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Western Region - Annual Conference & Trade Show

  • 08/29/2019
  • 7:15 AM - 4:00 PM
  • DoubleTree


  • If your company has already paid for a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze allied membership partner level, regional conferences are included and not additionally charged.



Annual Conference 
 & Trade Show

Thursday, August 29, 2019

7:15AM to 4:00PM

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

910 Sheraton Drive

Mars, PA 16046

Phone 724-776-6900

Bring Your License! (barcode scanning for credits will be available)

A limited amount of rooms have been reserved. Mention “WESTERN PA PEST CONTROL” to get the group rate OR click on this special hotel booking link:

Western PA Pest Control Reservation Link

7:15 AM to 8:15 AM

Registration, Coffee, Danish, Exhibits Open

8:15 AM to 8:30 AM

Welcome statements and recertification information

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Mosquito Control: Best Practices in Public Health

Dr. Kurt Vandock, Bayer


This interactive presentation will focus on an integrated approach to mosquito control focusing on best practices for surveillance, monitoring, and intervention methods in both residential and commercial settings.  During this session, Dr. Vandock will emphasize three main strategies for success while highlighting many of the common pitfalls in this growing segment.


Dr. Kurt Vandock currently serves as the Head of Public Health for Bayer Environmental Science.  In this role, he supports government, industry, and research stakeholders in their mission to protect our public from health threats.  Dr. Vandock has been with Bayer for over 5 years and previously was a team member in the Research and Development division as a Senior Scientist.  He has numerous publications and patents and still serves in the United States Army Reserve where he holds the rank of Captain.

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Choosing the Correct Equipment

Pat Ryan, Pesticide Distribution Group (PDG) & Pesticide Marketing Group (PMG)


This session will cover Ladder Safety, from choosing the correct ladder to safe operation, setup, and care, following by choosing the right equipment: sprayers, handheld, backpacks, truck-mounted, and other tools of the trade. The session will conclude with a summary and question and answer period.


Pat Ryan is a graduate of SUNY Cortland with a BA in History. After 17 years at Grainger Industrial Supply, he joined EcoSMART Technologies to launch their EcoPCO and EcoExempt product lines in 2005.  He started PDM & PMG, independent representative firms dedicated to bringing new and innovative products to the pest control market, representing well-known companies like Rockwell labs, VM Products, Birchmeier, Airofog USA and EPIC, while also representing a handful of smaller, upcoming innovative brands like Burrow RX, Pro-Pell, Flock Free DeTour, Pelgar USA, and Thermacell Tick Tubes.

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Break, Exhibits Open

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

21st Century Rodent Control

Brian Hensel, Bell Laboratories, Inc.

This session will provide an overview of the need for Rodent Pest Management including public health threats and economic losses; identification, biology and behavior of three commensal rodents; inspection protocols, harborage reduction and  rodent proofing techniques; bait stations and their uses; mechanical devices and their uses; electronic monitoring; and a summary and discussion.

Brian Hensel has a BS in Landscape Contracting from Penn State University. He has been a technical representative with Bell Laboratories, Inc., since 2015. He has presented educational and practical rodent control programs implementing the latest IPM practices in the Eastern U.S., instructed PMP’s on proper methods of integrating rodent control tools into a successful and comprehensive Rodent Control Program, and to date, has performed over 400 hours of comprehensive rodent training in small (under 10) to large (over 150) person settings. Rodent Control Training Courses Completed include Bell Laboratories Comprehensive Rodent Control Program and Dr. Bobby Corrigan’s Urban Rodentologist Comprehensive Rodent Academy.

12:00 NOON to 1:00 PM


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Wood Destroying Organisms and Borates

Steve Goscinsky, Ensystex, Inc.


This session course will review methods to control each of the organisms with particular emphasis on using borates. The course will also discuss the use of borates (DOT) as a pre-treat product to prevent attack by wood destroying insects, the use of borates to treat and prevent wood rot (fungi) and the use of borates as a general use insecticide. The course will also review, in the case of termites, the use of insecticides applied to soil and the use of termite baits. In addition the course will also include information on the composition of wood and why insects/organisms attack wood, as well as a review of such wood-destroying insects and organisms such as Termites - Subterranean vs. Drywood, Beetles - Powderpost—Lyctid, Anobid, Bostrichid, Longhorned Wood Borers, Flat Headed Wood Borers, Bark Beetles, Carpenter Ants, Carpenter Bees, and Fungi

Steve Goscinsky has a BS Degree in Food Science (chemistry) from Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, PA. Career experience includes pest management in the food processing industry (food safety) for several major food processors (Unilever/Lipton, Quaker Oats, Martin Brower) for over 20 years. Certification (in multiple states) includes fumigation. Prior to moving into the supply side of the pest management industry in the early 1990s the presenter was employed with Western Termite & Pest, Parsippany, NJ as a specialist in food processing as well as fumigation (food, commodity, and general fumigation). Presenter has been employed with Ensystex, Inc. since 2007.

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Break, Exhibits Open

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Implementation of Aprehend®, a novel biopesticide product for the control and prevention of bed bug infestations

Dr Nina Jenkins, ConidioTec



This session will discuss the new biopesticide product Aprehend® and its unique mode of action, an overview of Aprehend® strategic application, review of the label and SDS - PPE and other precautions, Homeowner preparation and expectations, and resistance management and the importance of follow-up.


Dr Nina Jenkins is an Associate Research Professor, in the Penn State Department of Entomology, and Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of ConidioTec LLC..  ConidioTec is a spin-out company for Penn State, based in Centre Hall, PA. It holds the exclusive license for the Patented technology behind Aprehend®.



11 - Household / Health Related - 6 credits.

12 - Wood Destroying Pests - 3 credits.

15 - Public Health - Vertebrate Pest - 2 credits.

16 - Public Health - Invertebrate Pest - 4 credits.

18 - Demonstration and Research - 6 credits.

23 - Park / School Pest Control - 6 credits.

00 - Core - 2 credits.


8 Credits for applicators certified in the following Categories: 


7A  - General Pest 

7B - Wood Destroying Insect

7D - Rodent

8 - Public Health 


Cat 8A - Urban Integrated Pest Management - 6 credits

Cat 8B - Structural Pest Control - 5 credits

Cat 8E - Integrated Pest Management in Schools and Other - 6 credits

Cat 9 - Public Health Pest Control - 4 credits

Cat 13D - Mosquitoes - 4 credits


10a - General Pest - 1.5hrs

10b - Termite - 1 hour

10d - Mosquito, House Fly - 1 hour

7  - Vertebrate Animal - .5 hours

0 - Commercial Core - 1 hour

12 - Wood Destroying Organisms - 1 hour

All cell phones must be turned off during the programs.

You must attend the entire conference to receive.

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