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Cooperative Extension offers program on combating Nevada’s bedbug problems

Posted 2/1/2018

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A free educational program on detecting, preventing and controlling bedbugs will be offered by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Feb. 21. Photo by Dawn H. Gouge, University of Arizona.

Feb. 21 presentation offered at eight locations statewide for community leaders and others.

As the number of families in Nevada being affected by bedbugs continues to increase, eight University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices across the state will offer a free program Feb. 21, aimed at providing the most recent research-based information on prevention, detection and control measures.

The program will include discussion on school, hospital, hotel and restaurant control measures; detection, inspection and monitoring strategies; and Nevada pesticide regulations. Those responsible for bedbug prevention, detection and control should attend, including school leaders, public housing managers, health and hospital professionals, child care operators, senior center directors, government officials, and pesticide applicators.

The program will be presented 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m. at the following University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices:

  • Clark County, 8050 Paradise Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas
  • Lander County, 815 N. Second St., Battle Mountain
  • Lyon County, 504 S. Main St., Yerington
  • Churchill County, 111 Sheckler Road, Fallon
  • Washoe County, 4955 Energy Way, Reno
  • Carson County, 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 15, Carson City
  • Douglas County, 1325 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville
  • Elko County, 701 Walnut St., Elko

“Bedbugs are hitchhikers. Those who work with the public should monitor their workplaces regularly,” said Lisa K. Taylor, University of Nevada Reno assistant professor and Extension educator in Lander County. “Without monitoring and appropriate control measures in place, they spread very rapidly.”

Joy Newton, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension entomologist and Extension educator in Lyon County, secured a three-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to fund the program and to be able to offer it free of charge. Newton serves on the Western Region Bedbug Working Group, a group of professionals who collaborate in research and Extension to share science-based education for the management of bedbugs.

Pesticide applicators who attend the program can also obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) free of charge. Registration and the complete agenda are available online. For more information, contact Joy Newton at newtonj@unce.unr.edu or 775-463-6541.

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