Using acoustic technology to reduce bark beetle reproduction

Richard W. Hofstetter, David D. Dunn, Reagan Mcguire, Kristen A. Potter

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BACKGROUND: Acoustic signals play a critical role in mate choice, species recognition, communication, territoriality, predator escape and prey selection. Bark beetles, which are significant disturbance agents of forests, produce a variety of acoustic signals. RESULTS: A bioacoustic approach to reducing bark beetle reproduction within wood tissues was explored. Playback of modified biological sounds reduced beetle reproductive output, tunneling distance and adult survival. CONCLUSION: The targeted use of biologically relevant sounds disrupts insect behaviors and could be a species-specific, environmentally friendly method of insect management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalPest Management Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Control
  • Dendroctonus
  • Management
  • Mountain pine beetle
  • Southern pine beetle
  • Western pine beetle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Insect Science


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