Learn about bed bugs at 2010 North American Bed Bug Summit

by nobugsonme on April 8, 2010 · 5 comments

in bed bugs

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.

In addition to Bed Bug Central, the event is being sponsored by Protect-a-Bed (makers of the fine AllerZip encasements, designed to keep bed bugs locked in or out of your mattress and box springs).

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.

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1 JWhiteBBTV April 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I’m really questioning how this Jeff White guy got an invite. Expert….Ha!

In all seriousness this should be a great conference. Not just because we’re putting it on but because everybody from an academia perspective who is knowledgeable on the topic will be there. We also wanted to make the format of this conference different then the standard in that we have talks going on about each individual topic and will not just talk about the science but also the business side of things and have invited manufacturers (mostly the bigger players) talk about their products.

It should be very comprehensive.

2 nobugsonme April 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Thanks, Jeff, for your comment.

I like how the various topics are delineated. Looks like a great event.

3 David Cain April 9, 2010 at 4:53 am

I may be tempted to bimble along to this one.

I have not been to Chicago in years.

David

4 nobugsonme April 16, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Added:

Update (4/16/2010): US Bed Bugs has been added as the Platinum Sponsor of this event.

David:

Chicago is a great city!

5 bed bug man April 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Sounds great but due a lack of funds I won’t be attending maybe in a few years . 🙂

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