The male inhibition technique… cabbage looper control by confusing sex pheromone communication
Confused males—and effective control of cabbage looper—resulted from the uniform placement of synthetic sex pheromone stations spaced about 100 m apart in field tests. The synthetic sex pheromone of the cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni (Hübner) (Noctuidae) was continuously evaporated from uniformly spaced sources in a field at a rate of about 1 mg per hectare per night. Males of this species were almost completely prevented from locating pheromone-releasing females. This male inhibition technique offers considerable promise for the control of insect pest populations.