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   DATE: 11 December 2006   AUTHOR: EDITOR
     
 

The next two events in the highly successful Pest-Ventures series will be held on 6 and 7 March 2007 at The Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth, Nottinghamshire. Whatever your role in the pest control industry, the exciting 2007 Pest-Ventures programme has something for you.

The 2007 programme has been put together by Adrian Meyer and John Simmons of Acheta and is expected to produce an informative and stimulating two days. It draws on expert speakers from the industry to update you on the latest thinking as well as offer practical advice on pest control problems.

Day one will focus on the main priorities facing today’s pest control industry. Prof Chris Feare, one of the country’s leading ornithologists, will review the current avian flu situation. Rodents then take centre stage, with Sharon Hughes from Sorex explaining how the company is exploiting rodent foraging behaviour. Peter Weile, who leads the Danish rodent control training programme, will then outline his experiences with rodenticide resistance.

Wood mice are the subject of two sessions with EHO Jo Robertson assessing the problem of wood mice in domestic premises, followed by CSL’s Dr Roger Quy tackling mouse behaviour.

After lunch, BPCA’s chief executive officer, Oliver Madge will examine the implications of the Biocides Directive. Clive Boase of The Pest Management Consultancy will then give an update on bed-bug resistance followed by Rentokil Initial’s Ian Pepper, who will consider the disposal of pesticides and rodent carcasses. Dr Steve Belmain of NRI, University of Greenwich will raise the subject of plague and the fear that it might, once again, become a real threat. The first day will conclude with a session from Chris Woodard, Stevenage Borough Council, describing some of the problems he faces when exotic insects and reptiles escape.

On day two, Pest-Ventures will go from one extreme to the other.

Rodent expert Adrian Meyer will kick off with a look at rodent control in hot environments whilst Hakan Kjellberg from Anticimex, Sweden will outline the problems faced when controlling pests in cold environments. Michael Pytel will then explain the range of pest control problems he faces at The Eden Project in Cornwall. 

Taking a high stance, Iain Turner, well known, bird control expert, will outline some of the extreme proofing jobs that he has been involved in, whilst ADAS’ Barbara Bell will review fly control in intensive animal units. Ticks and Lyme disease are increasing in incidence and Professor Sarah Randolph of Oxford University will bring delegates up to date with developments in this area. Extreme weather conditions bring their own pest control problems. Expert, Dave Malone, will focus on mosquito control in post-hurricane Florida and Dave Nubel of London-based Protec Pest & Hygiene Services will outline his experiences of pest control after the tsunami.

Pest-Ventures 2007 offers something for every professional pest controller and provides an ideal opportunity to network and gain valuable BASIS CPD points and CIEH ‘core time’.

Places can be booked now by contacting Moira Hart Tel: 01664 822678 Fax: 01664 820062 or email: moira@activesolutions.uk.com. The cost for attending one of the days is £174 + VAT or for booking both days £304 + VAT. There are also a limited number of places for companies wishing to exhibit at the event.

   
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