Expert to speak at bed bug seminar

July 12, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Centre Region’s transient population has made treating the growing bed bug issue difficult. This month, the Centre Region Bed Bug Coalition has recruited national bed bug expert, Richard Cooper, to provide pest control operators, property owners and managers with comprehensive bed bug management information.

The Centre Region Bed Bug Coalition (CRBBC) is a joint effort by the Borough of State College, Centre Region property owners and managers, commercial pest management operators, Penn State Entomology Extension and Penn State Housing to provide education about treatment and prevention of bed bug infestations.

The two hour seminar will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 19, at the Nittany Lion Inn, located at 200 West Park Avenue, State College, Pa., on Penn State's University Park campus. Leading the seminar is Richard Cooper, a leading expert in bed bug prevention and management, as well as vice president of Bed Bug Central and technical director of Cooper Pest Solutions.

During the seminar, Cooper will review an extensive range of topics including: bed bug biology and behavior, the challenges associated with achieving control, treatment methods, and the liability risks associated with bed bug management.

“This seminar is really designed to provide pest control operators, property owners and managers and other decision makers with the information they need to consider to achieve effective bed bug management,” said Cooper.

Cooper's expertise with bed bugs has been showcased all over the world including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, MSNBC and media outlets in Russia and Japan. Seminar attendees will walk away with a better understanding of all aspects of bed bugs through demonstrations of equipment, informational literature, and Cooper's insights on comprehensive bed management.

"The recent resurgence of bed bugs is global phenomenon and there are a number of us in the Centre Region who are interested in proactively managing the issue," said David Manos, assistant director of Penn State Housing and CRBBC Member. "We're very lucky to host Rick, who is an excellent source of strategy and information for pest control operators, property owners and managers in Centre County."

Contact Kathy Stem at 814-865-1791 or for more information and to make reservations for the event. There will be a $20 entrance fee made by check only, payable to the Borough of State College.

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