Mexico Show Boasts Comprehensive Educational Program and Trade Show

Mexico Show Boasts Comprehensive Educational Program and Trade Show

Mexico City hosts three-day event, August 6-8, at Centro Banamex.

July 18, 2013

The latest edition of Expo Control de Plagas, a three-day educational conference and trade show, is scheduled for August 6-8 at Centro Banamex in Mexico City. The main objective of the Expo is to strengthen trade relations between suppliers, customers and all organizations in the pest management and vector control industries. This year’s program features more than 25 commercial talks on different innovative products and techniques in the pest management industry and includes leading educators and industry practitioners addressing a wide array of technical topics, including a keynote address by Dr. Susan Jones of The Ohio State University, who will discuss “Bed Bug Efficacy: A Research Update.”


Dr. Susan Jones

Jones, a professor of entomology at one of the world’s leading academic institutions, received her B.S. and M.S. in entomology from Louisiana State University and her Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Arizona. She has spent approximately 35 years as an urban entomologist, and her primary research interests include bed bugs, termites, and other household and structural insects.

Dr. Jones has published more than 100 papers in scientific journals, proceedings, and trade magazines. Since 2004, she has worked extensively to educate the public and pest management industry about bed bugs. She is a past member of the National Pest Management Association Blue Ribbon Bed Bug Task Force and the Ohio Bed Bug Workgroup. She currently is conducting research on bed bug biology and control.

In her keynote address, Dr. Jones will provide an update on “Bed Bug Product Efficacy” and how pest management professionals can ensure they are providing the highest quality bed bug services to their customers in both commercial and residential settings.

Other educational sessions planned for the three-day conference include:

Urban Pest Signs, SCATs & Sleuthing Food Facilities: Pest Exclusion Needs and Solutions

Dr. Ted Granovsky, BCE, Granovsky Associates

Dr. Ted Granovksy
A thorough inspection in search of signs of pest activity is critical to the success of any pest management program, regardless of the size or scope of the account. Like a good private investigator, a savvy pest management professional knows what to look for when examining the scene of a crime.

In this fun and entertaining session, Dr. Ted Granovsky, a well-known industry consultant, describes the telltale evidence of “Urban Pest Signs, SCATS, & Sleuthing.” Since 1984, Dr. Granovsky has directed the activities of Granovsky Associates and the International Institute for Urban and Social Insects which provide knowledge-based pest solutions to a wide range of clients, including attorneys, food distributors and processors, hospitals, manufacturers, multi-national firms, pest control operators, and zoos.

Dr. Granovsky, a frequent speaker at educational conferences throughout Latin America, will also lead a session on pest management in food facilities, reviewing the various systems available for monitoring pest entry sites in food facilities, as well as common structural defects, air flow issues, the role of lighting in attracting insects, exterior vegetation issues, and employee education needs when servicing these complex accounts.

Dr. Granovsky is a Board Certified Entomologist who has more than 30 years of practical pest control experience. His extensive field and research experiences include work with ants, bats, cockroaches, fleas, flies, honeybees, rodents, stored product pests, and termites. Dr. Granovsky also was the first person to develop and teach a junior/senior level course totally dedicated to Urban Pest Management at Texas A&M University.


The Role of IGRs in Pest Control

Dr. Richard Kramer, President, Innovative Pest Management 

Dr. Richard Kramer


Dr. Richard Kramer, president of Innovative Pest Management and former director of technical services for the National Pest Management Association, will examine the role of Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Where and when should IGRs be used? What pests are most susceptible to this class of insecticides? How do they work? These and other questions will be answered by this well-respected industry veteran, who is co-author of the PCT Technician’s Handbook. A medical entomologist and U.S. Army veteran, Dr. Kramer earned his Ph.D. with a specialty in urban entomology from the University of Florida in 1987.


Rodent Control

Dr. Ricardo Ituarte, General Manager, Rodentia Control

Dr. Ricardo Ituarte
Dr. Ricardo Ituarte, a graduate of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, is general manager of Rodentia Control. Founded in 1982, Rodentia Control provides urban pest control services to a wide variety of clients, including pharmaceutical laboratories, food-processing plants, housing complexes, shopping centers, academic institutions, health centers, and hospitals. Rodentia Control, whose slogan is “Siempre una Solucion” (“Always a Solution”), has expanded its work to include pest control research and training.

Dr. Ituarte was the translator for two Spanish editions (4th and 7th edition) of Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Control Operations by Purdue University and is the creator of the urban pest control technical newsletter INFOTECNI. He was technical director for PCT Mexico magazine and editor of the directory “Soluciones en manejo integrado de Plagas” (“Pest Control Solutions”), 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Dr. Ituarte has been a presenter at international pest control events sponsored by the laboratory Chemotecnica in Argentina and Guatemala. He also has participated in Latin American pest control congresses in Colombia, Chile, and Uruguay.

Dr. Ituarte is the former president of the Asociación Nacional de Controladores de Plagas Urbanas, A.C. (National Association of Urban Pest Controllers), as well as the Asociación de Controladores de Plagas del Anáhuac, A.C. (Association of Pest Controllers in Anahuac).


Application Economics and the State of Pest Control Equipment: The Future of Professional Pest Control

Dr. William H Robinson, Technical Director, B&G Equipment Co.

Dr. William Robinson


Dr. William H Robinson of B&G Equipment Co. is scheduled to lead two presentations, one on the economics of pest control application equipment and a second on the future of the pest management industry.

In professional pest control, emphasis is usually placed on the technology of killing pests, while the cost – or economics – of the process is often overlooked. However, designed into every application tool and insecticide is the concept of application economics. In this money-saving educational session, noted educator and author Dr. William Robinson shares specific examples of how pest management professionals can prevent over-application of insecticides; receive the appropriate “return on application” (ROA) for various types of treatments; and extend the service life of their equipment by implementing a maintenance program.


In a second session on the future of the pest management industry, Dr. Robinson examines what the next-generation service technician will need to know and understand to be successful, from complex delivery systems and situation-specific pest control to the latest hand-held technology and IPM techniques.Education Session Topics & Speaker Bios

Rodent Baiting & Trapping – Practical Tips from the Field

Richard Berman, Technical Director (Retired), Waltham Services

Richard Berman

Richard Berman spent his entire 44 year entomology career with Waltham Services, most recently serving as technical director before retiring this past June. Waltham Services specializes in general pest control in the northeastern United States, servicing food-processing, warehousing & distribution, health care, pharmaceutical, food service, retail, and other commercial industries. Berman was responsible for training, quality control, regulatory compliance, and supported sales and service in his role as technical director.


He has been active in the National Pest Management Association and New England Pest Management Association. In this educational session, Berman will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of rodent baiting and trapping, as well as provide practical tips for effectively using these valuable pest control tools.


Reducing Pesticide Exposure

Dr. Gary Braness, Owner, Yosemite Environmental Services

Gary Braness

Dr. Gary Braness is a second-generation pest management professional with extensive experience in research and development, as well as structural pest management. He says even when practicing IPM, clients are likely to have questions about the safety of pesticides. Clients want to protect their structures from pests, but also need assurance that the pesticides used will not harm their families, pets, or co-workers.

In addition, pest management professionals must have sufficient information about the pesticides they use so they are confident in handling these products. If technicians are unsure about the products they use, what kind of message about pesticide safety do you think is conveyed to clients?

In this highly-anticipated session, attendees will learn about the “hazard equation” and how it is used to explain the risk of pesticide use by combining the toxicity and potential exposure to pesticides. Six practical steps to significantly reduce pesticide exposure for technicians and clients also will be provided. While the information presented here applies to all pesticides, the primary focus is on insecticides.


Green Pest Management

Jay Bruesch, Technical Director, Plunkett’s Pest Control

Jay Bruesch

Two years ago, Jay Bruesch, technical director of Plunkett’s Pest Control, gave a presentation at Expo Control de Plagas on the subject of “green” pest management where he discussed how public relations activities could help communicate our industry’s green practices, and described LEED and green pest management programs, materials, and methods. Participants in this year’s session will take the first steps toward: creating and performing pest management programs that meet LEED standards; creating and performing pest management programs that satisfy U.S., Canadian, and Mexican organic standards; identifying candidates for green service in their own service areas; and implementing practical green strategies for a variety of pest categories.


Food Industry Panel


The final day of Expo Control de Plagas 2013 will feature a distinguished panel of food-processing professionals, including representatives of Walmart, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola, moderated by Joaquin Nava, CEO of Delcen Food Safety Consulting Group Latinamerica.


Special Activities


Expo Control de Plagas also hosts an Exhibit Hall featuring leading industry vendors, as well as a Commercial Forum, where product suppliers can share their latest research or highlight the features and benefits of the newest additions to their product line. Exhibit hours for the trade show include:

Tuesday, August 6                10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7           10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 8              10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Expo Control de Plagas is sponsored by PCT and Univar Environmental Sciences. 

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