Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Visual Attractants and Repellents in IPM

  • Ronald J. Prokopy
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3985

In essence, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a decision-based process involving the coordinated use of multiple tactics for optimizing the control of all classes of pests in an ecologically and economically sound manner. Tactics available for use in the management of pest insects include insecticidal control and behavioral control. For insecticidal control, monitoring population levels of pest insects and their natural enemies is a key component in deciding whether or not insecticidal treatment is necessary. Visual traps that are attractive to pests or beneficial insects can be useful monitoring tools. For behavioral control, visually attractive traps, or visual repellents may be used in direct suppression of insect pests.

Development and effective deployment of visual attractants and repellents in IPM call for an understanding of several variables that influence attractancy and repellency. These include properties of insect vision, visual properties of resources sought by insects...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. Prokopy
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  1. 1.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA