Until now, fabric insects have been notoriously difficult to monitor. ‘Pest controllers used a myriad of blunder traps which are fiddly to maintain and need replacing frequently’, explains National Sales and Technical Manager Trevor Green. ‘With the Xlure-FIT you can specifically monitor all of the target fabric insects with one single trap’.
So, how does it work? That’s where Russell IPM’s Research and Development team comes in. They have developed a combination of pheromones – airborne molecules that trigger a certain response in the insects – to attract the male before it has a chance to mate with the female. These pheromones are released across a period of 6-8 weeks. Male moths enter through keyholes on the upper surface and are trapped inside. Beetle species, meanwhile, crawl up the rough surface of the trap, which replicates the crack-like harbourages they favour.
After all, we’re not only dealing with moths. Key species known to cause damage to the materials we love include the varied carpet beetle Anthrenus verbasci, black carpet beetle Attagenus unicolor, webbing clothes moth Tineola bisselliella and case-making clothes moth Tinea pellionella. The larvae of these insects have the rare ability to digest keratin – a protein found in hair, horns, wool, fur and feathers. The unique mix of attractants developed in the Russell IPM laboratory are specifically tailored to monitor the presence of these target species before they cause holes and bare patches by feeding on these components in the items you care about.
Xlure-FIT is safe to use and has a smart, contemporary design. Examples of where it could be used include clothes storage areas, factories, warehouses, museums, shops, stately homes and anywhere you wish to protect carpet or upholstery. Protecting goods from pests, from producer to consumer, is what Russell IPM do best. Pheromone traps like the Xlure-FIT allow pest controllers to avoid chemical insecticides whilst protecting goods in a safe and natural way.
To find out more or make an enquiry, contact Deborah and Beth on firstname.lastname@example.org
To view the Xlure-FIT product page please visit http://www.russellipm-
With total commitment to R&D and customer care, Russell IPM specialise in insect pheromones and other bio rational solutions for crop protection and public health. The company promote biorational products with minimum impact on the environment and encourage biodiversity.
Russell IPM have been active in the field of Integrated Pest Management for over 25 years, providing green solutions in over thirty countries. Russell IPM is the winner of two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, for International Trade and Innovation.
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D Chowdhury at Russell IPM
D Chowdhury at Russell IPM