KPMA Recertification Training

KPMA Recertification Training

Boone County Extension Office
1955 Burlington Pike
Burlington, KY 41005

January 31, 2018


There are three ways to register:

  1. Online: Attendee Registration
  2. Fax: 703.352.3031
  3. Mail: KPMA, 10460 North St. Fairfax, VA 22030

Download the Attendee Registration form

     KPMA Member $75  
     Non-KPMA Member $95  

*Credits in KY, OH, IN, approval pending in WV
- KY: 8 hours credited for Cat. 7 
- IN: 2 hours credited to Cat.12, 2 hours credited to Cat. 3A, 2 hours credited to Cat.3B, 7 hours credited to 7A, 2 hours credited to 7B, 4 hours credited to RT 
- OH: 5 Hours credited to Cat.10, 1 hour credited to Cat.7, 1 hour credited to Cat.10B, 1 hour credited to Core


All events are at the Boone County Extension Office
View Recertification Training's Brochure here!

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Managing Ticks in the 21st Century
Presented by Mike Leahy, Zoecon Professional Products

Over the last several years, Kentucky and surrounding states have seen a re-emergence in tick infestations.  Mike Leahy will discuss the biology, life cycles and diseases transmitted by deer ticks, Lone star ticks and brown dog ticks, among others of these vector carrying pests.  He will also discuss chemical, biological and exclusionary control measures, including the use of adulticides in combination with insect growth regulators to assist technicians and managers with tick management and implementation of an IPM program for ticks.       

Mike received his BA from University of Illinois in 1985, and just recently became the Regional Sales Manager for Zoecon Professional Products throughout the Midwest. Mr. Leahy has 30 years of experience in the vector control industry. He has served as director, vice president and president of state associations in Georgia and Alabama as well as a member of several state/national associations.  Mr. Leahy has produced and presented training classes that lead to licensure and/or CEU’s in the following states: MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, MI, IN, OH, KY, TN, GA, AL, FL, NC, SC, CT, MA, VA. He recently moved from the Atlanta, GA area and now makes his home in Wilmington, OH with his wife and four of their five children.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Industrial and Residential Vertebrate Management
Presented by Tre James, Bell Laboratories

Tre James will discuss rodent and vertebrate biology and identification, proper use of pesticides and techniques to manage rodent populations in industrial, commercial and residential settings. The session will include borough baiting and trapping strategies to mitigate risk to people pets and the environment. Mr. James will also discuss old and new technologies and chemistries to help PMPs manage rodents and vertebrates, emphasizing his expertise in the use of toxicants for rodent control. He will also discuss use of mechanical devices and sanitation in the implementation of IPM principles for effective rodent control in structural and industrial rodent infestations. 

Tre received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Old Dominion University in communications and has presented numerous educational and practical rodent control programs implementing the latest IPM practices in the Eastern part of the U.S. He has also instructed PMPs on proper methods of integrating rodent control tools into a successful and comprehensive rodent and mole control programs. He has provided technical expertise to PMPs in developing rodent control programs in a variety of situations. He also completed training from Bell Laboratories Comprehensive Rodent Control and Mole Control Programs.

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.


10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Managing Roaches and Resistance
Presented by Ryan Klein, Bayer Crop Science

Ryan Klein will discuss the biology and behavior of German cockroaches, and offer methods and treatment techniques to control this insect - which is once again becoming a difficult-to-manage pest. In the past few years, there have been whispers of cockroach bait aversion and Mr. Klein will update us on findings and dispel some myths surrounding this important issue.

Ryan is a graduate from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science/Agronomy and an A.S. in Business.  Before joining the Bayer Crop Science Professional Pest Management Division in April 2013, Ryan worked 8 years In Turf, Landscape and Structural Pest Control Distribution with Target Specialty Products Company and Residex Inc. Ryan is a well-known trainer, giving numerous presentations for the different pest management industry segments.

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Psocids to Silverfish: Pests Less Talked About
Presented by Michael Potter, Ph.D., Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky

Dr. Michael Potter’s presentation will focus on occasional invaders which are commonly encountered by technicians in the field.  Identification, biology, inspections, and harborage will be covered to include chemical, biological, mechanical and exclusionary control methods.  The primary goal of the talk is to help technicians to better identify and control these common pests which are very often not discussed.   

Dr. Potter is a professor and urban entomologist at the University of Kentucky. His extension and applied research program provides cutting-edge information and advice about pests to companies and their clients worldwide. Prior to joining the University in 1991, Mike was the National Technical Director for Orkin. Before that, he worked in the agrichemical industry developing novel insecticides. He received his bachelor’s degree in entomology from Cornell, and master’s and Ph.D. with a specialization in integrated pest management from the University of Arizona. Mike is a frequent speaker, writer, and industry educator. He’s been recognized as one of the ‘25 Most Influential People in the Pest Control Industry’ by Pest Control Technology magazine, and was a recipient of the Industry Leadership Award and NPMA’s Pinnacle Award. In recent years, he’s spent much of his time studying and battling bed bugs wherever infestations are found.

12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.


12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Managing the Perimeter "Strictly Ant Control"
Presented by Nick Iverson, BASF

Ant biology, colony behavior and treatment strategies using new technologies will be presented.  Nick Iverson will discuss proper inspection techniques and appropriate application techniques for the treatment of ants in and around structures - including the difficult-to-control odorous house ant as well as other predominant species in the Ohio Valley. He will also include a detailed presentation on the biology, habits and control of ants utilizing baits, chemicals and other IPM methods.  

Nick has a B. S. in Agricultural Economics and Business from the University of Tennessee.  His current position at BASF is Sales Specialist Professional Pest Control and he has held this position for 10 years. He currently covers Tennessee, Kentucky. Nick has monitored and evaluated Experimental Use Permit (EUPs) test sites in nine states for Phantom and he provides sales support and product training on termites, ants, roaches and general pest control to PMPs. He is currently approved by the TN, KY, MS and GA Department. of Agricultures as a speaker / trainer.

1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Bed Bug Management
Presented by Thomas Powell, MGK  

Thomas Powell will discuss effectively identifying, inspecting and controlling bed bugs. The program is designed to help technicians in their day to day operations and effectively control infestations of these nightmarish little ectoparasites.  As news media reports continue to pervade the airwaves and recent reports that Chagas disease might be transmitted through bites, it is imperative that technicians are trained to assist the general public in controlling these pests. This presentation is designed to effectively assist attendees in the inspection, identification and control of bed bugs with the use of IPM principles including chemical, biological mechanical and exclusionary controls.  

Thomas currently serves as Eastern Technical Field Representative for MGK.  He has 16 years of experience in the pest management industry including Technical Director for Clegg’s Pest Control, Home Team Pest Defense, and Home Paramount. He also held a position as Branch Manager for Home Team Pest Defense for 5 years. Thomas holds pest licensing in multiple states and has trained and presented at numerous recertification training meeting on multiple topics relevant to the structural pest management industry. 

2:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Termite Baiting in the 21st Century
Presented by Bill Blue, Dow AgroSciences

Bill Blue will discuss new technologies in termite control, including termite baits, utilizing integrated pest management principles and use as a stand-alone system for termite control.  Bill will discuss subterranean termite biology, colony behavior, proper inspection techniques (to include types of building construction monolithic slab, jointed slabs, crawl space and basement types) so termite applicators have a better understanding of treatment strategies for effective termite management.  The topic will also cover advantages and disadvantages to a stand-alone baiting system particularly in situations where termite damage necessitates immediate control of termites and possible use of a liquid termiticide in conjunction with a baiting system.  

Bill began his career with Dow Agricultural Products in July of 1982 after receiving a BS in Agronomy from the University of Illinois. His first assignment after working on a training project in Northern Illinois with a new corn herbicide was to manage a crops territory in Michigan. In 1986, he moved to Indianapolis to serve as Herbicide Marketing Specialist working with several sales representatives in Indiana. In 1988, he began working in the area of Urban Pest Management to work with Pest Control Operators, Lawn Care Operators, Distributors and Formulators in both Urban Pest Management and Turf and Ornamental in Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky. In 1993, he assumed the role of Area Marketing Specialist with DowElanco to help launch The Sentricon Colony Elimination System across the Midwest. In 1996, he moved to his present location in Jacksonville, Illinois with Dow AgroSciences as a Senior Sales Representative to work with PMPs in Illinois, Michigan, Indianan and Kentucky who sell and service The Sentricon System.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

State and Federal Regulatory Update - Record Keeping, New Laws and Regulations 
Presented by Steve Sims, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Steve Sims will explain processes of regulatory inspections of 7B Accounts and proper documentation as pertains to KDA inspections.  The talk will include current laws and regulations applying to structural pesticide application in Kentucky to include licensed applicators from surrounding states working in Kentucky.  The presentation will also include an update of current topics at the KDA including changes to federal regulations mandated by EPA and current laws and regulations that affect the Pest Management Industry.  

Steve is a 1977 UK graduate with a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Pest Management. His past experience includes 4-H and fruit and vegetable production as an Extension Agent, 14 years in a famil- owned business, and 14 years as sales manager with All Rite Pest Control in Lexington, KY. He is a Board Certified Entomologist. In August 2007, he became the Structural Branch Manager for the Office of Consumer and Environmental Services at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Meetings and Schedule

January 17-19, 2018
Eastern Regional Conference

Mashantucket, CT

January 30 - February 1, 2018
Wildlife Expo

Salt Lake City, UT

January 31, 2018
Boone County Training

Burlington, KY

February 5-7, 2018
Southern Regional Conference

Memphis, TN

March 18-20, 2018
NPMA Legislative Day

Washington, DC

July 18-21
Academy 2018

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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