In the UK, many different kinds of moth control products are used, achieving various degrees of success. One method that is not talked about very much is the pheromone moth trap.

What are pheromone traps?

Pheromone traps are insect traps that rely on pheromones – ascent-like compound found in the body of various animal species – to achieve their aim. While the natural purpose of pheromones is to allow insects to communicate with each other, sex pheromones can be successfully used to lure in insects.Usually, a pheromone trap is prepared by putting the pheromone lure inside a conventional trap, such as a triangular sticky glue trap.

Do they work exactly?

Pheromone moth traps work by attracting male moths by using the scent-like substance given off by a moth of the opposite sex. Fundamentally, the moths are tricked into thinking they smell a mate, but when they arrive at the source of the pheromone, they get trapped or stuck on its sticky surface instead. These traps should not be considered as an alternative to other kinds of insect traps. They can certainly, however, be a useful supplementary product to help reduce the population of certain kinds of moths in your environment. That said, in an enclosed and small space, moth pheromone traps often work nicely to catch pests such as clothes moths.

How to get the best results

Even though the use of pheromone traps cannot be considered the most substantial moth pest control method,keeping in mind certain tips and applying them can help you achieve some good results with them. One thing you must take into account when using pheromone traps, is that you want to set them at the right height and distances apart. For example, as far as cloths moth traps go, they should be placed at a distance of 7 meters from each other, at a height of about 25 feet from the ground for the best result.

Limitations of pheromone traps

It must be pointed out that despite their usefulness,pheromone traps have some severe limitations. For one, they cannot usually attract immature insects, because they have not reached the stage of their life where they respond to mating attractors. As well as that, these traps attract only the male of the species, not the females, so it won’t deal with all the moths present in the house. The idea is to halt the life cycle and breeding potential of the trapped moths, and therefore reduce the size of the next generation. It is advisable to use other forms of moth pest control as well.