|Tim Madere, Janet Hurley and I (center, front) taught the very first course |
to be offered at the IPM Experience House. The house (background) is
in the process of being remodeled as a pest control training facility.
Principal trainer for this week's class was Tim Madere with the City of New Orleans Mosquito, Rodent and Termite Control Board.
Have you ever met someone who lives and breathes pest control? Who when traveling to a strange town spends their free evenings scouting rodent activity? Who doesn't complain to the hotel manager about cockroaches in the room because, well, it's another chance to observe cockroaches? Well, Tim's that kind of guy.
|Tim Madere discusses rodent-proofing options in the|
field. Can you spot the roof rat rub mark in this picture?
(Hint: Follow the wires from the meter to the soffit)
In addition to some classroom time, the class went on two field trips. First stop was the home of Janet Hurley, instructor for the class and lead school IPM educator for Texas. Janet recently acquired a home with multiple pest control challenges, including roof rats. Class members diagnosed the problem(s) and provided Janet with both lots of advice and free pest proofing with Xcluder stuffing material. Later the class visited the IPM Experience House to learn about best ways to solarize household items for bed bugs as well as selecting the best insecticides for outdoor ant control. If it hadn't been 100 degrees in the sun we might have stayed out even longer.
As I taught and learned from the group I was struck by how hands-on training easily becomes a two way process. Not only do students learn from instructors, but teachers learn a lot too. I never fail to pick up valuable information when I get to spend quality time with each of you. The business of pest control is complex, and each of our experiences are unique--so we all have something to teach. As I listened to students share information and tips with each other I'm reminded that that's what IPM Experience House is all about, and what we want it to be in the future.
Thanks to all of you who attended the pest proofing class, and for being willing guinea pigs for our hands-on efforts. There will be lots more about future training opportunities in this blog and on the Experience House website. Let's keep in touch.