IPCA 2024 Fall Conference



Join the Illinois Pest Control Association for the annual Fall Conference! Gather with professionals from the area to sharpen your knowledge about key pests and control strategies. Don't miss the opportunity to earn up to nine continuing education units (CEU credits), network with industry experts, and delve into the latest topics in the pest control industry.


Win Prizes When You Give Back with IPCA’s H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE Charity Contest!
IPCA is excited to be working with H.E.R.O.E.S. Care for the 2024 Fall Conference Charity Contest!
H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is an affiliation of program partners working together to provide support to local
military families with financial aid, employment opportunities, mental health care, and much more.
Those who make a monetary donation at the Fall 2024 Conference can enter for opportunities to
win prizes. Winners will be determined on Tuesday for each available prize. For additional questions
regarding the Fall Conference Charity Contest, please contact Kirk Connor at harrispestpekin@gmail.com.


Credits approved in IL, IN, KY, and MI. View this page for certification details.




Download the registration form (PDF)


Early Registration

June 3 - August 23

Regular Registration

August 24 - September 24

Full Registration

Member  $130 $150
Non-Member $205 $225
One Segment Member $75 $80
Non-Member $125 $130
Any Two Segments Member $115 $120
Non-Member $180 $185
Non-CEU Registration Member $50 $50
Non-Member $75 $75


Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made on the following schedule. All refund requests must be made in writing and submitted to meetingsteam@pestworld.org.
More than 31 days before the first day of the event: 100% refund
Within 25-31 days before the first day of the event: 75% refund
Within 18-24 days before the first day of the event: 50% Refund
Within 11-17 days before the first day of the event: 25% Refund
Within 10 or less days out: No refund


Policies and Codes

This meeting is operating under the NPMA code of conduct



Download the exhibitor/sponsor flyer (PDF) 

Vendor Booth Package Includes 6' Tabletop display & 2 complimentary booth personnel registrations

Allied Member

Non-Allied Member $375
Additional Booth Personnel $50


Sponsorships Price
Gold Level (includes reception) $1,000
Silver Level (includes reception) $750
Bronze Level (includes reception $500

Industry Appreciation Reception




President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701



Reserve your room by September 1st, 2024, to receive a discount room rate of $125/per night plus taxes.

Click on the link above or call 1-217-544-8800 to reserve your room. 

*After September 1st, rooms and rates are subject to change. 



Registration Hours

Exhibit Hall Hours

Monday, September 23

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday, September 24    

7:30 AM- 3:00 PM

Monday, September 23

4:30 PM- 6:00 PM

Tuesday, September 24 

7:30 AM – 3:15 PM


Monday, September 23, 2024


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.




8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Curt Colwell, Ph.D. | Governor Altgerd

This course is designed and led by Dr. Curt Colwell, retired Entomologist with the IDPH Division of Environmental Health. Armed with decades of exam experience and industry knowledge, Dr. Colwell has carefully designed this prep class to review the critical subject areas you need to know to pass the exam. Additionally, attendees can expect to complete a pre- and post-assessment practice test to help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your scope of subject matter knowledge. The registration fee for this class is $65 for IPCA members, and $95 for nonmembers. This class will be capped at 50 people.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS DOES NOT REGISTER YOU FOR THE STATE EXAM. You must contact the IDPH directly to register for any licensing exams.



Segment 1

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

A PMP's Guide to Unique Pest Control Situations

Mike Thome, ACE, PHE, Rentokil, Cleveland, OH

PMPs often encounter customers who adhere to standard procedures, but what about those unique scenarios? While every customer's case is evaluated to ensure precise pest management, navigating certain situations can prove challenging. Join Thome in an engaging session where we delve into these intricate pest scenarios, offering insights and strategies to effectively address them head-on.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Application Economics, Care, and Maintenance of Equipment

Chris Jamison, B&G Equipment, Jackson, GA

The right tools are essential to any pest management professional. In this session, learn about the value of precision application, reducing waste, and the economics involved in equipment upkeep. Not only can this keep your costs down, but it will also ensure you properly follow environmental safety guidelines. Details like sprayer tank and pump mechanism repairs and maintenance efforts keep your equipment in the best condition for optimal pest management.


3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Refreshment Break


3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Demystifying Insecticide Modes of Action

Tommy Powell, MGK, Raleigh, NC

Rotation of products is key for effective pest management, but why? What is it about a different product that can combat resistance? Throughout the history of pest control, insecticides have been continually changing to meet the demands of evolving pest populations and protecting our environment. This session will cover the different categories of insecticides and how they work against insect-specific biology. While the chemistry of the products we use can be complex, this session will break it down to make sure we understand how and why insecticide modes of action are critical to a sustainable and effective approach to IPM.


4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Industry Appreciation Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by:


Tuesday, September 24, 2024

7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Registration Open


7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Continental Breakfast & Exhibits


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome, Assocation Updates


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

IDPH Testing

Governor Altgerd

SEPARATE REGISTRATION THROUGH IDPH REQUIRED: You must contact the IDPH directly to register for any licensing exams.


Segment 2

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Understanding Bed Bug Thermal Biology to Improve Heat Treatment Outcomes

Ameya Gondelehkar, PhD, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

It is known that a certain proportion of bed bugs may survive heat treatments. However, factors that allow bed bugs to survive properly implemented heat treatments are not clearly known. Presented in this session will be discussion about industry-relevant research conducted on bed bug population-level responses to heat, heat-associated escape behaviors, and heat-induced alarm pheromone release. Lastly, practical tips to improve bed bug heat treatment outcomes based on the above research will be provided.


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

The Chicago Rat Project: Impacts of Rats on Health, Equity, and Urban Ecosystems

Andrea Flores, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

Rodents are a widespread pest, especially in cities. Besides the nuisance, why are rats a problem? How does a city’s rat population change and what impact does that have for our communities? The Chicago Rat Project aims to answer these kinds of questions. By studying the rat populations in the Chicago area, they look to gain a better understanding of urban rat ecology to help prevent the risks associated with rats and reduce human conflict with urban wildlife. Learn from project experts about the public health risks rodents pose and how they interact with the world around them.


10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Refreshment Break


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

The Carpenter Conundrum: How to Manage Carpenter Ants and Carpenter Bees

Dannis Warf, ACE, Envu, Shelbyville, IL

These are the carpenters you don’t want working on a house. While termites may be more well-known, these wood-destroying Hymenopterans are not to be forgotten. Learn about their biology and the threat they pose to structures. In this session, learn what makes their management unique and what you can do to implement effective IPM strategies against them.


11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall


Segment 3

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Invisible Bugs: Challenges and Opportunities Presented by Delusional Parasitosis Cases

Grace Kolb, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Individuals complaining of ‘invisible’ biting pests in their households and/or on their bodies can pose a difficult problem for PMPs. This session will outline steps to differentiate between a difficult to identify real pest and a client experiencing delusional thoughts of an infestation. We will discuss strategies to communicate with such clients, provide examples of legal and regulatory risks associated with these cases, and present some latest research on the topic of delusional parasitosis.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Expert Approach to Termite Tactics

Bob Davis, PhD, BCE, Basf, Blanco, TX

Causing billions in damage, termites are one of the most destructive insect pests. Revitalize your termite control strategies by going back to the basics. This session will cover the biology, behavior, and control of termites. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned pro, there is always more to learn about these fascinating social insects.


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Bee-ware! What PMP’s Need to Know about Stinging Insect Control

Michael Bentley, PhD, BCE, Illinois Pest Control Association, Fairfax, VA

In this session, we will explore the diverse array of stinging insects, including bees, wasps, and hornets, discussing their behavior, biology, and habitats. Gain valuable insights into identifying these species and understanding their nesting habits to effectively manage and mitigate infestations. Learn about the latest advancements in pest control techniques and safety protocols to ensure successful and responsible management of stinging insect populations



Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor    


Bronze Sponsor

Industry Appreciation Sponsor 



Contact IPCA at coordinator@ipcaonline.org or call 800-678-6722



2024 IPCA Virtual Workshop 
JULY 26, 2024
3 Credits | VIRTUAL
Register Today! 


2024 Fall Conference
SEPTEMBER 23-24, 2024
Abraham Lincoln Hilton
Springfield, IL
9 Credits | IN PERSON
Register Today!


2024 IPCA Virtual Workshop
OCTOBER 11, 2024
3 Credits | VIRTUAL
Register Today! 


Interested in becoming an exhibitor/sponsor at our events? View the exposure opportunities here!



IPCA Closer Look
Click here to read IPCA's newsletters.

Looking to advertise in the monthly newsletter?
Click here