MAZATLAN, Mexico – The 37th Congress of the Asociación Nacional de Controladores de Plagas Urbanas AC (ANCPUAC) was recently held in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Pest control professionals in Mexico were able to meet their peers in person after two years of virtual meetings (COVID-19 outcome). The program was rich in interesting presentations for the participants, with the remarkable participation of international speakers. The inauguration of the event took place on the same day as International Pest Management Day (June 6).
There were face-to-face and remote meetings with delegates from other countries. Michael Bentley, Ph.D., presented on behalf of the NPMA and spoke about the efforts of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to develop materials in Spanish for dissemination in the region.
There has been a special moment since the presentation of the final International Standards document for the pest control industry. Bentley, Moisés Capetillo and Benjamín Gómez presented the document produced by the Global Industry Coalition. This document presents the standards to which any pest control company must refer. The World Coalition has developed some essential points that the industry requires of those who work professionally in this industry.
The program included several speakers, including Yuridiana Sandoval, who presented the evolution of human resources. A highlight was the participation of Carlos García Fernandez, whose CV is widely recognized for the various positions he has held in public administration and the private sector. He presented the legal framework, competitiveness and the state of the rule of law in the country.
The Congress had a very active commercial area, which allowed interaction between customers and suppliers, essential after the pandemic, more than 37 stands were presented.
The program was divided into two parts: one technical and the other administrative. Topics covered: how to manage work teams; manager roles; management of work teams; Risk analysis; vector management, PPE, bed bug management, cockroach control with pyrethrins, IPM with overview and rodents.
These are some of the many topics that were discussed during the Congress, which was attended by almost 500 members and women of the Congress, in the headquarters of the CID CASTILLA headquarters hotel.
The ANCPU AC board of directors thanked Rafael Arambula for his years of service as president, ending his term in 2022 and handing over the position to Mario Aguilar Parra, with the help of his advisers Ignacio Martínez Gonzalez and Jorge Larregoitia.
The Congress ended on June 10 with a magnificent gala dinner and the invitation to meet again in 2023.