News Release

Published on Monday, January 03, 2011

The childhood saying “don’t let the bed bugs bite” has taken on a new meaning in recent months. Infestations of bed bugs are on the rise across the country and are affecting many different industry sectors. Western Technical College is offering “Bed Bug Boot Camp” to help educate the public on bed bugs and practices to prevent or limit the problems associated with them.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and again from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Lunda Center on the La Crosse Campus. It will also be broadcast via Interactive Television (ITV) to Western’s regional locations in Black River Falls, Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua.

The boot camp will be beneficial to those in retail, travel, entertainment, healthcare, and hospitality industries. Examples include hotel owners, landlords and property management companies, college and university facility managers, furniture rental/resale companies, transportation companies, movie theaters, retail stores, hospitals. The workshop is open to anyone wanting to increase their knowledge and understanding of bed bugs.

Both three-hour workshops will be facilitated by an experienced entomologist and pest control expert, who will offer information on bed bug biology; policies and practices to prevent or limit problems; ways to communicate with tenants, guests, and staff; strategies for getting rid of the bugs; and how to hire a qualified pest control professional.

Cost is $45 per participant and includes materials. For more information or to register, email lifelonglearning@westerntc.edu or call 608.785.9553.