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NPMA Establishes Blue Ribbon Bed Bug Task Force

Group to develop industry-wide response to bed bug pandemic.

PCT Magazine | November 19, 2010

Fairfax, Va. — The National Pest Management Association established the NPMA Blue Ribbon Bed Bug Task Force, a broad-based stakeholder group whose goal is the development of an industry-wide comprehensive response to the bed bug pandemic sweeping the globe, including education, best practices, policy and research.

“The Bed Bug Blue Ribbon Task Force is simultaneously addressing a broad range of topics,” said NPMA senior vice president Bob Rosenberg, “but will focus initially on the development of best practices for bed bug inspections and treatment, including K-9 inspections. The task force’s efforts are designed to ensure that the pest management industry remains at the forefront of the war on bed bugs and ensure the continued credibility of the industry with consumers, media and policy makers.”

During an organizational meeting at PestWorld, NPMA’s recent annual conference and exposition, the task force identified four key areas on which it will focus. These key areas are Best Management Practices, Credentialing, Certification and Training; Public Policy; Public Outreach, Education, Messaging and Data Needs; and Research and Efficacy.

Workgroups were assigned to each of these key areas. The following individuals have been appointed to each workgroup:

Best Practices
Lonnie Alonso, Columbus Pest Control, OH
Chris Arne, Rentokil - Ehrlich/Presto-X, PA
Matt Beal, OH Department of Agriculture
Judy Black, The Steritech Group, NC
Michael Botha, Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, HI
Jay Bruesch, Plunkett’s Pest Control, Inc., MN
Norman Goldenberg, Terminix International, TN
Ron Harrison, Orkin Pest Control, GA
Debra Kay, Envirotech Pest Solutions, CO
Stephen Kells, University of Minnesota
Todd Leyse, Adams Pest Control, Inc., MN
Dini Miller, Virginia Tech University
Matt Nixon, American Pest Management, MD
Mark Sheperdigian, Rose Pest Solutions, MI
Scott Steckel, Varment Guard Environmental Services, Inc., OH
Rich Stevenson, Modern Pest Services, ME
Alfie Treleven, Sprague Pest Solutions, WA
Louis Witherington, Falcon Termite & Pest, FL

Public Policy
Matt Beal, OH Department of Agriculture
Donnie Blake, Okolona Pest Control, Inc., KY
Norman Goldenberg, Terminix International, TN
Susan Jones, Ohio State University
Mike Katz, Western Exterminator, CA
Mark Sheperdigian, Rose Pest Solutions, MI
Rich Stevenson, Modern Pest Services, ME

Public Outreach
Dave Burns, Burns Pest Solutions, AZ
Liza Fleeson, VA Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Gail Getty, University of California
Andrew Klein, Assured Environments, NY
Mark O’Hara, Anderson Pest Solutions, IL
Phil Cooper, Cooper Pest Solutions, NJ
Mike Rottler, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, MO
Alfie Treleven, Sprague Pest Solutions, WA

Research & Efficacy
Michael Botha, Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, HI
Jay Bruesch, Plunkett’s Pest Control, Inc., MN
Steve Dwinell, FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Ron Harrison, Orkin Pest Control, GA
Susan Jones, Ohio State University
Stephen Kells, University of Minnesota
Phil Koehler, University of Florida
Dini Miller, Virginia Tech University
Lois Rossi, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Changlu Wang, Rutgers University

Each workgroup is scheduled to meet in the near future to identify scope and timeline, with initial deliverables scheduled to be available at the National Bed Bug Forum, Jan. 5-7 in Denver, Colo. Information about the task force and all task force documents are available at www.npmapestworld.org/publicpolicy/task_force.cfm

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