RICHFIELD, Ohio — Whether you are service professional seeking to learn the most innovative and progressive pest management techniques, or an owner/operator interested in the latest business trends, the Mallis Handbook Technical Forum, set for Dec. 5-7 at the Renaissance SeaWorld at Orlando, has you covered. A sample of the speaker lineup includes; Jay Bruesch (Pest Control in Food Plants & Complex Commercial Accounts); Gary Curl (Looking Back-Growing Forward: Market Trends in the Pest Management Industry); and Scott McNeely (wildlife control).
The first-ever Mallis Handbook Technical Forum, set for Dec. 5-7 at the Renaissance SeaWorld at Orlando, features dinner with the authors in addition to a broad mix of technical sessions featuring some of the most sought-after speakers in the pest management industry. CEU credits will be awarded. Florida has approved the following CEU credits: 3 hours of core; 5 hours of GHP; 1 hour of WDO and 6 hrs Limited Structural.
Also, every registrant will receive a coupon for a 40 percent discount on the purchase of the 10th Edition of the Handbook of Pest Control.
JUST ANNOUNCED: PCT is offering a special one-day registration price of $99 for the Mallis Technical Forum for anyone who might like to come in for one day (e.g., Florida residents) to attend the conference.
Registration cost of the three-day conference is $299 per person. Group discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same company. A student registration rate of $169 per person also is available. To register, visit www.mallishandbook.com/forum or call 800/456-0707 and ask for a conference representative.
A brief overview of the conference program follows:
Dr. Michael Potter, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
Termites continue to be a core market for PMPs from coast-to-coast, but the science of termite control has advanced significantly since the previous edition of the Handbook of Pest Control, challenging conventional thinking as it relates to this prehistoric pest.
The Amazing World of Rodents
Dr. Robert Corrigan, RMC Pest Management Consulting, Richmond, Ind.
Learn the latest research findings about rats and mice while being regaled with stories from the "front lines" of the pest management industry by one of the most talented and entertaining speakers to grace any podium.
The Secret Life of Ants
Dr. Karen Vail, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
One of the most highly evolved and dominant group of insects in the world, there are few creatures more intriguing than the ant. From the growing threat of invasive species and a discussion of the feeding habits of ants to practical strategies for controlling specific ant species, Dr. Karen Vail will provide attendees with a wealth of information they can apply immediately to their business, reducing callbacks and enhancing control for an array of structure-infesting ants.
Occasional Invaders & Overwintering Pests
Frank Meek, Orkin Pest Control, Atlanta, Ga.
While occasional invaders may appear to be "minor" pests to the pest management professional, they are "major" pests to the client. From earwigs and silverfish to lady beetles and brown marmorated stink bugs, this veteran PMP will share his practical insights about the biology and control of common and not-so-commonly encountered occasional invaders.
Born to be Wild
Scott McNeely, McNeely Pest Control, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Are you thinking about entering the urban wildlife market or expanding your offerings to include a broader range of vertebrate pest control services? Whether its groundhogs, marmots and porcupines or snakes, moles and opossums, you'll get the answers you need at this informative session.
Pest Control in Food Plants & Complex Commercial Accounts
Jay Bruesch, Plunkett's Pest Control, Fridley, Minn.
After nearly 30 years in the business, Jay Bruesch — the longtime technical director of Plunkett's Pest Control who was elected to the Minnesota Pest Management Association Hall of Fame in 2006 — is uniquely qualified to discuss complex commercial environments and share his expertise. If you're interested in learning more about what it takes to succeed in the highly competitive commercial sector, don't miss this session.
Implementing Structural Pest Management
Jeffrey Tucker, Entomology Associates, Houston, Texas
Before front-line service personnel can be successful they must understand the basic tenets of Structural Integrated Pest Management (SPM), which is where Jeff Tucker, a Board Certified Entomologist and noted industry consultant, comes in. Whether you're an owner/operator, technical director or technician, upon leaving this session you'll be armed with everything you need to incorporate SPM into your treatment protocols.
Bed Bugs & Spiders & Cockroaches, Oh My!
Stoy Hedges, Terminix International, Memphis, Tenn.
In this session, the editorial director for the 10th Edition of the Handbook of Pest Control shares the key highlights from the chapters devoted to Ectoparasites: Bed Bugs & Kissing Bugs, Spiders and Cockroaches.
Building an Insect Collection: How to Get Started
Stoy Hedges, Terminix International, Memphis, Tenn.
Insect collecting is not only a great hobby, but a valuable learning tool for PMPs and technical directors interested in enhancing the educational experience of front-line service personnel. Learn how to create a high-quality insect collection — from collecting and preserving insects to mounting and displaying your specimens — in this informative, "hands-on" session.
Tom Myers, All-Rite Pest Control, Lexington, Ky.
Tom Myers, owner and president of All-Rite Pest Control, is a respected nature photographer whose extensive knowledge of insects has enabled him to take exquisite photographs of these remarkable creatures. His travels around the globe have generated an impressive portfolio of stunning images that will inspire anyone with a passion for insects. Learn the tricks of the trade from one of the finest insect photographers in the country, a man who has had his work published in leading publications throughout North America, including National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Visit www.mallishandbook.com/forum for more information and to register.
While at the Mallis Technical Forum, visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
More than five years in the making, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has become the most highly anticipated entertainment experience of 2011 or any year. The Harry Potter books and films have captured the hearts and minds of millions – and now, guests can experience the adventure first-hand at Universal Orlando Resort. The spectacularly themed area, inspired by J.K. Rowling's compelling stories and characters, features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant – all faithful to the books and films.
Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be swept into the adventures of Harry Potter. They will tour Hogwarts castle, shop in Hogsmeade and dine in the Three Broomsticks. Other adventures will allow them to fly with Harry, ride on a dragon, sample Butterbeer, eat exploding sweets – and experience all the magic and adventure of the Harry Potter books and films.
And there's no better time to visit Universal Orlando Resort than in early December, when crowds are the smallest of the year and visitors can tour the park at their leisure. To learn more, visit www.universalorlando.com.