It is important to elucidate the mode of action of host plant secondary metabolites with insect attractant
or repellent properties, because this may provide useful information on the most appropriate formulation and means of delivery for insect control.
There has been little development in Fly killer technology in the last 35 years, but that has now changed, with the recent introduction of a new type of Insect Attractant
Inflorescences that were warm but blood-free attracted no insects, indicating that heat alone fails as an effective insect attractant
. Blood-coated inflorescences -- especially those Knoll warmed -- did attract insect pollinators, suggesting that odor is the main attractant and heat enhances its effects.
: volatiles of hydrolyzed protein insect baits.
On insect attractants
from pitcher plants of the genus Heliamphora (Sarrareniaceae).
The effect of color of light on mesophyllar glands and the synthesis and emission of volatile insect attractants
from leaves, however, is not understood.
Looking for alternatives is the primary goal of Mitchell, McLaughlin, and other researchers at the agency's Insect Attractants
, Behavior, and Basic Biology Research Laboratory in Gainesville, Florida.
Although insect attractants
, pheromones have been used to capture and to kill insects in a control mode, this has met with limited success.