Vivienne Van Dyk - Managing Director
Specialist in general insect and rodent management – Head Office Auckland, franchises through North Island and top of South Island, New Zealand.
Specialising in ant biology, taxonomy, delimiting and general surveillance, and general biosecurity surveillance monitoring. Eradication of all invasive, exotic ant species, found in New Zealand since 2001.
Managing Director Bait Technology Ltd:
Manufacturer of Xstinguish Argentine Ant Bait, development of specialist baits.
Employment and Biosecurity Experience, specialist fields
- Large scale and localised Argentine ant surveillance and control.
- Argentine ant control/eradication – Tiri Tiri Matangi, Great Barrier Island, Whananaki, Norfolk Island, Santa Cruz Island California.
- Structural and environmental ant control, including management, and eradication.
- Domestic and commercial fly management.
- Identification and surveillance techniques for use at ports of entry and devanning sites.
- Eradication of exotic invasive ant species, including Red Imported Fire Ant (2001 Auckland, 2003 Napier, 2006 Whirinaki, 2007 Auckland Archangel Yacht), Tropical Fire Ants, Yellow Crazy, Brown Crazy, Ghost, Big Headed, Carpenter, Singapore ants, Tapinoma, and all other Monomorium sp..
- Ministry of Primary Industries, Insect Diagnostic Centre accredited ant taxonomist
- Design and implementation of prophylactic ant baiting systems for high risk areas at Ports and Container Renovation Services (CRS) New Zealand
- Design and training of exotic ant control and container handling methods for Swire, PDL, Reef and Sofrana shipping companies in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa EQ 1-3, and MAF Sea Container Hygiene Systems 2005 to present day.
- Annual National Invasive Ant Surveillance, identification and eradication 2001 – to present day.
- Delimiting of Argentine Ant - population 750 Hectares - Santa Cruz Island, California, USA - 2011
2009 – 2013 Council Member of PMANZ
2007 – 2009 President Pest Management Association of New Zealand (PMANZ)
2005 – 2007 Vice President PMANZ
2003 – Present day Pacific Ant Group
2003 – 2005 Council Member of PMANZ
2006 – 2007 Huntsman spiders Technical Advisory Group
2003 – 2004 Invasive Ant Technical Advisory Group
2001 – 2003 RIFA Technical Advisory Group
2000 – 2003 Argentine Ant Technical Advisory Group
1989 – Present day Member of PMANZ
1999 – Present day American National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
1996 – Present day Entomology Society of New Zealand
2012 – Present day Ministry of Primary Industries Surveillance Panel Member
Pest Management Qualifications
2004 The Role of Biology in the Management of Urban and Commercial Pests. New South Wales University
2004 Certificate in Urban Pest Management
2004 Urban Pest Management Certificate of Current Competence
2006 Approved Handler # 31797 PMANZ Registration # 200824
Current First Aid Certificate
Dr Paul Craddock - Operations Manager - Senior Consultant
Dr Paul Craddock is an Ecologist/Entomologist and Operations Manager, and been on staff since 2007. Prior to his employment at Flybusters, Paul was employed at DOC as a technical advisory officer in biosecurity, a position he held for three and a half years.
Employment and Pest Control Experience
Previously employed for 3.5 years by the Department of Conservation, Auckland Conservancy as a Technical Support Officer in Biosecurity.
- Currently Operations Manager for Flybusters Antiants
- Domestic and commercial pest control expert
- Consultant on a wide variety of large scale projects including ant, mosquito and midge control throughout New Zealand
- Consulting entomologist
- Consulting rodent control expert
- Consulting ecologist
- Taxonomic services
Prior to DOC was an independent scientific sub-contractor to Kingett Mitchell Ltd and the Auckland Regional Council.
- Department of Conservation representative on the Asian Gypsy Moth, Fall Webworm, Gum Leaf Skeletoniser, Painted Apple Moth, Huntsman Spider, Red Vented Bulbul and Invasive Ant Technical Advisory Groups to Biosecurity New Zealand.
- Managing the Auckland Conservancies Island Biosecurity Programme keeping conservation islands pest free.
- Managing the DOC role in the Rainbow Lorikeet and Red Vented Bulbul invasive bird responses.
- Technical advisor for a major koi carp eradication project.
- Developed and delivered National Biosecurity Awareness training programs within DOC.
- Provided technical advice on a variety of invertebrate and other biosecurity responses to decision makers in DOC and in Biosecurity New Zealand.
- Invertebrate identification services.
- Providing technical advice on the environmental fate of brodifacoum during pest control operations.
- Developing a monitoring programme for Pest-Off brodifacoum bait breakdown after aerial rodent eradication operations.
- Developing an Ecological Monitoring programme for Tawharanui Regional Park.
- Undertaking various environmental field projects, including freshwater and marine surveys, midge & mosquito control.
- Taxonomic services.
- PhD Biological Sciences (Entomology). University of Auckland
- MSc Biological Sciences (Entomology). University of Auckland
- BSc (Zoology & Environmental Science). Massey University
- First aid certificate
- Approved Handler
- Entomological Society of New Zealand
- New Zealand Biosecurity Institute
Brett Rawnsley - Senior Technician - Laboratory Supervisor
Brett Rawnsley has been on staff since 1995 and is Senior Technician and the Taxonomic Laboratory Supervisor. Brett is one of Flybusters key staff trainers and undertakes both one-on-one and team training of pest management theory, practical techniques for technicians in the field environment and customer relations.
Employment and Pest Control Experience
- Team leader in the field on commercial and domestic pest management. Co-ordinating up to five technicians and reporting to owners/managers.
- Solid field experience in treatment of commercial and domestic contracts specialising in control of problem ant species.
- Report writing for both commercial and domestic clients including government agencies.
- One-one and team training of practical techniques for technicians in the field environment.
- One-one and team training of pest management theory and customer relations.
- Structural and environmental ant control, including management, monitoring and eradication of exotic ant species.
- Large scale and localised Argentine ant control.
- Surveillance, taxonomic identification and search techniques for exotic ant species at ports of entry.
- Increased commercial pest management contracts.
- Contributed to development of surveillance and control techniques for exotic ant species for ports of entry.
- Team member of new product research and testing both in controlled environment and in the field.
- Directly contributed to refining more effective and safer pest management treatment techniques for all our technicians and franchise owners.
- Contributed to increasing biosecurity contracts for surveillance and control of exotic species, predominantly exotic ant species.
- Certificate in Urban Pest Management
- Certificate in Urban Bird Management
- Approved Handler
- First Aid Certificate
- Member of MPI National Response Team
Murray Towler - Business Manager
Murray Towler is the Business Manager for Flybusters/FBA Consulting. Prior to this Murray worked for AgriQuality Ltd (later re-named AsureQuality Ltd) for almost 10 years in several key management roles including Business Manager of the Biosecurity division and National Service Manager for the Livestock Biosecurity section. Murray brings a high level of business management and financial management skills to FBA Consulting. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in multi-million dollar contract management, customer relationship management, budget management and development, forecasting, reporting, customer financial and milestone reporting.
Over time, Murray has been involved at a key level in a large number of biosecurity surveillance and incursion response activities. These include;
- Fruit flies
- Asian Gypsy Moth
- Invasive Ants
- Apiculture exotic pests and diseases
- Pacific Island Invasive Ant Surveillance (2006/2008)
- Queensland Fruit Fly - Mt Roskill (2015- Mar - May)
- Queensland Fruit Fly – Whangarei (2014 –Apr)
- Queensland Fruit Fly – Whangarei (2014 – Jan)
- Southern Salt Marsh Mosquito (2007/10)
- Red Imported Fire Ant – Napier (2006/08)
- Suspect FMD – Waiheke (2005)
- Didymosphenia Geminata – South Island (2004/06)
- Asian Gypsy Moth – Hamilton (2003/2006)
- Fall Webworm – Auckland (2003/06)
- Varroa Destructor – Canterbury (2004)
- Painted Apple Moth – Auckland (1999/2005)
- Mycoplasma mycoides (2002/03)
- Varroa Destructor – Auckland (2000)
- Rabbit Calicivirus Disease – Otago (1998)
- Mediterranean Fruit Fly - Auckland (1996)
- Queensland Fruit Fly – Whangarei (1995)
- GMO Maize and Corn Responses (2003/07)