Expocida 2014

Expocida is the main Iberian pest control exhibition, held every two years and now in full swing following its launch in 2010. Held on the 27th and 28th of February in Madrid, a steady stream of visitors filled the exhibition hall over the two days. This exhibition attracts mainly visitors from Spain and Portugal and is a key event for the pest control industry in Iberia. The congress programme, which has increased since 2012 with concurrent sessions, covered new products, industry updates, and business tips. It began with a discussion about the future of the pest control industry, moderated by a Spanish TV personality, which proved very popular with delegates.

Expocida 2014

A highlight for the second day was a presentation by Dr Alan Buckle on anticoagulant rodenticide resistance in Europe. Dr Buckle explained in detail the research undertaken in the UK, France and other parts of Europe which led to the identification of anticoagulant rodenticide resistance. There are currently no statistics available for Spain, and Spanish pest controllers were encouraged to send samples (a 2cm tip of a rat’s tail) to the University of Reading for DNA analysis to help form a picture of anticoagulant rodenticide resistance in Spain. Dr Buckle added that now is the time to do this before any resistance is reported.

Expocida 2014

Expocida 2014