Two-day hands-on termite school for Nebraska applicators
Barbara Ogg, firstname.lastname@example.org, Clyde Ogg1, Dennis Ferraro1, Shripat T. Kamble1, and Tim Creger2. (1) University of Nebraska, 444 Cherrycreek Rd, Lincoln, NE, (2) Department of Agriculture, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE
Complaints to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) about shoddy treatments have uncovered compliance problems, caused, in part, by inadequately trained entry-level technicians. An intensive two-day training event was developed which included hands-on instruction using a termite-damaged house for the demonstration. Classroom topics included label exercises, termite biology, conducive conditions, dispersion of chemicals in the soil, classes of termiticides, efficacy research results, preconstruction treatments and Nebraska regulations. Hands-on demonstrations included equipment, inspection techniques, PPE, crawlspace applications, baiting technologies, perimeter applications and slab treatments. Presentations were given by UNL faculty, NDA personnel and industry representatives. A post-training survey showed participants benefitted from the collaboration of UNL, NDA and industry in providing this training and showed the hands-on training was valuable in helping participants better understand termite treatments. On-site training using a termite-damaged house is a cost-effective alternative to development and use of a dedicated training facility.
Species 1: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Reticulitermesflavipes (eastern subterranean termite, subterranean termite)