REGISTRATION OPEN – 9TH INTERNATIONAL IPM SYMPOSIUM

Online registration is now available for the 9th International IPM Symposium that will be held March 19-22, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The symposium will be held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Register now and take advantage of the early bird price of $375. The registration fee includes admission to all symposium sessions, Wednesday poster session reception, three continental breakfasts, and refreshment breaks. The special price is good until February 19. For registration visit https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/registration.html 

Program: CHANGE IN FORMAT: The Symposium opens on Monday, March 19 at 5:00 PM with a keynote presentation by Dr. Dini M. Miller, Professor, Virginia Tech University, and Urban Pest Management Specialist, State of Virginia. Dr. Miller is an internationally recognized expert in the area of urban pest management, specializing in bed bug and German cockroach biology, behavior, and control. The 2018 IPM Achievement Awards will also be presented on Monday evening. Continue reading

‘Bed Bug Control Starts with Good Contracts’ Webinar

StopPests in Housing is holding a webinar “Bed Bug Control Starts With Good Contracts” on March 22nd, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST. Property managers/landlords, procurement and other housing staff will gain an understanding of the importance of good pest control contracts in effective bed bug management. Speakers, Dr. Dini Miller from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Dr. Stephen Kells from University of Minnesota will share their extensive knowledge of contract language and the oversight needed to ensure an integrated pest management (IPM) approach is taken with proactive inspections, record keeping, monitoring, and appropriate treatment protocols. This webinar is open to anyone to participate but will specifically address the issues and needs of affordable housing providers. Registration is limited to the first 1000 people. The webinar will be recorded and archived at stoppests.org. To participate in the live event register here Bed Bug Control Starts With Good Contracts .

Virginia Tech experts tackle bed bugs in public housing

Two Virginia Tech extension entomologists proved that safe bed bug control doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s more effective when it’s proactive.

In 2011, Virginia Tech masters student Molly Stedfast and her faculty advisor, Dini Miller, set out to test a preventive, low toxicity bed bug remediation program, combined with resident and staff education, in an apartment complex for low-income, disabled residents. The trial program lasted for three years. Results of the program were published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

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Bed bug webinar available online

The recorded webinar “Lowering Costs with an In-House Bed Bug Preventions and Management Plan” is now up online here: http://stoppests.org/vtechbedbug

On that same page you will find a link to the questions and answers asked during and after the webinar, the slides from the presentation, and other helpful links.

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Friends of IPM winner Molly Stedfast co-hosts webinar on bed bugs

The original post is at StopPests.com.

If you’ve ever dealt with an infestation of bed bugs, you already know they are rather challenging pests. They can be expensive and difficult to control in multifamily housing. Just when you think a treatment was successful, they start to come back! Bed bugs do not transmit disease, but they do present some unique challenges. The strain on the pocket books and mental well-being of those living with bed bugs makes them a big concern for those who work and live in affordable housing. One of our goals at StopPests is to help you manage bed bugs property-wide. That includes preventing infestations where you can and responding to those that arise with researched, effective control methods. On September 10, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT, StopPests will be hosting a free webinar on in-house bed bug prevention and management. Dr. Dini Miller and her student Molly Stedfast will present and answer questions about their research and experience managing bed bugs in public housing. For more details and to register click here: http://www.stoppests.org/vtechbedbug

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Virginia Tech masters student wins regional award for inventive bed bug remediation

Not every Masters student knows what it’s like to live with a bed bug infestation, but Virginia Tech masters student Molly Stedfast has worked with people who do. Since starting her masters project with Dr. Dini Miller in the fall of 2010, Molly has developed a bed bug integrated pest management plan and training for both residents and staff of public housing apartments. At the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America meeting on March 17, Molly received a regional award for her work.

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