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River Blindness – A Neglected Disease Transmitted by Blackflies (<em>Simulium</em> spp.)

River Blindness – A Neglected Disease Transmitted by Blackflies (Simulium spp.)

| September 1, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) operated a prolonged campaign to control the vector of river blindness (Onchcerciasis) in the Savannah of nine West African countries from 1974, with the primary objective of controlling the disease and secondly to enable economic development of the area. The constant biting of flies, especially in the cooler early morning […]

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What  is the Problem with Glyphosate?

What is the Problem with Glyphosate?

| September 1, 2017

Glyphosate is the pesticide with the greatest sales worldwide. It has attracted attention from regulators and the public; the latter because it was one of the first and is the most widely used herbicide for genetically modified (GM) crops. It has been used in the vast majority the countries on the planet for decades since […]

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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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Gull management: A year-round concern

Gull management: A year-round concern

| May 30, 2017

One of the perennial challenges faced by the pest control sector is that most work is reactive. If there are no obvious signs of a pest problem, then it is easy to neglect an issue until it (inevitably) rears whatever passes for a head in a particular scenario. However, it is very difficult to ignore […]

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Malaria Control: Better Health, Better Future 2016 – Eradicate Malaria for Good

Malaria Control: Better Health, Better Future 2016 – Eradicate Malaria for Good

| September 2, 2016

Following on from the World Malaria Day (WMD) celebration initiative and the subsequent commitment by SCI in 2015 to be part of the global millennium development goal to eradicate malaria, this year’s theme is “Eradicate Malaria for Good”. The millennium development goal is to decrease malaria by 90% by 2030. In spite of the encouraging […]

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Insecticide Treated Bednets for Malaria Control

Insecticide Treated Bednets for Malaria Control

| September 2, 2016

Mosquitoes have been disturbing humans ever since both have co-existed. The earliest records of nets being used to protect people from mosquito bites are from ancient Egypt, but it was not until the early 1980s that the first trials of insecticide impregnated bednets took place. As evidence for the impact of insecticide treated nets (ITNs) […]

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Insecticide Resistance: Are We Losing the Battle to Control the Mosquito Vectors of Malaria?

Insecticide Resistance: Are We Losing the Battle to Control the Mosquito Vectors of Malaria?

| August 25, 2016

In the twenty first century malaria still holds a terrible grip on the lives of millions, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. However, since the turn of the millennium there has been a 40% reduction in the incidence of clinical disease, averting an estimated 663 million clinical cases. It has been estimated that the majority of this […]

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Hassle-Free rodent control for professional pest control

Hassle-Free rodent control for professional pest control

| August 24, 2016

The pest control industry is undergoing one of its biggest legislative changes in decades, and product choice looks like being more important than ever. In the UK, for example, legislation is being phased in which will effectively mean that only professional pest controllers who hold an approved CRRU training certificate can purchase or use products […]

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What is resistance (and why does it matter?)

What is resistance (and why does it matter?)

| August 10, 2016

In the 1920’s, cattle farmers in Alberta, Wisconsin started to lose cattle to minor routine procedures like castrations and dehorning. These normally simple procedures were frequently ending in the death of the animal through major haemorrhaging. It turned out that the sweet-clover feed, that the animals had been eating, had been naturally producing a chemical […]

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