Chemical Insect Attractants

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Science  28 Jun 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3574, pp. 1367-1373
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3574.1367


Many insects depend on odors to lead them to sources that supply their basic needs. Knowledge of these behavioral patterns helps to combat insects of economic importance. For example, attractants in traps offer a remarkably simple means of detecting insects and may even be useful in direct control. They are increasing the efficiency of insecticide applications because treatments need be applied only where insects are caught and only as long as they are caught.