Schedule of Events

Bed Bug Virtual Conference

Times, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
“On the Move!” Understanding Bed Bug Movement in Structures

A critical component of effective bed bug control is understanding how these ubiquitous pests move through structures, particularly in multi-family housing. In this enlightening educational session, Dr. Richard Cooper, Senior Director of Service at Terminix, will share his insights about bed bug movement in structures, information he has acquired following years of painstaking research at Rutgers University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Entomology. Cooper, a frequent speaker at industry trade shows and scientific meetings, says nobody knows why bed bugs are so mobile, but it is likely an evolutionary phenomenon that has contributed to their survival. “It’s possible that they developed a strategy over time that by moving throughout an apartment they can find other areas where hosts sleep or rest,” he observes. “That way they can establish aggregations within multiple locations in an apartment or building where they can get food.” You won’t want to miss this eye-opening session presented by one of the country’s leading bed bug experts.

1:50 PM – 2:00 PM
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2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
Bed Bug Control in Group Homes, Shelters and Other Challenging Accounts

When it comes to bed bugs, group homes and shelters are among the most challenging of all accounts. In this informative educational session, Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kauffman will walk attendees through the various steps required to manage bed bugs in these highly complex accounts, from inspection and recordkeeping to educating residents and communicating with staff. As the co-author of Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Living Facilities, there is no better source for this valuable information.

2:50 PM – 3:00 PM
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3:00 PM – 3:50 PM
New Technologies & Approaches for Managing Bed Bugs

As the battle against bed bugs rages on, research continues to push forward and uncover more and more insights about this insidious pest. While the majority of bed bug facts remain consistent with the knowledge shared a decade ago, there are new findings which can help us understand how to adjust our industry’s bed bug protocols to make them more efficient and effective. This “real-world” educational session will review bed bug biology and behavior as well as new control techniques and product innovations the industry can use in the war on bed bugs!

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM
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4:00 PM – 4:50 PM
Developing a Successful Sales & Marketing Plan for Your Bed Bug Business

Bed bugs represent a highly competitive market requiring specialized treatments and sophisticated sales and marketing techniques to maximize a PMP’s return on investment. And Dallas, the headquarters of ABC Home & Commercial Services, is one of the country’s hottest bed bug markets. In this highly anticipated session, Keith Robinson, Vice-President of Commercial Operations, will share his insights into the company’s bed bug program and how recent adjustments led to the program’s most successful year to date in 2018.

4:50 PM – 5:00 PM
Conference Wrap-Up