education & events

Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic 2019 Summer Conference

July 25-27
Hilton Myrtle Beach 
Myrtle Beach, SC

We invite you to join us for the 2019 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In addition to the quality education sessions featuring the latest in technical research, we are excited for an array of social functions!

Registration coming soon!
 

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If you have any questions about exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact Megan Moloney.

 

Hotel Information

Hilton Myrtle Beach
10000 Beach Club Drive
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29572
Reserve Your Room

There are also two and three bedroom condos available at the Royale Palms Condominiums, click here to reserve your room.

To make your reservation by phone, call 1-800-876-0010 and select either the Hilton or Royale Palms option. Provide the reservationist with the group code: NPMA

Reserve your room by July 1, 2019, to receive the discounted room rate. After July 1, rooms and rates are subject to change. 

 

Schedule of Events 

Thursday, July 25

7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Golf Tournament at Arcadian Shores Golf Club

Arcadian Shores combines the best of Mother Nature with the best elements of a modern golf layout. Arcadian offers enticing lakes, deviously placed bunkers, tree-lined Bermuda fairways and distinctive contouring that presents the ultimate golf challenges of man and nature. Lush Tifton Bermuda greens with 64 creatively-placed sand bunkers and natural lakes woven in and out of the fairways, make this Myrtle Beach golf course a challenge you will long remember.

2:30 PM - 6:00 PM 
Registration

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
SCPCA Board Meeting

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
Welcome Reception and Exhibits

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Friday, July 26

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast & Exhibits

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions

South Carolina Pest Control Association, North Carolina Pest Management Association, Virginia Pest Management Association, & National Pest Management Association

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
New Data on Old Technology: Why Total Release Foggers Don't Measure Up Against Cockroaches

Zach DeVries, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
There is a real need in the pest control industry for up-to-date information on products and their efficacy against indoor pests. We are all aware of total release foggers and have often seen homeowners using these “bug-bombs” in attempts to kill cockroaches in their homes. But, how well do these tools deliver products into the cracks and crevices where cockroaches hide? Attend this session to learn more about the efficacy of total release foggers against roaches and indoors.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Refreshment Break & Exhibits

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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
Spray Foam Insulation: An Industry Update

Billy Tesh, Pest Management Systems Inc., Greensboro, NC; Randall Nicklas, Icynene Lapolla, Columbia, SC
Polyurethane spray foam insulation has gained popularity in many parts of the US for its use in in crawlspaces and attics to provide thermal insulation and eliminate drafts. Although the energy savings can be significant, sometimes the insulation can cover areas of the structure where access is needed for inspections, resulting in voided warranties and obscured damage.  In this interactive session, join in a discussion between an industry veteran and a product expert as they discuss the pros and cons of spray foam. Be prepared to ask your questions because audience participation is encouraged!

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
What Every PMP Should Know Before Your Next Bed Bug Heat Treatment

Bob Upson, National Fire Sprinkler Association, Linthicum, MD
Bed bug heat treatments can raise ambient air temperature in structures to 130 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Temperatures above 100 degrees can be injurious to fire sprinklers and can cause malfunctions to occur.?In this session learn how fire sprinklers work and best practices for protecting fire sprinklers from injury during?bed bug heat treatments.

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Summer Conference Beach Bash & Volleyball Tournament 

Join us for the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference Beach Bash! Spend the afternoon with your fellow attendees enjoying tasty food, refreshing drinks, and fun games. Join your state’s volleyball team and compete to see who will be the 2019 tournament champion! We’ll have games and an arts & crafts table for the kids, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the summer sun!
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Volleyball Tournament Sponsored by

 

Saturday, July 27

7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Registration

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Breakfast & Exhibits

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
NC State Research Update

Coby Schal, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina State University has one of the premier Urban Entomology programs in the world. The work that comes out of this lab shapes our industry and understanding of some of the worst pests that the pest control industry faces on a day-to-day basis. Attend this session for a first glimpse into the latest research currently being conducted in the NC State lab. Stay ahead of the curve and learn about the newest research being conducted on bed bugs, cockroaches, and other pests from world-renowned researcher, Dr. Coby Schal.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM 
Termite GPS: Using Genetics to Track Termites

Allison Johnson, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Have you ever taken an Ancestry DNA test, or maybe bought a 23andMe kit to learn about your heritage and to track your family’s historical migration? In this innovative session, learn how scientists use a similar genetic approach with termites. We can learn so much about termites through studying their DNA, like where populations spread throughout a state and where they were first introduced. You will not want to miss this informative session to learn about tracking one of the most destructive and elusive pests: subterranean termites. 

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Spend A Little, Save A Lot: How Investing In Technology Can Minimize Liability and Maximize Profits

Andrew Barrows, Arrow Environmental Services, Clinton, NC
With so many new business-related technologies being developed, trying to find the right tools to upgrade your business can be overwhelming. What’s worse, many of these software and hardware solutions can carry a heavy price tag, making your decisions expensive in addition to challenging. Take the guess work out of your next business upgrade with this illuminating session that reviews today’s solutions for taking your business into the 21st century.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Refreshment Break & Exhibits
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Termite Fact or Fiction: Setting the Record Straight On This Destructive Pest

Faith Oi, Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
How do termiticides really work? Are there potentially invasive termites coming this way? What is the latest research surrounding termite baits? Get answers to these and many other questions in this session that aims to separate fact from fiction surrounding termites. Don’t miss this session that explores the world of termite research to help you elevate your termite control program to the next level. 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Extinguishing Fire Ants: How to Stop One of America's Most Invasive Pests

Michael Bentley, Ph.D., National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
The red imported fire ant was first introduced from South America into the US almost 100 years ago. Today, this damaging pest can be found throughout the southern US where it continues to be one of the most notorious and frustrating invasive ants to control. Learn the science behind its success as an invader, and what control strategies every PMP should know to extinguish this ant for good. 

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM 
Beach BBQ

There’s no better way to close out another successful Summer Conference then with a good ole fashioned pig-pickin’ BBQ! Come join your industry peers and chow down on some delicious North Carolina BBQ before hitting the road back home.
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Attendee Conduct Statement:
We have pride in the outstanding work of our staff and volunteers, all of whom contribute to the industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food, and property. As such, we expect all of our staff, volunteers, and participants in any activities to behave appropriately and also to refrain from any action or language that is discriminatory or harassing.