Pheromones, insect attractants and the associated traps have therefore an established place in modern pest management, whether in crop production, storage or consumption in meeting these demands.
· 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
With a first degree in Forestry & Applied Zoology and a Masters in Pest Management, David Loughlin, Director of Sentomol, has worked in the Pest Management industry since 1984.
His career has embraced all sectors of the agrochemical and biological pest control industry with major companies such as Wellcome, Rousell Uclaf, AgrEvo, Sandoz, Novartis, ExoSect, AgriSense and Suterra.
Sentomol: The name is derived from Scent (or Sentire in Latin) Entomology and Molecular.
Scent: pronounced /sĕnt/. Noun, Late Middle English (denoting the sense of smell): from Old French sentir 'perceive, smell', from Latin sentire. The addition of -c- (in the 17th century) is unexplained.
Entomology , pronounced /en/to/mol/ogy/.
Origin: mid 18th century: from French entomologie or modern Latin entomologia, from Greek ἔντομον (entomon), denoting an insect + logia denoting study)
Molecular: pronounced /mo/lec/u/lar/. Adjective. of, relating to, or consisting of molecules.
Moths have an extremely sensitive ability to detect odours and other chemical signals. Pheromones, released by female moths, are detected with high specificity and sensitivity in the antennae of males. Bombykol was the first pheromone to be identified in the silkmoth Bombyx mori in 1959. Since then the use of pheromones has evolved from monitoring to control and with the drive to improve food safety and reduce pesticide residues, an increasing number of commercial applications are now being developed not just for moths but other insect pests.