Rodent Academy (December 13-15, 2022)

$300.00 / unit

Event Details

December 13, 2022 || 8:00AM – 5:00PM
December 14, 2022 || 8:00AM – 5:00PM
December 15, 2022 || 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center
Water & Land Resource Buildings
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75252

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Class Information

The goal of the Texas Rodent Academy is to provide a highly focused and standardized approach to managing rodent populations through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). After completing this course, graduates will be able to manage rodent populations more effectively, because they will have a better understanding of the biology, behavior, and habitat of rodents, contributing factors to infestation, effective ways of evaluating site-specific responses and strategies, and effective communication strategies with the public to achieve lasting change and improvements.

Curriculum Content (In classroom learning)

The topics will include:

  • Health significance of rodents
  • Biology and behavior of rodents
  • Overview of Integrated Pest Management
  • Exterior bait boxes - what, where, and how?
  • Alternative tools & techniques for rat control

Curriculum Content (hands-on outdoor learning)

Participants will be broken into small groups for each class day hands-on learning exercise, which will have in-depth sessions on hands-on activities for all participants

  • Site-specific inspections -- what to look for
  • Bait station, snap traps, exclusion
  • Remote Sensing, snap trap races, the exclusion for small and large areas
  • Using dogs for management and control

Speakers:  Dr. Claudia Riegel and Tim Madere, City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board; Ed Dolshun, Catchmaster; Emory Matts, Rentokil North America; Dave and Jim Schuelke, Twin Home Experts; Mark Vick & JJ, Working Dogs for Conservation; Scott and Angie Mullaney, Unique Pest Management; along with vendor demonstrations as well.

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for the field, you will be outside each day of the workshop.

Class Size: To ensure quality and good instructor-to-student interaction, the Academy can only accommodate approximately 50 students in this session. It’s first come, first serve, so sign up early.

Location: Class will begin each day at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 17360 Coit Rd, Dallas, TX 75252 Water & Land Resource Building

Course Pre-requisites: Academy students must have a basic understanding of rodent control principles (biology and behavior, rodenticides, traps, etc.). It is suggested supervisors, managers, and owners attend the Academy and teach their employees.

Student Involvement and Expectations: The Academy is not a 'sit back and listen' seminar. This is a working Academy, intended for pest, city, and building professionals wanting to receive in-depth training in rodent Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Academy Completion Certificate and CEU Credits

To Receive a Certificate of Academy Completion

  • Students will be expected to participate in class activities, hands-on exercises, and classroom discussions.
  • All students must also pass a final exam.

Video or audio taping of any session of the Academy is prohibited, except with the express and prior permission of Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension

Continuing Education Credits

TX Structural Pest Control Credits will be given to those participants who attend from TX. Coming from out of state, let us know, and we will try to work with your regulatory agency for credits.

Tuition: $300 is to cover the cost of materials and meals during the training

Primary Contact:
Janet Hurley
[email protected]


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For general registration assistance, please contact us by emailing [email protected].

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If a cancellation or refund becomes necessary, please submit a Cancellation or Refund Request.