Urban Pest Management Conference Set for March 25

Daylong annual conference will take place at UC Riverside Extension Center

This image shows two urban pests. On the left is the Turkestan cockroach (male). The one on the right is the oriental cockroach (male). Photo credit: Dong-Hwan Choe, UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Urban pests can be a nuisance.  Some are disease vectors, others structural destroyers.  Certain moth larvae can chew holes in your clothes;  some mosquito species vector West Nile virus and other diseases; and drywood termites will chew into your wood-frame house.   As a result, the effective control of urban pests is a topic of much interest to professionals in the pest control industry.

The University of California, Riverside is hosting the 24th Annual UC Riverside Urban Pest Management Conference on Wednesday, March 25, to address topics such as: Do baits work for cockroach control?  Do bait stations work for mice and rats?  What’s the latest in drywood termite research?  Which pesticides work best for mosquito control? And do repellants work against bed bugs?

The daylong conference will take place at the UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Avenue, Riverside, Calif.  Open to the public, it begins at 7:15 a.m. and ends at approximately 5 p.m.  Registration costs $110 per person.  More information can be had by calling (951) 827-5729.

A full agenda for the conference can be found here.

Last year's conference attracted a large crowd.Photo credit: Brandon Rogers, UC Riverside.

Last year’s conference attracted a large crowd.Photo credit: Brandon Rogers, UC Riverside.

“The conference will cover the latest research about urban pests and is designed to prepare pest management  professionals to best address numerous issues related to the management of pests in and around urban dwellings,” said Dong-Hwan Choe, an assistant professor of entomology at UCR, who is leading the organization of the conference.  “In the face of environmental and economic issues, the need is now greater than ever to review integrated pest management approaches, consider new research results, and share experiences between pest management professionals and research communities.”

Participants interested in continuing education credits from the Structural Pest Control Board and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation may call (951) 827-5729 for details.

“This year we sought out speakers in several areas specifically requested by last year’s attendees:  rodent control, enforcement inspections, and mosquito control,” said Kathleen Campbell, a staff research associate in the Department of Entomology, who is the conference coordinator.  “During the two breaks and lunch, our attendees can interact with speakers and sponsors for more information on areas of interest or concern to them.”

Parking at the UCR Extension Center is included in the registration fee.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-6050
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Additional Contacts

Dong-Hwan Choe
Tel: (951) 827-5717
E-mail: donghwan.choe@ucr.edu

Kathleen Campbell
Tel: (951) 827-5729
E-mail: kathleen.campbell@ucr.edu

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