Comparative Analysis of Fragrances and Commercially Available Attractants to Insects


  • Georgia Elgohary TAMU
  • Anagha Elati
  • Taylor Reynolds


 The attractiveness of different chemicals to insects is needed for developing effective
baits for commercial traps. In addition, the use of personal fragrance could inadvertently increase
attractiveness to biting insects. Our objective was to evaluate the attractiveness of three different
personal fragrances and one commercial attractant for different insect orders in College Station,
Texas. Traps captured a total of 1228 individual insects from eight different orders. The most
consistent treatment in attractiveness was jasmine and the most commonly attracted insect order
was Thysanoptera. We found that the mean abundance of most insect orders did not differ from
the un-baited control group, indicating that the different baits did not significantly differ in their
attractiveness. This study helps identify baits for insect traps to increase effectiveness.