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 unnecessary 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.
The concept for the INSECTRAC brand was brought forward early in 2016 to add weight to International Pheromone Systems growing portfolio of products. The vision required a strong name to stand out in the five industry sectors that we were targeting. In September of the same year the INSECTRAC brand name was registered and intensive product development work began.
Move forward to 2018 and we now have an established range of products under the INSECTRAC brand available.
Please contact us for more details about becoming a distributor for the INSECTRAC brand.