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...
“World Pest Awareness Day”

“World Pest Awareness Day”

6 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 Brussels, Belgium, 6 June 2017 – The Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) has joined forces with FAOPMA (Australasia) and NPMA (USA), its counterparts around the globe, to create awareness with citizens all over the world for the important role the professional pest management industry plays in protecting public health and keeping citizens, homes, schools, recreational areas, hotels, food manufacturers, retail companies and others safe, pest and disease-free. World Pest Awareness Day will become a worldwide annual observance on June 6.   Press Release World Pest Awareness...
Control Union involved in improving Hygiene in Refugee Camps

Control Union involved in improving Hygiene in Refugee Camps

Recently AgroSpeCom / Control Union Greece applied our HEAT TREATMENT technique in a new and unique, but simultaneously miserable, environment; a temporary residency for refugees in Northern Greece. More then 1,5 million refugees crossed into Europe since the beginning of 2015 due to major crises situations in for example Libya and especially Syria. Although there are huge initiatives undertaken to cope with this influx, and thousands of professionals and volunteers work hard every day to arrange proper living situations for these displaced people, actual situations in temporary residencies or refugee camps are often extremely poor. Unfortunately (much too) many people packed in one place, combined with extremely low hygiene possibilities, is an ideal situation for the development of major pest populations. Consequently, residents often suffer from extreme discomfort from mites, flee and bed bugs. As you may image, traditional pest control methods such as fogging or spraying with (toxic) contact insecticides are not an option in these specific situations, but applying HEAT is. Residents only have to be replaced for up to approximately 10 hours, while their belongings and set up can remain in place and the HEAT does its work and kills all mentioned pests in all stages by reaching over 50C. In this case, the treated locations were small, but the solution is applicable in (much) bigger locations also. CU Greece offered a major discount as per its commercial tariff so that the client, a local NGO, was able to help the people they help so selflessly.     Photo 1: An electrical heater placed inside a room.               Photo 2:...
Round table: «The certification in pest management business»

Round table: «The certification in pest management business»

The event that took place at the 4th of April, in Agricultural Sciences Institute, with topic “Training in Pest Management”(http://www.pestpractice.eu/) led to the need of organizing a meeting between the involved organizations for the certification in pest management business. Therefore at the 30rd of September hosted at the building of EOPPEP, the european cofunded project PEST PRACTICE in collaboration with SEAME and EOPPEP organized a meeting with topic: «The certification in pest management business» between the organizations involved, . Representatives of Benakeio Institute (http://www.bpi.gr/), SEAME (http://www.seame.gr/), EOPPEP (http://www.eoppep.gr/index.php/el/), Ministry of Agricultural Development and food (http://www.minagric.gr/index.php/en/), Institute of Agricultural Sciences (http://www.ige.gr/en/), SEVT (http://www.sevt.gr/) and  Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) (http://www.efet.gr/) participated in the...
Heat Treatment: Precision Fumigation with Benefits

Heat Treatment: Precision Fumigation with Benefits

Vasilis Sotiroudas, Food Scientist, Heat Treatment specialist Thessaloniki, Greece info@agrospecom.gr   End of an era Use of Methyl Bromide (MeBr) has been banned in most developed countries since 2007. From January 1st 2015, it is not available anywhere as a fumigant for flour mills and other industries. Several fumigation alternatives have been tried around the world with heat treatment being one of them. But how good are these compared to good old MeBr? Can such alternatives be used for precise fumigation, i.e. a tightly controlled and monitored fumigation process? Methyl Bromide has been a good fumigant, but not excellent since the main disadvantage of gas fumigants is that they need airtight buildings. And in the real world, very few buildings are made airtight or can become airtight with proper sealing work. The majority of buildings will never hold the gas, especially on a windy day or when there are significant temperature differences between day and night.     The Heat Advantage Heat treatment has been practiced worldwide for a few years and is by now deemed a very effective replacement of MeBr for structural fumigation. Insects die at temperatures above 50oC because the proteins in their bodies coagulate, their salt equilibrium becomes damaged and they dry out. All insect stages are affected and no resistance to heat has been observed in the lab or in the field. Electricity, gas, petrol and steam can be used to generate heat for insect extermination. In our work, we have found out that each type of heater has its plusses and minuses. Electrical heaters (Photo 1) are easy to use, easy to handle...
Draft for delibaration for the Practice Guide in rodent control and disinfestation businesses.

Draft for delibaration for the Practice Guide in rodent control and disinfestation businesses.

Draft for deliberation for the Practice Guide in rodent control and disinfestation businesses. The guide will be on deliberation until 18/09/2015. For your comments please contact the following e-mails: 1) info@seame.gr (Mr. Sotiroudas) 2) nntemiris@efet.gr (Mr. Ntemiris). All of your comments will be taken into account for the final approval process of the guide. http://www.efet.gr/portal/page/portal/efetnew/news/view_new?par_newID=1418 http://www.efet.gr/portal/page/portal/efetnew/news/view_new?par_newID=1418 Related Files...