As the season comes to a close…

As the season comes to a close…

The AgroSpeCom team is working day and night, and even on weekends to guarantee a precision fumigation job for each client. This past weekend, for example, the fumigation team worked into the night to remove Therminate heaters from a mill after a heat treatment. As the warm season ends, we say a big BRAVO to all our fumigators for making this season a...
Second PPCA Course in Hamburg a Success

Second PPCA Course in Hamburg a Success

Continuing with the Peterson Pest Control Academy series, the IPM for Managers and Sales People course took place in Hamburg during the last week of June. The two-day course focused on specific skills to enable participants to begin IPM operations in their own offices, including creating a business plan, marketing, pricing, and competition. As with the first PPCA course, we were fortunate to have a diverse group of participants, representing the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and Greece. On the first day, speaker Vasilis Sotiroudas familiarized the participants with the vast range of IPM services provided by Control Union, from conducting a GAP analysis to heat and phosphine fumigations. They also worked through an in-depth fumigation case study, taking notes of high risk areas and insect entry points. The second day of the course switched gears to economics, focusing on the financial logistics of opening a pest control business. Speakers Johan Maris and Peter de Weert explained the trajectory of pest control within Control Union’s global operations, and Baldur Grunt from Detia Degesch gave the participants an introduction to the company’s cutting edge fumigants. The participants then investigated a case study of a Russian client, learning how to maintain excellent service and customer service from sale to project completion. The next course in the PPCA series is Heat and Controlled Atmosphere, which will be held on 11-13 September in...
IOBC, Ljubjiana 2017

IOBC, Ljubjiana 2017

AgroSpeCom participated in the 11th Conference of the IOBC/wprs Working Group on the Integrated Protection of Stored Products in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 3-5 July 2017. Vasilis Sotiroudas presenting on Phosphine fumigations. Check the conference program here. See the abstract of Sotiroudas presentation here. See the conference photo here Let us know if you want more information on the presented...
First Pest Management Training Course in Chalkida

First Pest Management Training Course in Chalkida

In the second week of May, Control Union colleagues from all over the globe met in Greece to participate in the first ever Peterson Pest Control Academy. Participants came from three continents, representing Indonesia, Thailand, Israel, Tunisia, the Netherlands, and Greece. The enthusiastic group also represented a variety of professional backgrounds and experience with pest control, resulting in lively discussions. The instructors covered both theory and practice, first teaching the participants about basic entomology and common pests, and then leading into hands-on practice. Speaker Christos Athanassiou taught insect biology with his diverse collection of glass-encased insects, while Hagit Navarro conducted a course on CEPA and Vasilis Sotiroudas explained target groups, sales and competition. After learning the theory, the students used the PPCA facility as a case study, creating a real IPM plan for the site and practicing setting up insect and rodent traps. They also had the opportunity to practice spraying and fogging the site using industry equipment. With the guidance of Ms. Navarro, the participants completed a full CEPA (Confederation of European Pest Management Associations) training, and they were awarded international CEPA certificates, allowing them to perform pest management audits in their respective countries. The next PPCA course, Phosphine Fumigation, will take place 10-13 July, providing an in-depth analysis into phosphine’s various applications, as well as risks, monitoring, and...