How are pheromones important in Pest Control?
In the Pest Control industry, Pheromones can be used for a number of reasons. Over 100 years ago, it was discovered by entomologists that insects use certain chemical scents to communicate between one another. They learned this when they placed female moths in boxes and placed them near an open window, to find male moths within the same species were aggressively attracted to the very same window. On the other hand, some insects actually emit pheromones to repel other insects.
Pheromones are frequently used when it comes to “Stored Product Insects”, more commonly known as the moth, or beetle. People that store and grow their own grains, meat and fiber are really providing these insects easy and preferred living for them to make their way into the food storage areas. Once they settle in, they can cause billions of dollars worth of damage because these products must be discarded because of the infestation.
Pheromones play an important part to blocking infestations from forming within a structure. With a Carpenter Ant nest, there are pheromones surrounding the property because the ants in the satellite colony need a way to find one another, and know where the food source and nest is.
Here at Nature’s Way we will use different types of Pheromone methods to help determine if there is an active infestation within a structure. When it comes to ants, the products we use have a residual that will mask the pheromone, therefore eliminating the ability for the ants to connect with the interior nest which will then lead to a significant decrease in ant activity within your home. They can also be used as bait when trapping pests such as bedbugs or moths, which will attract them and determine if there is an infestation that needs to be treated.