TEEX has joined the fight against one of the state’s smallest but most destructive enemies—termites.
The Termite Control Training School was established in cooperation with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas A&M’s Department of Entomology and the Texas Pest Control Association.
The program, which is offered at the Riverside Campus, was designed by TEEX program manager David Moore and retired Agricultural Extension entomologist Philip J. Hamman “This is a great cooperative effort between agriculture and engineering,” said Moore, who is with the Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute. “It will give TEEX a foothold into other training of this type.”
The first class is Jan. 9-11, 2001, and each class is limited to 25 students to allow lots of technical hands-on experience, Moore said. Participants learn to apply technologies and proven methods to protect or remediate structures from termite invasion through exhibits, scenarios and an outdoor laboratory. The school is designed for technicians and apprentices who want to become certified and licensed. At the end of the course, participants have the opportunity to take the exam to earn certification as a Termite Control Practitioner.
“This is an intensive training school over a three-day period,” Moore said. “Participants are not coming to have a good time, but to get technical training.
“Termites are a silent problem, but they cause millions of dollars in damage each year,” Moore said.