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VPMA's Master Technician Series: Pest Flies and Bed Bugs

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VPMA brings you the Master Technician Series Workshops: Pest Flies and Bed Bugs

September 12 and 13, 2023 at the Calhoun Family Investment Center

436 Calhoun St., Richmond, VA 23220

The Master Technician Series provides technicians with in-depth, hands-on training using state-of-the-art microscopes to learn about biology and identification, plus covers treatment, products, and best practices for each pest group. The series of 8 workshops investigates the following major pest groups - Ants, Bed bugs, Blood-feeding Arthropods, Termites, Occasional Invaders, Cockroaches, Rodents, and Pest Flies.

At the completion of each workshop, participants will receive a certificate designating them as a VPMA Master in the specific pest group they have attended. Once a technician has mastered four of the pest groups, special recognition will be made at the final workshop designating them as Master Technicians.

Pest Fly Transparent BEDBUG

Pest Flies

Bed Bugs

September 12, 2023 September 13, 2023
Cost Member $209/ Non-Member $330 Cost Member $209/ Non-Member $330
Attend Both Pest Groups & Save! Member $400 / Non-Member $650

The first half of the workshop will walk participants through the identification, biology, and behavior of the major pest fly species. Each participant will use a reference collection of specimens and a taxonomic key to identify different flies by their physical characteristics.  Maggot identification will also be taught.

The second half of the workshop will include:

  • Comparison of filth flies and small flies
  • Inspection for different types of flies
  • Control protocols for pest flies – a discussion of attributes of different control products
  • Prevention protocols for pest flies

The first half of the workshop will discuss the basics of Bed bug biology, behavior, and provide an overview of the importance of monitoring (the future is monitoring!), prevention, and how to maximize the flexibility of your control methods. 

The second half of the workshop will include multiple demonstrations including:

  • Cost and efficacy of chamber and whole-house fumigation
  • Monitoring
  • Demonstration of new barrier products, coupled with Aprehend.
  • Development of bed bug APM programs for specific situations.

Attend these workshops to get these species under your Master Technician belt!


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