Termite Training.

first_imgLively DiscussionThis training’s final exam sparked some lively debate between operators and inspectors.”We’re not through yet,” said one inspector.”I feel like we’re playing survivor here,” said a pest control technician.”We are,” the inspector replied.”It’s kind of a marriage,” Chase said, “of (operators and inspectors) who at times can be at odds.”Improving Termite Control”I think it allows them to better treat the typical Georgian’s home,” said Suiter, who fielded the questions that emerged from the class’s final assignment.The Department of Agriculture, UGA CAES and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sponsor the training facility. More than 300 pest control operators and inspectors have trained at the unique center since it opened in July 1998. They, in turn, train their co-workers back home.”I’ll take the time out now to look at a fireplace a lot differently every time I go up to one,” said Chase at the end of the session. When it comes to protecting their homes against termites, consumers want to know if they get the protection they pay for.One way to help ease consumers’ concerns is to teach pest control operators, and the people who regulate them, the latestand most effective, environmentally friendly ways to protect houses. Posing for a class picture are 13 of the more than 300 pest control operators who have trained at the Georgia Structural Pest Control Training Center in Griffin, Ga. Photo: Joe Courson In one Griffin, Ga., site, pest control operators can test termite-control skills on foundations built from every type of material used in Georgia. “One, two, three, go get ’em,” said Dan Suiter as he took a picture of one of the University of Georgia’s quarterly classes of termite killers.Final ExamSuiter, a UGA Extension Service entomologist and an expert on controlling termites, directed the class to an odd-looking house foundation nearby for their final assignment.It sounded easy enough: Treat the walls of a typical house for termites, something Curley Chase has done day in and day out for 32 years. “It’s easy until you’ve got the boss looking over your shoulder,” Chase said.The “boss” is Meredith Harr, one of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s 22 termite inspectors. She and the other inspectors follow up on 1,900 consumer complaints each year.”This is the kind of stuff we’ve got to check behind these guys on,” Harr said.Versatile Training CenterThe training is especially effective because the Georgia Structural Pest Control Training Center includes a home foundation built from every type of material used to build Georgia homes.From stucco to block to brick to poured foundation, they’re all available at the training center on the Griffin, Ga., campus of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”It allows that technician to get out here and envision what is behind that wall, what might be behind that brick facade,” Suiter said. Photo: Joe Coursonlast_img read more

First Lady’s visit to Vermont military families video on vpt.org

first_imgVermont Public Television covered the visit by First Lady Michelle Obama to the Vermont National Guard on Thursday afternoon, June 30, and has posted video of it on http://www.vpt.org/(link is external).The 24-minute video includes a welcome from Major General Michael Dubie, who introduced Marcelle Leahy.  Mrs. Leahy introduced the First Lady, who thanked the service members and their families gathered at the Aviation Support Facility in South Burlington.  She praised the work of Guard members at home and overseas.At the event, she also talked about the Joining Forces initiative to support military families and veterans that she and Jill Biden lead.  She highlighted efforts of Vermonters to support the troops and their families, including the work of people in Hyde Park, to help a wounded veteran.  She encouraged others to volunteer, saying, ‘No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.’last_img read more