84th Annual Purdue University

Pest Management Conference

January 6-8, 2020

The Leading Conference for Innovative IPM

MONDAY 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open 8:00 am - 10:00 am Business Workshop (click here for more information)
Moderated by Dave Mueller, Insects Ltd.
Top issues in industry business will be discussed in an open forum, Management strategies, networking, brainstorming and more.
Indiana CCHs: NONE
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Pest Control 2020: Leveling Up – How to Transform a Noob into a Boss
Presented by Ray Johnson, Johnson Pest Control; Jeff McGovern, The Resource Shop & Mark VanderWerp, Rose Pest Solutions
Moderated by Mark Sheperdigian, Rose Pest Solutions

A three-part talk covering elements of strengthening your knowledge and development as a PMP. (1) Skins – setting yourself up for success focus on personal presentation and communicating with others, (2) Gear – protecting yourself and your stuff, (3) Cheat Codes – enhancing your abilities and planning for the future.
Indiana CCHs: 1.5 (each) in 3a, 3b, 7a, 7b, 7d, 8 & RT
1:15 pm – 5:20 pm Monday General Session 1:15 – 1:30 pm Opening Ceremonies
Presented by: TBD
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Vectors & Pollinators

Gene White, Rentokil
Gene will update the group with best practices, the whole process, new diseases, IPM strategies, new technologies, proper equipment and communication of expectations; including how vector control is being used in lawn control.

Pollinators & Regulatory
Leo Reed, Office of the Indiana State Chemist
Updates in pollinator safety requirements plus a regulatory update.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (each) in 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7b, 7d & 12; 2 (each) in 7a, 8 & RT
3:30 - 3:50 pm Coffee Break – Loeb Foyer
3:50 – 5:20 pm Ant Management
Karen Vail, University of Tennessee
Urban ant pest management update with problem-solving scenarios.
Indiana CCHs: 1.5 (each) in 7a & RT
5:30 - 8:00 pm Exhibit Reception – All conferees welcome!
Memorial Union Ballrooms

TUESDAY 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open 8:00 – 10:20 am
Technical Session
8:00 – 9:00 am Detecting Low Level Bed Bug Infestations
Karen Vail, University of Tennessee
When bed bug infestations are small, it can be challenging to pinpoint where and how to treat for them. This talk will focus on solving this problem.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (each) in 7a & RT
9:00 – 9:20 am Scan Break – Loeb Foyer
Pastries and Coffee available in STEW 218
9:20 – 10:20 am The Sherlock Holmes Approach to Rodent IPM
Bobby Corrigan, RMC Consulting
Become a rodent detective! How to use clues to determine what rodents are up to and how to apprehend these pests.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (each) in 7a, 7d & RT
10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

10:40 – 11:40 am TECHS ONLY: Reducing Conducive Conditions (optional)
Rich Williams, R-Pro Partners & Solutions
Keeping pest insects out of structures - basic exclusion procedures.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (each) in 7a, 7d & RT

12:45 – 1:45 pm Specialty Session – Bats (optional)
Jack Searls, AAC Distributing
Biology and behavior, treatment and management strategies to keep bats out of your hair.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (each) in 7a & RT

2:00 – 5:40 pm
Technical Concurrent Session
2:00 - 3:00 pm Spiders
Jamel Sandidge
Update on spiders, health implications, and the overall importance of spiders and management programs.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (ea) in 7a & RT
Food Pest IPM Concurrent Session IPM in Audited Accounts
Dan Collins, McCloud & Dominique Sauvage, Copesan
Understanding the auditors requests, delivering understandable information.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (ea) in 7a, 7d & RT
3:00 – 3:20 pm Coffee Break
In STEW 218
Coffee Break
In STEW 218
3:20 – 4:20 pm Emerging Insects
Arnold Ramsey, FMC
Occasional Invaders including clover mites, brown marmorated stinkbugs and oddball roaches.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (ea) in 7a & RT
There’s a Bug in my Taco
Dan Baldwin, Terminix
Fast food accounts, working them like food plant accounts for best results.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (ea) in 7a, 7d & RT
4:20 – 4:40 pm Coffee Break
In STEW 218
Coffee Break
In STEW 218
4:40 – 5:40 pm Cockroach Management
Mike Scharf, Purdue University
A progressive approach to roach management including multi-unit housing.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (ea) in 7a & RT
Logical Food Defense
Randy Schaap, Arnie’s Bakery
A practical pest management approach to protecting and defending our food from intentional contamination.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (ea) in 7a, 7d & RT

Lab Tours
5:40 - 7:20 pm
7:30 - 9:00 pm
7:00 – 9:00 pm Specialty Session – Fumigation Update (optional)
Douglas Products
New technologies, equipment, strategies and laws and regulations in fumigation will be discussed.
Indiana CCHs: 2 (each) in 7d & RT

WEDNESDAY Registration Open 7:00 - 10:30 am 8:00 - 11:20 am
Wednesday Morning Session
8:00 - 10:00 am Down and Dirty Inspections and Common Mistakes Inspectors Make
TJ Neary, Insect Technologies
An in-depth talk on things inspectors need to look for and often miss, what a good inspection consists of start to finish, tracking carpenter ants, determining activity of powder post beetles, and more.
Indiana CCHs: 2 (each) in 7b, 12 & RT
10:00 - 10:20 am Coffee Break
Loeb Foyer
10:20 - 11:20 am Forensics
Ralph Williams, Purdue University
How to use investigative approaches in identifying and solving pest problems.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (each) in 7a, 7d & RT

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Awards Luncheon
Scholarships and Attendance Awards
All Attendees Welcome – PMU Ballrooms
1:00 - 3:20 pm
Wednesday Afternoon Session
1:00 - 2:00 pm Ticks
Mike Dryden, Kansas State University
Current research will be discussed and factors affecting IPM programs will be included.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (each) in 7a & RT
2:00 - 2:20 am Coffee Break
Loeb Foyer
2:20 - 3:20 pm Better Ways with New Technologies
Jeff McGovern, The Resource Shop
As treatments and monitoring evolves, the goal is to decrease impacts on the environment and non-target creatures, as well as the impact on the bottom line. How these technologies are changing even the way we communicate about pest management.
Indiana CCHs: 1 (each) in 3a, 3b, 7a, 7b, 7d, 8 & RT