PestTech 2011 – another cracking day

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Held on 2 November at its usual venue of the National Motorcycle Museum, professional pest controllers from up and down the country descended upon PestTech in their hundreds. Whilst attendance may not have broken any records this year, at times it was frantically busy and several exhibitors never even had chance to venture off their own exhibition stands.

As soon as the doors opened at 09.00, the visitors flocked in. All morning, all three rooms which housed the exhibition were full. At times the aisles were so busy it was hard to move around – Barrettine’s divisional director, Chris Parmiter aptly described the first half of the day as a manic morning.

At Pest publications we were delighted to present our second annual Best Product Award 2011. Voted for by Pestreaders, quite incredibly there was a draw for the winning product. Find out which products came neck and neck.

Also to be found on the Pest stand was the launch of PestPractice – a powerful new online training tool exclusively focused on the needs of pest management professionals. Find out more here.

As organisers, the National Association of Pest Technicians (NPTA) makes sure there is more to PestTech than just the exhibition, and as ever the practical outdoor events were popular. Making his debut outdoors was Simon Whitehead of Pakefield Ferrets who gave a very entertaining, yet instructive, display.

The technical workshops were also well attended. Adam Juson of Merlin Environmental was first up. He was talking about the use of bed bug detection dogs – but without doubt the stars of his show were his two lovely labrador dogs, Basil and Charlie, who made guest appearances throughout the day on his exhibition stand.

Other technical sessions tackled gulls, bees, flies and an update on CRRU – click here to read. Also held was the first RAMPS annual general meeting, the association having been launched at this event exactly a year ago. Much has been achieved, but there is still some considerable way to go – click here to find out.

The Pest Control News workshop debated the merits of developing either a voluntary or a mandatory pest control service industry standard. The outcome of these deliberations will affect us all, so read what was said – click here.

The Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) meeting found out about the British Women’s Handball from three members of the team and then experienced team building first hand – discover more here.

The day was rounded-off with the popular Pest Control News dinner. Immediately before the meal, the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees were announced. To see who there were, click here


PestPreactice team The PestPractice team. Left to right: 
Helen Riby, Clive Boase, Phil Blything, 
Adrian Meyer and Frances McKim

Helen Riby 
Hard at work. Pest associate editor, 
Helen Riby, listening intently
and making notes at the workshops


Congratulations to organisers, NPTA 

John DavisonBut what was John Davison up to? 


Visitors drove from afar  


The exhibitors were busy…

 UnichemAt Bayer it was quite a whirl


But Karol stayed all smiles


Outside the demos went well

 Hawk demoThe display from JRCS started fine…

Harris Hawk

 .. until his hawk went AWOL!


All ready for the PCN dinner carving

Frisby…off we go…

Simon Forrester

 …now who hasn”t paid their subs?

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