Thursday, February 10, 2011
Urban Pest Management Conference
On February 7 and 8, the annual Urban Pest Management Conference was held at the Cornhusker Hotel here in Lincoln. Over a dozen of our IPM coalition members, including representatives from industry, health departments, Nebraska Department of Ag, EPA, tribes, school districts, and child care joined us. The conference included presentations about pests, pesticide safety, and IPM as well as open lab sessions that provided a hands on look at common pests. I gave an update about all the IPM projects we have going here in Nebraska, including the coalition and our IPM in Schools program. We also had a demonstration from Spots, the bed bug sniffing dog, who has become somewhat of a local celebrity!
This conference is in its 19th year and provides an educational opportunity for anyone interested in pests and pest management, and recertification for pesticide applicators in structural, fumigation, wood destroying, or public health categories.