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Which Came First? The Bed or the Bug? - Bed Bugs 201
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 02:00 PM EDT - 04:30 PM EDT

As bed bugs hitchhike across the country, they increasingly find their way into school residence halls, childcare centers, and multi-family dwellings. In this webinar, we will touch on our history with bed bugs and explore in detail recent improvements in bed bug detection, monitoring, and control technologies. 


Our presenters will discuss the importance of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to bed bugs and the latest control strategies for a variety of sensitive environments. IPM is an approach that uses a hierarchy of practices, including education, pest exclusion, sanitation, biological controls, mechanical methods, and chemical options, to reduce unnecessary pesticide exposure while providing sustainable bed bug control.


Learn what you should and should not do when dealing with bed bugs, as well as issues you should be aware of. We'll provide you with suggestions for both interviewing pest management professionals and setting expectations for their services. Join us as we discuss this next level of IPM tactics for bed bug management in your community. 


​Space is limited to the first 1,000 to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar.


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Please Note If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact us at school.ipm@epa.gov at least a week before the event.

Event Speakers

Marcia Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson is with EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM. She holds a PhD in Environmental Management from Montclair State University along with degrees in Biology, Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture, Instruction and Curriculum and is a Certified Tree Expert for the state of NJ. Marcia was formerly a professor of Earth and Environmental Studies, Geology, and Oceanography for 15 years at several NJ universities.


Michael Merchant, PhD

Dr. Merchant is an Urban Entomologist for the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center. He hold a PhD (Entomology) from Texas A&M University and Masters degree (Entomology) from Purdue University. Mike is the leader in promoting IPM in Texas schools, public housing and through Insects in the City blog. He also develops educational materials for the public as well as training programs and materials on pest management for the landscape maintenance and pest control industries.


Jeffrey White

Mr. White is the Director of Innovation and Technical Content for the Bed Bug Central and Cooper Pest Solutions. He holds a Masters degree (Entomology) from the Univeristy of Florida and focuses on researching bed bug biology and behavior as well as evaluatiing tools and techniques for thier control. Jeffrey has been featured as a bed bug expert on ABC's The View and World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, NBC's Today's Show and Nightly News with Brian Williams amoung many others.

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