The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold a Wood Destroying Insects Workshop on April 5 in Dallas.
The workshop is an introduction to wood-destroying insects and their control for pest management technicians. It is one of the programs of the Integrated Pest Management Experience House, a facility for hands-on training.
The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Water Education Building of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas, 17360 Coit Road.
The cost is $75 until 5 p.m. on March 31 and $100 after that date. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register as soon as practical. Lunch is included.
Participants must register at https://tx.ag/April5WoodInsects. Call 979-845-2604 for questions regarding registration.
One Texas Department of Agriculture wood-destroying insect continuing education unit is available for structural applicators.
“This IPM Experience House workshop will allow participants to not only hear from leading experts in the industry, but also gain hands-on experience through practical demonstrations such as identification techniques and field-based applications of bait monitoring systems and insecticidal treatments,” said Bryant McDowell, AgriLife Extension urban integrated pest management specialist, Dallas.
He said the workshop is designed to orient pest management professionals to the art and science of termite control as well as a great opportunity to get new or old employees ready for the wood- destroying insect season.
“This workshop is designed to be hands-on with a traditional classroom-based setup in combination with a field-based portion conducting a WDI inspection and treatment,” McDowell said.
Expert AgriLife Extension instructors will demonstrate practical field skills for setting up and executing a soil termiticide job. They will also cover an overview of termite baiting, including practical aspects of bait placement and installation, and teach the basic biology of wood-destroying insects that professionals should know.
Wood-destroying insects’ topics
The topics covered over the course of the day-long event will include:
- Introduction to wood-destroying insects.
- Theory and practice of termite baiting.
- Introduction to soil treatment.
- Hands-on demonstrations at IPM Experience House.
- Preparing the treatment diagram.
- Estimating a bait job and station placement.
- Estimating a soil termiticide job.
- Soil injection equipment.
- Spray rig calibration.
- Safe mixing.
- Application of soil-applied termiticides.