Workshop on Bedbug Biology and Control Methods

Posted: June 29, 2010

The bedbug workshop "Bedbug Biology and Control Methods" is being held July 1, 1-3 p.m. at the Resources for Human Development facility at 4700 Wissahickon Avenue in Philadelphia. The seminar is being offered through a partnership of Penn State University’s Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program (PA IPM) and RHD’s “Partnership for Employment” Program.

Chronic pest infestation in urban environments cause health problems and degrade quality of life. Yet repeated use of many pesticides indoors is also harmful to health. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to pest management that emphasizes prevention of pest problems and use of the most effective, long-term and least hazardous solutions. In Philadelphia, there is a need for training in this field and also a need for well-qualified employees for pest control businesses.

Speakers at the bedbug workshop include PA IPM Program’s Lyn Garling and Martin Overline of Aardvark Pest Management in Philadelphia. Garling will review bed bug biology and behavior, summarize control strategies being used, recent research on pesticide resistance and community issues and efforts to deal with bed bugs. Overline will discuss his work with bed bug detecting dogs in multi-family housing and demonstrate his box truck retrofitted to heat household items to kill bedbugs.

Live bedbugs and their predators will also be on hand for observation under a microscope. Pesticide applicator credits for Pennsylvania and New Jersey applicators will be available. For more information about the urban pest management training program or the bedbug workshop, contact RHD at (215) 951-0300 x 3915.

RHD’s Partnerships for Employment is dedicated to extending a helping hand while

tearing down barriers to employment and building new partnerships. Matching job-ready participants from the Philadelphia Prison System with available jobs at a variety of businesses through skills and ability assessments, employment referrals, case management and job placement monitoring, Partnerships for Employment develops resources that promote and build better lives for participants, their families, and their communities.

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