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Attractants

In the pest control industry, attractants play a huge role in preventing the establishment and invasion of various problematic pests. Pests such as flies, cockroaches, ants and even wild animals are pests which usually succumb to attractants because of their need for mating and reproduction. If there are pheromones in the air, they are easily lured to the source, which pest control experts use to their advantage to seize and eliminate them.

Chemical attractants and repellents produced by plants and by insects themselves has been the answer to the public's demand for more potent insect-control agents and for homeowners that want a less toxic method of addressing a pest problem.

Solutions Pest & Lawn is home to a number of professional quality products which contain attractants designed to lure a variety of problem pests to traps and poisonous means of control, eliminating even the most stubborn and difficult to control nuisances. On this page you will learn about attractants, the pros and cons of using attractants and how to properly apply attractant based products around your home to treat for rodents and insects. You can also shop the best professional DIY pest control products we carry in stock which contain attractants.

What are attractants?

Attractants are any chemical or substance that lures insects or other problem pests to a trap, thereby removing them from crops, animals, stored products or areas which they infest.

While attractants can be a substance or the scent of a food source which the target animal enjoys, the most active attractants are sex attractants. Sex attractants are also called pheromones and are highly specific and therefore excellent tools for detecting and estimating insect populations. These and other natural attractants and repellents are potentially useful in several ways for controlling harmful insects. 

Insects and other arthropods are attracted to animal and plant hosts through chemicals either on contact or in the air. The insects keen ability to detect odors also allows them to detect other insects of the same or even unrelated species. The understanding of these chemical communication systems has allowed pest control professionals to find unique ways of obtaining specimens for study.

Some forms of attractants include:

Carbon Dioxide (CO2, dry ice): As an attractant – Arthropods who seek out warm-blooded animals that emit CO2 through respiration are attracted to this gas. Dry ice is a solid form of this gas that can be often purchased locally from companies that sell bottled gas and welding supplies. When placing it on the ground on a surface like a board, gas emitted will attract ticks. When hung in a mesh bag in a Malaise trap, CO2 is attractive to biting flies like horse and deer flies

Pheromones: Chemicals that insects or animals produce that have a behavioral effect on other insects or animals are called pheromones. A number of these are now commercially available to be used in traps to attract insects. Many of these are sex attractants which are produced by one sex (in moths, usually the female) to attract the other sex. Some are food attractant scents such as floral scents, or in the case of rodents, peanut butter scents. Traps often incorporate a sticky material to trap insects for pest management.


Ideal Conditions and Situations For Using Attractants

Attractants can be used in food plants, kitchens, restaurants, food processing plants, hospitals, residences, zoos and residential areas.

 

Customers who prefer to use attractants often do so because it is a relatively cheap, quick and easy method of capturing mice, rats or other insects which have infested their homes or places of business.

 

It can be hard to go on the hunt and inspect for pests, so attractants often do the work for you by luring and capturing the offending pest with an attractant.

Benefits of Using Attractants

The main benefit of attractants is that they are relatively cheap and easy to use. Depending on whether the attractant is a trap or a poisonous sort of bait, pest control products which contain an attractant can rather quickly address and eliminate a pest infestation.

 

Drawbacks of Using Attractants

There are not many drawbacks to products which contain attractant as they mainly enhance the effectiveness of a control product which otherwise the target pest may be wary of and avoid. There are times when attractants may not work because the offending pest developing a resistance to the attractant (particularly when it's a food scent).


Popular products which contain attractants

Provoke Mouse Attractant - Provoke Mouse Attractant is the first and only attractant designed specifically for mice, according to their food preferences. Catch as much as 3 times more mice in a shorter period by simply adding this to your trapping system. Provoke Mouse Attractant is the first and only attractant formulated specifically for mice. This non-toxic and & hypo-allergenic attractant works well in schools, food production plants and other accounts where attractants, such as peanut butter, are prohibited. (We Also carry Provoke Rat Attractant)

 

Apex Cockroach Gel Bait - Fast acting Apex roach bait gel attracts roaches with 11 different attractants. These attractants not only help avoid bait resistance but also give you a faster roach kill. This unique combination of food attractants is not found in other bait gels. Apex Roach Bait is also made without the eight most common food allergens. This makes it ideal for application in areas of child care, schools, hospitals, food plants and other areas where sensitivity is required.

 

X-lure Beetle Floor Trap - Pro-Pest Pantry Moth & Beetle Traps are pre-baited with pheromones to attract a wide range of pantry pests that commonly infest households. The pheromones in Pro-Pest Pantry Traps will attract Indian Meal Moth, Almond, Raisin, Tobacco, and Mediterranean Flour Moths. Our traps also include a pheromone to attract Cigarette Beetles which are common pests.

 

Musca-Stik - Musca-Stik and Musca-Stik Jr. are insecticide-free, odor-free, indoor/outdoor sticky fly traps that attract flies two ways - Musca-Glo™ orange colored paper attracts flies visually while the powerful fly sex pheromone, Muscalure, doubles the attraction power.

Pro-Pest Pantry Moth & Beetle Traps - Pro-Pest Pantry Moth & Beetle Traps are pre-baited with pheromones to attract a wide range of pantry pests that commonly infest households. The pheromones in Pro-Pest Pantry Traps will attract Indian Meal Moth, Almond, Raisin, Tobacco, and Mediterranean Flour Moths. Our traps also include a pheromone to attract Cigarette Beetles which are common pests.

 

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How to use a product with an attractant

Products containing attractants vary and are not all universally applied the same way. Applying a product containing attractants can be as simply as opening the product up and placing it in areas where you wish to target an infestation. Be sure to look at the product label directions and instructions for proper application instructions.


Shop our attractant products on this page. If you have any questions or concerns, we are always available to talk to via phone at 800-479-6583, email at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat.

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