In 1975 a subsidiary company of Unilever group, called Food Industries Limited (specialising in food functional ingredients and flavouring) became interested in lures for the control of pests and later Group Research Development became involved in the synthesis of pheromones. They founded International Pheromones Ltd to develop the business further. In 1985 the company became International Pheromone Systems Ltd.
With the introduction of new EU legislation, the number of pesticides available for the control of insect pests has been reduced. As a result, a rise in resistance to commonly used insecticides is occurring and growers are finding it increasingly difficult to find effective and economical ways to manage pests without dramatically increasing production costs. These issues are exacerbated by the growing pressures from the government, the market and the general public to reduce pesticide usage and residues.
Both scientific research and grower experience have shown that pheromones and other semiochemicals are effective tools for monitoring and controlling a wide range of insect pests, in a variety of settings, including agriculture, horticulture, forestry and grain storage. When used properly, pheromone based monitoring systems can prevent the unecessary use of pesticides, while control strategies such as mass trapping and mating disruption offer direct alternatives to growers. Over the last three decades, pheromone products have played a significant role in the monitoring and control of pests of economic importance, including the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, and the codling moth, Cydia pomonella.
Supporting Integrated Pest Management
We at IPS understand the problems facing growers today and as a company, we aim to offer our customers effective products that complement an Integrated Pest Management plan. Integrated Pest Management utilises a range of chemical, biological and cultural strategies to manage pest outbreaks and semiochemical based products play an important role within this system.
Pheromone monitoring is an essential part of an effective IPM program, allowing growers to detect the presence of a particular pest and accurately time the use of a control strategy. For many pests, pheromone monitoring can also reliably indicate the size of a pest population.
Our Products and Services
In addition to our wide range of semiochemical lures, we manufacture a number of high quality traps including the original Unitrap and our Liquibaitor trap. We also supply traps to combine with our lures in a wide range of settings such as grain storage and gardens. For more information, please visit our Products & Services page.
We are an expanding company and are always interested in finding ways in which we can work together with distributors, agronomists, growers and research institutes to identify solutions to emerging new pests and make our systems more effective and cheaper, without compromising on quality.
If there is something you think we can help with, please don't hesitate to contact us.