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Pesticide News Story: National Bed Bug Summit; Change of Location of the Public Meeting

For Release: April 2, 2009

EPA is changing the location of its National Bed Bug Summit in order to accommodate the expected attendance.  The meeting will be held on April 14 through April 15, 2009, in the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, located at 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202; 703-769-3942; Sheraton Crystal City. Exit EPA disclaimer

EPA's National Bed Bug Summit meeting is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come basis.  No RSVP or advance registration is required. The Summit's agenda (3 pp, 101K, about PDF), directions, close-by hotels, transportation options, etc., are available on the Web site (5 pp, 258K, about PDF). For those who cannot attend in person, EPA is providing a webinar for the Tuesday morning session. Instructions for participating via webinar are also on the Web site (1 p, 52.01K, about PDF). Contact Karen Angulo (angulo.karen@epa.gov) by e-mail or telephone (703-306-0404) with questions.

Meeting participants will share information on topics including the expanding impact of bed bugs on the housing, hospitality, and other sectors; factors contributing to the growing problem; and the response of the public health community and government agencies. The meeting will provide a venue to communicate with others in the diverse community affected by the increasing problem of bed bugs.Participants will also identify ideas and options for bed bug prevention, control, and management; create strategies for outreach and education; and develop recommendations for action.

This meeting is being held under the auspices of EPA's Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee.


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