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IC-Scope: Pest Exclusion Working Group

In industrial and commercial (IC) food handling facilities, insect and rodent infestations become chronic, because the pests utilize structural faults in buildings to gain entry, disperse among suitable habitats and seek refuge from control measures. Infestations result in significant disruptions and economic losses. Research on pest exclusion (PE) practices will greatly improve IPM practices in these buildings. Last year, the Scientific Coalition on Pest Exclusion (SCOPE) developed critical background information and priorities for improving PE measures. This working group was composed of research, extension, and industry personnel who shared their knowledge with several companies that are dependent upon effective food safety programs. For Phase 2, the group is charged with initiating work on these priorities. The SCOPE working group will produce methods and curricula to support adoption of PE as a whole-systems approach to IPM.

Spotlight on Industrial and Commercial Scientific Coalition on Pest Exclusion (IC SCOPE) Working Group

Research, Extension and industry personnel have formed the Industrial and Commercial Scientific Coalition on Pest Exclusion (IC SCOPE), to apply scientific methodology in order to quantify the impact of pest exclusion measures to improve Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in industrial and commercial food handling facilities. The stakeholders who are active in this working group include pest management professionals, in-house pest control professionals, facility managers, and collaborators in vector and public health management. They have formed key partnerships with leading food service and retail grocery chains. The group has met several times in person, and have continued their collaboration with conference calls and webinars.

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Steve Kells
University of Minnesota