New Scientific Method to Stop Insects in Their Tracks

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Hoverflies (Simosyrphus grandicornis) mating i...

Hoverflies (Simosyrphus grandicornis) mating in midair. Taken in October 2006 at Swifts Creek, Victoria, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wouldn’t it be great if you could stop an insect infestation before it starts? Scientists may have found a way to do just that. They have recently discovered that altering a certain neuropeptide in the brain of common pests may reduce insect mating, thus reducing the overall pest populations.

Introducing a New Way to Stop Insect Infestation

Insect populations are particularly difficult to control, especially as mating often occurs in places we do not see or can’t reach by physical means. Such populations may increase season after season, resulting in infestations that can destroy crops and even homes. Recently however, scientists have discovered that a certain neuropeptide in the brain called natalisin influences an insect’s desire to mate. Scientists first investigated this effect in fruit flies, and found when they lowered the level of this neuropeptide in the fruit flies, the  flies decreased their mating activity significantly. Also, when they removed natalisin completely, scientists discovered that they completely eliminated the insects’ ability to reproduce.

What You Can Do Now to Prevent Insect Reproduction

Stop insects before they start by taking all the precautions you can, both in your home and in your garden. Storing food tightly, sealing any cracks or holes in walls, ceiling, and windows, and keeping your space tidy will help. Be sure to keep moisture levels in your home as low as possible, as some insects thrive in wet conditions. Be sure to discard any rotting organic material from your premises.

You may find pesticides helpful, depending on your particular needs. Always seek the help of a professional before using spray repellents. This is especially important if you are trying to protect crops, as it is vital to keep food from becoming contaminated by toxins. If you have a serious pest infestation, consider consulting a pest control company.


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