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Pheromone-based traps

Pheromones are scent-based hormones used by insects to communicate over long distances. Sex pheromones attract mates, and aggregation pheromones attract males and females of that species. Both are used to lure insect pests into traps, and can be very effective. These traps are becoming quite common, and are readily available - often at local garden centres - for such pests as Japanese beetles, corn earworms, and cucumber beetles.

Even if your garden centre or favorite garden supplier does not carry a trap specifically for your insect pest, a pheromone-based solution often still exists. The following is an abbreviated list of target pests for which pheromone-based traps can be purchased:

Pest NameSearch Google
Army cutwormEuxoa auxilaris
ArmywormPseudaletia unipuncta
Australian bollwormHelicoverpa punctigera
Beet armywormSpodoptera exigua
Black cutwormAgrotis ipsilon
Boll weevilAnthonomous grandis
Cabbage looperTrichoplusia ni
California red scaleAonidiella aurantii
Cherry fruit wormGrapholita packardi
Clearwing borersPodosesia and Synanthedon species
Clover cutwormDiscestra trifolli
Codling mothCydia pomonella
Corn earwormHelicoverpa zea
Cotton leafwormSpodoptera littoralis
Elm bark beetleScolytus multistriatus
European corn borerOstrinia nubilalis
European grape mothEupoecilia ambiguella
European grape vine mothLobesia botrana
Fall armywormSpodoptera frugiperda
False codling mothCryptophlebia leucotreta
Fruittree leafrollerArchips argyrospila
Grape root borerVitacea polistiformis
Gypsy mothLymantria dispar
Leek mothAcrolepiopsis assectella
Lesser applewormGrapholita prunivora
Mediterranean fruit flyCeratitis capitata
Nantucket pine tip mothRhyacionia frustrana
Nun mothLymtria monacha
Old world bollwormHelicoverpa armigera
Olive fruit flyBactrocera oleae
Oriental fruit mothGrapholita molesta
Pale western cutwormAgrotis orthogonia
Peach twig borerAnarsia lineatella
Pink bollwormPectinophora gossypiella
Pitch pine mothRhyacionia bigidana
Plum fruit mothGrapholita funebrana
Potato tuberwormPhthorimaea operculella
Redbanded leafrollerArgyrotaenia velutinana
San jose scaleQuadraspidiotus perniciosus
Sequoia pitch mothSynanthedon sequoiae
Southern armywormSpodoptera eridania
Southwestern corn borerDiatraea grandiosella
Soybean looperPseudoplusia includens
Spruce budwormChoristoneura fumiferana
Squash vine borerMelittia cucurbitae
Sunflower mothHomoeosoma electellum
Viburnum crownborerSynanthedon fatifera
Tobacco budwormHeliothis virescens
Tobacco cutwormSpodoptera litura
Tomato pinwormKeiferia lycopersicella
Tufted apple bud mothPlatynota idaeusalis
Viburnium borerSynanthedon viburni

See Also

Corn earworm
Gypsy moth

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