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Commercial Pest Control Training Webinar

The Commercial Pest Control Training Webinar provides training and recertification for owners, managers, pest control registered technicians, and certified applicators working in the Mississippi pest control industry.  This 5-hour webinar covers both structural and household insect pests and is approved for recertification in the following categories: WDI (wood destroying insect control), GRC (general pest and rodent control), Registered Technician Card (category WDI or GRC), Category VII-A (Industrial, institutional, structural, and health-related pest control), Category VIII (Public Health Pest Control) or Category MBFL (Mosquitoes and Biting Flies).

This training is co-sponsored by the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Urban Pest Management Program and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce/Bureau of Plant Industry, in cooperation with the Mississippi Pest Control Association.

This is a one-day webinar with three hours of training in the morning, a one-hour break for lunch, and 2 hours of training in the afternoon (5 training hours).

Benefits of participation in the Commercial Pest Control Training Webinar:

  • Recertification for WDI, GRC, Registered Technicians, and other listed categories.
  • Recertification for certified applicators (in Category VII-A or Category VIII).
  • Training for new registered technicians
  • Training enhancement for experienced registered technicians, managers, and owners
  • Training for persons preparing to take licensing or permit exams

Topics Covered

  • Termites of Mississippi, Identification and Biology, Dr. Blake Layton, MSU-ES
  • Regulatory Issues for Structural and General Pest Control, Mr. Russell Kohler, MDAC-BPI
  • Pesticide Safety for Commercial Pest Control Applicators, Mr. Gene Merkl, MSU-ES
  • Ticks: Biology and Control, Dr. Jerome Goddard, MSU-ES
  • Fleas and Flea Control, Dr. Blake Layton, MSU-ES

Commercial Pest Control Training Webinar

June 13, 2023, (Registration closes June 9, 2023)

  • Begins: 9:00 AM
  • Ends: 4:00 PM (or before)
  • Registration Fee: $30, payable online by credit card
  • Be sure to provide the e-mail address where you want to access the webinar
  • Be sure to provide license number/technician card number if taking for recertification
  • Register Here

You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration.

A second e-mail with information and a link for joining the webinar will be sent one to two days before the webinar (after registration closes).

  • If you have problems registering, please call 662-325-3226
  • If you have problems accessing the webinar on the day of training, please call 662-325-3226

Participants can receive recertification credit for any of the following categories: WDI (wood destroying insect control), GRC (general pest and rodent control), Registered Technician Card (category WDI or GRC), Category VII-A (Industrial, institutional, structural and health-related pest control), Category VIII (Public Health Pest Control) or Category MBFL (Mosquitoes and Biting Flies).

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancel seven or more days before the webinar to receive full refund.
  • No refunds within 7 days of the webinar (there is a $30 fee for refunds within 7 days of event)

Questions, contact Blake Layton:
Phone: 662-325-2960

Resources and Literature

Extension Publication 2443: Control Household Insect Pests

Tawny Crazy Ant Control Recommendations

Extension Publication 2546: Bed Bugs, and what to do about them 

Extension Publication 2429: Control Fire Ants in Your Yard

MSU Fire Ant Web Site

Extension Publication 3346: Control Cockroaches in and around your home

Bug’s Eye View Newsletter (200+ archived articles, many on household and structural pests)

MDAC Bureau of Plant Industry Web Site

Manual for Respiratory Protection for Occupational Users of Pesticides.ppt

Common Pest Control Products and PPE Material Options for Protective Gloves.docx

Regulations for Comm. Pests, 11-9-2020.pdf


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