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Conference on Urban Pest Management Scheduled for March 28 at UC Riverside

Conference on Urban Pest Management Scheduled for March 28 at UC Riverside

(February 8, 1999)

The latest research on managing insects in urban environments will be the focus of the 9th Annual UCR Urban Pest Management Conference scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, at the University of California, Riverside.

Topics to be covered will include the current red imported fire ant infestation in Southern California, as well as fleas and the plague. There will also be updates on rules and regulations in the pest control industry.

The conference is presented by the UCR entomology department for professionals in the structural pest control industry, as well as interested nursery growers, environmentalists and members of the public, to share the most current information available fr om nationally known researchers and professionals in urban pest management.

The conference will open with registration at 7:15 a.m. at the UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave., Riverside, Calif. The program begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

Leading off the program will by keynote speaker Michael Potter, an extension entomologist at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, who will address value-added services that pest control operators can provide to enhance pesticide-based insect control st rategies, such as removing outdoor spider webs, pruning overgrown shrubbery and removing wasp and yellow jacket nests. His talk is titled "Thinking Outside 'the Box:' Perimeter Service for the New Millennium."

Other program topics include dealing with pesticide spills, pesticide management and community health, safe pesticide use, exotic pests, and the red imported fire ant.

Pre-registration is $55 per person (including lunch), post-marked by March 21. At the door registration is $65 per person (lunch not included). There will be no charge to students (lunch not included), provided they have student identification and are no t attending the conference to obtain pest control credit. Students are asked to pre-register for the conference by phoning (909) 787-3718.

To pre-register, make checks payable to UC Regents and mail to: Urban Pest Management Conference, Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521. Please include name, company, licenses held (type and number), e-mail address for confirmation and mailing address.

The conference will provide the following pest control credit: Structural Pest Control Board (4.0 hours, technical branch 2; 2.0 hours, rules and regulations); Department of Pesticide Regulation (2.0 hours, laws and regulations; 5.5 hours, other); and Mo squito and Vector Control Association of California (Curriculum A, pesticides, 3.75 hours; Curriculum C, terrestrial invertebrates, 1.25 hours).

Program information can be found online at For more information, phone (909) 787-3718.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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