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Recent Advances in Management by Pheromones of Thaumetopoea Moths in Urban Parks and Woodland Recreational Areas

Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Sciences, University of Molise, Via de Sanctis, I-86100 Campobasso, Italy
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Insects 2019, 10(11), 395; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects10110395
Received: 18 October 2019 / Revised: 31 October 2019 / Accepted: 7 November 2019 / Published: 8 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Semiochemicals and Insect Behavior)
Caterpillars of the pine processionary moths, Thaumetopoea complex, cause serious defoliation to Cedrus, Pinus, and Pseudotsuga trees. Thaumetopoea caterpillars also have fine hairs on their abdominal tergites that contain a protein that can severely irritate and cause dermatitis in humans and domestic animals. The control of the T. pityocampa pine processionary moth has become necessary in many European countries because of the sanitary risks that are related to larval urtication and the defoliation threat to pine forests and plantations. New research activities have been aimed at the development of eco-friendly, innovative technologies for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of these moths, particularly in urban parks and woodland recreational areas. This paper describes the recent advances in the use of pheromones in monitoring, mass trapping, and mating disruption related to management of processionary moths T. hellenica and T. pityocampa. According to the results, the use of pheromones may provide a practical alternative to insecticide sprays, as they can be safe and simple as compared to other control methods. View Full-Text
Keywords: Thaumetopoea complex; pheromones; monitoring; mass trapping; mating disruption Thaumetopoea complex; pheromones; monitoring; mass trapping; mating disruption
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Trematerra, P.; Colacci, M. Recent Advances in Management by Pheromones of Thaumetopoea Moths in Urban Parks and Woodland Recreational Areas. Insects 2019, 10, 395.

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