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International Pest Control – January/February 2019 – Vol 61, Nr.1

| January 30, 2019

Cover Image: With food processing an ever growing industry there are many opportunties for pests to enter the food chain. Picture by Partho Dhang

Volume 61 and the start of the next ten years in the life of International Pest Control. And the year begins with a special feature on Pest Management in the Food Industry. This is a wide ranging subject covering the whole of the food chain from the point the crop is harvested through to keeping the food safe in the home or even the vending machine.

In a world where processing food seems to be the norm, we have created many places where pests can enter our food chain and   contaminate our food. We start with a look at the use of baiting systems to monitor pests in   storage, the factory and the distribution environment from an expert in the field Dr Partho Dhang.

We move on to look at how the common pests of cereal crops can be effectively monitored with pheromones and food baits used in a new system from inPest. And this is followed up by an in-depth look at pest management in the food industry of Singapore, a country that has an enviable reputation for a strictly regulated food industry but one which still has to work hard to maintain the high standards expected by its citizens and visitors. For pest control operatives in Singapore the big trend is away from pesticide spraying and towards the use of baiting, light traps and complex internet-connected monitoring systems that alert the operatives to the presence of the pest.

Fumigants still have a role to play in large spaces and they continue to be attractive as they can get into nooks and crannies, but they are also problematic, leaving residues that must be cleaned away after use. Now companies are developing products based on biodegradable natural products with reduced residues and the technical team at Fumi-Hogar report on their work.

Avoiding or minimising the use of insecticides in the food industry would seem to be the theme of this issue and the use of pheromone mating disruptants for the control of food processing industry moths is an example. Paul Sidebottom from Russell IPM considers how their pheromone product has found widespread use in the food industry and significantly reduced the downtime associated with repeated factory deep cleans.

Finally, we get to the vending machine, not somewhere we would normally associate with a pest problem but an ideal breeding ground for insects and small rodents; a protected and controlled environment with plentiful food! Sandy MacKay of Pelgar gives us an insight into the pests often found in these ubiquitous and 24/7 food dispensers.

If you own a classic Château in France then there is a good chance you also have a parterre crafted from box hedge. Box tree moth is your nightmare, and the pest shows no respect for status, happy to attack the box hedges of the Palace of Versailles. We look at a new pheromone control method and its impact on box tree moth populations at Château trials around France in 2018.

We close the technical section with a look at a pest devastating the horse chestnut tree in the UK. This tree is a popular street tree throughout the UK and has huge landscape importance but is threatened by a bleeding canker as Dr Terry Mabbett explains.

Finally, we bring you the Index to 2018 – our sixtieth year of publication and one when we brought you 350 pages packed with information and news. In 2019 we have features on Vector Control and Biting Insects, Invasive Pests, Vertebrate Pests, Biopesticides & Semiochemicals and in the final issue of the year, Weed Control. If you feel you have a contribution on any of these topics, please get in touch.

Chris Endacott, Editor International Pest Control magazine
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Contents International Pest Control January/February 2019
Volume 61, Number 1.


  • WHO pre-qualification for Fludora™ Fusion to combat malaria…read more.
  • Sustainable bananas in greenhouses: first ‘Dutch bananas’ harvested…read more.
  • The persistence of pesticides threatens European soils…read more.
  • France says no to metam-sodium…read more.
  • First international berry seminar…read more.
  • MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure…read more.
  • Uzbekistan declared malaria free…read more.
  • Small farmer support…read more.
  • Hyperspectral drones the main attraction…read more.
  • and finally… striped bodypainting protects against horseflies…read more.


  • BCPC Conference – November 2018 – Graham Matthews.
  • Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting 2018 Report – Part 1 – David Loughlin.
  • PestEx 2019 Preview.
  • Singapore Pest Management Forum 2019.
  • New council members for GPMC

SPECIAL FEATURE – Pest Management in the Food Industry

  • Monitoring pest management in the food industry – Partho Dhang PhD.
  • Effective monitoring with pheromones and food – Roberto Pinardi.
  • Pest management in food & beverage outlets in Singapore – Nicole Zycinski-Singh, Nelson Lee Wen Jie and Chew Yunn Jing.
  • Dry aerial disinfection: a challenging future – Beatriz López Soler and Carlos Cintora Escalante.
  • Food industry moths always a problem and a challenge – Paul R Sidebottom.
  • Managing pests in the food chain – from farm to fork! – Dr Zia Siddiqi.
  • Vending machines – an invisible breeding ground – Sandy MacKay.
  • Helping hospitality ‘work smarter not harder’.


  • Promising candidate for fruit fly fight back – Wayne Coles.


  • Innovative biological solution against box tree moth – Johann Fournil.


  • Horse chestnut: two decades of bacterial bleeding canker – Dr Terry Mabbett.


  • Urban Pest Control – A Practitioner’s – Guide by Partho Dhang reviewed by Chris Endacott.


  • Upcoming pest control events


  • International Pest Control Index Volume 60 – 2018

Published in International Pest Control – January/February 2019 issue.


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