Based on the comments and answers, this question wasn't very clear, so I have completely overhauled this question to make it much clearer in another post: How to create the equivalent of luminol for a compound?
I'd like to be able to detect trace amounts of the chemical 'monomorine I' (5-methyl-3-butyloctahydroindolizine) on a surface. (It is an ant pheromone)
Is there an easy way to determine if the molecule is visible in IR or UV? (before I spend the money on this equipment)
Is there a strategy for causing a visible reaction? or even a reaction visible by IR or UV?
Advice on where to even begin would be a huge help.
(I do not have a chemistry lab with a Mass Spectrometer at my disposal)