Thu, Jan 23


Bennington College CAPA Center

Training on Bed Bugs: Empowering Families with the Knowledge Needed to Take Control of their Living Spaces

This 3 1/2 hour training will provide you with practical knowledge on what works to control Bed Bugs in rental housing with an emphasis on removal of stigma, judgment, and denial of service. This training will include demonstrations of cost-effective tools and techniques such as monitors and traps.

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Time & Location

Jan 23, 2020, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Bennington College CAPA Center, 1 College Dr, Bennington, VT 05201, USA

About The Event

This Training will be held at the:  

Bennington College Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA).

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:

  1. Bed Bug Biology 101 ~ Judy Rosovsky, Vermont State Entomologist
  2. Empowering Families: While protecting yourself and your family (with demonstrations of cost-effective tools and techniques)
  3. Be Prepared: What Landlords need to know about Bed Bugs
  4. Common Sense: for Home Visitors to reduce the risk of spreading Bed Bugs
  5. Action Plan: For the Workplace, Offices, Lobbies, Waiting Rooms, etc.

The Trainer: Rick Castillo, was trained in Healthy Homes practice by the National Center for Healthy Housing to provide in-home peer education services 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 in Vermont 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.  

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