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Register Today for the 2020 Global Bed Bug Summit

December 2-3, 2020 | Virtual Event

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The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and premier sponsor BedBug Central have made the collective decision to host the 2020 Global Bed Bug Summit virtually. The virtual Summit will take place December 2-3, and will feature the latest bed bug research and education presented by industry thought leaders.

“The Global Bed Bug Summit is an incredibly important specialty meeting for our members who provide bed bug services,” stated Dominique Stumpf, NPMA CEO. “We are confident that our attendees, exhibitors, and supporters will find great value in this meeting as we shift it to a virtual platform.”

The Global Bed Bug Summit provides pest management professionals with the information they need from a legal, technical, business, and customer-oriented perspective so they can not only eliminate bed bug issues, but also create an environment of trust between themselves and their customers.

The virtual Summit will feature a 24/7 tradeshow offering participants access to the latest bed bug products and technologies, increased engagement with industry experts, and the benefit of easily accessible recertification credit (CEU) opportunities with no travel required.

 

 

PROGRAM

Note: all sessions will be held in Eastern Time (ET).

 

Wednesday, December 2

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Opening General Session: Global Perspective of Insecticide Resistance in Bed Bugs
Presented by Chow-Yang Lee, PhD, University of California, Riverside, CA

Populations of both the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) and the tropical bed bug (C. hemipterus) are developing resistance simultaneously to important chemistries across the globe. In this session, learn about the distribution, control methodologies and resistance outlook for bed bug populations around the world.
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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Break and EXPO Central

Visit industry suppliers to learn about new products, current techniques, and control solutions in an interactive virtual exhibit hall! See who's exhibiting.

 

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Implementing Effective Training Tools for Top Notch Bed Bug Programs
Presented by Joey Hoke, ACE, American Pest Management, Manhattan, KS; Jen Fox, Terminix, International, Temecula, CA

The professional pest management industry prides itself on the professionalism of the team members who visit homes and businesses every day. Learn how companies prepare technicians for their important roles in bed bug management through creative training programs.
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1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Break and EXPO Central

Visit industry suppliers to learn about new products, current techniques, and control solutions in an interactive virtual exhibit hall! See who's exhibiting.

 

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Biopesticides and Essential Oils: Putting Research into Practice
Presented by Jeff White, BCE, Bed Bug Central, Lawrenceville, NJ; Ameya Gondhalekar, PhD, Purdue University, East Lafayette, IN

Balancing client needs and efficacy are important factors when trying to differentiate your service from the crowd. In this session find out how non-traditional pesticides are being incorporated into service protocols and get insight into how these products work.

 

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Break and EXPO Central

Visit industry suppliers to learn about new products, current techniques, and control solutions in an interactive virtual exhibit hall! See who's exhibiting.

 

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

UC Riverside Research Update: Advances in Pheromones and Novel Detection Methods 
Presented by Dong-Hwan Choe, Ph.D. and Mark Dery, University of California, Riverside, CA

The cryptic nature of bed bug behavior is one of the most troublesome aspects of inspection and detection.  In the 20 years since bed bugs re-emerged as an important structural pest, new technologies have been considered and many have been put to good use.  In this session, learn about some of the recent research at the University of California Riverside and how these discoveries might someday be put into practice in future technological advancements. 
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4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Break and EXPO Central  

Visit industry suppliers to learn about new products, current techniques, and control solutions in an interactive virtual exhibit hall! See who's exhibiting.

 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Speakers Spotlight 

Take some time to network with your industry peers and get your pressing questions answered by the outstanding Global Bed Bug Summit speakers at this fun and casual networking event.

 

Thursday, December 3

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Roundtables

The Global Bed Bug Summit Roundtables are a fantastic opportunity to connect with your peers and have open discussions on a variety of topics relating to bed bugs.

 

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break in EXPO Central

Visit industry suppliers to learn about new products, current techniques, and control solutions in an interactive virtual exhibit hall! See who's exhibiting.

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Monitoring for Bed Bugs– Applying Research Insights to your Service Program
Presented by Karen Vail, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

As part of a complete integrated pest management program, most pest management professionals incorporate monitoring as part of their service strategy. But are we doing so in the most effective and efficient manner? Is more always better? What does our monitoring data tell us?  Find out these answers and more while exploring bed bug behavior and the science behind monitoring.

 

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Break in EXPO Central

Visit industry suppliers to learn about new products, current techniques, and control solutions in an interactive virtual exhibit hall! See who's exhibiting.

 

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Adapting Bed Bug Services During the Coronavirus 
Galvin Murphy Jr., Yankee Pest Control, Malden, MA; Mike Panichi, Platinum Pest Solutions, Lansing, IL; Darren Van Steenwyck, Clark Pest Control, Lodi, CA

The global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the innovative ways that structural pest control companies have adapted service to deliver essential bed bug management to their clients. Learn how protocols have been modified to ensure client and technician safety while ensuring effective and efficient bed bug control.

 

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Break in EXPO Central

Visit industry suppliers to learn about new products, current techniques, and control solutions in an interactive virtual exhibit hall! See who's exhibiting.

 

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

How to Keep Yourself Out of Hot Water: Bed Bug Litigation
Presented by Gail Getty, BCE, Getty Entomological Research and Consulting, La Crescenta, CA; Carmelo Torraca, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law, Atlantic City, NJ

Today’s litigious society requires pest control companies to be on-guard to avoid legal landmines that are associated with bed bug services. Get an inside look from an expert witness and practicing attorney at how to protect your company and employees by tightening up your operations and providing the best quality service for your clients.

 

 

 

 

On Demand Sessions

On Demand

How to Effectively Use Low-Prep or No-Prep Protocols
Presented by Rick Cooper, PhD, BCE, Terminix International, Memphis, TN; Tom Jarzynka, BCE, Massey Services, Orlando, FL

More companies are beginning to subscribe to a limited customer preparation model that doesn’t require clients to undergo extensive preparation before technicians arrive on the scene.  Learn about the pros and cons of minimizing customer preparation requirements and items to consider incorporating into your company’s service protocols.

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On Demand

Staying Ahead of the Game: Proactive Bed Bug Control
Kevin Thorn, ACE, Thorn Pest Solutions, Pleasant Grove, UT; Aaron Soudant, Abell Pest Control, Etobicoke, ON

Mention proactive bed bug services to a dozen pest control pros and you will get thirteen opinions. Are proactive applications effective? How are companies incorporating bed bugs into general pest control services? Do clients want this kind of service? What about IPM? Get answers to these questions and more during this insightful panel discussion.

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On Demand

Bed Bugs: A Complete Review and Refresher
Presented by Sarah Latyn, Bed Bug Central, Lawrenceville, NJ

Are bed bugs new to you or do you just need a refresher course on basic bed bug biology and behavior? Then this is the session for you! Find out all you need to know to get up to speed on bed bug basics and prepare your mind for the cutting-edge bed bug research featured at the Global Bed Bug Summit.

 

On Demand

Office Space: Bed Bug Control in the Office Environment
Presented by Shannon Sked, BCE, Western Pest Services, Parsippany, NJ

Bed bugs are best known for their predilection for invading and infesting bedrooms and other places where people sleep and rest. Despite this fact, bed bugs are often found in places other than homes.  Learn about best practices and control methods for dealing with bed bugs in office buildings and other business locations in this enlightening session.

 

On Demand

Understanding the Full Potential of Bed Bugs as an Important Public Health Pest
Presented by Zach Devries, PhD, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Even though bed bugs are not known to transmit pathogens to humans, these bloodsucking pests are considered pests of public health importance. New research has shown that bed bugs may impact allergy and asthma in humans. Learn about this revelation and more in this must attend session.

 

On Demand

Strategizing Bed Bug Inspections: The Ins and Outs of Effective Bed Bug Hunting
Presented by Espen Roligheten, Boligbygg Oslo KF, Oslo, Norway

Get a glimpse into bed bug control within the municipal housing operation in Oslo, Norway. This session is an opportunity to find out how large-scale inspection strategies differ across the globe and how these efforts are also very similar.

 

On Demand

Release the Hounds: Industry Update on Canine Scent Detection
Presented by Mark Sheperdigian, BCE, Rose Pest Solutions, Troy, MI; Jim Fredericks, BCE, Ph.D., National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA

Canine scent detection has matured into a time-tested tool in the bed bug management toolbox. Learn how this specialty service has evolved over the past two decades and where it’s headed in the future. 

 

On Demand

Getting the Word Out on Bed Bugs: Social Media and PR campaigns
Presented by Patty Stofanak, Vault Communications, Plymouth Meeting, PA

The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) is the voice of the pest management industry. Part of the outreach to media outlets in 2020 included targeted messaging on the importance of contacting a professional for bed bug control. In this session learn about the pest control industry’s latest innovative public relations and social media campaigns focused on bed bugs.

 

On Demand

Bed Bugs in the City: The Intersection of Policy and Practice
Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., BCE, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA; Jake Plevelich, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA; Kevin Lemasters, ACE, EnviroPest, Windsor, CO

Our industry knows that bed bugs do not discriminate based on geographic location. However, infestations can disproportionately impact urban populations and underserved communities.  Learn how the industry is reaching out to municipalities to help bring bed bug control services within reach for more people, creating a win-win situation for all parties. 

 

On Demand

Fumigation for Bed Bugs: Alternative Approaches to Control
Presented by Dini Miller, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Using fumigants for bed bug control has increased in popularity, however it remains a specialty service. In this session learn about recent research into this tool and how it could fit into the bed bug control programs being offered by your company.

 

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