VCEHP111: Bed Bugs: Identification, Biology, and Control

Course Description:

VCEHP111: Bed Bugs: Identification, Biology, and Control is last in a eleven-course learning series. 

This course will provide environmental health professionals with knowledge that can assist them in the management and control of bed bugs. An awareness of bed bug biology and behavior will provide insight to methods of control, particularly using an IPM approach.

Target Audience

Public Health, First Responders, Emergency Response and Preparedness Professionals and Healthcare Practitioners

Learning Objectives

  • Describe basic bed bug biology
  • Identify bed bugs and recognize signs of an infestation
  • Determine prevention, management, and control measures
  • Understand and use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for controlling bed bugs
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing VCEHP111: Bed Bugs: Identification, Biology, and Control
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Dini Miller
Dini M. Miller, PhD

Dr. Dini Miller received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991 where she majored in Geography/Ecosystems. She completed her Masters (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees at the University of Florida where she studied Urban Entomology, specializing in German cockroach biology and aggregation behavior.

Dr. Miller has won numerous awards for her work in urban entomology, including the pest control industry’s Crown Leadership Award, the Entomological Society of America’s (Eastern Branch) Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension, the Gamma Sigma Delta Award of Merit in Extension, and the 2012 Virginia Tech University Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.

Dr. Miller joined the entomology faculty at Virginia Tech in 1999 and has worked to address significant issues relating to structural insect pest infestation and indoor pest management techniques. A major component of Miller’s work has been centered on the recent resurgence of bed bugs both in the Western Hemisphere and Asia.

Dr. Miller put together a research and Extension program to understand, highlight, and disseminate information about bed bugs. She has traveled across the nation and around the world to share what she has learned with others, including pest management professionals, researchers, politicians, public health professionals, and the public. Her work has been featured in numerous high-profile media outlets.

In addition, Dr. Miller worked to overcome problems caused by cockroaches and other indoor pests in public housing and schools. Her efforts have sought to improve indoor pest management techniques, prevent exposure to pesticides and allergens, and teach IPM.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing VCEHP111: Bed Bugs: Identification, Biology, and Control


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System Settings 
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