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StopPests webinars on bed bugs, cockroaches in public housing

StopPests is offering three free webinars on IPM in affordable housing, covering bed bugs, cockroaches, and rodents. See the descriptions and the registration links below. Although housing professionals are the target audience for these presentations, we invite pest management professionals and anyone whose work and life is impacted by pests in affordable housing to join us. See these announcements and previous StopPests webinars here at StopPests.org’s webinar page.

Turning Failure into Success: Bed Bug Management in Affordable Housing

Presenter: Rick Cooper, PhD – Rutgers University, Cooper Pest Solutions, Terminix

Date: July 11th 2018

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern

Register: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WelM7euuSa6xiyfh8BUYyA

Chronic bed bug infestations and severe bed bug infestation rates in multifamily buildings are becoming more common due to the lack of effective bed bug management programs. This webinar presentation will increase housing professional’s understanding of how bed bugs are successfully controlled with examples of assessment-based management plans. Participants will learn 1) how and why bed bugs spread throughout living communities resulting in high infestation rates and escalating management costs, 2) why bed bug management has been largely ineffective in affordable housing communities 3). what methods are most effective for controlling bed bugs, 4) to apply a scientifically proven method for complex-wide management of bed bugs in affordable housing communities that results in long-term cost savings and improved quality of life for residents.

If you work in affordable housing you don’t want to miss the opportunity to register for this free training to hear Rick Cooper. Rick worked in the pest management industry before earning his Ph.D. at Rutgers University where his research focused on bed bug management with an emphasis on affordable housing communities. He is currently the Director of Special Programs at Terminix and is also serving as Technical Director for Cooper Pest Solutions. His unique background combining industry perspective and real-world experience with scientific research will provide you with realistic and effective solutions specific to the challenges found in the affordable housing environment.

Developing a Pest Exclusion Program for Cockroaches and Rodents

Presenter: Matt Frye Ph.D. –  NYS IPM Program, Cornell University Cooperative Extension

Date: September 12th 2018

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm Eastern

Register: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x-C5zHgrSFqEuVziojCrcA

To date there are no training guides on how to implement exclusion for pest management, which may prevent company owners from creating an exclusion division. However, housing staff, especially maintenance and facilities staff and pest management professionals are uniquely qualified to identify entry points and harborage for cockroaches and rodents. This session will emphasize the steps in developing an exclusion program from the basics of identifying entry points to recommendations for sealing openings of different sizes and for different pests.

You don’t want to miss this free training with pest exclusion expert, Matt Frye Ph.D. The focus of Matt’s work at the NYS IPM Program is to help people prevent issues with pests such as rodents, bed bugs, ticks, cockroaches, and indoor flies. Take advantage of the Q&A time for the opportunity to ask for recommendations for existing problems. Housing and pest management professionals who join StopPests for this webinar are guaranteed to see your buildings and homes with a new pest proofing perspective.

Integrated Pest Management—A Simple Solution to Problem Pests in Elderly and Disabled Public Housing

Presenters: Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., Shujuan (Lucy) Li, Ph.D., Shakunthala (Shaku) Nair, Ph.D.  – Arizona Pest Management Center, University of Arizona–MAC, Maricopa

Date: November 14th 2018

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern

Registration: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dy_hKHuxRymPX6VAPIQdew

Join us for this free webinar training to hear Drs. Gouge, Li, and Nair describe efforts to implement an IPM program in HUD subsidized multiunit properties that house low-income elderly and persons with disabilities. Results over 2.8 years, across 5 buildings, showed significant reduction of German cockroaches and bed bugs. Averaging reductions across all sites there was an 87% reduction in units with German cockroaches and an 93% reduction in units with bed bugs. Learn how the team accomplished this with available pest management tools, regular inspections and monitoring and adopting strategies appropriate for residents and staff. These tools can be applied to your housing site to achieve similar success. Managing pests is not out of reach in elderly and disabled housing. Pest management and housing professionals can tune in to find out how to duplicate this successful approach in their own buildings and developments.

Contact stoppests@cornell.edu for more information.


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