Attraction and repulsion: the road to mirid control
Abstract: Species of Lygus bugs are important pests of many crops world-wide. Lygus
rugulipennis and Lygocoris pabulinus cause damage to a range of crops including strawberries and cane fruits. We have demonstrated use of the female-produced sex pheromones, attractants for the female bugs and a repellent compound to reduce damage by these pests by mass trapping and push-pull strategies that are compatible with integrated pest management programmes in horticultural crops.