Development Of Pheromone Assisted Techniques To Improve Efficacy Of Insecticide Sprays Targeting Urban Pest Ant Species

Tech ID: 25249 / UC Case 2012-868-0

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Published Application 20150237853 08/27/2015 2012-868


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Brief Description


Pheromones are chemical secretions that dictate behavior in many social insects such as ants, bees and termites. They use them for various pivotal roles in foraging, nest relocation, defense and reproduction. Implementation of pheromone trails that lead urban pests to their imminent doom is a very notable, strategic approach. Current pest management programs are in need of better synthetic pheromone formulations for a more effective and species-specific utilization.


Brief Description:

UCR Researchers have developed a novel synthetic pheromone compound and management system that lures targeted ant species to an insecticide-treated area. This pheromone-assisted technique will maximize the efficacy of insecticide sprays by reducing insecticide contact in the environment while increasing exposure of ants for eradication.



  • Species-specific approach – synthetic pheromone is carefully formulated to attract target species & does not impact non-target species
  • Environmentally-friendly – minimize insecticide use
  • Attract & expose – increase ants’ contact with the insecticide-treated area


  • Implement technique to existing insecticide bait stations
  • Adoption by pest control programs and insect monitoring systems for urban, agricultural and natural settings


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pheromone, pheromone-assisted technique, insecticide spray, pest, pest control, ants

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