Chemotecnica’s Jornadas Técnicas Integrales para Empresas de Control de Plagas

|  July 15, 2019
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The attendees came from all over, but they were mostly from Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Chile and Mexico. PHOTO: CHEMOTECNICA

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The speaker panel. PHOTO: CHEMOTECNICA

South American pest control product formulator Chemotecnica hosted the 2019 edition of Jornadas Técnicas para Empresas de Control de Plagas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 21-22. I was lucky enough to attend as a representative of PelGar USA, and along with PestWest’s Dr. Ted Granovsky and the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) Dr. Michael Bentley, I was one of three Americans present to represent the U.S. pest control industry this year. I gave two presentations during the conference: As a general assembly presenter, I shared best management practices for rat control; as a panelist in a breakout section, I spoke about the future of rodent control.

PelGar USA’s North American business manager, Andrej Branc, approached me about attending the event. His company wanted a presence at Chemotecnica, but needed someone who could speak Spanish and had experience in rodent control in big cities.

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Every attendee was quiet, attentive and taking notes. There was no texting, no phones going off. Not a single baseball cap to be seen in the audience. Everyone had an eagerness and hunger to learn. PHOTO: CHEMOTECNICA

I immediately saw the parallels in the event with the New York Pest Expo, which my team and I put on and host each November. We’re in our 17th year; Jornadas Técnicas is in its 16th year. We both place a premium on industry training and education. I didn’t hesitate in saying yes, 11-hour-each-way flight be damned.

At this year’s Jornadas Técnicas, 1,010 distributor representatives, pest management firm owners-operators and pest management technicians attended. Crazier still, they were there only to learn — no continuing education units were involved. It’s both stunning and admirable.

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Andy Linares, a natural in the saddle! PHOTO: CHEMOTECNICA

According to Chemotecnica, the No. 1 commensal rodent for Argentina is the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus), followed by the roof rat (R. rattus) and the house mouse (Mus musculus). In my general assembly presentation, I wanted to get across two points: first, to acknowledge the health, structural and economic components of rat control and second, to share best management practices for trap and rodenticide use with a focus on controlling the rodenticide by immobilizing it in the station for zero exposure to non-target animals and children.

I wrapped up that presentation with an explanation of add-on services opportunities, like disinfecting — going back to the health threat — and odor control. Without a doubt, I told the audience, the No. 1 technique they should employ is exclusion. While exclusion is hardly a new concept, much of the audience was not necessarily aware of all the materials currently available to them for providing these services.

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The concerns of those who work in the Latin American pest control industry are very similar to ours in the United States: They are very keen on technology. They want to learn about drones, infrared tools, bar coding and more. After my talk on best rodent control practices, I was mobbed outside the hall with questions and requests for follow-up. PHOTO: CHEMOTECNICA

Of course, the event focused on more than just rodents. Presentations also covered flies, cockroaches, mosquitoes, scorpions, ticks, and even insects as food.

I arrived on Monday, and left Friday. After the event took place Tuesday and Wednesday, the organizers held a post-event Thursday for distributors and speakers. It was a barbecue celebration at a polo grounds/horse farm on the outskirts of Buenos Aires with phenomenal food and drinks. For me, though, the icing on the cake was the opportunity to ride a horse for the first time in my life. According to all those present, I did well!

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Rather than a trade show component, the event had kiosks with Chemotecnica products, along with some products from PelGar, PestWest and Syngenta. PHOTO: CHEMOTECNICA

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LINARES is founder and president of Bug Off Pest Control Center, New York, N.Y., which is the platinum sponsor of the PMP Hall of Fame.

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