education & events

Managing Bed Bugs in Affordable Housing

Global Bed Bug Summit  |  Registration  |  Hotel Information  |  Program  |  Optional Ski Trip


November 29, 2018
Sheraton Denver Downtown
Denver, Colorado

Join us for the 2018 Managing Bed Bugs in Affordable Housing, an event designed to provide you with the information you need from a technical and business perspective, so that you can better understand bed bug problems and how to work with pest management professionals to solve them. 

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Hotel Information

Sheraton Denver Downtown just steps away from the city's premier attractions, invites you to experience the best of Mile High City. Located on a mile-long pedestrian promenade filled with outdoor bistros, shopping and entertainment and situated in the heart of Denver’s financial and business district, we’re a superb choice for both work and play.

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 
1550 Court Place 
Denver, CO 80202

Reservations: click here or call 1-888-627-8405 by November 2, 2018 to receive the group rate of $149 per night. After November 2, rooms and rates are subject to change. 


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Thursday, November 29th

6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Global Bed Bug Summit Registration

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast in EXPO Central

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
T General Session:
The Latest and Greatest Bed Bug Research Developments at Rutgers University
Changlu Wang, Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers Urban Entomology program has spawned some of the best information available on bed bugs. The research from this program has extensively covered monitoring for bed bugs and evaluated a plethora of products for bed bug control. The latest highlights from this program will be shared on cost-effective bed bug control that will provide immediate benefits to your customers.

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9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break in EXPO Central

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9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
From Ancient Greece to Modern Cities: How the Bed Bug has Influenced Human Societies
Marcia Anderson, Ph.D., Environmental Protection Agency, Arlington, VA
This dynamic and fun presentation will cover how bed bugs crept into beds and tormented the early Greeks and Romans, impacted religious crusades, and then invaded Louis the 14th court. They continued their travels with settlers and immigrants to the New World, where bed bugs inspired and jazzed up the music and literature industry. You won’t want to miss this talk on bed bug history and how bed bugs continue to influence culture and society today.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Refreshment Break in EXPO Central 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bed Bug Litigation in Multi Unit and Municipal Housing
Jeff Lipman, Lipman Law Firm, Des Moines, IA
Bed bugs are problematic in multi-unit housing. Time is of the essence in dealing with a bed bug introduction and preventing them from becoming a building wide disaster. Jeff will discuss the sea change in litigation and duties of care from the early days of reactive based methods, to inspection based models, to what is now a proactive preventative based model for dealing with bed bugs. The legal landscape is quickly evolving to require property managers to be educated in hiring a qualified PMP and implementing useful and meaningful strategies in dealing with bed bug management and control. It is no longer enough to rely on your pest management professional to avoid legal liability.

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch in EXPO Central

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Developing a Comprehensive IPM Program for Affordable Housing
Susannah Reese, Northeastern IPM Center – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Rick Cooper, Ph.D., Cooper Pest Solutions
Proactive bed bug control has been at the forefront of bed bug control conversations for some time. One hurdle is determining how to convince property managers to stay ahead of this bug and to teach them the importance of being proactive. This session will provide and outline several different proactive bed bug models from knowledgeable pest management professionals that have been on the front lines of bed bug battles. Following the presentations, an interactive Q&A will allow attendees the chance to ask questions and dig deeper on how each professional implemented the programs.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
T Closing General Session:
When Less is More – Using Fewer Monitors to Achieve High Impact Bed Bug Detection
Karen Vail, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
It’s hard to replace the value and ease of visual inspections for bed bugs. Unfortunately, human eyes sometimes miss low infestations and require a lot of time for a thorough inspection. The use of monitors can really increase your bed bug detection and provide a valuable service to customers. If cost is a concern you have with monitoring, then attend this session to learn how using a few monitors can result in high impact bed bug detection.

Optional Ski Trip

JOIN US Friday, November 30th – Sunday, December 2nd for a post-ski trip event at the beautiful Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colorado. An additional fee of $195 per person is required for this trip, which includes transportation to the event and a welcome reception. 

The Lodge at Vail is an intimate, alpine boutique hotel that evokes the charm, warmth, and old-school allure of Europe’s finest chalets. Built in 1962, it remains the cornerstone of Vail Village, located just steps from Gondola One. Revel in the proximity to the slopes, exceptional dining, shopping and cultural experience of Vail Village, all from the ultimate comfort and unique memories offered by the Lodge at Vail.

To make hotel reservations, please call 888-367-ROCK (7625) and mention our group code, VC0NPM, to receive the discounted room rate of $203 per night. Make your reservation by November 5th to receive the discounted room rate. After November 5th rooms & rates will be subject to availability.