Cancelled: Rutland Training on Bed Bugs
Time & Location
About The Event
This Training will be held at CCV Rutland ~ Registration begins at 12:30 PM
The cost for this training is $15 per person (maximum 50 people).
Make checks payable to: Rick Castillo - 66 Starbird Rd. Unit H, Jericho, VT, 05465
Training Agenda and Trainer Biographies:
- Bug Biology 101: Judy Rosovsky, Vermont State Entomologist
- Empowering Families: While protecting yourself and your family
- Demonstrations of cost-effective tools and techniques that work
- Be Prepared: What Housing Programs and Advocates need to know and do about Bed Bugs
- Common Sense: for Home Visitors to reduce the risk of spreading Bed Bugs
- Action Plan for the Workplace: Protect your Offices, Lobbies, Waiting Rooms, etc.
About the Trainers:
Judy Rosovsky, Vermont State Entomologist, works in the Vermont Agency of Agriculture's Environmental Surveillance Program. The State Entomologist identifies pests, answers questions, and educates the public on insects such as Bed Bugs and other pests. Other duties include enforcement of plant and insect related regulations, ginseng certification and maintenance of VAAFM”s insect collection. Prior to working for the state, Judy split her time between the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC) and the USDA’s APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program, which is a regulatory arm of the USDA. THE FEMC works with research biologists on a variety of forest health projects. Until recently Judy taught as an adjunct instructor in local colleges, primarily at Johnson State College.
Rick Castillo, was trained in Healthy Homes practice by the National Center for Healthy Housing to provide in-home education on interior environmental hazards to low-income families in underserved communities. Rick served as the chairperson of the Greater Manchester, NH Bed Bug Action Committee (BBAC) from 2012 to 2014 and he successfully organized the BBAC’s 2013 Statewide Bed Bug Conference. With funding from the State of New Hampshire he provided statewide education and outreach in advance of the implementation of HB 482, an act regarding infestation of bed bugs in rental housing, aka the “NH Bed Bug Law”. Also during this period Rick worked with landlords, public health officers, and pest control professionals to develop protocols for rapid Bed Bug intervention. The team worked with tenants in vulnerable communities to establish inspection, monitoring, and control systems to detect Bed Bugs and safely use pest control products and services. He learned that long term pest control can be achieved when "families are empowered with the knowledge needed to take control of their living spaces to maintain conditions that are inhospitable to Bed Bugs".
More recently Rick was employed at CVOEO Chittenden Community Action as a Housing Advocate and at the Vermont State Housing Authority. He retired in 2018 and he stays active in the Healthy Homes movement by providing training, meeting facilitation, and task force organizational assistance.