Colour optimised sticky roller trap for control of various thrips species
Thrips such as western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) cause severe damage in a range of crops and are one of the most economically important greenhouse pests. Understanding the biology of thrips and how they respond to environmental cues such as colour wavelengths has enabled Russell IPM to develop the Optiroll Blue series of sticky roller traps.
With increasing problems with pesticide resistance, biorational means of thrips control are resulting in the most promising management of the pest in greenhouses. Use of sticky traps in conjunction with predatory mites have proved effective in bringing western flower thrips under control. This strategy has shown increased financial returns with the added benefit of reducing pesticide use.
Benefits of Optiroll
- Scientifically optimised colour matrix to maximise pest catch rate whilst reducing attraction to beneficial insects.
- High tack adhesive layer.
- Compliments biorational integrated pest management programmes such as those utilising predatory mites to significantly enhance success rate.
Available in two sizes – 30cm and 15 cm.
|Size||Product Code||More Information|
|15 cm x 100 m||PCT-DEMIROLL-B||Click to enquire|
|30 cm x 100 m||PCT-OPTIROLL-B||Click to enquire|
In collaboration with Keele University, trials were conducted to determine the most attractive wavelength of colour for thrips capture. Western flower thrips were found to be most attracted to the wavelength labelled ‘Blue 4’ with varying degrees of attraction to other trap colours.
Russell IPM now incorporate this particular wavelength of colour in each of its blue Optiroll products to ensure maximum trap catch.
Optiroll Super is the latest development in the Optiroll product series. The addition of a unique patented design to the optimised blue roll was scientifically proven to increase Thrips and Whitefly attraction compared to industry standard glue rolls. Targeted research on the behaviour of pests in response to different trap patterns was carried out by Dr C. Sampson of the University of Keele, resulting in the development of the design now used and patented by Russell IPM for the Optiroll Super range.
Optiroll Super Plus
Based on the success of Optiroll Super with its unique patented design, Russell IPM has added a third dimension of attraction by infusing the Western Flower Thrips pheromone into the adhesive layer. The pheromone, in combination with the scientifically optimised pattern and blue colour, significantly enhances attraction and catch rate when compared to industry standard glue rolls.
Which Optiroll product is right for you?
Each greenhouse has a diverse range of crops, microclimates and other ecological conditions that result in a unique ecosystem. As insects are living organisms they are very susceptible to slight environmental changes and so control strategies that work in one greenhouse may not work so well in another. In collaboration with various growers in different climates and industries, Russell IPM has developed 3 core products in the Optiroll range that are each suited to the array of environments most commonly found to host thrips species these include Optiroll, Optiroll Super and Optiroll Super Plus.
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