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International Pest Control – January/February 2017 – Vol 59, Nr.1

| April 3, 2017

Cover image: The Agrilaser Autonomic from the Bird Control Group being installed in an industrial setting to protect carbon materials for use in manufacturing. Seagulls were trying to nest on the raw material, which, if allowed, would have stopped the production process due to local wildlife legislation, at great cost to the manufacturing plant.

Welcome to 2017. A pest can be defined as an organism that is in the wrong place, in the wrong numbers and at the wrong time or a bit like the new POTUS, behaving in a way that some find unacceptable. We can often tolerate a few individuals but should their pest behaviour escalate; a conflict can develop between us and our biological adversary and action is required. Such is the case with birds which, equipped with the enviable talent for flight, can migrate easily from their natural territories to colonise man-made environments. In this issue, we look at birds and consider some of the existing and novel methods available to manage bird pests.

PestFix provide guidance on the use of netting and how to get the best from installations while NCB remind facility managers of the need to address gull problems early before nesting begins. We consider innovative products like the laser systems from the Bird Control Group that can displace and discourage birds from adopting sites as areas to roost, nest or cause damage. We consider also ways to reduce pigeon numbers humanely by affecting their fertility with nicarbazin, a development that started in Italy and is now beginning to gain wider acceptance in Europe and USA. Rob looks at some novel tools developed by Bird Barrier to catch birds indoors, to stop birds from perching without spoiling a buildings aesthetic appearances and systems that can also protect solar panels. We also include a study from South Africa considering one sites issues with birds and different means to deter them.

Elsewhere, with one eye on the upcoming International Conference on Urban Pests ( for those who have yet to book), we have an article by Partho on how climate change is influencing urban pests. We also include a report on the Honolulu Challenge which reflects how globalisation, with an ever-growing movement of people and goods, has led to the drastically increasing introduction of alien species over the past few decades.

We conclude with a few technical reports also this issue. Bayer demonstrate that caution must be exercised when drawing general conclusions concerning the impact of insect resistance to pyrethroids. Biopreparáty from the Czech Republic introduce a novel biological approach to treat moulds.

FaunaPhotonics are working with Bayer to develop a new sensor for improved monitoring of insect pests. Graham explain why biopesticides, although they have a bright future, require more attention on their application and Terry gives us an in depth look at a small insect threatening one of our largest trees – the Oriental Chestnut Gall Wasp and Sweet Chestnut.

If the rest of this year is as busy as the first 4 weeks, we are in for a packed year. Enjoy reading IPC and I hope to see you at, at least one of the international pest events coming up in the months ahead.






David Loughlin, Editor International Pest Control Magazine
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Contents of International Pest Control January/February 2017
Volume 59, Number 1

International News in Brief

Association News

  • Global initiative calls for urgent action against invasive alien species.
  • Continued growth for CEPA Certified and EN16636.
  • FAOPMA embrace change as change is constant.
  • BASIS PROMPT membership survey.

Special Feature – Bird Management

  • Gull management: A year-round concern – John Dickson.
  • An interdisciplinary approach for non-lethal pigeon control – Emma Harris, Engela P de Crom and, Ann Wilson.
  • Control of pigeon numbers through contraception – Marco Pellizzari.
  • Optimising solar panel efficiency using the ultimate laser beam – Gijs Groen.
  • Bird control netting – getting it right – Daniel England.
  • New developments in bird management – Rob Fryatt.

Focus on Public Health

  • Impact of global climate change on urban and public pests – Partho Dhang.
  • The impact of resistance in mosquitoes to the efficacy of transfluthrin and other pyrethroids – Rainer Sonneck and Sebastian Horstmann.
  • Natural solution for professional control of household moulds – Karel Bezouska.
  • Programme for ICUP 2017 announced.

Focus on Agriculture

  • Developing new sensor technology for improved monitoring of insect pests.

Focus on Horticulture & Amenity

  • Biobest NV acquisition of Real IPM Kenya Ltd. Creates strong synergies.
  • Biopesticides have a bright future, but more attention is needed on their application – Graham Matthews.

Focus on Forestry & Plantations

  • British Sweet Chestnut stung by the world’s worst wasp – Terry Mabbett.control

Book reviews

  • Climate change impacts on urban pests – Edited by Partho Dang – reviewed by David Loughlin.
    The UK Pesticide Guide 2017 – Edited by M.A. Lainsbury – reviewed by Graham Matthews

International Pest Control calendar of events

Published in International Pest Control – January/February 2017 issue.

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