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Urban Pest Management Program

About the Workshops

Termite Control Workshop

Termite Control Workshops address the critical and changing needs of the termite control industry in Georgia and the southeastern U.S. through classroom lectures and discussion, on-site demonstrations, and interactive field activities on such topics as:

  • Termite biology and inspection for termites
  • Construction methods and types
  • Rules and regulations governing termite control in Georgia
  • Formosan termites in Georgia
  • Application equipment, calibration, and demonstrations
  • Safety considerations, siphoning, chemical spills, and environmental concerns,
  • Void and sub-slab treatment demonstrations, including foaming

The Termite Control Workshop awards 11 Certification/6 Registration WDO hours in Georgia. It also provides credit in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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"This has been an overwhelming class. Very helpful, well worth coming."
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Home IPM Workshop

Urban and structural pest management is the protection of property, food, and health from insect and rodent pests commonly found in homes, restaurants, and other businesses. Ultimately, pest management is about problem solving. It involves the collection of information, analysis of the data and development of a strategy to resolve (or prevent) a pest problem (R. D. Kramer, in Mallis Handbook). This simple definition captures the essence of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Decisions concerning the management and prevention of pest infestations should always be knowledge-based. IPM, then, is a decision-making process driven by information collected during an inspection. Because the quality, and thus effectiveness, of the decisions made in an IPM program are only as good as the information on which the decisions are made, inspections are the cornerstone of IPM programs.

HouseThe goal of Home IPM workshop is to teach participants how to generate and interpret the information meeded for effective IPM programs in the home environment. The workshop addresses the development of critical thinking skills required for pest management professionals to develop an IPM mind-set.

This workshop awards 5 hours HPC credit in Georgia. It also provides credit in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


School IPM Workshop

School environments are widely defined as those buildings or businesses that educate and/or where people aggregate for defined periods of time during the day for the purpose of education.

School buildingAcross the U.S., pest management in school environments has received a great deal of attention, and in some states pest management professionals must be able to show proficiency in managing pests in schools, through some form of documentation, in addition to any rules their state requires. In Georgia, the management of pests in schools is regulated by the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Structural Pest Control Act of 1953. To this end the School IPM Workshop serves to engage pest management professionals in a day long workshop aimed at helping them interpret and design their School pest management services in light of Georgia's Rules.

This workshop awards 5 hours HPC credit in Georgia. It also provides credit in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


Bed Bug Workshop

During the past several decades the pest control industry has seen a tremendous resurgence of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) as a pest where people sleep, aggregate, or otherwise spend time. Public places are especially susceptible to bed bug infestations. This cryptic, nocturnal, blood-sucking insect is adept at moving from infested to uninfested sites because of its proclivity at attaching to human property (back packs, beds, furniture, etc.) and going long periods without a blood meal.

BugsBed bug services should aim to eliminate the infestation. The bug’s cryptic nature, natural history, and well-documented levels of insecticide resistance have made bed bug control challenging. In this workshop we will address various aspects of the bed bug pest management process important to pest management professionals, including biology, inspection and detection (the art and science of detecting live bed bugs), pros and cons of various control techniques (including current status of insecticide resistance), and the importance of post-treatment monitoring.

This workshop awards 5 hours HPC credit in Georgia. It also provides credit in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


Commercial IPM Workshop

KitchenCommercial pest management is the control and management of pests in public and private buildings generally not considered a place of primary residence. Commercial environments subject to pest management include restaurants and other locations where food and non-food items are processed or stored (including food storage warehouses and food processing plants). Some commercial accounts are considered especially sensitive, and include nursing homes, hospitals, and schools.

DiningPests in commercial accounts can be diverse, but in large part include ants, small and large flies, cockroaches, rodents, and a myriad stored product pests to name a few. In Georgia, performance of non-WDO work in commercial accounts is regulated by the Georgia Rules and Regulations pertaining to the Household Pest Control (HPC) and the label guidelines of the product(s) of choice to control pests in commercial environments. In this workshop we will address various aspects of the biology and management of the key pest groups found in commercial accounts, and the Georgia Rules and Regulations in place for those working in this arena.

This workshop awards 5 hours HPC credit in Georgia. It also provides credit in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


Certificate Program

The goal of the Certificate Program is to provide Georgia’s pest management companies service technicians exposed to various aspects of the industry, and to award current pest management professionals a University of Georgia-sponsored credential.

Who is this Certificate For?
This Certificate is appropriate for:

  • individuals with no experience in the pest management industry, but who are looking to enter a stable and exciting field;
  • individuals who, even though they might have extensive pest management experience, would like to energize their career by acquiring a professional credential, and;
  • owners and managers of pest management companies looking to improve the skills of current and future employees.
  • Veterans of military service attend free of charge.

OHAThe Certificate’s Lecture Series
The Certificate’s curriculum is designed to expose students to various aspects of the pest management industry, including sales, customer service, and legal affairs. More than half of the Certificate’s 10 lectures are about the identification, biology, and management of the most common urban insect pests found in Georgia.

A Unique Training OpportunityPeople
Because a laboratory session is part of each technical lecture, the Certificate provides a unique training opportunity even for the most experienced technician. Over the course of the Certificate’s various laboratory sessions, students are shown specimens of the 100 or so most common insect pests most likely to be encountered in and around Georgia’s urban environment.

This 10 Week Program awards 24 credit hours in Georgia: 18 HPC and 6 WDO. Participants may attend lectures as needed, on a lecture-by-lecture basis.

The Certiticiate Program is free to Veterans of Military Service.