Tennessee Cockroach and Bed Bug Management in Low-income Multifamily Housing Meeting 2015

Tennessee Cockroach and Bed Bug Management in Low-income Multifamily Housing Meeting

Stop Bed Bugs Illustration of a bug climbing a tall building

Bed Bugs Sucking the Budget Out of Your Buildings?

Attend the 1st Annual Tennessee Cockroach and Bed Bug Management in Low-income Multifamily Housing Meeting to be held July 29, 2015 in the Hollingsworth Auditorium, UT Institute of Agriculture, Knoxville

Who should attend?

  • Housing managers, purchasing officers, and pest control, maintenance and other staff
  • Pest control company managers and technicians serving these and other communities (7 Tennessee re-
  • certification points for categories 7, 8, 10 and 12)
  • Community partners (personnel from charitable organizations; community action committees; furniture, garment and appliance rental or recycling vendors; homeless shelters; and depts. of health, parks and recreation, or transportation, etc.)

Hear National Experts Drs. Dini Miller (Virginia Tech) and Changlu Wang (Rutgers) discuss successful bed bug and cockroach management strategies in multi-unit structures.  Gain the Tennessee perspective from Dr. Karen Vail (UT) as she covers bed bug monitoring, watch Adam Williams and Lee Braddock (Johnson City Housing Authority) demonstrate the use of steam in an in-house bed bug management program and discover the industry perspective from Doug Bost (Orkin). Listen to Susannah Reese (Cornell University, NE IPM Center, StopPests in Housing) as she brings it all together in her presentation on IPM in Housing.

Visit vendors/booths:

  • Bed Bug Pajamas, Inc.
  • ZappBug
  • Bed Bug Battalion
  • Susan McKnight, Inc
  • Mattress Safe, Inc.
  • Tennessee Healthy Homes Partnership
  • UT Entomology & Plant Pathology Urban IPM Program


Online – Online registration closed.
Mail – Mail in registration closed.

Program – Registration opens at 7:30 am and the meeting starts at 8:30. Campus has been very congested with construction projects and rerouting of traffic.  We suggest getting to campus by 7:30.

Map – Meeting in Hollingsworth Auditorium in the Plant Science Building on the corner of Joe Johnson Drive and E.J. Chapman Dr. If you are using MapQuest for directions,  2531 Joe Johnson Drive, Knoxville,TN 37996-4500 will get you close to the meeting site.

Parking Park in student lots CFN1 and C4. Obtain a parking permit from students standing nearby and place on your dashboard before heading to Hollingsworth auditorium.

Lodging – A room block has been arranged at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park. Rooms are $88 a night plus taxes and fees.  To reserve a room, use this link TN Cockroach and Bedbug Management Meeting Booking Link for the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park for online reservations or call 865-522-2800, ask for reservations and mention the code CBM.

A free shuttle is available for hotel guests. It is first come, first served while available for other guests. Rooms in the block have been released, but may still be available at the same rate based on availability.


  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Housing, Susannah Reese (Cornell U, NEIPM Center, StopPests in Housing)
  • Successfully Managing Severe Cockroach Infestations in Multifamily Housing with Gel Baits, Dini Miller (VA Tech)
  • IPM Approaches to Successful Bed Bug Management in Low-income High-rise Apartments: Efficacy and Costs, Changlu Wang (Rutgers)
  • Managing Bed Bugs: An Industry View, Doug Bost (Orkin)
  • Experiences with Dust and Heat Treatments (Including Chambers), Dini Miller (VA Tech)
  • Successful Bed Bug Moitoring Using Four or Fewer Detectors in Low-income High-rise Apartments and IPM Implementation in East TN, Karen Vail (University of Tennessee)
  • Using Steam and an In-house Approach to Managing Bed Bugs, Adam Williams and Lee Braddock (Johnson City Housing Authority)

Registration deadline extended to noon on Friday, July 24, 2015.

For more information, contact Dr. Karen Vail in the UTIA Entomology and Plant Pathology Department at kvail@utk.edu or (865) 974-7138.