Gearing Up For The 2012 North American Bed Bug Summit The Speaker List Is Being Updated Often

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Thursday, September 6th, 2012


Bed Bugs 101: A Look at Bed Bug Basics

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Allie Taisey – BedBug Central

Even if you think you know everything there is to know about bed bugs, this critical pre-session will set the stage for the rest of the Summit program. This primer session will cover bed bug biology, behavior and management techniques. Attendance is strongly advised for anyone new to bed bugs or lacking a comprehensive under­standing of bed bug management. This session is essential to leveraging maximum value from the summit.

Know your enemy: Why pure research is relevant for bed bug control

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Dr. Michael Siva-Jothy – University of Sheffield

An understanding of the  basic biology of the bed bug is fundamentally important to understanding how best to apply current control methods, develop future methods and devise objective tests for the efficacy of the compounds we use to control them. In this session Dr. Siva-Jothy will discuss important aspects of the past 20 years of research he’s conducted in his lab which seeks to understand aspects of the biology of this organism that will, eventually, help us control it. In addition to the natural history of the bed beg, he will examine immunity, symbioses, ecology, and behaviour. The results of this session will shed light on how this unique insect evolved to make its living off us and how we can begin to stop this bug in its tracks.

Designing an Effective Bed Bug Monitor Using Behavioral Traits and Scientific Findings

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Dr. Camilla Ryne – Nattaro Labs AB – Sweden

Insects in general are often dependent on chemical cues in finding mates, food, oviposition sites and hiding places. Bed bugs are not different from other insects in this respect, however it is important to learn differences and similarities in several insect species and how odour responses are mirrored in behaviours. The talk will pinpoint challenges in order to design a functioning monitoring trap, where the insect life strategy is the foundation of a successful design. The presentation will also highlight definitions of odour-based behaviour and the importance of “knowing thy enemy” in order to control and detect pest insects.

Bed Bug Prevention Measures in HUD Housing 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Dr. Dini Miller – Virginia Tech University

While bed bugs are oblivious to the socio-ecomonic status of their victims, they have become a significant problem in affordable (low-income) housing.  While the reasons that bed bugs reservoirs are developing in low-income situations are many, one of the major contributing factors is the lack of financial resources required to control repeated infestations.  Low-income residents, particularly the elderly and disabled, are especially vulnerable to repeated infestation due to their close interactions with other infested residents, and/or homeless family members.    The HUD bed bug guidelines published in 2011, stated that qualifying residents could not be turned away due to bed bug infestations, yet once these residents move into a HUD unit, the financial burden of eradication lies soley with the owner/manager of the facility. This session will highlight a year-long study in HUD housing where bed bug prevention methods were employed to reduce the cost of bed bug control.  This session will  discuss how “limited to no prep” approaches are the most effective for elderly and disabled clients, and the roles of Diatomaceous Earth and heat in community-wide bed bug prevention.

Avoiding Costly Lawsuits: Legal Issues Behind Bed Bugs and Risk Management

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Christian Hardigree – UNLV Legal Specialist

Jeff Lipman – Lipman Law Firm, Attorney and Magistrate Judge

Joel Greenwald – Greenwald Doherty LLP: Labor and Employment Law for Management

Denise McCurry – Gordon & Rees LLP

The incorrect handling of bed bug com­plaints or reported infestations can result in the loss of hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in legal cost and damages. In this session, attorneys will discuss three major areas with bed bug lawsuits: multi-family housing, hospitality and human resources. Speakers in this session will discuss how bed bugs in the office can be a lawsuit waiting to happen and offer various suggestions to prepare for such a situation. In addition, the hospitality industry will highlight lawsuits associated with bed bugs and how this scenario directly affects disgruntled guests, pest management professionals and hospitality staff. The complex and invasive nature of bed bugs also affect multi-family housing. Session speakers will also showcase groundbreaking bed bug cases in various housing complexes and how to protect yourself from such lawsuits. Experts will also look at risk management and the importance of having adequate financial coverage in the event that a bed bug infestation interrupts daily operations.

Thermal Dynamics of Bed Bug Heat Remediation

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Tom Jarzynka – Massey Services

Heat services have become a popular and successful option in resolving bed bug populations in many settings. But how is heat working? What is really happening? This presentation covers some of the basics of thermal dynamics, how heat energy is working within the treatment area and what conditions could prevent attaining the results desired.

From the 1930’s to Now:  The Story of a Company’s Past and Battle to Get Ahead of Bed Bugs

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Paul Ashton – AntiCimex, Denmark

Back in the 1930′s it’s estimated that about half of the apartments in Sweden were infested with bedbugs.  The company Anticimex was founded in 1934 and as the name implies bed bugs were the sole focus.  Now in 2012 the company has branched into 6 countries with around 2000 employees and due to the bed bug resurgence they are once more the focus of Anticimex’s attention.  With business spread out over a large area and encompassing several different languages, Anitcimex has been forced to develop unique and progressive training programs to be sure that quality service and customer satisfaction continue at the level we expect.  In this session, a brief history of Anticimex will be covered, the trials and tribulations of developing a bed bug protocol that suits a large and expanding company and some unique issues the company has faced and how they were overcome.

Bedbug population trends since 1900: a European perspective

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Dr. Klaus Reinhardt – University of Tuebingen & University of Sheffield

Monitoring bedbug populations from year to year is essential to developing strategies. Reconstructing historical population development may also provide clues as to why bedbug populations are currently increasing dramatically. This session will discuss how bedbug populations have changed throughout Europe in the past century. This session will highlight 20 studies that monitored bedbugs for over three years and explain how their findings can directly impact the bed bug industry.  By understanding how bed bugs spread through a community, pest management professionals can help slow the spread of bed bugs and dramatically improve the quality of life for communities that cannot afford broad scale bed bug control.

Reproduction in bedbugs

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Dr. Klaus Reinhardt – University of Tuebingen & University of Sheffield

It has long been theorized that traumatic insemination may be one of the primary reasons why bed bugs are unpredictable in the way that they infest a home.  Attend this session and understand more about bed bug mating, sperm biology and egg laying. The session will outline the significance of this reproduction process for current biological research and will also suggest which areas should be targeted by pest control research to interrupt reproduction to reduce infestations and bed bug populations.

Using genetics to uncover the sources and spread of bed bugs

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Dr. Ed Vargo – North Carolina State University

The resurgence of bed bug has experts questioning population distribution on both the local and global scale. In this session, experts will discuss the relationship between bed bug infestations using genetic analysis of bed bug populations with found in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The results of this work may provide insight on how bed bugs infest a building, how many introductions of bed bugs actually exist in a particular building and where, if possible, the bed bugs being found across the world originated from. This session will additionally discuss how the research will affect the bed bug industry now and in the future.

A Night Out with the Experts

Time: TBA

BedBug Central invites you to join our Summit’s leading speakers and bed bug experts for a casual night of questions and fun interaction at the CABO MEXICAN RESTAURANT.  This will be a unique opportunity to meet with experts to talk about anything ranging from lingering presentation questions to who will win tonight’s game! Add description of location.


Friday, September 7th, 2012

Bed Bugs: the Clinical Relevance

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Dr. Stephen Doggett – Westmead Hospital – Australia

With the worldwide resurgence of bed bugs, the public is increasingly being exposed to the insect and, as a consequence, the various associated health risks. This session reviews the medical and health impacts of bed bugs, both from the bite itself and their potential indirect impact. For example, is it possible that bed bugs can actually drain enough blood from your body to kill you? This question along with long standing urban myths about bed bugs, their bites and clinical effects will be discussed in-depth at this session.

Monitoring and Detection of Bed Bugs

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Dr. Phil Koehler – University of Florida

Bed bug infestations are challenging to reliably detect or monitor because they hide in cracks and crevices but only venture out for blood meals.  This cryptic behavior is challenging for PMPs, and populations become extreme before treatments can be applied. There are several products and methods of bed bug detection that have been developed to include interceptors, enhanced visual detection, detection of bed bug odors, and bed bug attraction to host and harborage cues.  This presentation will review the advantages and disadvantages of each technique.

Medical/Veterinary Significance of Bed Bugs

8:30AM – 9:00 AM

Dr. Roberto Pereira – University of Florida

Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease; however, extreme populations of bed bugs can cause health concerns because they are blood sucking ectoparasites.  Bed bugs were blood fed using different feeding regimes to determine size of typical blood meals when fed daily, 3x per week, or weekly. Based on these consumptions, fecundity, and weight of human/animal host, the size and time to development of damaging populations (>5% blood loss per month) were calculated for adults, children, and pets.

Movement and distribution of bed bugs in multifamily housing: implications on control

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Richard Cooper – Rutgers University and BedBug Central

Richard Cooper will share insights from his research on bed bug behavioral ecology.  This presentation will be break some of the most greatest paradigms regarding bed bug distribution.  Are the majority of bed bugs really associated with beds and upholstered furniture?  What is the fate of low level populations of bed bugs after they have been introduced and how likely are populations to rebound if eradication efforts fall short of elimination and a few bugs are left behind?  Attend this session and you will find out as Richard shares his latest findings regarding the movement and distribution of bed bugs under field conditions and the implications as it relates to eradication efforts and reducing the spread of bugs throughout residential communities.

Managing Bed Bugs on Heavily Infested Properties while Maintaining Client Satisfaction

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Jeffrey White – BedBug Central

As bed bugs become more prevalent in cities across the world, there are buildings in everyone’s community that are extensively infested with bed bugs.  When property managers are faced with these difficult situations, eliminating every infestation in a time efficient fashion may be economically impossible.  The question to pest control companies and property managers becomes what is important to you:  Complete bed bug elimination or client/tenant satisfaction?  In this session Jeff will introduce a time efficient protocol that still reduces large numbers of bed bugs and bed bug infestations that may be ideal for heavily infested properties.

It’s Your Turn to Talk: Interactive Stakeholder Discussion Groups

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This will be a unique opportunity to speak directly with leading bed bug experts and peers about the pressing bed bug issues affecting your industry or sector. As the Summit approaches, BedBug Central will announce the stakeholder group sessions on the webpage: These discussion groups are designed to create a lively round-table atmosphere to provide stakeholder groups with unprec­edented access to experts and their invaluable insights. Your group will engage in a discussion based format where you will have the opportunity to ask frank questions about bed bug issues your industry faces and receive advice, recommendations and answers from both peers and experts. Space is limited for these events, if you would like to attend it is strongly advised that you register as early as possible.

Fundamental Aspects of Detector Dog Behavior: Odor Recognition, Discrimination, and Behavioral Economics

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Dr. Paul Waggoner – Auburn University Canine Detection Research Institute

Regardless of the target substance, understanding basic canine fundamental processes can help to optimize the operation of detector dog as well as assist with training and maintenance.  Such processes include understanding the way in which canines discriminate, generalize and recognize stimuli and behavioral economics that can differ across training activities and working settings. These processes shall be discussed within the context of research that has been conducted at Auburn University’s Canine Detection Research Institute over the last two decades.  The goal of this presentation is to provide an understanding of how detector dogs work and facilitate their effective use within the bedbug control industry.

Are They Dead Yet?  New Insecticide Efficacy Information and Resistance Data

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Dr. Michael Potter – University of Kentucky

Choosing the right insecticide for your bed bug control program can be one of the most confusing decisions a company can be left with.  Trusting which manufacturers claim on product efficacy is the truth and which is a misleading sales pitch can be difficult, if not impossible, without the proper insight from trusted researchers.  This session will discuss different experiments on product efficacy as well as new research pertaining to bed bug resistance to different products.  Also, methods to optimize the effect that products that work have on bed bugs will be discussed.  The goal of this session is to help clear the fog around product efficacy claims and assist companies in choosing the right insecticides for their bed bug control programs.

Pesticide Efficacy Testing Guidelines, 25b Products and the Truth about Advertising Laws

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Kevin Sweeney – Senior Entomologist – EPA

Susan Jennings – Public Health Coordinator – EPA

Marion Johnson – Insecticides Branch Chief – EPA

Kerry O’Brien – Attorney – FTC

Testing an insecticide for its effect on bed bugs can be more complicated that spraying a bug and observing whether it succumbs or not.  The amount of insecticide applied to the bug, the type of surface the bed bug is standing on or the length of time an insecticide is allowed to dry can all affect the results.  The EPA has begun to develop guidelines for the standardization of efficacy testing to assure that results from different research facilities are comparable.  This session will provide an overview of those testing guidelines as well as provide an update on the progress the EPA has made with regulating 25b (EPA exempt) products.  Also, a representative from the FTC will also be present to discuss the nation’s truth-in-advertising laws and how they might affect the claims manufacturers make about their products. The FTC’s approach to advertising claims, disclosures, endorsements, and substantiation will also be discussed.


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