Editor’s word: Zach DeVries, assistant professor, College of Kentucky, offered the next recap of November’s College of Kentucky Brief Course.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In November, PMPs gathered in Lexington, Ky., for the fiftieth anniversary of the College of Kentucky Pest Management Brief Course — a welcome return to in-person coaching. Whereas initially designed as a brief coaching expertise, the convention has grown to a 3-day program with one of many strongest lineups of audio system and matters within the nation, and coaching offered at this 12 months’s Brief Course didn’t disappoint!
This 12 months’s convention had attendees from 10 completely different states comprised of these working in pest administration, multifamily housing, public well being, college programs, and meals processing. As well as, this 12 months’s convention acknowledged two excellent technicians for his or her contributions to the business. And in an effort to make sure coaching was accessible to all pest management personnel eager about attending, a live-stream possibility was provided to these unable to attend in individual.
On day one of many convention, talks got on gear operation and upkeep (Matt Christensen; Critter Management, Lexington, KY), pesticide resistance (Dr. Jamel Sandidge; Nisus Company, Rockford, TN), panorama invaders (Dr. Jonathan Larson; Dept. of Entomology, Univ. of Kentucky) and small flies (Scott Robbins; Motion Pest Management, Evansville, IN). These talks offered a pleasant mixture of sensible recommendation paired with fundamental information of the pests and issues PCOs face every day.
On day two of the convention, talks got on rodents and wildlife management (Scott McNeely; Winston Salem, NC), minimizing pest injury claims and ant management (Kim Kelley-Tunis; Terminix, Atlanta, GA), what to do when catastrophe Strikes (Dr. Fred Whitford; Purdue Pesticide Applications, West Lafayette, IN), and stinging pests (T.J. Neary; Insect Applied sciences, Lexington, KY). These talks had the viewers each laughing and studying, particularly Dr. Whitford’s interactive demonstration of what to do when a pesticide spill happens.
On the ultimate day of the convention, talks got on mattress bugs and cockroaches (Dr. Zachary DeVries; Dept. of Entomology, Univ. of Kentucky), the enterprise of mattress bugs (Panel Dialogue), termite biology and management (Dr. Religion Oi; Division of Entomology and Nematology, Univ. of Florida), and battling the brown recluse (Dr. Jamel Sandidge; Nisus Company; Rockford, TN). These displays offered necessary updates and reminders on a few of the most difficult pests within the area.
This 12 months’s Brief Course was not solely academic, however quite a lot of enjoyable. It was nice to see and work together with so many mates and colleagues as we start to return to regular. Subsequent 12 months’s Brief Course is certain to be even higher, and is scheduled for November 1-3, 2022 in Lexington, KY. No matter the place you reside, if you wish to be taught and enhance as a pest management operator you must take into account attending.