Rodent's Tale to Tell: Prevention, Control and Integrated Pest Management Strategies 
(As the seasons change, consider the importance of pest management in your food safety strategies!)

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Originally Recorded: August 10, 2021

Speakers: Jerry Heath, BCE, IFC

                  Sharon Dobesh, M.S., Director of Technical Services, IFC              

Moderator: Dave Fusaro, Editor-in-Chief, Food Processing

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For every tail, there’s a tale to tell. Most likely one you’d like to forget!

As the Summer heat fades. your facility will face a different set of pest pressures. While flies, ants, and stored product pests may be the focus now, the change in season will bring increased rodents and perhaps other pests searching for shelter.

In this webinar, our IFC experts will breakdown the importance of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and how a solid plan can solve your pest challenges and prevent potential recalls or customer complaints!

  • Strategic approach to Rodent Management
  • Invaders to be on the lookout for as the seasons change
  • Sanitation and maintenance strategies that will help benefit your team
  • The best pest prevention and control methods

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Meet the Presenters

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Staff Entomologist

Mr. Heath earned an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Nebraska and has B.S. degrees from Penn State and Washington State in agriculture and entomology, respectively. Mr. Heath takes pride in having a childhood interest in entomology and having followed through with a diverse and productive career in the field. His experience includes seven years on the Extension Entomology staff at Cornell University, and work in various aspects of both agricultural and urban/industrial pest management industries since 1984. The International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) awarded Mr. Heath the George B. Wagner Memorial Award in 2018 for his contributions to the milling industry in the areas of sanitation and pest management. While on the staff at Cornell, Mr. Heath developed the Pesticide Impact Assessment Program and received a competitive grant to characterize the occupational exposure of pest control operators to pesticides. Later, as a sales representative for American Cyanamid crop protection products, Mr. Heath lead the company in certain herbicide sales and lead the crop protection industry in providing pesticide applicator training for growers in New York and Pennsylvania. In his role as staff entomologist at IFC, Mr. Heath is involved with technical services for the food processing and commodity industries. He also has had several international consulting experiences in Africa and Central America.

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Sharon Dobesh, M.S.
Director of Technical Services

Sharon Dobesh began with IFC in June 2017.  She has 16 years experience as an Extension Specialist at Kansas State University in Pesticide Safety and IPM Programming, Honey Bee Specialist, and most recently as the Great Plains Diagnostic Network Associate Director.  Prior to working in extension, Sharon worked for the Missouri Department of Agriculture for 7 years as a Plant Protection Specialist inspecting nursery stock, greenhouses, turf farms, and exports.

She is currently working on a PhD in stored product insects, specifically warehouse beetle and larger cabinet beetle.  In May 2018 she completed a Graduate Certificate in Food Safety and Defense; both degrees from Kansas State University.  She has held an M.S. in Entomology from Kansas State University for the last 23 years and a B.S. in Crop Protection-Entomology option from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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