There’s an ongoing need for good information about bed bugs among pest professionals, and people who manage housing in various industries.
So we’re happy to hear that Bed Bug Central is hosting a North American Bed Bug Summit in Chicago on September 20-21.
PCT Online reports,
Bed Bug University’s North American Summit 2010 is designed to speak to industries that are feeling the affects of the bed bug resurgence most acutely. These industries include: university housing, pest management, military housing, shelters and group homes. Through interviews with industry partners and entomologists, [Bed Bug Central president Phillip Cooper] saw an urgent need for a national bed bug summit due to a lack of available information across the hardest hit sectors.
“We saw a need from a wide swath of industries for in-depth knowledge that they haven’t received from previous symposia,” said Cooper. “Earlier seminars were very well done, but we wanted to create a unique forum for learning that is unlike anything given in the past.”
Below I am listing just the titles and presenters, to give you a taste of what’s on offer for people who need different kinds of information about bed bugs. Be sure and check out the session descriptions which explain more fully what each session will cover and who would benefit from attendance.
Pre-session: Bed Bug Basics
Presenters: Richard Cooper, M.S., Research Entomologist; Vice President of Bed Bug Central; Jeff White, M.S. Research; Field Entomologist for Bed Bug Central
General Session 1: Where is Science Taking Us?
Presenters: Dr. Coby Schal, Professor of Urban Entomology at North Carolina State University; Dr. Ken Hanyes, Professor of Entomology at the University of Kentucky; Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, Senior Executive Associate for Cornell University and Integrated Pest Management Specialist
Session 1: Fumigation
Presenter: Dr. Rudi Scheffrahn, Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida
Session 2: Ancillary Service & Tools, Niche Products
Presenter: Dr. Michael Potter, Professor of Entomology at the University of Kentucky
Session 3: Bring the Heat
Presenters: Dr. Stephen Kells, Assistant Professor and Extension Entomologist at the University of Minnesota; Dr. Gail Getty Professor of Urban Entomology at the University of California in Berkeley; and Dr. Phil Koehler, Urban Entomologist Specialist with the University of Florida
Session 4: Chemical Treatments
Presenters: Dr. Michael Potter, Professor of Entomology at the University of Kentucky; Dr. Dini Miller, Associate Professor of Entomology at Virginia Tech and Urban Pest Management specialist for the state of Virginia
General Session 2: How Do I Put a Program Together?
Presenter: Jeff White, M.S. Research and Field Entomologist for Bed Bug Central
Session 5: Legal & Risk Management
Presenter: Attorney Christian E. Hardigree of Parnell & Associates, bed bug legal expert and University of Las Vegas Nevada Law Professor
Session 6: Detection Devices & Techniques
Presenters: Dr. Changlu Wang, Urban Entomologist Specialist with Rutgers University; Dr. Phil Koehler, Urban Entomologist Specialist with the University of Florida
Session 7: College & University Challenges for Housing Officials
Presenters: Wayne Walker, Senior Pest Control Technician for University of Florida Department of Housing and Residence Education and Peter Trentacoste, Director of University Housing at Northern Kentucky University
Session 8: Group Homes – Unique Challenges in Transient Settings
Presenters: Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, Senior Executive Associate for Cornell University and Integrated Pest Management Specialist
A pretty impressive lineup!
Many of the top experts on bed bugs are represented here, each talking about an area of special expertise.
There is certainly a need for better information about how to prevent bed bug infestations and how to get rid of bed bugs in the university housing, group housing, shelter, military housing, and pest management industries — the targets of this event as noted by PCT Online. The property management industry is not mentioned in that article, but based on the description of the sessions, property managers would surely also benefit.
Update (4/16/2010): US Bed Bugs has been added as the Platinum Sponsor of this event.
Update (8/20/2010): PCT reports the event is now full, though there is a wait list and Bed Bug Central are encouraging people to sign up for it.