XLure MST Solution

The Xlure MST ( Multi Species Trap) is a best selling multi-species trap for the most common crawling insects found in facilities along the food chain.
Designed to reduce the cost of monitoring a wide spectrum of species by containing multiple pheromones and attractants in one trap.

Xlure Multi Species Trap Introduction

Xlure Multi Species Trap How to use

Xlure Multi Species Trap How to assemble

MST Video Tutorials

Xlure MST – Spanish

Xlure MST Introduction – Spanish

Xlure MST How to use – Spanish

Xlure MST How to assemble – Spanish

Xlure MST – USA

Xlure MST Introduction – USA

Xlure MST How to use – USA

Xlure MST How to assemble – USA

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There are a variety of insects that can be found where food is stored. These insects damage raw materials in businesses and homes and contaminate production as well as finished products. This makes the affected materials unfit for consumption. If an infestation is not detected early enough it can cause huge financial loss to a company when they have to treat an infestation or quarantine stock.

Monitoring is the corner stone of all integrated pest management programmes. A combination of insect pheromone and food attractant can provide an effective monitoring tool for stored product insects. The Xlure MST an indispensable tool for the monitoring of crawling insects in the stored product chain. It is formulated with three pheromones and two food attractants for the trapping of 12 species of stored product pests.

Why use XLure MST?

Pheromones have been used in pest control for over 40 years. Russell IPM has developed many pheromone solutions including those for stored product insects. Normally pheromones are used to focus on monitoring individual species and are an indicative pointer only. The focus for many years has remained narrow and only on a few insects. Our objective was to develop a trap that would monitor the main insects that appear in the food chain from the source, through transportation, storage, processing, distribution and retail. Russell IPM created the Xlure MST which allows a broad spectrum of screening, lowers monitoring costs and reduces service times. The Xlure MST can be used at every stage throughout the food chain. It is a uniform tool that can be used by pest control operators, hygiene managers and third-party auditors.

A perfectly enticing environment for stored product beetles

  • Insect harbourage conditions have been mimicked to encourage the insects into the trap.
  • The traps technologies take into consideration that insects enter the food chain at different points and different insects prefer different foods.
  • There are many insects in the food chain that need to be monitored, yet only some pheromones have been Identified.  The Xlure MST includes carefully formulated food attractants for those insects that don’t have a pheromone lure identified.
  • The pheromones and food attractants include technologies for a steady and sustained release.
  •  Potential antagonistic effects between the pheromones and food attractants were identified and excluded to ensure the combination does not lead to a repellent effect.
  • The Xlure MST is designed so that is really simple to use and there is minimum handling.

Monitoring – Major Stored Products Insects


Monitoring is the corner stone of al integrated pest management programmes. A combination of insect pheromone and food attractant can provide an effective monitoring tool for stored products instects. Through most of the insects’s pheromone is species specific, several stored products insects share a common pheromone component. For example (Z,E)-9,12-tetradecadien-1-ol acetate is the major component of sex pheromone of Ephestia cautella, E. elutella, E. kuehniella, and Plodia interpunctella.

As the food industry sourcing its components from various geographical locations the chance of incidental infestation by different insects is more likely to take place. Therefore, a multispecies trap is needed to monitor wide range of insect pest which is likely to attack any food stock of manufacturing facility at the same time. The main objective of the present study was to develop a single and simple detection tool to monitor multiple species of major stored products crawling insects Tribolium, castaneum, Tribolium confusum, Lasioderma Serricorne, Trogoderma granarium, Trogodermavariabile, Oryzaephilusmercator, Oryzaephilussurinamensis, Sitophilus granaries, Sitophilus oryzae and Stegobium paniceum.


Xlure-MST – the Multi-Species Pheromone trap for Monitoring Major Stored Products Insects

Dr Nayem Hassan and Dr Shakir Al-Zaidi

Xlure MST

Final Report