‘Rising to the challenge’ is the theme for Pest-Ventures 2010. The two, one-day technical seminars are wide ranging and will take in rodenticide resistance, burrow management, bed bugs, birds and best practices. They will take place April 20-21, at the Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth, Nottinghamshire.
The programs, which have been put together by Adrian Meyer and Dr John Simmons of Acheta, have been eagerly awaited and should provide a stimulating two days. They both draw on expert speakers from the industry who will offer the latest thinking as well as give practical advice on challenging pest problems.
Day one devotes the first session to rodenticide resistance with three papers by recognized industry experts on this topic followed by a discussion led by chairman for the morning, Adrian Meyer. After the break, Paul Butt from Natural England provides some much needed guidance on, among other things, the use of the new explosive devices (such as the ‘Rodenator’ and the ‘Warrenater’) in the management of burrow systems.
In the afternoon Dr. Mark Lambert from the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) returns to rodenticide resistance looking at the role of Integrated Pest Management. The focus then switches to best practice using Westminster City Council’s ‘Aiming High’ project as an example of how public and private sectors can work successfully together. Breakout sessions will explore how the lessons learnt can be more widely applied.
Day two begins with an interesting review of pest control at the Beijing Olympics by Killgerm’s Jonathan Peck (representing the CIEH National Pest Advisory Panel) and goes on to explore what’s in store for London 2012.
The remainder of the morning is reserved for the challenges posed by bedbugs with guest speakers including independent consultant Clive Boase from the Pest Management Consultancy and David Cain from Bed Bugs Ltd. Insects continue to be the focus for the session after lunch with three papers on stored product insect control. Finally the programme turns to birds with controversial consultant Peter Rock providing an update on gulls whilst FERA’s Andy Baxter looks at how to prevent bird strikes.
The full 2010 Pest-Ventures programme can be downloaded from the Pest magazine website at www.pestmagazine.co.uk. Places can be booked by contacting Pest-Venture’s Moira Hart on 01664 822678 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact Helen Riby in the Pest-Ventures Press Office Tel +44 (0) 1623 656958 or e-mail email@example.com.