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Screening of Repellents against Vespid Wasps
AbstractVespid wasps are ecologically beneficial, but they can be a nuisance and dangerous to people due to their tendency to sting. Here, the aim was to screen samples of volatiles (i.e., essential oils and pure chemicals) for their repellency against wasps. The number of wasps (mainly Vespula vulgaris) present in a glass box with attractant and 5 µL sample was compared to the number of wasps in a similar box with attractant only. Both boxes were connected to a large glass container harboring 18–35 wasps. Among 66 tested samples, some essential oils from Lamiaceae and Asteraceae, as well as some pure natural compounds such as the monoterpenes (−)-terpinen-4-ol and isopulegol showed a significant repellency against vespids. Our results corroborate the potential of (mixtures of) volatiles in repelling these insects.
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Boevé, J.-L.; Honraet, K.; Rossel, B. Screening of Repellents against Vespid Wasps. Insects 2014, 5, 272-286.View more citation formats
Boevé J-L, Honraet K, Rossel B. Screening of Repellents against Vespid Wasps. Insects. 2014; 5(1):272-286.Chicago/Turabian Style
Boevé, Jean-Luc; Honraet, Kris; Rossel, Bart. 2014. "Screening of Repellents against Vespid Wasps." Insects 5, no. 1: 272-286.