Bed bug workshops offered in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. – A recent survey of Nebraska pest control companies shows the number of bed bug treatments has increased dramatically in the last few years. Most bed bug infestations are in multiple unit dwellings, like apartments, retirement homes, hotels and motels. High-density housing is more at risk simply because more people live there and there is greater turnover among residents.
UNL Extension and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department will present a workshop, Bed Bugs: What You Need to Know, on Oct. 20, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road. This program will be repeated in Grand Island from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Hall County Extension Office, 3180 W. Highway 34. In Omaha, this program will be Nov. 17, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Douglas-Sarpy County Extension Office, 8015 W. Center Road.
Topics will include bed bug identification, biology and behavior and how to inspect a bed for bed bugs. Presenters also will discuss bed bug management using chemical and non-chemical control.
In Lincoln, workshop attendees will meet Spots, a rat terrier who has been trained to detect live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs. He will demonstrate his ability at this workshop. Harry Heafer, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, will discuss Lancaster County health department regulations regarding bed bug and other insect infestations in rental properties.
Registration for this program is required. The early registration fee is $15 (before Oct. 15, Lincoln; Nov. 11, Grand Island; Nov. 15, Omaha). Registration at the door is $20.
For more information on the Lincoln session, contact UNL Extension Educator Barbara Ogg at (402) 441-7180; in Grand Island, Elizabeth Killinger, (308) 385-5092; and in Omaha, Kathleen Cue, (402) 444-7804.
Presenters include Barb Ogg and Clyde Ogg, UNL pesticide safety education program.
To pre-register, find a registration form and the workshop brochure: http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/BedBugWorkshopBrochure10.pdf