Texas Pest Control Association



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Get to know your presenter: 

Scott Smith of Bell Labs

Scott Smith is currently the West Regional Manager and Board Certified Entomologist for the Madison, WI based company Bell Laboratories, Inc. Along with his responsibilities of providing continuing education courses under the auspices of the Texas Department of Agriculture and lending his technical expertise to teach pest management professionals how to eliminate rodent issues through RPM (rodent pest management) programs, he is also managing three Bell Labs technical reps in the South Central and Western regions of the U.S.

Scott graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Entomology. While attending college, he held several jobs including one with the Texas A&M Urban Entomology Research Center and another with a local pest control company. After graduation, he completed a short internship at Sandoz Agro/Zoecon before accepting a full time position at ABC Pest and Lawn Services in Dallas, TX. His next position was with Bell Laboratories, with whom he still currently works and has for over 20 years. 

Topics Covered in the 1hr Webinar

  1. The Need for Rodent Pest Management
  2. Identification of Three Commercial Rodents
  3. Rodent Inspection
  4. Harborage Reduction and Rodent Proofing
  5. Baiting and Trapping
  6. Bait Stations and Their Uses
  7. Mechanical Devices and Uses
  8. Summary


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EPA Releases Temporary Guidance Regarding Certification of Pesticide Applicators During COVID-19 

EPA recently released guidance providing information on how state lead agencies can make temporary modifications to their certification plans during the public health emergency and still remain in compliance with the Federal Certification and Training Rule.
August 11, 2020
Posted by TPCA Staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. -   As reported by NPMA, EPA recently released guidance providing information on how state lead agencies can make temporary modifications their Certification Plans during the public health emergency and still remain in compliance with the Federal Certification and Training Rule. Normally, substantial changes to certification plans must be approved by EPA, but this guidance provides details on conditions under which temporary changes will be pre-approved. Specifically, EPA cites the following changes as pre-approved by the agency for the remainder of the public health emergency:
  • Relying upon training or testing conducted by or approved by another certifying authority for applicator certification or recertification;
  • Offering remote (e.g., internet-based) testing or testing administered by a third party as long as the requirements of 40 CFR 171.103 related to exam administration and security are satisfied;
  • Offering remote (e.g., internet-based) training rather than, or in addition to, face-to-face training for applicator certification or recertification;
  • Extending the duration of the certification/recertification period so those with expiring certifications would still have a valid certification, so long as no certification extends beyond five years (per 40 CFR 171.107(a)); and
  • Where existing state, tribal or federal agency requirements are more stringent than the requirements of 40 CFR part 171, any modification to make the state, tribal or federal agency certification program consistent with 40 CFR part 171, including:
  • Suspending any or all certification requirements for applicators of general use pesticides (i.e., non-RUPs); and
  • Allowing use of RUPs under the direct supervision of a certified applicator in accordance with 40 CFR 171.201.
NPMA reported that it has been working closely with state associations through the NPMA State Policy Affairs Representatives (SPAR) on certification and testing issues across the country. This guidance will help State Lead Agencies implement modifications to their programs that will ensure that our industry can continue to provide essential pest control services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Join us on September 15, 2020 for the virtual version of TPCA's Lubbock Workshop.
We are working to keep you and your employees safe while providing you and opportunity to get your Annual CEUs 

Register Today!
Schedule of Events
7:30-7:45am Log in
7:45 - 8:00am Welcome & Announcements
8:00 - 3:00pm |Technician Training*, Dale Burnett(Study Guide included in registration. Book will be mailed to the address included with registration a week prior to the course date) 
8:15 - 9:15am | Food & Safety and Remote Monitoring, Scott Broaddus | (General Laws & Regs)

9:30 - 10:30am | IPM for Hard to Kill Insects, Joe Barile | (General IPM)

10:45 - 11:45am | Mosquito Control Solutions by Bayer, Dr. Kurt Vandock | (Pest)

12:00 - 1:00pm | Termite Control Strategies, Dr. John Paige, III | (Termite)

1:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:30pm | Fire Ant Biology & Control, Dr. John Paige, III | (L&O)

2:45 - 3:45 | A Program Approach to Turfgrass Weed Control, Gary Brooks | (Weed)

4:00 - 5:00pm | Planning & Executing a Safe & Effective Fumigation, Kyle Meers | (Commodity Fumigation)

Only Pay for the CEU courses you need  8Hr - Tech Training
$25 Member Each & $30 Non-Member Each $140 Member & $170 Non-Member
 1 General Laws & Regs, 1 General Safety, 1 Pest, 1 Termite, 1 L&O, 1 Weed, 1 Fumigation
NDMA Credits & Ag Credits Coming Soon
Schedule subject to change

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Technician Training information

*This Technician Training course meets the SPCS requirements for apprentices and non-commercial applicators. There will NOT be an exam following the technician training class. This is just one of many requirements** in preparing for the exam. Please visit www.texasagriculture.gov for more information and a list of the full requirements you will need before taking your exam. The General Study guide is included in the registration fee. 

**Please note: you will also need up-to-date category specific study manuals (Pest, Termite, L&O, etc.) to pass the exam. These manuals are available through the AgriLife Extension service by calling 979-845-1099. These are not available for purchase through TPCA. 

The Technician Training course can also be used for the state required 8hrs of verifiable training that is required each year for technicians. 


 No refunds will be given after 9/14/2020


Zoom Happy Hour

May 13th @ 4:00pm

It's been a while. Or has it been a week? We are not sure what day it is anymore.
Nevertheless, we want to see how y'all are doing! Let's all get together and catch up.
If you have never been to a TPCA event, this is the perfect time to get to know us!
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