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PestEx in London today

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  1. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Thu Mar 26 2015 14:33:13
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    Hi,

    I spent the day at PestEx today which is the biggest non US trade fair for pest control. While there were a few bedbug products and solutions being touted around I must sadly report that there was nothing worthy of reporting.

    A few interesting designs but all based on products which we already know don't work as intended so they are not really worth mentioning as they will only lead to false hopes.

    I only had 20 people ask me what my "secret chemical" was which is down 200% from last time I was there although 100% of those who asked did not realize we had gone green in 2014.

    I had a lot of conversations about the relevance of "how bedbugs actually walk on different surfaces" and especially with one company president who opened discussions with "your not that David Cain that posts a lot on internet forums? because if you are, you don't like our product". To give him his fair dues he did listed to why I don't like 25B contact killers and even accepted the fact that as bedbugs evolve the "spray" approach is less and less likley to work.

    I only had one actually argument but that was pre-arranged as on Monday we tried to chat about why I was upset that they stole one of my images, apparently my understanding of the law was incorrect. Today they admitted I was correct, they are guilty but got all defensive when I was clearly upset. I actually had to take the person out of the hall to explain that when you "blame a victim for getting upset you are in fact victim blaming and regardless of the context that is not acceptable". Net effect they have 24 hours to make a settlement offer.

    I caught up with Oliver Madge of the Bed Bug Foundation and we had a laugh at now little change there had been since the last event two years ago but as he said "some people just don't get (as in understand) bedbugs".

    No pictures taken today so nothing else to share.

    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Thu Mar 26 2015 19:08:30
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    I still find people still believing they will never ever ever get BBs, or simply thinking of using DIY pest spray if they do, this thanks to salesmen and no real understanding on BBs.

    Working in a hospital with NHS contracted pest controllers who take care of rodents, ants, or any other pests. Even they seem to know nothing about BBs, and do seem practically useless in sorting anything out. Have asked three different continuing changing staff on how do you deal with BBs if needed ? 'We fumigate or use pest spray' was the answer I got with no knowledge on where to look, evidence finding, monitoring, or much knowledge about the bugs themselves. Told my boss to see if he is aware of dealing with BBs in a hospital - "we get the pest control and they'll sort it,we also got some pest sprays that kills them!"... I've even heard this from our hospital Infection Controller mention: ''To get rid of BBs you need to fumigate the room'', after it was mentioned by a home visiting OT about a client having BBs and got worried they might contain something. I see mattresses dumped more often in front gardens, or on streets (I have actually noticed this) too.

    I see more mattresses dumped often in front gardens, or on streets (I have actually noticed this).
    Unfortunately people still believe in spraying or fumigating is the only answer, refuse to listen seriously when trying to tell them (goes through one ear out the other), or think its time to call the back of the newspaper pest controller with his/her spray gun.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Fri Mar 27 2015 8:57:28
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    Hi Player,

    It often takes a while for people to accept that the world is not flat or as others have said it takes a while to steer an oil tanker.

    Last year I actually presented to one of the regional infection control meetings and the tell-tale sign was that the "knowledge improvement" score on the feedback forms was greatest for my presentation on bedbugs and I certainly did not go into the level of detail I go into with clients.

    I can actually tell you how much the NHS spent on bedbugs inside the M25 in 2009 and its a shockingly high figure. Its actually about 800% higher than the figure we were asked to pay to become an NHS preferred supplier in order to be able to do the work. There-in lies your problem, the supply team work on one set of metrics and claim to be looking for the best service when in reality are looking for suppliers willing to pay for the upkeep of the supply team.

    This kind of self serving machine is one of the reasons why I am not a pest controller I am a bedbug specialist as it helps me distance myself from what people perceive of the industry.

    Yes dumped mattress do seem to correlate with bedbug activity but that is because bad information and urban myths spread faster that good advice. I often think back to a shop I was asked to leave, I had been looking at the range of sprays and the manager came over to ask if I needed help. I explained that the products were useless and he said "yes I know, I have an issues at home and they have not solved it". He went on to ask me for advice and I replied "I can only help you when you stop making my job harder and adding to peoples misery by peddling this rubbish and that was the point I was asked to leave. I do realize that some folks are happy taking these 20 pieces of silver which is why I object so bitterly when I see it happen because I am cut from a very different cloth.

    David


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