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The natural is the healthiest. You’ve probably heard or read this more than once, right? Today chemicals, that is, synthetics, although they are very useful if used well, they are very harmful to the environment. But they also have a side effect that you will not be able to read in any product: they do not give the plant any opportunity to strengthen its immune system.

For this reason, in Gardening On I’m going to talk to you about use of pheromones for pest controlwhich is a treatment that will allow you to have crops free of harmful insects without the need to use chemical products.

What are pheromones?

But first of all, let’s see what pheromones are. These They are chemical compounds that all animals, including insects, release for purposes as diverse as warning of a danger, marking territory, etc.. They are very interesting to control pests, since they do not generate resistance in insects that cause problems to plants and also have a low environmental impact.

How are they used?

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Its use will depend on what our objective is. For example:

  • Detect insects: pheromones are used that attract insects and a trap, which is where they will end up trapped.
  • Avoid mating: large amounts of sex pheromones are released in the area to be treated, thus preventing the males from finding the females.
  • Catch and infect them: they are pheromones that attract insects and infect them with some pathogen (virus, fungus, bacteria) that they will later transmit to their congeners.
  • Catch insects: pheromones are used to attract insects to traps containing insecticides.

Where do you get pheromones for pest control?

These products We can buy them in nurseries and garden storesboth physical and online. The price will vary depending on what type we are interested in and the brand of the product, but it is usually around 10-15 euros.

What do you think of this pest control method?