2021 Texas Rodent Academy takes place December 14-15


Jose Dolagaray of Arrow Exterminators (left) and Larry King of MosquitoNix Pest Control search a drain pipe for signs of rodent pests during a past Texas Rodent Academy at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. (Photo: Gabe Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife)

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Research Center will host two educational offerings in December.

Texas Rodent Academy

Texas Rodent Academy 2021, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will take place December 14-15 in Dallas, Texas.

The two-day course is aimed at Integrated Pest Management (IPM) professionals and those who use pesticides in their work for communities, universities, public schools and food safety personnel.

The cost is $ 200 and the academy is limited to 50 attendees, according to a press release. Academy tuition fees include course materials and meals.

Registration is now open.

The event will take place at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center.

For students who have passed a final exam, a certificate of completion of the academy and structural pest control credits will be issued to participants who apply for them and meet the required criteria.

“We are very excited to have IPM experts for this one-on-one hands-on rodent management workshop,” said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension IPM Specialist in Dallas, Texas. “In the past two years we have closed buildings and shops for long periods of time. Combine that with changing behavior patterns and alternative food sources for rats and we have experienced problems and problems that we have not experienced before. “

Hurley said in a press release that the Texas Rodent Academy’s goal is to provide a highly focused and standardized approach to rodent population management through IPM. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to manage rodent populations more efficiently due to an improved understanding of the biology, behavior and habitat of rodents.

Participants will also learn about the factors that contribute to the infestation, effective methods of evaluating site-specific responses and strategies, and effective communication strategies with the public to achieve lasting change and improvement.

“We are excited to have so many leaders in the IPM field to discuss these topics and the latest technologies, studies and solutions related to pest control,” said Hurley in a press release.

In addition to Hurley, Niamh Quinn, Ph.D., Advisor on Human-Wildlife Interactions, South Coast Research and Extension Center, University of California, Irvine, will speak in urban rodentology; Claudia Riegel, Ph.D., City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite, director of the Rodent Control Board; and City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite, member of the Rodent Control Board Timmy Madre.

Topics covered at the Texas Rodent Academy include:

  • Health significance of rodents.
  • Rodents and allergens.
  • Rodent biology and behavior.
  • Overview of IPM.
  • Pesticide labels and federal regulations.
  • External bait boxes – what, where and how?
  • Alternative rat control tools and techniques.
  • Mouse Integrated pest control in apartments / private houses.
  • Monitoring of rodents.

Participants should wear comfortable shoes and dress for outdoor use. Participants will be divided into smaller groups for outdoor learning that will include:

  • What to look for in site-specific inspections.
  • Bait station, snap traps, exclusion.

Seminar on pests of concern


A pest of concern training course will cover cockroaches and other pesky insects and rodents on December 16 in Dallas. PHOTO: TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE

The pest of concern seminar covers some of the most common pest problems faced by institutions and food processors.

The seminar will take place on December 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Research Center in Dallas, Texas.

Pre-registration is required and is open immediately.

The cost of the seminar is $ 50 and includes training materials, refreshments, a continental breakfast, and lunch.

Attendees will receive six hours of training and education units (CEUs) for Texas registered paramedics, law enforcement officers, animal control officers, and Texas Department of Agriculture Public Health licensees in the vector control category. While license numbers are required to obtain CEU, this event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about their subject.

“Many insects, other arthropods, and certain rodents can affect the health and quality of life of the people who live in and visit Texas,” Hurley said in a press release. “To develop effective and safe control programs for these pests, it is important to understand their biology and their role in the development and transmission of disease.”

The training is for public health officials, Code enforcement officials, and those working in and around public places. The Integrated Pest Management Workshop, IPM, includes lectures and hands-on activities to help participants better understand the ecology of rodents, cockroaches, and flies and what to look for in public health inspections.

Hurley said in a press release that attendees will have the opportunity to view insect samples under a microscope and it will be time to meet with some pest control providers to see what types of products are available and what they are used for should.

The training will cover a wide range of pest-related topics presented by leaders in their field. At the end of the speakers, the participants have the opportunity to visit the IPM house of the center to find out what to look out for in households and companies.

A detailed training plan is available online.

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