“We’re celebrating our Centennial. Beginning in 1912, this year marks 100 years of entomology here at Purdue University,” said Gary Bennett, professor of urban pest management for Purdue’s Entomology Department, at the kick-off of the Annual Purdue Pest Management Conference held January 9-11. “This is the 76th pest management conference we’ve held here, and every year, input from our attendees helps us to make each conference more enriching than the one before.”
The three-day conference offered more than 20 educational sessions, giving attendees the opportunity to step up to pest management’s cutting edge by learning about new technologies, techniques and business strategies. Highlights of this year’s conference included a Monday morning session by Hall of Famer Paul Hardy, senior technical director of Orkin Pest Control. He explored new technologies available to pest management professionals (PMPs) and some of the improved integrated pest management strategies changing the way many companies are conducting the technical side of their businesses.
Monday afternoon, Gene White (MS ’96), director of education and training for Rose Pest Solutions, Troy, Michigan, discussed exclusion technologies and practical tips for their use.
On Tuesday afternoon, Dan Collins, Purdue alum and owner of Collins Pest Management, Evansville, Indiana, broke down the differences in the behavior and treatment of what he refers to as “the big roaches,” the American cockroach and the Oriental cockroach. Collins provided valuable techniques for pest-proofing areas, and the pros and cons of some cockroach baits.
Tuesday’s program also offered concurrent technical and management sessions that covered everything from termites to social media in the pest management business.
On Wednesday, Hall of Famer Dr. Bobby Corrigan (BS ’77, MS ’80, PhD ’95), founder of RMC Consulting, provided an “Update on Urban Rodent IPM.” Dr. Mike Scharf of Purdue Entomology discussed “Insecticide Resistance in Bed Bugs and Cockroaches.”
Other highlights of this year’s conference included a “Bed Bug Research Update” by Dr. Steve Kells (PhD ’98), University of Minnesota, and a lesson in “Bed Bug Biology” by Mark Sheperdigan, Rose Pest Solutions.