- Transport Mikron Insecticide - $5 off per quart
- Gentrol IGR Concentrate - $8 off per 14 oz. bottle
- Victor Pro Large Cage Trap - $10 off per trap
(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.
(Pictured: Gena and Nick Lupini)
Since 1996, Loyal has been owned and operated by the Lupini family, including founders Joe and Peggy Lupini; daughter Kim Williams (vice president); son Nick Lupini (president) and his wife Gena Lupini (vice president of pest control operations).
The company has grown to become the largest independent pest management firm in the Richmond, Va. area, employing more than 50 people.
"Under the leadership of the Lupini family, Loyal Termite and Pest Control has earned a reputation as a trustworthy and reliable pest management provider in the Richmond market," says John Myers, president and CEO of Rentokil North America, parent company of Rentokil Steritech. "The company's culture and customer-focused service ethic are completely aligned with ours. We are excited to have Nick, Gena, and the rest of the Loyal Termite and Pest Control team as part of our family and look forward to providing Loyal's customers with an even more robust range of services."
Nick Lupini told PCT the Lupini family made the decision to sell because Joe and Peggy Lupini, as well as Kim Williams, wanted to retire, and because the family wanted to take advantage of high multiples currently being paid by acquirers. Nick Lupini said, “Rentokil offered the best benefits to our employees and best opportunities for them in the future.”
Nick, 54, and Gena, 51, are staying on board for at least one year, and Nick said they hope to remain with the company for several more years. Nick Lupini added that nothing will be changing in the foreseeable future in terms of branding, operations and management structure.
Dan Gordon, managing director of PCO M&A Specialists, represented Loyal Termite & Pest Control in the transaction.