Editor's note: Exhibitors and visitors came from across Europe to attend Parasitec, an annual French event, from Nov. 17-19. Frances McKim, editor of Pest magazine, reports.
The Edialux stand was one of the busiest at Parasitec (Photo: Frances McKim)PARIS, FRANCE — Parasitec, after being held in Algeria last year, returned to Paris and proved as popular as ever. The event extended to a third day this year and ran from Nov. 17-19.
The visitors flocked in to see more than 50 exhibitors from across Europe. As to be expected the largest stands were taken by the leading French distributors and manufacturers — Edialux, Kwizda, Lodi, Aedes and Liphatech. The multinationals were well represented with Bell, Bayer and BASF, as well as others.
But pest control is increasingly becoming international, as several more of the exhibitors – and their products – were seen at the recent NPMA PestWorld event, half a globe away (including Unichem, Silvandersson, P+L, Killgerm and Plastdiversity).
Unlike most other events, the first day is always the quietest with numbers building over the days. This year the second day coincided with an important date in French calendar – Beaujolais Nouveau Day. To the uninitiated, this is the first day this year’s vintage from Beaujolais is released for sale with races undertaken to get the first bottles of the vintage to different markets.
Also by chance, the day before the event started, bed bugs hit the media headlines in Paris – very much along the lines of the endless reports coming out of New York. In fact, travelers from the USA and Canada were even cited as the possible cause for this outbreak.
France Info, a radio news station, reported that several Parisian hotels had been infested. It said one that one hotel had thrown out all of its carpets and furniture after guests complained. Paris is now concerned as to the affects these unwelcome guests might have on their tourist trade.