Our vision for the future becomes reality
“Already more than 10 companies started with a plan for the future!”
A plan for the future, that sounds futuristic! What does it mean?
At APC we are convinced that pest control can also be done without biocide. With this vision we are working on a completely new control plan for 2025. With this we want to make farms as unattractive as possible for pests such as flies, rats and mice while also improving the biodiversity of the company. Starting in 2020 we started at 10 companies with the bioplan for the future. In this plan we work with three barriers that each deter pests in their own unique way.
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Barrier A – Natural barrier
The first barrier is the attraction of natural enemies. This is done in the outer edge around the farm and is dedicated to attracting predators such as owls (barn owls and little owls), kestrels, swallows and sparrowhawks. By hanging up nesting boxes and placing pollard willows, alders and birches, you offer these birds a convenient place to hunt. By mowing the sides of the ditch around the yard, you limit the habitat and limit the food for pests.
- One swallow eats up to fifty thousand flies, mosquitoes and other insects per week
- One owl can catch as many as 2,000 rats in one year and feed them to its owl chicks.
Barrier B – Territory surveillance using odors
The second barrier is making a field unattractive by means of smell. Rodents rely very strongly on smell. We create odors by means of planting and placing odor poles. There are also dozens of native plants that repel rodents and / or flies, even when not in bloom.
Barrier C – Other measures
The last barrier includes all things for catching or keeping pests that have nevertheless come close to or even in the stable:
- Releasing natural enemies of the Organic Control product lines. These predatory insects each fight different stages of the fly. They are light-shy and are therefore not a nuisance themselves.
- We recommend ground oyster and mussel shells around the stables. Rats and mice don’t like to walk on this.
- Placing bait boxes with a rat clip or attractant around the company. This can also be done in combination with biological pesticides.
- Hanging fly traps in and around the company.
- Placing electric fly lamps in the stable.
By stimulating all the senses of pests, an environment can become very unattractive to rodents. We make use of poor vision, touch (sensitive legs) and the sense of smell of flies, mice and rats.
Organic pest control plan of the future
We are here at one of the first locations where we started the organic control plan of the future. The aim of the plan is to increase biodiversity with flora and fauna facilities and try to keep mice and rats away. The more insects, the more birds. The more birds, the more birds of prey. Ultimately, this will significantly reduce the population of mice, rats and flies. The plan of the future comprises three layers around an agricultural company.
The 3 layers
In the first layer we sow special grass that was very stiff and has a very open structure. By attracting birds of prey, this is an environment where mice and rats do not feel comfortable and will also be quickly chased away by birds of prey. The second layer is a layer with herbs. Herbs, because of their smell and structure, mice and rats will rather keep them out than walk through them. The last layer is the placement of scented tubes and CO2 traps. With the scent tubes we chase away the mice and rats with the co2 traps we catch the last mice and rats.
We have just hung up a little owl box to attract a little owl. The cupboard is in a tree because it is well protected and nice and quiet. A little owl helps to catch mice and small rats on the farm.
Our company is called Dairy Farm De Heerenhoeve, located in Oostburg.
We are going to start with the Agro Pest Control (APC) management plan to combat the pests in and around our company with an eye for the biodiversity around and on our company without harming the beneficial animals, birds and insects. And also because we are class farmers, you can spread this poison-free story to the classes and pay extra attention to the biodiversity at our company.
We expect it to be a complete non-toxic solution for the preservation of the animals that are useful and beautiful to us. We have also recently started with organic fly control.
We are going to start with the new APC control plan because it fits nicely into our organic business operations, which do not include chemical pesticides.
For the control of flies, we have been working satisfactorily for a number of years with organic control via APC.
Christian van Bommel used to do rodent control at his company himself. Control is becoming more and more time-consuming, says Christian: “Nowadays whole plans have to be written for the IKB, which is why I started looking for a company to support me in this. And with the changes in the legislation in 2023, we have to do something, I am not someone who will wait and see, but will look for an answer. ”
Christian is gradually switching to HyCare with his company, which is how he ended up at APC via Schippers. “I believe in the combination of keeping pests out by means of scent and fighting the pests with the electric trap.”