Exosex SPTab launched at Expocida

23rd February 2012

Exosex SPTab was launched in Spain today by Comercial Química Massó.

Winchester, UK – Intelligent Pest Management Company, Exosect, has announced that Exosex SPTab was launched in Spain today by Comercial Química Massó.  The launch took place at Expocida, the key Pest Control conference and exhibition in Spain.

Exosex SPTab, a unique pheromone product for stored product moth control, will be exclusively distributed in Spain by Comercial Química Massó, a market leader in speciality chemicals for a range of industries including agriculture and pest control.

Commenting from Expocida, Michael Niven, Exosect’s key Account Manager stated “We have been working with Masso for well over a year and having recently obtained the Spanish registration for use in post-harvest storage and food production, we are absolutely delighted to be launching here at Expocida”.


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Background information

Exosex SPTab* is a unique mating disruption product for the control of the five key stored product moths which infest stored commodities including cereals, cocoa, pulses and tobacco as well as flour mills, confectionary, herbs, spices, dried fruit and nut production facilities. It is one of the few products available to use in place of fumigation and can also be used in Integrated Pest Management programmes to assist in pesticide reduction programmes.

*Exosex SPTab is a small tablet consisting of Exosect’s *Entostat™ powder formulated with minute quantities of the female sex pheromone common to five of the major moth pests of food processing; Plodia interpunctella, Ephestia elutella, Ephestia Kuehniella, Ephestia figulilella, Cadra cautella.

The Exosex SPTab tablet works by attracting male moths to the Entostat powder and female pheromone. As the male moths pick up Entostat powder, their pheromone receptors become overloaded with pheromone and they are unable to locate females. A male carrying Entostat powder will form a mobile pheromone dispenser, producing “false” pheromone trails, which attract additional males.

Contact between the males ensures that the Entostat powder and the confusion effect is automatically passed on, this process is called Auto-Confusion™. The result is a state of sexual confusion amongst the male moth population leading to effective mating disruption.  This product helps processors to reduce and/or eliminate insecticide sprays and consequently, reduce subsequent down-time in production associated with fumigation and spray regimes. 

Exosex SPTab was first developed in the UK where it was awarded the UK’s Society of Food Hygiene Technology (SOFHT) Award for ‘Best new product’ in 2008 and was an Agrow Awards finalist in 2009. The product has since been rolled out throughout Europe where it is now available in UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and now Spain. The product was also launched in Japan in 2011 and is fully registered in the USA.

*Entostat powder is the platform technology for Exosect’s entire range of products. Derived from a natural ‘food grade’ wax which is sustainably  harvested from palm trees, Entostat powder acts as a delivery system for a wide range of chemistry.

As the name suggests “Entostat” powder exhibits electrostatic properties. Even through very slight movement, it develops an electrostatic charge. Insects similarly develop an electrostatic charge as they fly through air or walk across physical surfaces. When placed in contact with insects, the powder adheres to them and can be passed from one insect to another through direct contact. This patented platform enables the use of very low doses of active ingredient and has potential applications in many sectors including agriculture (agrochemical and biological formulation and reformulation, seed treatments, bio-control), apiculture, public health, animal health.  

Notes to Editors

About Comercial Quimica Masso

The main activity of COMERCIAL QUIMICA MASSÓ is the distribution of chemical specialties from principals that are recognized as leaders in various industries, as well as the commercialization of own development products sold under the company’s registered trademarks. COMERCIAL QUIMICA MASSO operates in the following sectors:


For further information please contact: Georgina Donovan at Exosect.
Tel: 02380 603939 or email: georgina.donovan@exosect.com

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