Pesticide News Story: Draft Agenda Available for Second National Bed Bug Summit: Advancing Towards Solutions to the Bed Bug Problem
For Release: January 12, 2011
A draft agenda for the Second National Bed Bug Summit scheduled for February 1-2, 2011, is available at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc/bedbug-summit/2nd-bedbug-summit.html. This Summit is being hosted by the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup and will focus on the current status of the bed bug situation and progress since the first summit. During break-out sessions the attendees will discuss and identify knowledge gaps and suggest areas of emphasis to improve control on a community-wide basis. The Summit will conclude with recommendations for developing a national response for bed bugs. Topics to be covered during the plenary session and during the break-out groups include:
Topics to be covered during the plenary session and during the break-out groups include:
- an examination of how all levels of governments can facilitate and encourage effective bed bug control and prevention;
- a panel discussion on the effect of appropriate communication strategies on bed bug control and prevention, successful strategies for reaching out to critical populations (such as non-English speakers or transient populations) and addressing the needs of special
populations such as elderly, disabled or hoarding residents;
- an update on the current status of both chemical and non-chemical treatment techniques;
- a discussion on efforts to control bed bugs in structured settings, such as schools, and multi-family and public housing;
- an examination of how and why educating workers on bed bug control and prevention on a sector basis can improve outcomes for the entire community; and
- a panel discussion on current and future research efforts into bed bugs and how a coordinated strategy might improve outcomes.
The National Bed Bug Summit meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center at 3800 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC. Rooms are available at the conference center hotel at a special conference rate of $181.00 per night; reservations must be made by January 17 (ask for “Federal Summit”).
Further information including how to register is available at the web link above. In addition, the meeting will be available via webinar. Details will be announced separately and will be available on the website.