IPCA Fall Conference


September 26-27, 2017
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Springfield, IL

Join the Illinois Pest Control Association for its annual Fall Conference, where you will learn the most current information about key pests and control strategies. Join us to learn from industry experts, network with peers and see the newest products and techniques that will have you poised for a prosperous 2018.

Nine CEU credits have been applied for in Illinois and Indiana.


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Segment 1
September 26
Afternoon Session

$71 $81

Segment 2
September 27
Morning Session

$71 $81

Segment 3
September 27
Afternoon Session

$71 $81
  IDPH Review Course $35 $50


**IPCA Members Receive a Discount if Attending Multiple Sessions

Two Sessions = $125 (Please specify which two sessions you will be attending)

All Three Sessions = $175



1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
IDPH Review Course
Taking the test on Wednesday?  Make sure to sign up for the IDPH test review course on Tuesday for an opportunity to walk through any final questions you may have.  Additional fee required.


Tuesday, September 26 PM – Segment 1

11:30 a.m. – 4:15 pm.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m
German Cockroaches - Biology, Behavior and Control
Travis Chambers, BASF

Are you comfortable managing customer expectations for a German cockroach infestation? Would you know how to handle a German Cockroach cleanout in a sensitive site where product use is limited? Learn everything from biology and control to setting expectations and limitations for even the most challenging German Cockroach jobs in this candid talk let by industry expert, Travis Chambers.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ticks: Biology, Behavior and Control
Nicky Gallagher, Syngenta

The successful management of any pest begins with proper identification as well as a thorough understanding of its biology and behavior. This is especially true when managing ticks. Join us for an exciting technical session reviewing the identification, biology, behavior, and control of ticks commonly encountered in the pest control industry.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Winning the Fight Against Rodents
Sara Knilans, Bell Laboratories, Inc.

Rodents are more than just a nuisance. They are important pests that contaminate our foods, destroy infrastructure, and spread disease. In this session, subject-matter expert Sara Knilans provides an overview of commensal rodents, and discusses the most effect management options and control strategies for these dangerous pests.


Wednesday, September 27 AM – Segment 2

6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
IDPH Testing

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
IPCA Welcome, Association Update, Vendor Intro

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Looking Back and Looking Forward Into the Future of Bed Bug Control
Brian Hirsch, Protect-A-Bed

Over the past few decades, bed bugs have resurged as one of the more challenging urban pests to manage. Understanding where they live and breed, how they find food, and the tools we use to manage them can give pest control operators the advantage in controlling these prolific insects. Learn about all this and more as Dr. Susan Jones shares where we’ve come, what we’ve learned, and where we are heading in the control of this important urban pest.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where Three Lines Meet at the Collar… Box Elder Bugs
Stuart Mitchell, Ph.D., PestWest Environmental

Think you know Boisea trivittata? Ever wonder what makes these congregating creatures crawl and climb on the wings? In this session, learn what makes Boxelder bugs tick, to prevent your customers from becoming ticked-off!

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Myrmec – What?
Stuart Mitchell, Ph.D., PestWest Environmental

Myrmecology from the Greek: myrmex, "ant" and logos, "study" is a branch of entomology focusing on knowing ants inside and out. In this session, learn to know ants inside and out, to deny ants inside and keep them out!

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch & Exhibits


Wednesday, September 27 PM – Segment 3

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Spider Management 101: Tips, Tricks, and Reliable Solutions
Brian Sundnas, Control Solutions, Inc.

Are all spiders venomous? Should you rely on the same control strategies for every species of spider? Get answers to these and many more questions in this engaging session with Brian Sundnas as he discusses practical tips and practices for spider control in and around homes.

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Perimeter Pest Management
Arnold Ramsey, FMC

Establishing and maintaining a sound exterior management program is the first line of defense for any pest control program. Perimeter pest management lowers interior infestations by reducing pest pressures around the structure, thereby reducing callbacks while improving customer satisfaction. Find out how to take your program to the next level in this informative session that discusses exterior pest control strategies that provide long-term management for common urban pests.  

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
Brian Sundnas, Control Solutions, Inc.

Every winter, large numbers of brown marmorated stink bugs invade homes in search of warmth and protection from the cold. One of the only solutions to stopping this overwintering pests has been some form of exclusion. But, how effective are common exclusion practices? Are there standard guidelines that should be followed? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this session.


Exhibit Hall

With a multitude of supplier representatives, the IPCA Fall Conference is a one-stop-shop for all of your business needs.  Check out the exhibit hall and:

  • Learn about new services and products
  • Gain a better understating of current control techniques
  • Network with peers and suppliers
  • Find solutions that work specifically for your company

Hotel Reservations

To make reservations at the President Abraham Lincoln call 1-866-788-1860 and mention “IPCA” to receive discounted room rate of $112.00/night. After Monday, September 4, 2017 rooms will be available at the discounted rate based on availability.


Parking fees are included in your registration rate.  A parking pass will be provided to you upon registration. Please make sure to put this pass is a safe place, as the pass will cover both days of your attendance.


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