Since the dawn of man on earth, flies have been the bane of his existence. They have taken his blood, contaminated his food, transmitted his diseases, generally annoyed him and disturbed his peace of mind. Flies are the fourth largest order of insects on earth, totaling more than 160,000 species. A number of species can be found in urban environments, and a few species, including small flies and filth flies, are common pests in and around structures.

Pest management professionals play an extremely important role in public health, which includes fly control. The management of flies in and around structures is just one aspect of the valuable services pest control companies provide.

PCT’s Virtual Fly Control Conference, to be held June 24, will offer tips to minimize fly infestations in and around homes and businesses. Cost to attend the event is $99.

Pest management professionals can attend from their home or office. Sessions and speakers include:

Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Fly Control: Small Flies & Filth Flies, Stoy Hedges, B.C.E.

In this comprehensive educational session, Board Certified Entomologist Stoy Hedges will offer practical advice into the biology, behavior, identification and control of the most commonly encountered species of small flies and filth flies. With more than 40 years of practical field experience servicing restaurants, multi-family housing, commercial kitchens and food-processing facilities, Hedges is uniquely qualified to provide valuable tips and tricks to pest management professionals for successfully managing these ubiquitous pests.

Best Practices: Sales & Management Strategies, Kristen Stevens, B.C.E.

In this informative session, learn how Cook’s Pest Control sells and services its mosquito control customers. Speaker Kristen Stevens received both her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, where she was a student of Dr. Phil Koehler conducting cutting-edge mosquito control research.