Do you sell directly to the public?
No, we tend to sell through distribution or manufacture on behalf of our expanding international customer base.
Have pheromones been identified for most pest species?
Since 1959 over 600 pheromones have been identified and the research continues to this day.
Are pheromone lures available for all pest species where pheromones have been identified?
Unfortunately not. For a naturally occurring pheromone to be used in a lure, it needs to be reproduced. The chemical complexity of creating an effective formula takes time and many trials. At our Pest Research Hub, we work on creating effective pheromone formulas or other attractants, which are then vigorously tested.
Are pheromones the only way to attract pest species?
No. Many species are also attracted by other smells or chemical components. Fruit flies are a very good example. IPS had its origins in Food Industries Ltd (a Unilever subsidiary) and some aromas manufactured by them were found to be attractive to fruit flies, notably a raspberry flavour (named Rastone in the food industry and Cuelure in the pheromone pest control business).
What trap would you recommend using for a specific species?
Insect traps and pheromone dispensers are used to monitor or directly reduce populations of insects or other arthropods, by trapping individuals. There are many solutions tailored to specific species, such as adhesive traps, flying insect traps, terrestrial arthropod traps, etc. It’s always best to ask your pest management supplier or pest management company, which is best for a specific pest.
How do I find a lure for a specific pest species?
Please search the relevant section on our website to locate the specific pest species. The data sheet should tell you most you need to know about it and advises on lure and trap, too.
How many traps should we use per hectare/per glasshouse/per polytunnel?
This is dependent on what you are trying to achieve. You might be monitoring or trapping to reduce/eliminate a specific threat. We would suggest you discuss this with your agronomist or pest management company as many different factors can affect the answer.
Do you have a pest identification service?
Not at the moment. However, if you are at a total loss do email us a CLEAR picture of the insect and damage caused by it. If we can be of help, we’ll try our best to advise.