Spring is a great time to learn! With that as inspiration, we want you to know about two new IPM House courses scheduled for May and June.
First, mark your calendars for May 28. On this day we’ll be offering Introduction to Mosquito Control for PMPs –a great class if you are a technician or owner considering adding mosquito control to your list of services. The class on May 28 is an introduction to mosquito management–perfect for owners, managers or technicians.
The course provides essential information for any pest management professional engaged in providing mosquito control services. Topics include an introduction to mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit; the role and tools of surveillance; how to conduct a backyard mosquito inspection, mosquito control methods and equipment. In addition, we will use microscopes to look at different mosquito life stages and species. Instructors include Extension medical entomologist Dr. Sonja Swiger, and Target Specialty Product‘s Vector Control specialist, Patrick Sutton.
On Friday, June 28 we will be offering General Household Pest Training. This class provides necessary Pest Category training for new apprentices and introduction to general pest control for new technicians. Topics to be covered will include introduction to entomology and general orders of insects; general insect pests; mosquitoes; rodents and other animal pests. In addition, we will cover an introduction to IPM and pesticides, and equipment used in pest control. Hands-on activities include use of various sprayers and dusters, bait applications and situational problem solving.
All classes at IPM House provide a combination of hands-on demonstrations and classroom instruction. Lunch will be provided. Both classes have a $50 early registration fee ($75 late registration). Class size is limited, so register soon. Details and registration for both classes can be found at the https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu website (search for “mosquito” or “household pest”). Or click on the following links.