Those who attended the 2011 North American Bed Bug Summit hosted by Bed Bug Central in Chicago last week have been sharing their impressions in this Forum thread entitled “Chicago 2011”.
A forum user going by the name of “Patrick,” Sean Rollo, and Jeff White are among those sharing their helpful impressions and details of some of the research shared in the conference (which is the second such annual event) in the same thread.
Now David Cain has published a highly critical review of the event — and by extension, of the US bed bug industry as a whole — in the industry magazine Pest, entitled “In Bed Bugs We Trust, Inc.”
David assessed the conference as follows:
Although I am sure there is need for a global bed bug focused meeting, I am no longer convinced that this is the format that it should take and will certainly be encouraging an event independent of the supply chain. An event where speakers are not given a stage to promote their own inventions and where products are discussed based on their efficacy and merits, rather than who gets a kickback on global sales.
If you attended the event, it would be interesting to hear your thoughts in the forums (which requires a login) or below (which doesn’t).