IPCA 2019 Fall Conference

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. Don't miss this exciting event where you can earn valuable CEU credits, network with industry experts, and learn about the latest topics covering the pest control industry. 

Earn up to 9 CEU credits in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, and Missouri.


Online registration is now closed. Please visit us at the registration desk onsite next week to register. 


September 17-18, 2019


President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Click here or call 217-544-8800 to reserve your room.
**Reserve your room by August 20, 2019 to receive the discounted room rate of $117.00/night. After Monday, August 20th rooms and rates will be subject to availability. 

Win Prizes When You Give Back with IPCA's Toys-for-Tots Program! 
IPCA will be accepting monetary donations at the 2019 Fall Conference that will provide funding for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys-For-Tots charity. Those who make a monetary donation will receive a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets can also be purchased during the conference. During Wednesday’s final refreshment break, one winning raffle ticket will be drawn for each available prize. Exciting prizes include an Apple iPad! For additional questions regarding the Toys-For-Tots program, please contact Kirk Connor at hpc1@omnilec.com



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Segment 1: Business (AM Segment)

9:00 a.m. – 4:15 pm.

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Great Fleet Debate
Mike O'Connor, Rose Pest Solutions, Chicago, IL; Michale Panichi, Platinum Pest Solutions, Lansing, IL; Ron Hodgkins, Bel-O Pest Solutions, Swansea, IL
Lease or buy? Wrap or paint? What is the best safety-related tech for vehicles that gives you the best return on your investment? There are dozens of fleet-related questions that business owners struggle to answer every day. Get answers to these and dozens of other questions in this debate-style session where industry veterans argue the pros and cons of fleet-related issues. After the session, keep the business discussion going at the networking lunch that is included as part of your segment 1 registration!

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch
This event is only open to attendees who registered for segment 1 



Segment 2: Technical (PM Segment)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Pest Control and Public Health: Partners for the Good of All
Stan Cope, Ph.D., Catchmaster, Lake Bluff, IL
Pest control and public health are intricately entwined, both in historical development and current applications. This lively and humorous session will examine the brief histories of these two disciplines and define clearly what the dimensions of public health and pest control are. This training will also examine some of the different areas in which pest control benefits public health including psychological impact, economic impact, environmental impact, and medical (health) impact. Lastly, be prepared to take a quick journey through the fascinating world of delusory parasitosis, and how PMPs should handle this delicate situation. 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Not So Itsy, Bitsy, Brown Recluse Spider
Stuart Mitchell, Ph.D., PestWest, Des Moines, IA
In the world of spiders, the brown recluse is one of the most notorious but misunderstood species. Yes, it can be dangerous – the bite can cause necrosis of skin tissue in severe cases. However, the attention and heat this misunderstood spider gets may not all be warranted. Join in on this entertaining and informative session so you can separate the facts from the myth about this important, yet misunderstood, spider. 

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

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Effective Solutions for Eliminating Stored Product Pests
Tom Mueller, Insects Limited, Westfield, IN
The number of stored product pests vastly outnumbers all other structural pest groups. Take this opportunity to reacquaint yourself with the numerous beetles and a handful of moths that can quickly drive you crazy. This session will cover what you need to know about stored product pests and offer some new tips and ideas on how to manage them.

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Industry Appreciation Reception

Be sure to stick around for IPCA's signature event, the Industry Appreciation Reception! Take advantage of this great networking opportunity to meet fellow PMPs from across the Midwest and talk shop with conference speakers and industry experts. This event is included in your conference registration and is open to members and non-members of IPCA. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event! 

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Segment 3: Technical (AM Segment)

7:00 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 Acknowledgements

Mike O'Connor, IPCA President; Michael Bentley, NPMA Director of Training and Education

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Lights, Camera, Action! – The Value of Rat Camming for PMPs: A How-To Approach

Ed Freytag, City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite, and Rodent Control Board, New Orleans, LA
Rat management on a city-wide level can be a daunting task.  Monitoring rat activity in a bustling city like New Orleans takes even more effort.  Find out how New Orleans is using high-tech video cameras to pinpoint areas of rat activity, then targeting them for eradication. 

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
IDPH Testing

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Taking the Sting Out of Stinging Pests
Heather King, Target Specialty Products, Grove City, OH
Stinging insects present many unique problems to PMPs and homeowners alike. The difficulty in controlling social insects is compounded by the public health concerns posed by stinging insects. This session will cover the tips and techniques you need to know to successfully control stinging ants, bees, hornets, and wasps. There are many different questions that can arise when controlling stinging insects, so attend and get them answered!

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

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Carpenter Bees

Mark Vanderwerp, BCE, Rose Pest Solutions, Troy, MI
Forget termites and powderpost beetles for a minute, let’s talk about carpenter bees!  When is the last time you deepened your knowledge of the ONLY group of bees that actively mines into sound, structural wood? Carpenter bees are caught in the schizophrenic zone between being a beneficial pollinator and a wood destroying pest. This session will provide insights into carpenter bee identification, biology, and behavior as well as provide tips on inspection, effective treatment, and getting the story straight with your client—don’t miss it!

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



Segment 4: Technical (PM Segment)

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
The Tiny Termite House: Documenting Tiny Pests with A Big Appetite

Ed Freytag, City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite, and Rodent Control Board
Playing off the idea that tiny pests can cause big problems, a team of researchers built a beautiful, miniature house with functioning electric and plumbing, dumped more than half a million termites on it and then worked to capture all the destruction using state-of-the-art cameras. What they captured was never-before-seen high-definition footage and images of just how termites work together to destroy a home. Come and hear how the results of this project were shared with consumer audiences across the country— driving home the message about why they need to protect their homes.  If you provide termite services, you can’t miss this session!

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Fire Sprinkler Safety

Bob Upson, Fire Protection Specialist, CT
Bed bug heat treatments can raise the ambient air temperature in structures to 130 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Temperatures above 100 degrees can be injurious to fire sprinklers and can cause malfunctions to occur. In this session learn how fire sprinklers work and best practices for protecting fire sprinklers from injury during bed bug heat treatments.

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break & Raffle Prize Drawing!

All silent auction prizes will be awarded after lunch. Cash, credit cards, and check payments will be accepted. Thank you in advance for supporting Toys for Tots.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fleas: What’s Old is New Again

Michael Bentley, Ph.D., BCE, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Controlling fleas is nothing new for PMPs. In fact, we’ve been battling these tiny pests for hundreds of years. In the last decade, however, changes in pet spot-on treatments has resulted in a resurgence of this familiar pest. Find out what findings have impacted the landscape of flea control, and what you need to do to stay ahead of the curve!  


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