Changing the sex of moths doesn’t seem like what the Museum of Natural History should do, but recent protective measures have been taken to address the safety of the museum. Since the use of pesticides to kill moths, pesticides have been criticized for reducing bees and banned. So a new way was devised to protect the precious furs, feathers and specimens in museums.
By mating male moths with other males, the museum found that this would reduce moth reproduction without insecticide. Armando Mendex, manager of quarantine facilities at the museum responsible for the project, said: “This is called the Pheromone Destruction System (Pheromone Destruction System), which is a compound secreted by insects to stimulate homologous insects. In short, it allows males to attract other males.”
“Moths can only live for a few weeks, during which there is only one stage for them to mate. If they unconsciously attract other male moths, they fertilize them. Then their offspring will be greatly reduced.”
This unusual system was developed by Winchester’s Exosect Laboratory and can be used at home. Female moths are attracted to the trap by their pheromones. When they leave the trap, their own taste will be masked and other male moths will be attracted. These male moths circle around them and mate with them. This does not harm moths, but can reduce their numbers by half.
Exosect’s Georgina Donovan said: “It’s like controlling the moth’s family planning. It’s like a piece of chalk, made up of Entostat, a wax powder with electrostatic properties attached to insects. It’s a good sign that a lot of moths fly around in the first place because of Felomont, and then they’re affected by the powder and eventually miss the mating period.
“Over time, moths become fewer and fewer. They lay fewer and fewer eggs, and fewer and fewer insects can destroy your clothes. It can be used all year round, so you don’t have to sweep away moths in your house.