Proceedings of the 10th Convention of the
European Acoustics Association
Forum Acusticum 2023

Politecnico di Torino
Torino, Italy
September 11 - 15, 2023

Session: A02-05: Terrestrial bio-acoustics - Part I
Date: Wednesday 13 September 2023
Time: 17:40 - 18:00
Title: Bimodal-Traps: from Basic Research to a Commercial Product
Author(s): V. Zaffaroni-Caorsi, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1, 20126 Milan, Italy
R. Nieri, C3A, Department of Mathematics, University of Trento, Via Sommarive, 14, 38123 Trento, Italy
L. Zapponi, Institute of BioEconomy, National Research Council, Via Francesco, Via Biasi, 75, 38098 San Michele All'Adige, Italy
J.M. Fouani, Centro Agricoltura, Alimenti e Ambiente, University of Trento, Via Mach, 1, 38010 San Michele All'Adige, Italy
M. Bonet, Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Via Edmund Mach, 1, 38098 San Michele AllÂ’Adige, Italy
N.M. Pugno, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Via Mesiano 77, I-38123 Trento, Italy
V. Mazzoni, Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Via Edmund Mach, 1, 38098 San Michele AllÂ’Adige, Italy
Pages: 3965-3970
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Alternative methods for pest control that substitute pesticides are urgent to reduce agricultural damages

while safeguarding human health. One innovative method is the behavioral manipulation of insects by means

of vibrations. This article resumes the developmental steps taken in designing the first device that uses

vibrational signals as a lure for pest monitoring. The brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys (BMSB)

was used as a model. In BMSB, intraspecific communication relies on pheromones, at long-distance, and on

vibrational signals, at short distance, therefore we created a bimodal trap that combined pheromones with

vibrations. In the first instance, we designed in the laboratory of biotremology an optimal attractive

vibrational signal (namely FS2) that best elicited male attractiveness. Then, we created two traps with

different shapes (jellyfish and pyramid) that were tested in semi-field conditions. The jellyfish shape showed

higher capture efficacy and thus it was selected to test the duration of the vibration emission (12h vs versus

24h) in field conditions. The 24h emitting trap captured the highest number of BMSB. Overall, these findings

allowed us to make an efficient trap for BMSB monitoring and to demonstrate how pest management can be

optimized by coupling semiophysicals and semiochemicals.