Optiroll Blue Range

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.

Optiroll Blue, Optiroll Super Blue and Optiroll Super Plus Blue are used routinely in:

  • vegetable crops, such as sweet pepper
  • soft fruit crops, such as strawberry and raspberry
  • ornamental crops, such as chrysanthemum and rose
  • hardy nursery stock and propagation crops

Optiroll Blue roller traps are designed specifically to attract the western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis, but also attract some other thrips species and capsids (e.g. Lygus species).  The Optiroll Blue colour has been scientifically selected and tested to maximise thrips attraction. Thrips are drawn to the Optiroll’s blue colour and stick to its adhesive surface.  Detecting invasions early and precision monitoring of populations are crucial parts of integrated pest management (IPM) programmes.