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The Blattathor range of monitors allows pest managers to keep an accurate record of pest activity, including cockroaches.

Ensystex have launched a totally updated range of Blattathor cockroach monitors and traps featuring class-leading cockroach attracting properties and full compliance with the latest HACCP requirements for the food industry.

Steve Broadbent, Ensystex’s regional director explained, “We have spent a great deal of time researching cockroach behaviour and optimising the perfect blend of cockroach attractants to ensure premium results. We have then benchmarked our products to ensure they are the best performing lure traps on the market.

“This has resulted from improvements to both the glue and the attractants used so that, most importantly, the performance of both our Blattathor Insect Monitor Trap and our Blattathor Cockroach Trap (pictured above), are the best on the market.”

Cockroach behavioural studies by researchers such as Durier and Rivault at Université de Rennes, Professor Raubenheimer from the University of Sydney, SA Jones from Oxford University and Appel and Rust at the University of California, Riverside have revealed a great deal about cockroach feeding and foraging behaviour. This knowledge has been developed into the latest versions of these products to provide their outstanding performance characteristics.

In both models, the attractants are now incorporated into the glue, which better suits the requirements of HACCP as there is no separate attractant tablet. However, the release technology and attractants used ensures they keep attracting cockroaches and stored product insects for a good three months or more. The glue board will catch and retain nymphs and adults of all important cockroach pest species, including Periplaneta species.

A Blattathor Insect Monitor Trap showing removable glue board with captured cockroaches

With the plastic Blattathor Insect Monitor the number, position and angles of the entry ramps foster cockroach exploratory behaviour leading to further improvements in catch rates. This monitor can be used again and again by simply replacing the removable glue board.

With the Blattathor Insect Monitor, the number, position and angles of the entry ramps foster cockroach exploratory behaviour, improving catch rates

“When cockroaches gather (aggregate), they release pheromones which attract even more cockroaches. These natural aggregation pheromones account for a complex cocktail of more than 150 chemicals. Mimicking this effect via commercial production is therefore almost impossible. Research shows that the cockroach faecal deposits are the main repository for these pheromones and they continue to be attractive for a year or more. Which is why, during routine services, that only the glue board is changed, leaving these very important aggregation pheromones to continue attracting cockroaches to the monitor, leading to further performance improvements.

“The Blattathor Cockroach Trap is a versatile, low-line, disposable cardboard trap that can be used as either a single large trap, in areas of high infestation; or it can be separated at the perforations to form three small monitor traps, allowing you the opportunity to make more placements, which is particularly useful when monitoring to determine the effectiveness of your control programs, the extent of an infestation or the location of cockroach harbourages.”