March 3rd-“Bed Bug Blues” presentation


bedbugThe Bed Bug Blues
Thursday, March 3, 2016
SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater
1525 Howe Street, Racine, WI
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Doors Open at 6pm
Late Seating until 6:45pm
There will be a “Question and Answer” session with the expert panel immediately following the presentations

On Thursday, March 3rd, the City of Racine Health Department, will present a free community interest program funded by SC Johnson. This presentation contains information that will benefit landlords, tenants, business owners and community advocates.

Bed bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts and their presence is not determined by the cleanliness of the living conditions where they are found. Although bed bugs are not known to spread disease and they should not be considered a medical or public health hazard, they are an incredible nuisance to those living with an infestation.

One way to identify a bed bug infestation is by the tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts obtained while sleeping. However, these bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop in some people so it is important to look for other clues when determining if bed bugs have infested an area. These signs include:

  • the bed bugs exoskeletons after molting,
  • bed bugs in the fold of mattresses and sheets,
    rusty colored blood spots due to their blood-filled fecal material that they excrete on the mattress or nearby
    furniture, and
  • a sweet musty odor.

“Bed Bug Blues” will feature experts in the areas of bug biology and behavior, bug prevention and control, and family and?housing law issues associated with bed bugs. Presenters include:

  • Dr. Jennifer Gordon is an Urban Entomologist for SC Johnson and she has spent the last five years investigating insecticide resistance in bed bugs and is considered an expert on the subject. Dr. Gordon will address topics such as bed bug biology and behavior, the recent resurgence and human behaviors that promote infestations.
  • Mr. Randy Rupert has worked for Batzner Pest Control for nine years and is currently the Bed Bug Services Team Leader. Mr. Rupert is a NESDCA Certified Canine Handler and has participated in numerous national training events.
  • Gai A. Lorenzen is the Managing Attorney of the Racine office of Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. (LAW), which is a non-profit poverty law firm which provides representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals in matters such as family law, domestic abuse, housing, homelessness prevention and public benefits. She also coordinates a number of projects firm wide targeted at homelessness and homelessness prevention, and veterans.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to or call 262-260-2154.