NPMA Annouces National Bed Bug SymposiumNPMA Staff
Monday, July 13, 2009
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), in cooperation
with the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Association of
Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials and the National
Apartment Association, will host a National Bed Bug Symposium,
first in Newark, NJ on Aug. 25 followed by Seattle, WA on Aug. 27.
With the ongoing national conversation about the resurgence of bed
bugs - and with Representative G.K. Butterfield's (D-NC) proposed
federal legislation to help state and local officials combat these
pests - this upcoming symposium will help attendees to better
understand these pests as well as address the public and legal
issues related to bed bugs.
infestations are on the rise in all 50 states. According to
industry research, pest management companies have reported a 71%
increase in bed bug calls since 2001 and annual sales from this
pest have increased by more than 30% in 2008 over the year prior.
Further, the United States' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
recently held a National Bed Bug Summit in Washington, D.C. to
discuss the burgeoning issues associated with bed bug infestations
for homeowners as well as for hotels, college dormitories,
multifamily housing and more.
This Symposium is a proactive next step in helping to address
the intense concerns that hoteliers, property/maintenance managers
and multifamily housing complex owners have expressed over the
resurgence of bed bugs. It will serve to provide necessary
education regarding these elusive pests and offer critical advice
and resources on how to properly eradicate bed bug infestations.
From identifying bed bugs and inspection techniques to public
affairs and legal ramifications, the Symposium will provide tips-
both preventative and corrective- to help attendees make informed
decisions while protecting their customers and establishments.
Hoteliers, public health and public housing employees, property
managers and owners, college dormitory supervisors, cruise ship
administrators, furniture rental facilities, hospital
administrators and anyone working with housing the general public
are urged to attend. Beyond the educational component of the
Symposium, this event will also feature a Marketplace, which will
offer attendees the opportunity to learn more about the products
and services available to prevent and eradicate infestations.
Due of the sensitivity of this issue, attendees will also
be provided opportunities to ask questions of the expert
instructors anonymously and meet with trained professionals to
address site-specific questions in a confidential
For more information about the Bed Bug Symposium, notably the
educational program and online registration, please visit www.npmapestworld.org/events,
or call NPMA at (800) 678-6722. For more information on bed bugs or
to find a local pest professional, please visit www.Pestworld.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit
organization with more than 6,000 members, was established in 1933
to support the pest management industry's commitment to the
protection of public health, food and property.