(All photos courtesy of Frances McKim, Pest magazine.)
Editor’s note: PestEx 2019, the UK pest control industry event organized by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), was held March 20-21, at ExCel in East London. As in previous years, exhibitor numbers were high, as were the number of visitors, especially from overseas. Frances McKim, editor of Pest magazine, provided PCT with the following report.
There was a definite cheerful mood at PestEx 2019 despite the confusion reigning just up the road in the Houses of Parliament regarding Brexit.
Actual visitors to the event were reported by BPCA to be up 11% over the previous years and there was certainly a very large international contingent. On day one, several of the staff manning their booths were almost hoarse from having spoken to so many people.
Within the exhibition, the number of individual booths stood at 104, some two less than in 2017, but still more than enough to make visiting them all over the two days a very busy activity. Booths were taken by a wide range of companies from across Europe, but representing the U.S. was Orkin, AP&G, Bell Labs, Kness, ServicePro, Woodstream and Excluder.
PestWorld may be the largest event, but for the range of international interests represented, PestEx is surely the largest such event within Europe.
COMPLEMENTARY SEMINARS. Running alongside the exhibition was a series of seminars, covering both technical and business-related topics. Delegates were issued with headphones to hear the talks so as not to disturb those on the nearby booths.
In total there were 23 separate seminar sessions, so delegates did need to be selective. Sessions on rodents always prove popular, as delegates are keen to keep up with the number of regulatory amendments, either already in force, or on the horizon. Bed bugs and bed bug monitors featured with a presentation from Dr. Jette Knudsen from Natarro, Sweden. Steve Broadbent from Ensystex, Australia gave an excellent presentation on cockroach behavior and baiting techniques.
Dr. Matt Davies of Killgerm and PhD student Federica Boiocchi raised interesting questions about the pathogens carried by arthropods in hospitals and homes. New work being conducted by Federica on arthropods in homes is already revealing that non-pest species can carry harmful bacteria.
PEST MANAGEMENT AWARDS. Rounding off day one, BPCA announced the results of British Pest Management Awards, for which I, as Pest editor, was one of the independent judges. Master of ceremonies was BBC TV natural history presenter, Mike Dilger. The day concluded with an after show party at the Giant Robot at Canary Wharf.