The bi-annual PestEx trade show is a window into current trends of pest control technology development from niche developers to multi-national companies.
During March we attended the PestEx 2017 trade show held at the ExCel Centre in London. This bi-annual trade show is one of the largest pest control trade shows held in Europe.
It provided a fantastic opportunity to see developments in pest control technology from niche companies to global multi-nationals. The show had a wide range of trade exhibitors and was augmented with lectures and seminars to pass on technical information to pest control operators, Its central food court allowed people to meet and chat meaning there was no need to leave the show during your visit.
We were particularly interested in seeing the state of development of trap monitoring telemetry systems as this is an area of interest that is being considered and discussed more frequently. To our surprise we found ten separate telemetry systems being exhibited. These ranged from simple systems that detected vibrations when a trap was sprung and sent a message via WiFi, to more complex systems that were based on GPS technology and allowed some degree of analysis of trap results.
It was also interesting that no New Zealand companies exhibited at the show, despite the fact that Kiwi trapping technology is at the leading edge of development.
What's in a Name?
The familiar saying "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" warns about the risks that come with trying to achieve more by challenging the status quo.