The inaugural World Pest Day is taking place today in Beijing, China, initiated and hosted by the Chinese Pest Control Association (CPCA).
World Pest Day brings together representatives from academia, government, trade associations and pest control businesses to exchange best practices, ideas, technologies and advancements in pest management. The event sponsors and attendees aim to raise worldwide awareness of the important role pest management organizations play in protecting public health.
The event is co-sponsored by Orkin, a subsidiary of Rollins Inc., as well as the Federation of Asian and Oceania Pest Managers’ Association (FAOPMA), National Pest Management Association (NPMA), Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) and World Health Organizations’ Collaborating Centre for Vector Surveillance and Management.
“The global pest control industry is on the front lines of helping protect public health, property and the worldwide food supply from the potentially harmful effect of pests,” said Tom Luczynski, vice president of Orkin’s international franchising and development programs. “Orkin is excited to participate and help sponsor World Pest Day, so we can shine a light on the role the pest control industry plays in helping improve overall health in the communities and businesses we serve throughout the world.”
Global trade, international tourism, extreme weather and rapid urbanization are growing at unprecedented rates and are necessitating a renewed focus on raising public awareness about the potential public health threat of vector-borne diseases, including Zika, West Nile and Malaria. Orkin said in a news release it is committed to raising awareness of those issues through providing educational content and collaborating with other organizations such as the NPMA, CPCA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).