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UF’s Scheffrahn, Su and Kern to Lead Termite Course

Termite Control

The week-long class covers termite general biology and control and will be held at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center.

| March 16, 2011

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Dr. Rudolf Scheffrahn, Dr. Nan-Yao Su and Dr. William Kern are organizing a Termite class this summer in South Florida. The week-long class covers termite general biology and control and will be held at

Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center
University of Florida
3205 College Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

The lectures and laboratory activities will take place June 20-24, from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The exam and term papers are due Friday July 29 and grades are due Aug. 5. The registration deadline is May 6.

Course Objectives:
• Students will learn about the natural history, ecology, behavior, and distribution of all seven major termite families.
• Students will be able to recognize three major termite families and 16 important genera.
• Six primary invasive pest species must be recognized to species.
• Students will produce a reference collection of termites for their future use. 
• Student will learn and gain field experience in a range of techniques for the collection and control of subterranean and drywood termites.

Topics to be covered
Monday
8:00 Introduction to the Isoptera
  Anatomy and Terminology – Su
  Higher Taxonomy - Scheffrahn
  Evolution – Su
  Ecological Significance – Su/Scheffrahn
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Biology and ecology of Kalotermitidae – Scheffrahn
 
2:00 Biology and ecology of Rhinotermitidae – Su

3:00 Principles of IPM and the Use of Bait and Alternative Technologies for Control of Subterranean Termites – Su


4:00 Biology and ecology of Termitidae - Scheffrahn

5:00 Biology and ecology of “minor” families (Hodotermitidae, Serritermitidae,  Mastotermitidae, Termopsidae) – Scheffrahn

5:30 Welcome Dinner 

Tuesday
8:00 – 12:00 Termite collection field trip to FLL property or Secret Woods Park –   Scheffrahn/Kern  
1:00 – 5:00   ID Laboratories (Rm 205) Scheffrahn
Identification of Important Rhinotermitidae Laboratory: Coptotermes, Heterotermes, and Reticulitermes, Prorhinotermes.

Identification of Important Kalotermitidae Laboratory: Cryptotermes, Incisitermes,  Neotermes.

Identification of Important Termitidae Laboratory:
 Apicotermitinae – Anoplotermes parvus
 Macrotermitinae – Macrotermes
 Nasutitermitinae – Nasutitermes corniger
 Termininae - Amitermes, Microcerotermes, Termes
 Syntermitinae – Armitermes, Rhynchotermes

Enteric Valve Armature (EVA) dissection of A. Parvus

Wednesday
8:00   Fumigation preparation and introduction field trip. Kern/Scheffrahn

10:00   Fumigation Techniques for Drywood Termites  – Structure preparation, dosage calculations, safety procedures, gas introduction, monitoring, clearing procedure.  Scheffrahn

11:00  Alternative Techniques for Control of Drywood Termites  – spot treatments, removal, heat, cold, microwave, Electrogun, etc.  – Kern

12:00 Lunch

1:00 – 5:00  ID Laboratories (Rm 205) Scheffrahn

Thursday
8:00 – 12:00   Liquid termiticide field trip.  Kern

12:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:30   Use of Liquid Termiticides for Control of Subterranean Termites – Pre- construction and Post-construction - Kern

2:30 – 4:00  

Evening:   ID Lab to review for Friday’s Practical Examination.

Friday
8:00   Identification Practical Examination and Turn in Termite Collection.

9:30 – 2:00   Subterranean baiting technology field trip.  (Active site and station installation, lunch in field)

2:00 – 2:30   Construction, landscaping, and building maintenance practices to reduce the likelihood of subterranean termite infestations.   –  Kern

2:30 – 3:30   Biological control in termites, potential and delusion. – Dr. Thomas Chouvenc

4:00        Project topic assignments, wrap-up.


For assistance with Registration for this class contact Joanne Korvick, Student Support Services, Ft. Lauderdale Campus at  duckweed@UFL.EDU  or (954) 577-6371.

For more information about the class contact Dr. Bill Kern at whk@ufl.edu or (954) 577-6329 or Dr. Thomas Chouvenc at tomchouv@UFL.EDU (954) 577-6320


 

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