Funding for the Structural Pest Management Training Facility was provided through legislative funding and some private donations of equipment from the following groups:
The training facility has a classroom equipped with microscopes provided by the NCPMA for training in pest identification. An adjoining classroom operated by the Department of Crop & Soil Science can be reserved for concurrent training sessions. Wireless internet connectivity provides workshop participants with opportunities to use web-based technologies to research pest information, chemical and non-chemical pest management options, as well as product label and SDS information.
The outdoor Demonstration Pavilion includes over 50 stations with full-sized construction elements and soil types, all under one roof. This outdoor classroom provides unique opportunties for training for pest management professionals, realtors, and housing code officials concerning economically important pests such as termites. Training focuses on termite habits, damage, entry routes and management techniques, including mechanical exclusion, demonstrations of termiticide rodding and chemical dispersal, and hands-on practice of proper termite treatments.
The outdoor pavilion demonstration element showing a cross section of slab construction with utility lines running underneath. Details such as this are important to consider when determining the best way to treat a structure for termites.
A soil display is used to demonstrate how termiticides move through the soil. Local pest management professional and former NCPMA president Kevin Spillman is shown here demonstrating how termiticide would disperse through the soil during a horizontal rodding treatment of an earth-filled porch.
The facility has a block-brick masonry wall which is used for training. Here, Jeff Weidhaas, Training & Safety Manager for Terminix Triad in Greensboro, demonstrates drilling masonry voids in preparing the wall for treatment with a termiticide.