Program

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE)

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

7:00a – 5:00p | On-site registration opens

7:45 – 8:00a | Welcome

8:00 – 5:00 p |  8-HR Technician Training Course, Don Renchie

8:00 – 9:00a  | Insect ID for the Non-Entomologist: A Practical Field Approach for Technicians, Rick Cooper (PEST)

9:00 – 10:00a  | TDA Laws & Regulations Update, Allison Cuellar (Gen. L&R or Ag L&R)

10:00 – 10:15 |  BREAK

10:00a – 5:00p | ACE Program, Robert Puckett and Texas A&M Extension Group (P, T, IPM, other)

10:15 – 11:15a  | Safety First! – Operating Safely While Performing Services, Ronnie Holder (Gen. Safety)

11:15a – 12:15p  | Managing Diseases of Landscape Turf and Ornamentals , Kevin Ong (L&O)

12:15 – 1:00p  LUNCH BREAK

1:00 – 2:00p  | Hot Topics in Urban Entomology,  Ed Vargo and Robert Puckett (Pest)

2:00 – 3:00p  | Controlling Mosquitoes and Mosquito Borne Diseases with Integrated Pest Management Techniques, Sonja Swiger (Pest)

3:00 – 3:15p | Exhibitor’s Forum, Robert Puckett

3:15 – 3:30p |  BREAK

3:30 – 4:30p  | News from the Underground: What’s New in Termite Management?, Robert Puckett (Termite )

5:00 – 7:00p  | 1st Annual Social,  Sponsored by Syngenta, Control Solutions, BASF and MGK

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

8:00 – 12:00p | ACE Testing, continued from Tuesday (P,T, IPM, Other)

8:00 – 9:00a  | Effective Bed Bug Management in Multi-family Housing Communities, Rick Cooper (Pest)

9:00 – 10:00 | Panel of Experts, Ed Vargo and Robert Puckett (Gen. Other)

10:00 – 10:30a  | Exhibitors Forum, Led by Robert Puckett

10:30 – 10:45a |  BREAK

10:45 – 11:45a  | How to Identify and Manage Weird, Random Pests, Wizzie Brown (Pest)

10:45 – 11:45a | School IPM Refresher Updates , Janet Hurley (Gen. L&R)

10:45 – 11:45a | Controlling Troublesome Pests with One Treatment, Bob Braun (SF)

11:45 – 1:00p  |  LUNCH BREAK

1:00 – 2:00p  | Gaining Control Over Troublesome Turfgrass Weeds, Ben Wherley (Weed)

1:00 – 2:00p | Quit bugging me: The Influence of Parasitoid Phorid Flies on Foraging in Fire Ant Workers, Joanie King
                          RNA meets toxicology: Efficacy indicators from the experimental design of RNAi studies for insect pest management, Fabian List (Pest)

1:00 – 2:00p | The Curious Life of the Pest Ant… and How to End It – Robert Puckett  (Pest)

2:00 – 2:15p  |  Transfer BREAK

2:15 – 3:15p  | Trends in Rodent Management, Janet Hurley (Pest)

2:15 – 3:15p | Studies on the Invasion Biology of Social Insects, Alex Blumenfeld
Population structure and colony organization of the invasive big-headed ant (Pheidole megacephala) in Taiwan Kelly Liu (Pest)

2:15 – 3:15p |  Herbicide Resistance Issues in Turfgrass Systems in Texas, Muthukumar Bagavathiannan (Weed)

3:15 – 3:30p  | Transfer BREAK

3:30 – 4:30p | 10 Questions to Help You Master Termite Biology and Management, Ed Vargo (Termite)

3:30 – 4:30p |  Crapemyrtle Bark Scale: Identification, Biology, Ecology, and Management Options, Kyle Gilder (L&O)

3:30 – 4:30p | Commodity and Food Handling Fumigation with ProFume, Bob Braun (CF)

Thursday, April 7, 2022

8:00 – 12:00p | FULL — Pest Ant Identification and Management Workshop , Ed Vargo and Robert Puckett (1 IPM, 1 L&O, 2 Pest)

8:00 – 12:00p | FULL — Bed Bug Workshop,  (1 IPM, 1 L&R, 2 Pest)

8:00 – 12:00p | CANCELLED — Hands on Fumigation (4-hour structural fumigation short course),  (4 SF)

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