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Florida's Industry Leaders Unite to Attack Bed Bug Epidemic
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With all of the press recently about hotel guests winning law suits it is clear that bed bugs are not an isolated problem that occurs in only the most heavily traveled major cities.

Bed bug infestations are wreaking havoc right here in Florida, with infestations being reported across the state daily. “Bed bugs are not a result of poor sanitation; they can affect anyone,” said John Cooksey, Entomologist and COO of McCall Service, Inc. These pests are primarily carried by travelers and are being reported in the transportation, retail and hospitality industries—with infestation being most prominent in hospitality.

Education is the key to combating these pests.

The Florida Bed Bug Seminar Series was created to accomplish just that. The esteemed panel of presenters will address the issue and provide participants with a plan to attack this epidemic if an outbreak were to occur in their business.

Dr. Phillip G. Koehler, Professor in the Department of Entomology & Nematology at the University of Florida will speak to the identification and biology of bed bugs followed by reaction to and detections of these unruly pests.

Michael Page, Chief with Bureau of Entomology & Pest Control with the State of Florida will address concerns for Floridians, state regulations of pest control and the newly formed Bed Bug Task Force.

Mark Ruff, Attorney with Alvarez, Sambol & Withrop, P.A. will speak to the risk management and liability associated with infestations.

John Cooksey, Entomologist and COO of McCall Service, Inc. will round out the group and address best practices when dealing with bed bugs and options for detection and treatment.

The Florida Bed Bug Seminar Series will commence on Friday, February 25th at Quality Inn- 6802 Commonwealth Drive (Formerly Holiday Inn) with Registration and breakfast at 7:30 am and seminar from 8:00- 10:00 am.

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