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International Pest Control – May/June 2019 – Vol 61, Nr.3

| June 13, 2019

Cover image:- Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda. Picture by USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, Beltsville, Maryland, USA.

Creating refuges for wildlife around fields is not uncommon in the UK and around the world but for these strips to be of value they need a diversity of plant species growing in them. Apparently, they are all too often overrun by the “wrong type” of weed and especially less beneficial grasses.

The glyphosate story looks like it will run and run, and we make no apology for dedicating a page to Bayer’s response to the news from the USA that the product was found to be responsible for the cancers suffered by two plaintiffs. It is important for all of us that scientific evidence is allowed to prevail, and Bayer has made the move of making all its relevant studies available.

The rise of automation continues apace, and this is now the second year of the Wageningen University & Research competition to grow greenhouse plants remotely. Who’d have thought that to be a grower you don’t even have to be in the same country!

Good news is you don’t have to use your best and most expensive beer in slug traps. Lager will do, and the best (most attractive) turned out to be the cheapest – from Morrisons. There is no accounting for taste, even amongst slugs!

As ever, folks are moving around our industry with changes at ICB Pharma, Newpharm and Sumitomo, while IPS have snapped up the Exosex technology from Exosect.

Our company profile this month is PronixNova who are a new entrant in the fine drop applicator market and have concentrated on designing machines that are reliable as well as easy to maintain in the field.

And they may be able to help with the control of Fall Army Worm which features in our Invasive Pests special feature alongside explosions in mouse populations and invasive leaf miners. We look at the spread of FAW and the effectiveness of different control strategies.

In the UK, Oak Processionary Moth is now well established in London and is starting to spread to places with some of the UK’s most famous and oldest oak trees. Have we got our control strategies right?

The drones are back! A bit of an obsession with me, but this is a very rapidly developing area of pest management and one that has the potential to dramatically change the way we access advice as well as the way we apply treatments.

Any excuse to publish stunning pictures of birds of prey! An article on using raptors to control pest bird species and the results of trials intended to find out when they work and when they don’t. These stunning birds have saved grapes for wine production and stopped serous accidents at the Melbourne Cup. Even tennis tournaments can benefit from having raptors on patrol.

A weed killing machine, developed by an Australian company, that works by pulverising the weed seeds into oblivion as they come out of the back of the crop harvester is now ready for full scale commercial production following three years of trials and lots of design improvements.

FAW is back again in the Horticulture and Amenity section – this time because of its impact on turf grass. And Xylella makes a return to our pages because it has led to a ban on “foreign” lavender at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show. Our regular contributor Dr Terry Mabbett is not convinced that was the right response when the definition of “British Grown” is so unclear.

And finally, we come to copper bottomed control of citrus greasy spot. Not a problem of teenagers who consume too little fruit but an infection responsible for significant economic losses across a range of citrus crops.

Next issue we will be taking a special look at vertebrate pests; rodents and birds. We welcome articles on this topic and any other pest control topic under our principal headlines. Do feel free to contact us with suggestions and feedback.

Chris Endacott, Editor International Pest Control magazine
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Contents International Pest Control May/June 2019
Volume 61, Number 3.


  • Not all weeds are equal…read more
  • California state glyphosate trial…read more
  • Bee-saving vote delayed two years…read more
  • 2nd International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge…read more
  • Company News…read more
    • Staff changes at ICB Pharma.
    • New Export sales director for Newpharm.
    • New MD at sumitomo chemical UK.
  • And finally… Any beer will do as slugs reject Cava…read more


  • Changes at CEPA.
  • IV Russian plant protection congress.
  • NPMA 2019-2020 board of directors

Company Profile

  • PronixNova Limited:- Experience, innovation, customer care, product support…read more

SPECIAL FEATURE – Invasive Pests

  • Halting the march of the fall armyworm – Roger Day.
  • Mouse explosions in Australia – Gerwyn Jones.
  • Lining up tools against Tuta absoluta in Africa – Ivan Rwomushana.
  • Invasive OPM strikes at the ‘heart English oak’ – Dr Terry Mabbett.
  • Chemical control of Fall Armyworm (FAW) – Graham Matthews.


  • PestEx(cellence) at the UK’s pest management show – Scott Johnstone.
  • Unmanned aerial system – new vector control technology – Jing Zhai, Bill Reynolds and Ming Hua Huang.
  • Parasitec Budapest 2019 – Hélène Frontier.
  • When can raptors be cost-effective in dispersing pest birds? – Professor Robert Wallis, Graeme Coles and David Brennan.


  • How fungi ‘taste’ wheat could be key to control.
  • Weed killing machine reaches manufacturing milestone – Andrew Spence.
  • Consequences of pesticide withdrawals in England – Dr Terry Mabbett.


  • Mixing lawn grass varieties to control armyworm.
  • Foreign lavender blacklisted by Chelsea Flower Show – Dr Terry Mabbett.


  • Copper bottomed control of citrus greasy spot disease – Dr Terry Mabbett.
  • Chalara driven by chemistry – Dr Terry Mabbett.


  • Upcoming pest control events

Published in International Pest Control – May/June 2019 issue.


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