IPCA Fall Conference


Join the Illinois Pest Control Association for its annual Fall Conference, where you will learn the most current information about key pests, green and organic programs, and control strategies. Learn from industry experts, network with peers, and see the newest products and techniques that will have you poised for a prosperous 2019. 

Earn nine CEU credits in Illinois and Indiana! 

September 11-12, 2018

President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701 

For questions, contact our manager of meetings, Susan Courtney (SCourtney@pestworld.org)

For discounted hotel reservations, call the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield at
217-544-8800 and mention the IPCA Fall Conference.  The discounted room rate is $114/night. The Early Bird deadline has been extended to 8/28! Rates will increase after this time, and rooms may not be available.  Call ASAP to reserve your room.  If you need help securing a room, please email our manager of meetings, Susan Courtney at SCourtney@pestworld.org.

*Members save even more!  Click HERE to become a member. 

Tuesday, September 11th – Segment 1 (PM Segment)

11:30 a.m. – 4:15 pm.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Your Guide to Identification and Control of Wood Boring Beetles: What Every PMP Should Know 
Jeff Caudill, Nisus, Rockford, TN
Do not miss this informative session to learn about the biology and behavior of the other wood destroying insects, wood boring beetles, that re-infest structural lumber. In addition, hear the essential tips to correctly identifying the clues and evidence of these destructive pests, and assess your knowledge of wood-boring beetles.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Advanced Strategies for Safe and Effective Rodent Management

Sara Knilans, Bell Laboratories, Madison, WI
The intelligence, craftiness, and reproductive capacity of rodents makes them a persistent problem in nearly every environment.  Learn how to decode rodent behavior and movement throughout structures and gain workable control strategies developed in the field.  Make sure you attend this session and put yourself in a great situation the next time you get a rodent call.

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

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Everything You Never Knew You Didn’t Know About Respirator Safety

Michael Bentley, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Is a formal respiratory program necessary for every pest control company? When should a respiratory fit test be performed, and how often? Get answer to these and many other questions in this safety-focused training that navigates the complicated and sometimes overwhelming universe of respirator safety. Attendees can breathe easy after attending this energetic session!

Wednesday, September 12th  – Segment 2 (AM Segment)

6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

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

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Shutting The Door On Flies

Brian Sundnas, Control Solutions Inc., Pasadena, TX
Flies make up a very challenging group of pests and they seem to show up in the most unexpected places. This session will cover control strategies for the pest flies you frequently encounter and explore how their biology and behavior can be used against them. Be sure to attend this informative session that will teach you the intricacies of successfully applying IPM to some of the peskiest pests in your most demanding accounts.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
IDPH Testing

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Ant Management: Down to A Science
Michael Bentley, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Each year, ants top the list as the number one nuisance pest. Don’t miss this exciting session that takes you into the world of ants to understand why these insects are so difficult to control, and how to avoid the most common management mistakes. It’s time to understand the science behind controlling America’s number one nuisance pest. 

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

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Personal Protective Equipment: Your Guide to Safety on the Job 

Tommy Reeves, Oldham Chemical, Memphis, TN
Whether you’re at the office, on the road, or at the job site, safety should always be the central focus. Make sure you are properly equipped and prepared for every on-the-job hazard with this important session that reviews the critical components to personal protective equipment that every PMP should have. 

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

Wednesday, September 12th  – Segment 3 (PM Segment)

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
A Progressive Approach to Cockroach Management
Mike Weissman, Syngenta, Chesterfield, MO

Cockroaches are treated with disgust and disdain worldwide – and for good reason. They are known to harbor dozens of pathogenic organisms that can cause illness in humans and have been implicated as an important source of allergens that can exacerbate symptoms of asthma. In this session, get the latest information about advanced strategies for managing cockroaches and how to avoid common pitfalls to elevate your cockroach management program to the next level!    

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Termites: Biology, Behavior, and Control

Travis Chambers, BASF, Grain Valley, MO
Termite management can be a rewarding but frustrating aspect of the pest management industry. End the frustration, and re-stock your termite treatment toolbox in this presentation that addresses the behavior and identification of the most common subterranean termites encountered by pest management professionals in the United States. Additionally, attendees will hear helpful tips and strategies for overcoming the many challenges of managing termites from the prospective of an experienced member of the pest management industry.    

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

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Spiders: A “Spin” Class Exercise

Rich Williams, R-Pro Partners & Solutions, Noblesville, IN
Are you ready for a workout and webs of fun? This interactive session takes attendees thru a fast-paced and exciting training route to managing commonly encountered spiders around homes and other structures. Gain a better understanding of spider biology, creepy behaviors, and methodology that will help novice and expert PMPs to better control this challenging pest.


Many thanks to our conference sponsors!


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