Monitoring Agricultural Insects

Agriculture, horticulture and food production is heavily influenced by the need to reduce pesticide residues and improve food safety.  Likewise the environments in which we live and work are subjected to stringent controls on pesticide use, to minimise environmental impact and exposure risk.  In addition, the increased scrutiny being applied by regulatory authorities to pesticides, has limited the portfolio of products available.  Pheromones, insect attractants and the associated traps have therefore an established place in modern pest management, in meeting these demands. 

Benefits include:

Early detection of the insects, pinpointing sources of infestation
Detection of low levels of infestation which would otherwise go unnoticed
Details of insect distribution, throughout an area and throughout a season
Detecting insects 24 hours a day, reducing the need for visual inspection
Providing optimum timing for insecticide application
Improving insecticide use, avoiding waste and unnecessary treatments
Providing reassurance that a control treatment has been effective
Reducing the use of insecticides, or using insecticides more accurately
Being used instead of pesticides, in low infestations to remove pests

Many insects have developed lifestyles so they attack specific fruits and vegetables; others are polyphagous and indiscriminate in their feeding behaviour.  In both situations, the production of food and growing crops requires close management, to avoid loss of yield and reduction in quality from such insect attacks.  However, the demands of the food buyers and greater supply chain, to have food with no or minimal pesticide residues, means crops can no longer be indiscriminately sprayed.  The use of pheromone traps helps producers know more about the threats to their valuable crop, the need to intervene and whether any treatment has been effective.  Pheromone traps act like an extra set of eyes on the farm, working 24 hours a day to identify where and when the crop is susceptible to attack.

Sentomol offers an extensive product line which includes pheromones and other insect attractants for the detection of over 200 different species and a comprehensive range of traps.  The portfolio is backed by personal advice on the effective use and application of traps.  If we do not offer the product you are looking for, we will find a solution for you.  If the product does not exist and it should, then we will be happy to investigate how the gap in the market can be filled.

The following are just a few of the species we can provide lures for:

Latin Name (Common Name)
Adoxophyes orana (Summer Fruit Tortrix)
Agrotis ipsilon (Black Cutworm)
Agrotis segetum  (Turnip moth)
Aonidiella aurantii (California Red Scale)
Anarsia lineatella (Peach Twig Borer)
Archips podana, 2mg (Large Fruit Tree Tortrix)
Argyrotaenia pulchellana (Polyphagous Leaf Roller)
Autographa gamma (Silver Y Moth)
Bactrocera oleae (Olive Fly)
Bactrocera zonata (Peach Fly)
Ceratitis capitata (MedFly)
Chrysodeixis chalcites (Tomato Looper)
Cossus cossus (Goat Moth)
Cydia pomonella (Codling Moth)
Cydia pomonella 10mg (Codling Moth)
Cydia nigricana (Pea Moth)
Duponchelia fovealis (European Pepper Moth)
Ephestia spp / P interpunctella (Stored Product Moths)
Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth)
Eupoecilia ambiguella (Grape Vine Moth)
Gortyna xanthenes (Artichoke Moth)
Grapholita funebrana (Plum Fruit Moth)
Grapholita molesta (Oriental Fruit Moth)
Helicoverpa (Heliothis) armigera (Cotton Bollworm)
Lobesia botrana (European Grape Vine Moth)
Lymantria dispar (Gypsy Moth)
Mamestra brassicae (Cabbage Armyworm)
Mamestra oleracea (Bright-line brown-eye moth)
Nemopogon granella (European Grain Moth)
Ostrinia nubilalis (cis isomer) (European Corn Borer)
Pandemis heparana (Dark Fruit Tree Tortrix)
Pandemis ribeana=Pandemis cerasana (Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix)
Phthorimaea operculella (Potato Tuber Moth)
Planococcus ficus (Vine Mealybug)
Prays citri (Citrus Flower Moth)
Prays oleae (Olive Moth)
Rhagoletis cerasi (Cherry Fruit Fly)
Rhynchophorus ferrugineus 700mg (Red Palm Weevil)
Spodoptera exigua (Beet Armyworm)
Spodoptera littoralis (Cotton Leaf Moth)
Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Pine Processionary Moth)
Tortrix viridana (European Oak Leaf Roller)
Tuta absoluta 2 component 0.5mg (Tomato Leafminer)
Zeuzera pyrina (Leopard Moth)

1 comment: