Pest management professionals (PMPs) seeking the latest information on bed bugs descended on Denver for the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) Global Bed Bug Summit held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel Nov. 27-29.
The event, which is sponsored by Bed Bug Central, kicked off with a beer tasting reception in EXPO Central the evening of Nov. 27. More than 40 suppliers, manufacturers and service providers showcased bed bug monitoring and control solutions.
More than 500 registered to attend the event this year, an all-time high, said Phil Cooper, founder and former CEO of Bed Bug Central.
A day of learning was on tap Nov. 28, as the Global Bed Bug Summit began with an opening session titled “Morning Kickstarter with Bed Bugs: A Complete Review and Refresher.” NPMA Entomologist Dr. Brittany Campbell provided a review of bed bug biology and behavior to help get attendees ready for the rest of the day’s presentations.
Next up was the Opening General Session, presented by Dr. Dini Miller, an urban pest management specialist for the Commonwealth of Virginia at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Va. She broke down the latest bed bug research.
Bed bug-related educational sessions were held concurrently throughout the day.
Dr. Karen Vail, professor in the department of entomology and plant pathology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., shared effective bed bug control methods as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) protocol.
Dr. Alvaro Romero, assistant professor of urban entomology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M., examined the potential for disease transmission by bed bugs.
Jeff White, technical director, Bed Bug Central; Judy Black, MS, BCE, CP-FS, vice president of technical services for Rentokil Steritech; and Jeff King, president of the Pest Rangers, shared ways to be proactive when discussing bed bug control with property managers.
Dr. Rick Cooper, vice president of Bed Bug Central, Lawrenceville, N.J., delved into the challenges PMPs face when providing bed bug management in multi-unit housing.
The last educational session of the day featured a look at the Professional Pest Management Alliance’s (PPMA’s) 2018 Bugs Without Borders survey.
After a couple of hours in the exhibit hall, attendees mingled with Global Bed Bug Summit presenters, who shared their bed bug management expertise in an informal setting.
The last day of the Global Bed Bug Summit began with breakfast served in the exhibit hall. Then, Dr. Changlu Wang, associate professor of entomology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., shared research that examined behavior of those with bed bugs. In apartments, he said, beds have more bed bugs than sofas. Research also showed women were more likely to report bed bugs than men, and newer residents were more likely to have bed bug infestations, he said. The elimination rate of bed bugs was better when integrated pest management protocols were used.
Joe Latino, president of Allergy Technologies, maker of ActiveGuard mattress liners, mentioned a unique way of serving the community as he introduced Dr. Changlu Wang. He said he and his team compiled a comprehensive database that includes about 75 bed bug management products, and welcomed the addition of more. In addition, it discusses the research that underpins a particular product and includes links to the bed bug related research in the public domain. He encouraged attendees to stop by the booth to learn more.
Attendees could qualify for continuing education units by attending many of the sessions. The Global Bed Bug Summit is held every other year; in 2016, it took place in Indianapolis.