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Termite University

Termite University is specifically designed to provide training and recertification for termite technicians, pest control company owners and managers and other members of Mississippi’s structural pest control industry.  (10 training hours) 

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

Termite University is normally offered on campus at Mississippi State University and at the Redd Pest Training Facility at the MSU Horse Park. However, during this period of heightened Covid-19 concerns, Termite University training is only being offered as a multi-day webinar. We hope to resume on-campus training in January/February.

The webinar schedule is designed to allow participants to attend training during the morning, have time for work during the remainder of the day, and avoid excessively long periods of sitting at the computer screen.

Benefits of participation in Termite University Webinar:

  • Recertification for wood-destroying insect category
  • Training for new technicians
  • Training enhancement for experienced technicians, managers, and owners
  • Training for persons preparing to take structural insect pests licensing or permit exams

Topics Covered

  • Termite identification and biology
  • Termiticide testing methods
  • Termite treatment regulations 
  • WDIR Inspections and Reporting
  • Pesticide safety
  • Tools and methods for control
  • Termiticide efficacy review
  • Types of construction and how to treat
  • Volume calculations and graphs
  • Formosan termites and drywood termites

Termite University Webinar 2021

November 8 - 12, 2021 (Registration closes November 3, 2021)

  • Begins: 8:30 AM each morning, Monday-Friday
  • Ends: 11:00 each morning (earlier for most sessions)
  • Registration Fee: $80, payable online by credit card or electronic check
  • Be sure to provide the e-mail address where you want to access the webinar
  • If you are taking for recertification, be sure to provide your license/card number
  • Registration link coming soon

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 a few days before the webinar (after registration closes).

Participants completing the webinar will receive a Termite University Training Certificate, a Termite University cap and shirt patch, and a USB drive containing relevant publications and information.  Participants will also receive recertification credit for Category VIIA/WDI, Wood-destroying Insects in Mississippi.

Termite University 5 day agenda.pdf

Cancellation Policy:
Cancel seven or more days before day one of workshop to receive full refund.

Questions:  Contact Dr. Blake Layton
Phone: 662-325-2960

Resources and Literature:


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Publication Number: P2568


Several worker eastern subterranean termites eat a piece of dead wood.
Filed Under: Termites, Insects-Home Lawns April 2, 2019

Termites are probably not something you consider when you are gardening. But many landscaping tasks, including digging and mulching, can put your home at risk for termite damage. (Photo by Blake Layton)

A paper wasp on a multi-cell nest.
Filed Under: Insects-Crop Pests, Insects-Forage Pests, Fire Ants, Household Insects, Insect Identification, Termites, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests July 31, 2018

Mississippi has an abundance of bugs, especially in the warmer months. We are all familiar with mosquitoes, bumblebees, and house flies. But I bet there are bugs around your house and yard that you can’t identify. (Photo by Blake Layton)

A group of more than a dozen people in hard hats break ground with shovels.
Filed Under: Pesticide Applicator Certification, Termites April 10, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Officials with the Mississippi State University Extension Service broke ground on a termite application training facility alongside pest control industry sponsors during a ceremony April 6.

The Termite Technician Training Facility, or T3F, will be located near the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville and is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.

Termites swarming on this decaying tree stump are a healthy part of nature, but homeowners must take steps to make sure they do not infest houses. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Linda Breazeale)
Filed Under: Household Insects, Termites, Insects-Pests June 7, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service judged that the most economically important insects in the state should have their own website.

The site,, is the go-to place for information on termite biology, identification and control. The site describes the different species of termites found in the state and provides answers to common questions about the pests.

Success Stories

Nine men and women stand in front of a metal building.
Insects, Termites, Lawn and Garden, Insects-Pests
Volume 5 Number 2

A dream of the Mississippi Pest Control Association and the Mississippi State University Extension Service is coming true after more than 20 years, thanks to a generous donation by one of Mississippi’s oldest pest-control companies.


Mulch and Termites - MSU Extension Service
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Mulch and Termites

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 11:45am

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Portrait of Dr. Blake Layton, Jr.
Extension Professor
Entomology; extension insect identification; fire ants; termites; insect pests in the home, lawn and

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Portrait of Dr. Blake Layton, Jr.
Extension Professor
Entomology; extension insect identification; fire ants; termites; insect pests in the home, lawn and