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Workshop for Health Professionals on Bed Bug Prevention and Control

Posted: September 24, 2010

Bed bugs are becoming a city-wide problem, especially in multi-family housing, shelters, apartments, and senior living centers. Health educators can learn about preventative practices as a first line of defense to protect themselves and their clients from a bed bug infestation by attending a workshop sponsored by Congreso de Latinos Unidos.

"Helping People Prevent, Recognize and Resolve Bed Bug Infestations" will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, 2800 N. American St., located in the Eastern Upper North area of Philadelphia.

Educators from the Philadelphia School and Community IPM Partnership (PSCIP) and Penn State’s PA IPM Program will administer the workshop. Participants will learn how to recognize bed bugs and their signs, detect early infestations and what to do if an infestation is found. “We’ll discuss how health workers can protect themselves from carrying bed bugs home. In addition, getting rid of bed bugs requires everyone to cooperate. We will discuss the best ways to communicate with residents, landlords and pest control providers on bed bug issues,” explained Michelle Niedermeier, PSCIP coordinator. “In addition, pest control professionals will demonstrate the use of steamers, mattress covers and climb-up interceptors for bed bugs.” Participants will also receive educational materials in Spanish and English that can be used to further educate both themselves, and their clients on preventing, recognizing and eradicating bed bugs.

Registration is limited. For more information and to RSVP please contact Michelle Niedermeier at 215-471-2200 Ext. 109, or mxn14@psu.edu.

PSCIP was formed eight years ago after the Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program (PA IPM) at Penn State began looking for community-based solutions to manage pests effectively and safely in indoor environments. For more information on PSCIP, including meeting minutes, partners in the initiative, and current and future activities, visit http://www.pscip.org.

The Pennsylvania IPM program is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture aimed at promoting integrated pest management in both agricultural and urban settings. For more information, contact the program at 814-865-2839, or go to www.paipm.org.