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    Scientific Presentations

    • First person listed was presenter unless otherwise noted.*= undergraduate student
    • Trout Fryxell, R. and K. Vail (presenter). 2019. Tennessee Detection of the Asian Longhorned Tick, a Serious Pest of Livestock, 18 October 2019, Tennessee Entomological Society, Nashville, TN
    • Vail, K., J. Chandler and G. Edwards. 2019. D3506 Using Dog Houses to Evaluate Fuse and Experimental Products Applied as Perimeter Sprays Against Ants. 20 November 2019, Poster, Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO
    • Jennifer Chandler, Karen Vail, Becky Trout Fryxell, Lucas Hietala, and Geordan Hall. 2018. Does odorous house ant clade affect efficacy of perimeter treatments around homes? Tennessee Entomological Society, Knoxville TN
    • Karen Vail, Jennifer Chandler, and Lucas Hietala. 2018. Building-wide Beg Bug Inspections: Which is Most Efficient? ESA, ESB and ESBC Joint Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC
    • Vail, K. M., and J. Chandler. 2017. Building-wide quick inspections find unreported bed bug infestations. Nov. 7, Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
    • Doggett, S. L., D. M. Miller, M. L. Wilson and K. M. Vail. 2017. The direct and indirect fiscal impacts of the bed bug resurgence on multiple industries (including pest control) around the world. Nov. 7, Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
    • Vail, K., J. Chandler, J. Glafenhein*, and R. Harmon*. 2016. Vacuuming Bed Bugs from Naturally and Artificially Infested Furniture. International Congress on Entomology, Orlando, FL
    • Chandler, J.G., K. M. Vail, and R. T. Trout Fryxell. 2016. Genetic Variation of the Bed Bug, Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae), at a Fine Spatial Scale within Low-Income High-Rise Housing. Southeastern Branch Entomological Society of America, Raleigh, NC
    • Vail, K. 2016. Lessons learned from past and current research on odorous house ant management or a tale of two dogs and a cat. National Conference on Urban Entomology, Albuquerque, NM
    • Jarvandi, S. and K. Vail (co-presenters). Zika Virus Update. 2016. Tennessee Healthy Homes Partnership. Murfreesboro, TN
    • Harmon, R. *, J. Glafenhein*, J. Chandler and K. Vail. 2015. Inexpensive Nonchemical Treatments for Small Bed Bug Infestations in Furniture. Tennessee Entomological Society, Knoxville, TN (second place undergraduate award)
    • Vail, K. 2015. Highlights of Urban Entomology, Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (invited)
    • Chandler. J. and K. Vail. 2014. Comparison of bed bug (Cimex lectularius) monitors in occupied low-income apartments. Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America Meeting, Greenville, SC
    • Vail, K. and J. Chandler. 2014. Can we detect bed bugs in occupied multifamily housing apartments using four or fewer monitors? 2014 National Conference on Urban Entomology, San Antonio, TX
    • Vail, K. and J. Chandler. 2014. Bed Bug Detection in Multifamily Housing. Tennessee Entomological Society Conference, Knoxville, TN
    • Oliver, J., K. Addesso, N. Youssef, S. Leahy, P. O’Neal, W. Haun, S. Powell, K. Vail, A-M Callcott and A. Bass. 2014. Update on Phorid Decapitating Fly Release in Tennessee to Manage Imported Fire Ant. Tennessee Entomological Society Conference, Knoxville, TN
    • Vail. K. and J. Chandler. 2014. Managing odorous house ants with perimeter liquid baiting systems. Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR
    • Vail, K., P. Barnwell and J. Chandler. 2013. UT IPM program records decreased volume of indoor pyrethroid applications in Tennessee demonstration schools. Entomological Society of America, Austin, TX
    • Vail, K. and P. Barnwell. 2013. Race to the Top: Will All Tennessee Schools Use IPM by 2015? Tennessee Entomological Society, Nashville, TN.
    • Oliver, J., A-M Callcott, N. Youssef, K. Vail, K. Addesso, D. Oi and B. Sampson. 2013. Development of cost effective and practical nursery treatments for the Federal Imported Fire Ant Quarantine. Tennessee Entomological Society, Nashville, TN.
    • Vail, K. 2012. Other Less Common Invasive Ants. One of three invited keynote speakers. 2012 Imported Fire Ant Conference, Nashville, TN
    • Vail, K., J. Chandler, J. Shoop, A-M Callcott, K. Hoyt and R. Evans. 2012. Development of cold temperature techniques for certifying bulk soil for movement: large scale trials. 2012 Imported Fire Ant Conference, Nashville, TN
    • Vail, K.M., J. Chandler, J. Shoop, A-M Callcott, K. Hoyt and R. Evans. 2012. Taking the fire out of the ant: Using a cold storage trailer to treat ant-infested soils. National Conference on Urban Entomology, Atlanta, GA
    • Vail, K., J. Chandler and C. Scherer. 2012. Standard and high volume-diluted pesticide applications for perimeter odorous house ant control. Entomological Society of America, Knoxville, TN
    • Vail, K. 2012. Remembrance of Carl Jones. Tennessee Mosquito and Vector Control Association. Ed Jones Auditorium, Nashville, TN
    • Vail, K. M., and P. Barnwell. 2012. 2011 Survey results: Tennessee’s school IPM race to the top. 7th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium, p.101, Memphis, TN
    • Vail, K. (Keynote Speaker). 2011. Bed Bugs: Touching Every Life, Linking Community Members from Housing, Hospitals, Schools and Offices. Tennessee Entomological Society, Nashville, TN
    • Vail, K. and P. Barnwell. 2012. Tennessee’s School IPM Race to the Top! 3/4-3/7/12. Southeastern Branch Entomological Society of America, Little Rock, AR. (poster)
    • Vail, K.M., P. A. Barnwell, J. G. Chandler and J. C. Maples. 2011. Demonstrations and partnering increase school IPM adoption in Tennessee. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Reno, NV (poster)

    Presentations to Pest Management Professionals

    • Bed Bug Research Updates from the Univerity of Tennessee Urban IPM Lab, 6th Annual Tennessee Bed Bug and Cockroach Management Meeting Webinar (also co-hosted the 4-hr meeting)
    • Wood-boring Beetles, North Carolina Pest Management Association, Raleigh, NC  (Multi-state, 2020)
    • The Boring, but not so Boring, Insects of the Southeast, Chattanooga Area Pest Control Association, Chattanooga, TN  (Hamilton, 2020)
    • Research from the Inside Out, Smoky Mountain Pest Management Conference, Knoxville, TN  (East Tennessee, 2020)
    • Lessons Learned from Building-wide Bed Bug Inspections, Tennessee Mosquito & Vector Control Association  (Statewide, 2020)
    • Back to the Basics: Ant Control through IPM, National Pest Management Association Webinar Series (National 2020)
    • Detecting Low Level Bed Bug Infestations, 84th Annual Purdue Pest Management Conference, West Lafayette, IN (Multi-state 2020)
    • Ant Management and Problem Solving Scenarios, 84th Annual Purdue Pest Management Conference, West Lafayette, IN  (Multi-state 2020)
    • 2019 Hands-on School IPM Technician Training (Loudon, East Tennessee, 2019)
    • 2019 Pest Problem Solving Scenarios, Smoky Mountain Pest Management Conference, Knoxville, TN (Multi-state, 2019)
    • 2019 Problem Solving Scenarios, Allpoints, Knoxville, TN (East Tennessee, 2019)
    • 2019 Problem Solving Scenarios, Allpoints, Memphis, TN (West Tennessee, Multi-state, 2019)
    • 2019 Problem Solving Scenarios, Allpoints, Nashville, TN (Middle Tennessee, Multi-state, 2019)
    • 2019 Problem Solving Scenarios, TPCA Region 2, Jackson, TN (West Tennessee, Multi-state, 2019)
    • 21st Century Ant Control, TPCA Region 2, Jackson, TN (West Tennessee, Multi-state, 2019)
    • Bed Bug Basics – Identification, Prevention, Control. Cuyahoga County Bed Bug Task Force 2019 Fall Conference, Middleburg Heights, OH (Other state, 2019)
    • Bed Bug Movement in Residential Environments & What to Do. Cuyahoga County Bed Bug Task Force 2019 Fall Conference, Middleburg Heights, OH (Other state, 2019)
    • Common Ant Invaders and How To Stop Them. NPMA Southern Conference, Memphis, TN (Multi-state, 2019)
    • Common Tennessee Ticks, the Exotic Asian Longhorned Tick, and Their Management, Chattanooga Area Pest Control Association, Chattanooga, TN (Multi-state, 2019)
    • Fine Tuning Your Bed Bug Management in Multi-unit Structures, TPCA Region 2, Jackson, TN (West Tennessee, Multi-state, 2019)
    • Managing Bed Bugs in Low-income Housing, Summit Towers, Knoxville, TN (Knox, 2019)
    • Q & A Panel. Cuyohoga County Bed Bug Task Force 2019 Fall Conference, Middleburg, Heights, OH (Other state, 2019)
    • Solving Bed Bug and Cockroach Problems in Multi-Unit Structures, UT 5th Annual Bed Bug and Cockroach Management Meeting, Knoxville, TN (Knox, Multi-state, 2019)
    • Tennessee Pest Control Licensing and Advisory Board, Nashville, TN (Statewide, 2019)
    • The Carpenters: Bees, Beetles and Termites, Allpoints, Knoxville, TN (East Tennessee, Multi-state, 2019)
    • The Carpenters: Bees, Beetles and Termites, Allpoints, Memphis, TN (West Tennessee, Multi-state, 2019)
    • The Carpenters: Bees, Beetles and Termites, Allpoints, Nashville, TN (Middle Tennessee, Multi-state, 2019)
    • The Exotic Asian Longhorned Tick, Common Tennessee Ticks, and Their Management, Cooks Pest Control Fall Training Meeting, Knoxville, TN (Knox, Loudon, 2019)
    • TN Low Income High Rises Need Proactive Bed Bug Detection, Tennessee Mosquito Vector and Control Association, Nashville, TN (Multi-state, 2019)
    • UT Updates: Asian longhorned tick, odorous house ants and Formosan termites, TPCA Summer Conference, Sevierville, TN (Sevier, 2019)
    • Ant Problem Solving Scenarios. 2018. Frontline/Target Specialty Products Training, Manassas, VA (Multi-state)
    • Building-wide Inspections are Essential for Successful Bed Bug Management in Low-Income, High Rises for the Elderly and Disabled. 2018. Kentucky Pest Management Association, Louisville, KY (Multi-state)
    • Building-wide Quick Bed Bug Inspections. 2018. Nebraska Pest Management Conference, Lincoln, NE (Multi-state)
    • Building-Wide Quick Inspections for Bed Bugs. 2018. Iowa Pest Management Association Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa (Multi-state)
    • Combinations of Quick Inspections and Monitors: Which is Best for Bed Bug Detection in Multi-unit Structures? 2018. 4th Annual Tennessee Bed Bug & Cockroach Management Meeting, Knoxville, TN (organizer)
    • Detecting Low Level Bed Bug Infestations in Multifamily Housing. 2018. National Pest Management Association’s PestWorld Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (National, International)
    • Detecting Low Level Bed Bug Infestations in Multifamily Housing. 2018. PCT Virtual Bed Bug Conference (http://bedbug.pctonline.com/) (National, International)
    • Expanding Your Bed Bug IPM Tool Box. 2018. Global Bed Bug Summit, Denver, CO (International)
    • How to Choose Your Bed Bug Control Strategy. 2018. Iowa Pest Management Association Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa (Multi-state)
    • KCDC Bed Bug Contract. 2018. Knoxville, TN
    • Managing Bed Bug Infestations in Low-income High-rise Housing with an Emphasis on Early Detection, UGA Annual Bed Bug Workshop. 2012. Webinar (Multi-state)
    • Nuisance Ant Control for the 21st Century PMP. 2018. National Pest Management Association Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Conference, Wrightsville Beach, NC (Multi-state)
    • Pest Problem Solving Scenarios, An Interactive Session. 2018. Chattanooga Area Pest Control Association (Multi-state)
    • Pest Problem Solving Scenarios: An Interactive Session. 2018. Colorado Pest Control Association, Denver, CO (Multi-state)
    • Problem Solving Scenarios. 2018. Smoky Mountain Pest Management Conference, Knoxville, TN (Multi-state)
    • Problem Solving Scenarios. 2018. TPCA Region 6, Kingsport, TN (Multi-state)
    • Robbins Elementary School IPM Demonstration Initiation. 2018. Robbins, TN
    • School IPM Advisory Board Meeting, UT Extension School IPM Efforts. 2018. Nashville, TN (Statewide)
    • Schools and Other Sensitive Accounts: What to do? 2018. Iowa Pest Management Association Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa (Multi-state)
    • Sweetwater Elementary School IPM Demonstration Initiation, Sweetwater, TN (Monroe, 2018)
    • The Carpenters: Bees, Ants, and Beetles. 2018. National Pest Management Association, Wrightsville Beach, NC (Multi-state)
    • When Less is More – Using Fewer Monitors to Achieve High Impact Bed Bug Detection. 2018. Closing General Session, Global Bed Bug Summit, Denver, CO (International)
    • Wood-destroying Organisms: Termites. 2018. East Tennessee Pest Control Association Meeting, Knoxville, TN
    • ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course: Common Commensal Pests and Review. 2017 – 2019. Knoxville, TN
    • ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course: Wood-destroying Organisms. 2017 – 2019. Knoxville, TN
    • ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course: Occasional Invaders. 2017 – 2019. Knoxville, TN
    • ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course: Stored Product Pests. 2017 – 2019. Knoxville, TN
    • ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course: Stinging and Biting Arthropods. 2017 – 2019. Knoxville, TN
    • ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course: Cockroaches. 2017 – 2019. Knoxville, TN
    • ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course: Ants. 2017 – 2019. Knoxville, TN
    • ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course: Pest Management Tools. 2017 – 2019. Knoxville, TN
    • ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course: Integrated Pest Management. 2017 – 2019, Knoxville, TN
    • Ant IPM – Controlling America’s #1 Nuisance Pest. 2017. Cook’s Pest Control Zoom Webinar. Multi-state
    • Ant IPM – Controlling America’s #1 Nuisance Pest. 2017. Cook’s Pest Control, Knoxville, TN
    • Ant IPM. 2017. Arrow Pest Control Meeting, Cool Springs, TN
    • Ant IPM: Controlling America’s Number 1 Nuisance Pest. 2017. NPMA Southern Conference, Memphis, TN, Multi-state
    • Ant Management Lessons of a Lifetime. 2017. Kentucky Pest Control Short Course, Lexington, KY, Multi-state
    • Bed Bug Management in Low-income, High-rise Housing. 2017. Chattanooga Area Pest Control Association, Chattanooga, TN Multi-state
    • Building-wide bed bug inspections – You gotta have em! 2017. UT Visitor’s Center, Knoxville, TN (Organized meeting) East Tennessee
    • Cannon County School IPM Regional Training. 2017. Woodbury, TN Middle Tennessee
    • Early Detection of Low-level Bed Bug Infestations in Multifamily Housing. 2017. East Tennessee Pest Control Association Meeting, Knoxville, TN
    • Early Detection of Low-level Bed Bug Infestations in Multifamily Housing. 2017. Cook’s Pest Control Zoom Webinar (Multi-state)
    • eXtension All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Don’t Let Tramp Ants Take Over Your Home. 2017. Online. National
    • Identifying Ants in the Field and Why it Matters to PMPs. 2017. Nashville, TN
    • Identifying Ants in the Field and Why it Matters to PMPs. 2017. Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Identifying Ants in the Field and Why it Matters to PMPs. 2017. Chattanooga, TN
    • Identifying Ants in the Field and Why it Matters to PMPs. 2017. Memphis, TN
    • Managing Bed Bug Infestations in Low-income High-rise Housing with an Emphasis on Early Detection, 2017. University of Georgia Getting the Best of Pests Webinar Series. Multi-state, International
    • Managing Bed Bugs in Low-Income Housing. 2017. Tennessee Pest Control Association Region 6, Kingsport, TN. Multi-state
    • Mosquito-Borne Diseases & Vector Management. 2017. Nashville, TN
    • Mosquito-Borne Diseases & Vector Management. 2017. Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Mosquito-Borne Diseases & Vector Management. 2017. Chattanooga, TN
    • Mosquito-Borne Diseases & Vector Management. 2017. Memphis, TN
    • Presentation of 2016 EPP Alumni Award to Dayton Hylton. 2017. Smoky Mountains Pest Management Conference, Knoxville, TN
    • Recent Pest Control Industry Funded Scholarships at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Entomology and Plant Pathology Department. 2017. Gatlinburg, TN
    • School IPM Technician Training, Tullahoma HS, TN
    • Structure Invading Ants. 2017. Nebraska Urban Pest Management Conference, Lincoln, NE Multi-state
    • The Carpenters: Ants, Bees and Beetles. 2017. Arrow Pest Control, Cool Springs, TN
    • The Carpenters: Ants, Bees, Beetles and Termites. 2017. NPMA Southern Conference, Memphis, TN
    • Bolivar Middle School Demonstration Regional Meeting and Pest Management Professionals’ School IPM Training. 2016. Bolivar Middle School, Bolivar, TN
    • Detecting bed bugs using four or fewer monitors in low-income high rise apartments. 2016. Toronto, Canada
    • A Cox Middle School Demonstration Regional Meeting and Pest Management Professionals’ School IPM Training. 2016. Columbia, TN
    • Identifying Ants in the Field and Why it Matters to PMPs or Pesky Ants Know Your Enemy. 2016. Knoxville, TN
    • Identifying ants in the field and why it matters to PMPs. 2016. Webinar for University of GA (8 states, Mexico, Canada, Afghanistan and India)
    • Managing bed bugs in affordable housing. 2016. Memphis, TN
    • Pest Management Professionals’ School IPM Training. 2016. Lexington, TN
    • Pest Management Professionals’ School IPM Training. 2016. Franklin, TN
    • Pest Management Professionals’ School IPM Training. 2016. Millington, TN
    • Pest Management Professionals’ School IPM Training. 2016. Clinton, TN
    • Pest Management Professionals’ School IPM Training. 2016. Greeneville, TN
    • Training PMPs to Manage Pests in Schools. 2016. Tennessee School Plant Management Association, Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Bed Bug and Cockroach Management in Low-Income High-Rise Housing. 2015. Cook’s Pest Control, Knoxville, TN
    • Bed Bug Research Update. 2015. NPMA Southern Conference, Memphis, TN Multi-state
    • Mosquito Biology and Management. 2015. Allpoints, Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Mosquito Biology and Management. 2015. Orkin Spring PC Kickoff, Knoxville, TN
    • Pollinator Health and Pesticides. 2015. Allpoints, Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Pollinator Health and Pesticides. 2015. Allpoints, Franklin, TN
    • Pollinator Health and Pesticides. 2015. Allpoints, Memphis, TN
    • Problem Solving: Unusual Hymenoptera.2015. 1ETPCA, Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Real. Life. Solutions. for Cockroach Management in Multifamily Housing. 2015. NPMA Southern Conference, Memphis, TN Multi-state
    • The Carpenters: Beetles, Ants and Bees. 2015. East Tennessee, Multi-state
    • The Not So Occasional Invaders. 2015. Greater Chicago Pest Management Alliance, Chicago, IL Multi-state
    • UF Reunion: Ant Management Stories & Lessons Learned. 2015. Southeast Pest Management Conference, Gainesville, FL Multi-state
    • Successful Bed Bug Monitoring using Four or Fewer Detectors in Low-Income High-Rise Apartments and IPM Implementation in East TN. 2015. 1st Annual Tennessee Cockroach and Bed Bug Management in Low-income Multifamily Housing Meeting; Knoxville, TN. (organized)
    • Vail, K and P. Barnwell. 2015. School IPM Technician Training. Stone Memorial High School, Crossville, TN
    • Vail, K and R. Trout Fryxell. 2015. Mosquito Biology & Management, Chattanooga Area Pest Control Association, Chattanooga, TN
    • Vail, K. and R. Trout Fryxell. Mosquito Biology and Management. 2015. Allpoints, Franklin, TN
    • Vail, K. and R. Trout Fryxell. Mosquito Biology and Management. 2015. Allpoints, Memphis, TN
    • Ant Problem Solving Scenarios. 2014. Chattanooga Area Pest Control Association, Chattanooga, TN
    • Ant Problem Solving Scenarios. 2014. Smoky Mountain Pest Management Conference, Sevierville, TN
    • Biters and Stingers. 2014. Allpoints Conference, Memphis, TN
    • Biters and Stingers. 2014. Allpoints Conference, Nashville, TN
    • Biters and Stingers. 2014. Allpoints Conference, Knoxville, TN
    • Cockroaches: ID and Control. 2014. Allpoints Conference, Knoxville, TN
    • Cockroaches: ID and Control. 2014. Allpoints Conference, Memphis, TN
    • Cockroaches: ID and Control. 2014. Allpoints Conference, Nashville, TN
    • Fire Ant Updates for the Landscape and Nursery Industry. 2014. East TN chapter of TNLA, Knoxville, TN
    • Managing German Roaches (& Bed Bugs) in Public Housing. 2014. Orkin, Knoxville, TN
    • Not So Occasional Invaders. 2014. Smoky Mountain Pest Management Conference, Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Not So Occasional Invaders. 2014. Forshaw Seminars, Charlotte, NC
    • Overton County UT School IPM Demonstration Workshop. 2014. Livingston, TN
    • Preventing Bed Bugs in Multifamily Housing. 2014. Isabella Towers, Knoxville, TN
    • Problem Solving: Unusual Hymenoptera. 2014. Cook’s Pest Control, Knoxville, TN
    • Contributions of Entomology & Plant Pathology to ETCPA. 2014. Knoxville, TN
    • Suggestions to Improve Bed Bug and Other Pest Management in KCDC facilities. 2014. Knoxville, TN
    • Tennessee Pesticide Advisory Board Meeting. 2014. Porter Building, TDA, Nashville, TN
    • The Carpenters: Beetles, Ants and Bees. 2014. Forshaw Seminar, Charlotte, NC
    • The Carpenters: Beetles, Bees and Ants. 2014. Cook’s Pest Control, Knoxville, TN
    • UGA Getting the Best of Pests Series: An Integrated Approach to Managing Odorous House Ants. Webinar. 2014. Multi-state
    • Ant Problem Solving Scenarios. 2013. Knoxville, TN
    • Ant Problem Solving Scenarios. 2013. Cincinnati, OH multi-state
    • Ant Problem Solving Scenarios. 2013. Cook’s Pest Control, Knoxville, TN
    • Ant Problem Solving Scenarios. 2013. Nashville, TN
    • Bed Bug Biology and Behavior: A New Update on an Old Pest. 2013. Anderson County?, TN
    • Bed Bugs A New Update on an Old Foe. 2013. Alcoa, TN
    • Bed Bugs A New Update on an Old Foe. 2013. Cincinnati, OH Multi-state
    • Bed Bugs and Bat Bugs in Cabins. 2013. Knoxville, TN
    • Bed Bugs Biology and Behavior: A New Update on an Old Pest. 2013. Multi-state
    • Bed Bugs: A New Update on an Old Foe. 2013. Nashville, TN
    • Brown recluse control. 2013. Knoxville, TN
    • Cockroaches from the Outside In: Controlling Peridomestic Cockroaches Outdoors. 2013. National Pest Management Association Southern Conference, Tunica, MS Multi-state
    • General ID and Biology: Carpenters, OHA and Pavement Ants. 2013. 2013. National Pest Management Association Southern Conference, Tunica, MS Multi-state
    • eXtension All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Keeping Ants Off the Thanksgiving Table, National,
    • Management of Invasive Ants: The Native Odorous House Ant and the Exotic Asian Needle Ant. 2013. North Carolina Pest Management Association, Raleigh, NC Multi-state
    • ACE Prep Course: Ants. 2012. Entomological Society of America Meeting, Knoxville, TN (
    • ACE Prep: Wood-Destroying Insects. 2012. Entomological Society of America, Knoxville, TN
    • Ant Management. Cook’s Pest Control, Knoxville, TN
    • Ants of Concern: Newer, Invasive, Exotic Pest Ants and Carpenter Ants. 2012. New England Pest Management Association, Boxborough, MA
    • Bed Bugs – How to Evict the Worst House guests Ever! – ID & Control of Bedbugs & Is this a real problem or just media hype? 2012. Allpoints Meeting, Knoxville, TN
    • Bed Bugs – How to Evict the Worst House guests Ever! – ID & Control of Bedbugs & Is this a real problem or just media hype? 2012. Allpoints Meeting, Nashville, TN
    • Bed Bugs – How to Evict the Worst House guests Ever! – ID & Control of Bedbugs & Is this a real problem or just media hype? 2012. Allpoints Meeting, Nashville, TN
    • Exotic, Invasive Ants: They’re Here, Knocking at the Door or a Delivery Away!’ 2012. Arkansas Pest Control Operator’s Training, Little Rock, AR
    • How Can You Tell if You Have Odorous House Ants? in ‘Ant Control Made Easy’ national eXtension Webinar. 2012.
    • Invasive Pest Ants. 2012. Technicians at Arkansas Pest Management Association Meeting, Little Rock, AR Multi-state
    • Invasive Pest Ants. 2012. Managers at Arkansas Pest Management Association Meeting, Little Rock, AR
    • Management of invasive ants: the native odorous house ant and the exotic Asian needle ant, Richmond, VA
    • Managing Ants from the House to the Lawn: Carpenter Ants and Fire Ants. 2012. Chattanooga Pest Control Association.
    • Managing Household and Structural Pests. 2012. Knoxville, TN
    • Not So Occasional Invaders. 2012. Smoky Mountain Pest Management Conference, Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Other Invasive Ants. 2012. Invited Opening Address Speaker for the Imported Fire Ant and Invasive Ant Conference. Nashville, TN
    • Pest Academy, Session 1: Ant ID, Biology, Behavior and Control: General ID and Biology of Carpenters, OHA and Pavement. 2012. National Pest Management Association’s PestWorld Annual Meeting, Boston, MA International
    • Pest Academy, Session 2: Ant ID, Biology, Behavior and Control: “Newer” Invasives of Concern. 2012. National Pest Management Association’s PestWorld Annual Meeting, Boston, MA International
    • Pest Academy, Session 3 Ant ID, Biology, Behavior and Control Problem solving scenarios and distribution ants. 2012. National Pest Management Association’s PestWorld, Boston, MA International
    • Secret Life of Ants. 2012. Allpoints Meeting, Knoxville, TN
    • Secret Life of Ants. 2012. Allpoints Meeting, Memphis, TN
    • Secret Life of Ants. 2012. Allpoints Meeting, Nashville, TN
    • Technician’s Day: Understanding the Ins and Outs of Bed Bug Treatment Methods. 2012. National Pest Management Association Southern Conference, Tunica, MS.
    • The New CSI: Controlling Spiders Inside – How to Control & ID TN Spiders. 2012. Allpoints Meeting, Knoxville, TN
    • The New CSI: Controlling Spiders Inside – How to Control & ID TN Spiders. 2012. Allpoints Meeting, Memphis, TN
    • The New CSI: Controlling Spiders Inside – How to Control & ID TN Spiders. 2012. Allpoints Meeting, Nashville, TN
    • The Puzzling Odorous House Ant. 2012. Middle Tennessee Pest Control Association, Nashville, TN
    • The Puzzling Odorous House Ant. 2012. Smoky Mountain Pest Management Conference, Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Those Stinky Roaches: ID, Habitat and How to Keep Them Out. 2012. Cook’s Pest Control, Knoxville, TN
    • What has UT Extension done for you? A Summary of the Urban IPM Lab’s Pest Management Research and Extension Productivity. 2012. Chattanooga Pest Control Association.
    • What has UT Extension done for you? A Summary of the Urban IPM Lab’s Pest Management Research and Extension Productivity. 2012. Tennessee Pest Control Association, Sevierville, TN.
    • Bed Bug Biology- Life cycle, Habits and Resistance. 2011. Tennessee Department of Agriculture Bed Bug Summit, Nashville, TN
    • Nevada Pest Control Association. 2011. Panel Discussion, Las Vegas, NV
    • New and Occasional Invaders. 2011. Knoxville, TN
    • New and Occasional Invaders. 2011. Nashville, TN
    • The Carpenters: Beetles, Ants and Bees. 2011. Knoxville, TN
    • The Carpenters: Beetles, Ants and Bees. 2011. Nashville, TN
    • The Carpenters: Beetles, Ants and Bees. 2011. Memphis, TN
    • The Carpenters: Beetles, Ants and Bees. 2011. East Tennessee Pest Control Association, Pigeon Forge, TN
    • The Puzzling Odorous House Ant. 2011. Nevada Pest Control Association, Las Vegas, NV
    • The Secret Life of Ants.2011. Mallis Handbook of Pest Control Technical Forum, Orlando, FL.
    • Bed Bug Management Updates. 2011.Macks Pest Control, Nashville, TN

    Pesticide Applicator Training

    • Pest Control Operator Licensing Training. 2001 – present. General Rodent and Pest Control. Includes Powerpoint presentation and specimen display (2.5 h). Offered quarterly in Nashville. (Number of attendees)
    • Pest Control Operator Licensing Training. 2001 – present. Wood Destroying Organisms. Includes Powerpoint presentation and specimen display (3.5 h). Offered quarterly in Nashville.
    • Pest Control Operator Licensing Training. 2001 – present. Public Health Mosquito Control.(2.5 h). Offered quarterly in Nashville

    Termite Technician School in cooperation with Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Industry

    • Termite Biology. Central Region Extension Office, Nashville, TN.
    • Wood-destroying Organisms, Their Damage and Control, Central Region Extension Office, Nashville,TN

    Extension – Other Audiences

    • How to Identify, Prevent and Manage Bed Bugs, Lebanon Housing Authority, Lebanon, TN  (Wilson, 2020)
    • How Home Health Care and Social Workers Avoid Bringing Bed Bug Infestations to their Cars, Home and Office, Greater Nashville Regional Council Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Nashville, TN  (Middle Tennessee, 2020)
    • Bed Bug Detection in Low-income High Rises for the Elderly and Disabled, University of Georgia Entomology Department Seminar, Athens, GA (Other state, 2019) recorded
    • Bed Bug Prevention and Management in Low-income High Rises for the Elderly and Disabled, Summit Towers, Knoxville TN (Knox, 2019)
    • Bed Bugs: What Schools Should Know. Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN (Shelby, 2019)
    • Extension in the 21st Century: Bed Bugs and Beyond. UT Entomology and Plant Pathology, Knoxville, TN (Knox, 2019) recorded
    • How Home Health Care and Social Workers Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs to their Cars, Home and Office, NHC, Lawrenceburg, TN (Lawrence, 2019)
    • How Home Health Care and Social Workers Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs to their Cars, Home and Office, Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Cookeville, TN (Putnam, Middle Tennessee, 2019)
    • How Home Health Care and Social Workers Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs to their Cars, Home and Office, Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Nashville, TN (Multi-state, 2019)
    • How Home Health Care and Social Workers Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs to their Cars, Home and Office, Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Cookeville, TN (Middle Tennessee, 2019)
    • Bed Bugs. 2018. Clyde Austin 4H Center, Greeneville, TN
    • Bed Bugs: Just When You Thought it was Safe to Sleep at Night….4H Camp Staff Training. 2018. Clyde York 4H Camp, Crossville
    • Bed Bugs: What Schools Need to Know. 2018. Hamblen County School Nurses, Morristown, TN
    • Bed Bugs: What Schools Should Know. 2018. Hamblen County School Administrators, Morristown, TN
    • Franklin County Fire Ant Meeting. 2018, Winchester, TN
    • Lessons Learned from Low-Income, High Rises for the Elderly and Disabled. 2018. Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (TAHRA) Spring Meeting, Murfreesboro, TN
    • How Home Health Care and Social Workers Avoid Bringing Infestations to their Cars, Home and Office. 2017. LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Home Health Workers Zoom Webinar, Memphis, TN
    • Relying on Resident Self-reporting of Bed Bugs Has Failed. 2017. Knoxville, TN
    • Managing Bed Bugs, 28 April 2017, UT housing personnel, Knoxville, TN
    • How Home Health Care Workers Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs to their Cars, Home and Office. 2017. Covenant Health Care, Knoxville, TN
    • Early Detection of Low-level Bed Bug Infestations. 2017. Sevier County Hospitality Alliance, Sevierville, TN
    • Controlling Insects that Invade Your Home. 2017. Coalmont, TN
    • Bed Bugs: You Can Get Rid of Them*. 2017. UT Science Forum, Knoxville, TN
    • Bed Bug Management and Prevention for UT Hall Directors. 2017. UT Knoxville, TN
    • Bed Bug Management in KCDC High Rises. 2017. KCDC, Knoxville TN
    • Bed Bugs – Early Detection Through Regular Inspection: Saving You Time, Money and So Much More. 2016. Sevierville, TN
    • Request to create a subcategory 7 certification for school IPM to the Tennessee Licensing and Advisory Board. 2016. Nashville, TN.
    • School IPM Advisory Board Meeting. 2016. Nashville, TN
    • Suggestions to Improve Bed Bug Management in KCDC. 2016. Knoxville, TN
    • The challenges of managing bed bugs in multi-family housing. 2016. Shelby County Healthy Homes Partnership, Habitat for Humanity, Memphis, TN
    • Diagnostics Booth, Summer Celebration. 2015.WTREC, Jackson, TN
    • Healthy Homes Advisory Board Meeting. 2015. Murfreesboro, TN
    • Keel, M., K. Vail, J. Faison and C. Marcinko.2015. Tennessee Healthy Homes Partnership Panel Discussion at the Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s Annual Governor’s Housing Conference, Nashville, TN
    • Bed Bug Management and Prevention in Public Housing. 2015. LaFollette, TN
    • Bed Bug Prevention and Management in Public Housing. 2015. Jellico, TN
    • Bed Bug Prevention and Management. 2015. WestView Towers, Knoxville, TN
    • Request to create a subcategory 7 certification for school IPM to the Tennessee Licensing and Advisory Board. 2015. Nashville, TN.
    • School IPM Demonstration for Lawrence County. 2015. Davy Crockett Elementary, Lawrenceburg, TN
    • School IPM for Hardeman County Demonstration. 2015. Bolivar Middle School, Bolivar, TN
    • UT Extension School IPM Regional Workshop. 2015. Livingston Middle School, Livingston, TN
    • UT Extension School IPM Regional Workshop. 2015. Cocke County High School, Newport, TN
    • Cocke County UT School IPM Demonstration Workshop. 2014. Newport, TN
    • Grant: Bed Bug Impact, Early Detection Practices and Integrated Pest Management in Multifamily Housing. 2014. Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities, Cool Springs, TN.
    • UT Extension School IPM Regional Workshop. 2014. Clinton Middle School, Clinton, TN
    • UT Extension School IPM Regional Workshop. 2014. Doyle Elementary School, White County, Doyle, TN
    • Managing and Preventing Bed Bugs in Healthcare Facilities and During Visits. 2014. Knoxville, TN
    • Obtaining Buy-In for IPM in Multifamily Housing Demonstration. 2013. Anderson, Blount, Knox counties.
    • IPM in MultiFamily Housing National training with Allie Taisey. 2014. Isabella Towers, KCDC, Knoxville, TN
    • IPM in MultiFamily Housing National training with Allie Taisey. 2014. Northgate, KCDC, Knoxville, TN
    • IPM in MultiFamily Housing National training with Allie Taisey. 2014. Love Towers, KCDC, Knoxville, TN
    • Resident’s Role in Preventing Bed Bugs. 2014. Isabella Towers, Knoxville, TN
    • Resident’s Role in Preventing Bed Bugs. 2014. Love Towers, Knoxville, TN
    • Resident’s Role in Preventing Bed Bugs. 2014. Northgate, Knoxville, TN
    • MidCumberland Human Resources Agency: Bed Bugs. 2014. Lyles, TN.
    • United Healthcare Community Plan CHOICES University: Bed Bugs, Webinar. 2014. Statewide from Knoxville, TN
    • Tennessee Healthy Homes Advisory Board. 2013.
    • Managing and Preventing Bed Bugs, Dept. of Health, Environmental Services. 2014. Cookeville, TN
    • Preventing and Managing Bed Bugs in Affordable Housing. 2012. Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association’s (SAHMA) Conference, Murfreesboro, TN
    • Southern Region School IPM Working Group Meeting. 2012. Little Rock, AR
    • IPM in Child Cares. 2012. Hixson, TN
    • Regional School IPM Workshops. 2012. Caywood Elementary, Lexington, TN
    • Regional School IPM Workshop. 2012. Maury City Elementary, Maury City, TN
    • Integrated Pest Management. 2011. National School Plant Management Association Meeting, Nashville, TN
    • School Integrated Pest Management (IPM): What is the Role of the Plant Manager? 2011. Pigeon Forge, TN
    • School IPM Booth, National School Plant Management Association. 2011. Nashville, TN
    • The Role of the Maintenance Professional is Key to School IPM Success. 2011. Tennessee School Plant Management Association Mini-Conference West. Paris Landing State Park, Buchanan, TN
    • Balancing and Reducing Risks from Pests and Pesticides in Child-serving Facilities and Affordable Housing. UT Baker Center for Public Policy’s Healthy Homes: Addressing Health Disparities in the Residential Environment. 2011. Knoxville, TN (recorded)
    • Update on IPM. Tennessee School Plant Management Association. 2013. Murfreesboro, TN,
    • School IPM. Upper Cumberland Food Nutritionist In-service Meeting. 2012. Smithville, TN
    • Preventing and Managing Bed Bugs. Kentucky & Tennessee School Plant Management Associations Joint Training. 2011. Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Regional School IPM Workshop Humphreys County. 2011. Waverly, TN
    • Regional School IPM Workshop John Sevier Elementary, Blount Co. 2011. Maryville, TN
    • Regional School IPM Workshop Johnson County. 2011. Mountain City, TN
    • How Fire Ants Burned the South. 2011. Y12 Oak Ridge National Labs. Oak Ridge, TN
    • Managing and Preventing Bed Bugs. 2011. Memphis, TN
    • Managing and Preventing Bed Bugs. 2011. Cagle Terrace, Knoxville, TN
    • Managing and Preventing Bed Bugs. 2011. Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office, Cookeville, TN
    • Bed Bugs: Touching Every Life, Linking Community Members from Housing, Hospitals, Schools, and Offices. 2011. Williamson County Ag Expo, Franklin, TN

    In-service Training

    • Hands-on training: Inspection of camp cabins and lodges. Bed Bug and Household Pest Training for Extension Agents, Camp Staff, School and Housing Personnel and Pest Management Professionals. (1) Lone Oaks Farm, Middleton, TN, 3/1/2019 (2) W P Ridley 4H Camp, Columbia, TN, 2/28/19 (3) Clyde York 4H Camp, Crossville, TN, 2/27/2019 and (4) Clyde Austin 4H Camp, Greeneville, TN, 2/26/2019
    • Bed Bugs: Identification, prevention, inspection, monitoring and control techniques. Bed Bug Training for Extension Agents, Camp Staff, School and Housing Personnel and Pest Management Professionals. (1) Lone Oaks Farm, Middleton, TN, 3/1/2019 (2) W P Ridley 4H Camp, Columbia, TN, 2/28/19 (3) Clyde York 4H Camp, Crossville, TN, 2/27/2019 and (4) Clyde Austin 4H Camp, Greeneville, TN, 2/26/2019
    • Lessons learned from building-wide bed bug inspections. Bed Bug and Household Pest Training for Extension Agents, Camp Staff, School and Housing Personnel and Pest Management Professionals. (1) Lone Oaks Farm, Middleton, TN, 3/1/2019 (2) W P Ridley 4H Camp, Columbia, TN, 2/28/19 (3) Clyde York 4H Camp, Crossville, TN, 2/27/2019 and (4) Clyde Austin 4H Camp, Greeneville, TN, 2/26/2019
    • Household and structural pest problem-solving scenarios. Bed Bug and Household Pest Training for Extension Agents, Camp Staff, School and Housing Personnel and Pest Management Professionals. (1) Lone Oaks Farm, Middleton, TN, 3/1/2019 (2) W P Ridley 4H Camp, Columbia, TN, 2/28/19 (3) Clyde York 4H Camp, Crossville, TN, 2/27/2019 and (4) Clyde Austin 4H Camp, Greeneville, TN, 2/26/2019
    • School IPM for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Inspectors In-service Training. 2015. Montgomery Bell State Park, TN
    • Entomology and Plant Pathology Extension Faculty and Programs. 2012. For new Extension agent orientation, Knoxville, TN
    • Central Region Invasive Insect and Plant Disease Pest Problems and IPM – Now and on the Horizon. 2012. Imported Fire Ants, Murfreesboro, TN
    • Central Region Invasive Insect and Plant Disease Pest Problems and IPM – Now and on the Horizon. 2012. Bed Bugs, Murfreesboro, TN
    • Western Region Invasive Insect and Plant Disease Pest Problems and IPM – Now and on the Horizon. 2012. Imported Fire Ants, Jackson, TN
    • Western Region Invasive Insect and Plant Disease Pest Problems and IPM – Now and on the Horizon. 2012. Bed Bugs, Jackson, TN, 3/19/2013 (22)
    • Eastern Region Invasive Insect and Plant Disease Pest Problems and IPM – Now and on the Horizon. 2012. Imported Fire Ants, Knoxville, TN
    • Eastern Region Invasive Insect and Plant Disease Pest Problems and IPM – Now and on the Horizon. 2012. Bed Bugs, Knoxville, TN
  • Research

    Graduate students

    • Gary Edwards, Graduate Research Assistant

    Undergraduate student supervised: 2011-present

    • Marlo Black, 2017- present (co-advised with Becky Trout Fryxell), project: A Survey of Domestic Hosts of Cimex lectularius
      • 2020 BS Scholarship Award of the National Conference on Urban Entomology (NCUE)
      • First place, Herbert College of Agriculture Division UT EUReCA, 2019
      • Gold Medal, university-wide competition UT EUReCA, 2019
      • Chancellor’s Honors Program Research Grant, 2019
    • Geordan Hall, 2017 – 2018 (co-advised with Becky Trout Fryxell), project: Confirmation of Odorous House Ant Clades in Knox County, Tennessee Using a Novel and Cost-Efficient Assay
    • Rachel Harmon, 2015-2016, project: Inexpensive Nonchemical Treatments for Small Bed Bug Infestations in Furniture, 2nd Place Undergraduate Award Tennessee Entomological Society, 2015
    • John Glafenhien, 2014-2015, project: Low-Cost Nonchemical Control Strategies for Small Bed Bug Infestations in Furniture

    Other UT Urban IPM Lab Research

    • Jennifer Chandler, Research Specialist II

Karen M. Vail, Ph.D.

Professor and Extension Urban Entomologist

Mail address:

2505 EJ Chapman Drive
370 Plant Biotechnology Building
Entomology & Plant Pathology
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4560

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G062 McCord Hall
Phone: (865)974-7138 EPP
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