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General Pest Control Training Webinar

The General Pest Control Training Webinar provides training and recertification for owners, managers, general pest control registered technicians, and certified applicators working in the Mississippi pest control industry (Category GRC or VII-A). (5 training hours) 

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 General Pest Control Training Webinar:

  • Recertification for general pest control registered technicians (Category GRC).
  • Recertification for certified applicators (in Category VII-A).
  • 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

  • Bed Bugs: Biology and Control, Dr. Jerome Goddard, MSU-ES
  • Small Flies: Biology and Control, Dr. Blake Layton, MSU-ES
  • Regulatory Issues for General Pest Control, Mr. Russell Kohler, MDAC-BPI
  • Pesticide Safety for General Pest and Rodent Control, Mr. Gene Merkl, MSU-ES
  • Indoor Pest Ants of Mississippi, Dr. Blake Layton, MSU-ES

General Pest Control Training Webinar

December 2, 2020, (Registration closes Nov. 30, 2020)

  • Begins: 9:00 AM
  • Ends: 4:00 PM (or before)
  • Registration Fee: $30, payable online by credit card or electronic check
  • 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 and follow-up e-mails with information and a link for joining the webinar.

Participants completing the webinar will receive a General Pest Control Training Certificate.  Participants can also receive recertification credit for Category VII-A, registered technician work category GRC, and/or recertification for a license or permit in General Pest and Rodent Control in Mississippi.

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 (193 archived articles, many on household and structural pests)

MDAC Bureau of Plant Industry Web Site

New Jersey Respiratory Protection Pub 4.13.18.pdf

PPE slides for GRC.pptx


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