Workshop to focus on bed bug awareness, preparation

April 06, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Over the past several years, bed bugs have become a growing problem in the United States. Furniture and mattresses in hotels, college residence halls and apartment buildings have become prime real estate for the undercover critters, and awareness and preparation are the best way to prevent them.

The Centre Region Bed Bug Coalition is holding Landlords vs. Bed Bugs, a free workshop from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on April 21 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Local apartment managers, fraternity house operators and housing officials will learn and discuss potential litigation issues, cost implications and warning signs caused by the tiny insects. They also will talk about what to do when faced with an infestation.

Penn State professor of entomology Ed Rajotte, assistant director of Penn State Housing David Manos and pest control operator Keith Hamilton will give talks on numerous bed bug issues. Topics include the effects of bed bugs on a financial, legal and entomological level. A panel of local rental managers also will discuss experiences handling infestations and share stories of litigation in civil suits regarding bed bugs.

The event will be an opportunity for local housing operators to team up to keep bed bugs from spreading throughout the area. For more information, contact Kevin Kassab at 814-234-7191. To reserve a space at the workshop, contact Kathy Stem at  814-865-1791.

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Last Updated April 13, 2010