IPCA 2023 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 up to 9 CE credits, network with industry experts, and learn about the latest topics covering the pest control industry.

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Win Prizes When You Give Back with IPCA’s H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE Charity Raffle!

IPCA is excited to be working with H.E.R.O.E.S. Care for the 2023 Fall Conference Charity Raffle! H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is an affiliation of program partners working together to provide support to local military families with financial aid, employment opportunities, mental health care, and much more. Those who make a monetary donation at the 2023 Fall Conference will receive a raffle ticket. Winning raffle tickets will be drawn on Wednesday for each available prize. For additional questions regarding Fall Conference Charity Raffle, please contact Kirk Connor at hpc1@omnilec.com.




Credits approved in IL, IN, KY, and MI. View this page for more information!





  Member Nonmember
Any one segment $75.00 $125.00
Any two segments $115.00 $180.00
Full Registration (3 Segments) $130.00 $205.00


Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made on the following schedule. All refund requests must be made in writing and submitted to meetingsteam@pestworld.org.
More than 31 days before the first day of the event: 100% refund
Within 25-31 days before the first day of the event: 75% refund
Within 18-24 days before the first day of the event: 50% Refund
Within 11-17 days before the first day of the event: 25% Refund
Within 10 or less days out: No refund







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



Reserve your room by September 4, 2023, to receive a discount room rate of $122/per night plus taxes.

Click on the link above or call 1-217-544-8800 to reserve your room. 

*After September 4th, rooms and rates are subject to change. 





Tuesday, September 19

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, September 20    

7:30 AM- 3:00 PM

Tuesday, Sept 19

4:30 pm- 6:00 PM

Wednesday, September 20 

7:30 AM – 3:15 PM




8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.




8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Curt Colwell, Ph.D. | Governor Altgerd

This course is designed and led by Dr. Curt Colwell, retired Entomologist with the IDPH Division of Environmental Health. Armed with decades of exam experience and industry knowledge, Dr. Colwell has carefully designed this prep class to review the critical subject areas you need to know to pass the exam. Additionally, attendees can expect to complete a pre- and post-assessment practice test to help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your scope of subject matter knowledge. The registration fee for this class is $65 for IPCA members, and $95 for nonmembers. This class will be capped at 50 people.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS DOES NOT REGISTER YOU FOR THE STATE EXAM. You must contact the IDPH directly to register for any licensing exams.




1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Don't Let Opportunities "Fly" Away: Mastering the Art of Nuisance Bird Control

Ray Olschewski, ACE, Bird Barrier, New Market, MD

'The Art of Bird Exclusion' will introduce the biological aspects that go into effective bird control strategy. With the advent of multi-sensory technology, there are now more cost-effective and profitable ways to exclude birds. Come learn how these various new deterrents should be used to understand bird behavior.

Salon A & B


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where Do You Find Wood Destroying Insects?

Jason Everitt, Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions, St. Louis, MO

It’s not as simple as it sounds. Explore the wide world of wood-destroying insects and refresh your knowledge of their habits and habitats. In this session, delve into what WDO’s are and where to find them.

Salon A & B


3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

Salon C & D


3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The Public Health Importance of Rodents

Mike Bentley, PhD, BCE, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA

Salon A & B

It is well-known that rodents are a major pest, resulting in significant structural damage.  However, rodents are also major threats to human health, a fact which for years has been underappreciated.  This lively and interesting session will clarify for attendees exactly HOW rodents impact public health, as we will look at some statistics and numbers as well as briefly discuss some of the most important pathogens (viruses, bacteria, etc.) transmitted to humans by rodents.  Finally, the unmitigated importance of using proper personal protective equipment when dealing with rodents will be emphasized.


4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Industry Appreciation Reception

Sponsored by Neogen | Oldham Chemicals

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.

Salon C & D





7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

Salon C & D


7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Salon A & B Foyer


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

IDPH Testing

Governor Altgerd

SEPARATE REGISTRATION THROUGH IDPH REQUIRED: You must contact the IDPH directly to register for any licensing exams.


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

IPCA Welcome and Association Update

Wayne Ritenour, IPCA President

Salon A & B


8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Latest Advances in Bed Bug Control for Pest Management Professionals

Johnalyn Gordon, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Salon A & B

Bed bugs continue to challenge pest management professionals in spite of established, standardized protocols that have been developed to effectively control them. In this presentation, we go over novel findings that help explain why bed bugs can still evade even our most aggressive control measures. In addition, we will go over strategies to troubleshoot problems that you may encounter in even your most frustrating bed bug accounts.


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Cockroach Biology, Behavior and Control

Jason Meyers, PhD, BASF, Grain Valley, MO

Cockroaches are public health concerns in a wide variety of spaces. These unwanted guests can infest homes, restaurants, and commercial spaces alike. In this session, get to know what makes them tick and how you can exploit their behavior to your advantage in your mission to protect the health of your community.

Salon A & B


10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

Salon C & D


10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Digging for Small Flies (and the Power of Customer Persuasion)

Tom Dobrinska, Anderson Pest Solutions, Des Plaines, IL

Small flies are one of the most challenging pests we deal with. There are two reasons for this. First, small fly infestations require intensive inspection that is necessary to identify ALL of the possible harborage sites. Secondly, the need for customer cooperation for the elimination of small flies is arguably greater than the cooperation needed for the elimination of any other pest. In this presentation, we will discuss inspection and treatment tips as well as communication tips to solve these challenging infestations.

Salon A & B


11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch with Exhibitors and Raffle Drawing

Raffle tickets for all prizes are available for sale from any IPCA board member or event staff. Cash, credit cards, and check payments will be accepted. The raffle will take place at 1:00 p.m.  Thank you in advance for supporting the H.E.R.O.E.S. Cares Organization!

Salon C & D




1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Managing The Midwest's Most Problematic Pest Ants

Johnalyn Gordon, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Ants are one of the most challenging urban pests to manage. In fact, 61% of PMPs estimated an increase in ant control revenue in 2023 according to PCT. Diverse behaviors exhibited across species, colony fracturing after treatment, trouble with ant identification, and cryptic nesting habitats are just a few of the reasons why pest ants can be tough to eliminate. In this presentation, we'll go over some ticks and tricks for managing some of the most problematic ants in the Midwest, including odorous house ants, carpenter ants, pavement ants, and more.

Salon A & B


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Termite Control: Basics and Beyond

Bill Blue, Corteva, Jacksonville, IL

Dig into the fascinating behavior of termites! Learn why these characteristics of termite colonies make them so resilient while at the same time so susceptible to modern day property protection strategies. Refresh and expand your knowledge of these widespread structural pests in this informative session.

Salon A & B


3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Salon C & D


3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Stored Product Pests: Practical Uses of Pheromones

Tom Mueller, Insects Limited, Indianapolis, IN

We are at a turning point in the pest control industry. With a focus on the prevention of pests rather than the reaction, it is more important than ever to understand the valuable information pheromones can provide. In my session, we will be discussing the practical uses of pheromones including what they are, how they work, and how to use them so pest control professionals can make timely decisions based on the data provided by the monitors.

Salon A & B



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