effective pest control. Different techniques include: