Global Bed Bug Summit Offers Impressive Educational Program

Event features industry experts discussing the latest bed bug research and control strategies.

November 15, 2018

The bed bug market has become an essential service offering for a growing number of PMPs. It has become so important, in fact, that the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) hosts a Global Bed Bug Summit, along with a modest trade show, featuring the world’s leading bed bug experts on an every-other-year basis.

This year’s iteration of the conference is planned for Nov. 27-29 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, Colo., just steps away from the Mile High City’s premier attractions. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the Colorado Pest Control Association’s Fall Conference on Nov. 27.

Speakers and topics at this year's event reads like a “Who’s Who” of the scientific research and academic community including:

• Dr. Brittany Campbell, NPMA, Morning Kickstarter with Bed Bugs: A Complete Review and Refresher
• Dr. Dini Miller, Virginia Tech University, The Latest Breakthroughs and Discoveries in Bed Bug Science
• Dr. Stephen Doggett, Westmead Hospital, NSW, Is Resistance to Blame? Evaluating Control Failures and Insecticide Resistance in Bed Bugs
• Dr. Karen Vail, University of Tennessee, Expanding Your Bed Bug IPM Tool Box
• Dr. Alvero Romero, New Mexico State University, Understanding the Potential for Disease Transmission in Bed Bugs
• Dr. Chow Yang Lee, Universiti Sains Malaysia, The Global Response to the Future of Bed Bug Pest Management
• Dr. Susan Jones, The Ohio State University, Tracking Bed Bugs Using Proteins and New Techniques
• Dr. Rick Cooper, Rutgers University, Overcoming the Challenges of Bed Bug Control in Multi-Unit Housing
• Dr. Changlu Wang, Rutgers University, The Latest and Greatest Bed Bug Research Developments at Rutgers University
• Dr. Nina Jenkins, Penn State University, Novel Fungal Pesticides for Bed Bug Control
• Dr. Zachary Devries, North Carolina State University, Bed Bug Feces and Allergies: Why Bed Bugs Continue to be an Important Public Health Pest


Also appearing on the program is Jeff White of BedBug Central, who will discuss Proactive Bed Bug Service Models. PMPs appearing on the program include Ross Treleven, Sprague Pest Solutions; Jay Everitt, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions; Tom Jarzynka, Massey Services; Adam Vannest, Northwest Exterminating; Keith Robinson, ABC Home & Commercial Services; Travis Aggson, American Pest Management; Brandon Gile, Platinum Pest Solutions; and Jeff King, Pest Rangers.

Closing out the program is a presentation by Amanda Tongue of Vault Communications, who will discuss the latest information regarding bed bugs featured in the Professional Pest Management Alliance’s (PPMA) Bugs Without Borders survey.

Sponsors of the three-day event include BedBug Central, ActiveGuard, MGK, AMVAC, ConidioTec, EcoRaier and Heat Assault. NPMA Strategic Partners include BASF, Bayer, Corteva Agriscience, FMC and Syngenta. Look for coverage of the Global Bed Bug Summit in PCT and on PCT Online.