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World Pest Awareness Day

World Pest Awareness Day

| June 6, 2017

The 6th June 2017 has been declared World Pest Awareness Day to serve as a reminder of how professional pest management helps protect our quality of life. Three global pest management associations; The Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA), the Federation of Asian and Oceania Pest Managers’ Association (FAOPMA) and the @NationalPestManagementAssn (USA), have […]

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Pests & Our Pets: Keeping Companion Animals Safer

Pests & Our Pets: Keeping Companion Animals Safer

| May 30, 2017

With all the damage that pests can cause to businesses, agriculture and even the environment itself, sometimes it’s simply a necessity to use things like pesticides and other ways to keep their populations at bay. But rather than waiting until they’ve become a problem, either in our homes or towards our pets, it’s better to […]

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Augmenting the Efficacy of Fungal and Mycotoxin Control <em>via</em> Chemosensitization

Augmenting the Efficacy of Fungal and Mycotoxin Control via Chemosensitization

| September 11, 2015

Mycotoxins, fungicides and crop production Infection of crops by fungal pathogens, especially those that produce mycotoxins, e.g., aflatoxins, fumonisins, zearalenone, patulin, ochratoxins, etc., is problematic because effective fungicides for eliminating mycotoxigenic fungi, especially fungicide-resistant pathogens, are sometimes very limited. Recent data showed that mycotoxin contamination damages around 25% of global food and feed crop production […]

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Large-scale Monitoring of Insecticide Susceptibility in Cat Fleas, <em>Ctenocephalides felis</em>

Large-scale Monitoring of Insecticide Susceptibility in Cat Fleas, Ctenocephalides felis

| August 19, 2015

Introduction The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) (Figure 1) is the most important ectoparasite of domestic cats and dogs worldwide. Infestations can lead to skin inflammation and cause flea allergy dermatitis, and fleas are also capable of transmitting several other parasites and diseases between animals and, indirectly, to humans. Fleas have a homometabolous life-cycle […]

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An innovative approach in poultry mite management

An innovative approach in poultry mite management

| August 19, 2015

Insecticides have greatly improved human health and agricultural production worldwide, however their usefulness has been limited by the evolution of resistance in many major pests, with the addition factor that some species become pests only as a result of insecticide use. This aspect opens new avenues to look for insecticide formulation with new and innovative […]

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H5N8 Avian Influenza: Assessing Entry Routes into Europe

H5N8 Avian Influenza: Assessing Entry Routes into Europe

| May 13, 2015

The precise route of introduction of the H5N8 virus into Europe still remains uncertain, says a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientific report generated in collaboration with Member States and the European Union (EU) Reference Laboratory. Having been detected on poultry farms in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, EFSAsays it is “plausible” that […]

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Restriction on Live Birds, Eggs, Raw Poultry Products, Raw Pet Foods from Oregon and Washington

Restriction on Live Birds, Eggs, Raw Poultry Products, Raw Pet Foods from Oregon and Washington

| May 12, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said January 8 that it is “implementing measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources” from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of Oregon and Washington, USA. Due to this outbreak, all birds, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are […]

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Combined Agency to Safeguard Animal and Plant Health

Combined Agency to Safeguard Animal and Plant Health

| August 22, 2014

A combined agency will start work autumn 2014 to ensure government is “better equipped” to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases. The Animal and Plant Health Agency will begin on 1 October 2014 to equip the government to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases, and to respond to emergencies. Chris Hadkiss […]

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Managing Overabundant White-Tailed Deer: Is it Time to Consider Regulated Commercial Harvest?

Managing Overabundant White-Tailed Deer: Is it Time to Consider Regulated Commercial Harvest?

| July 31, 2014

Abstract: Dramatic growth in the population of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in North America, coupled with declines in the number of deer hunters and limited hunter access have challenged our ability to manage deer populations through regulated recreational hunting. Efficacy of contemporary control methods, especially non-lethal methods, are limited and have been ineffective at reducing […]

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Tuberculosis – between a Brock¹ and a hard place

Tuberculosis – between a Brock¹ and a hard place

| October 20, 2013

In August, a 6 week cull of 5,000 badgers started in the UK counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset, with the aim of helping to bring bovine tuberculosis (bTB) under control. Badgers in the UK, contrary to other European countries, are a protected species and considered by many as a valued creature of the UK countryside; […]

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