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Termites and Other Wood-Destroying Pests
Correspondence Course

termitesA professional correspondence course in Integrated Pest Management of wood and wood products. For pest management professional, home inspection professionals and urban foresters.

How can you or your company take advantage
of this growing demand?

In partnership with Purdue University, AHIT is now offering the new Termites and Other Wood-Destroying Pests Management Correspondence Course. This new course includes extensive material on insects and diseases common to urban and industrial areas. This is a comprehensive training program in the management of pests in wood that you can complete via correspondence, from your either home or workplace. You can complete the course at your own pace in less than one year.

The course covers many different wood-infesting pests (diseases and arthropods), and provides comprehensive coverage of arthropod and disease identification, and pest prevention and control. Included are specific examples and the biology of subterranean termites, drywood and dampwood termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles (anobiid, bostrichid, and lyctid), old house borer, round-headed borers, flat-headed borers, and other woodboring beetles.

What’s Included?

The course includes reading materials and chapter exams. After studying each chapter, complete the review questions and send them to Purdue for grading. When you have finished all of the course work, a final exam will be sent to a proctor that you have chosen. Your proctor will administer the exam and send it to Purdue for grading. After passing the exam, you will receive a Purdue University Certificate of Completion.

Course Outline

Section 1   Wood-Destroying Organisms
Chap 1   Introduction to Wood-Destroying Organisms
Section 2   Termites
Chap 2   Termite Identification and Biology
Chap 3   Subterranean Termites
Chap 4   Drywood and Dampwood Termites
Chap 5   Termite Prevention and Control
Chap 6   Drywood and Dampwood Termite Prevention and Control
Section 3   Wood-Boring Beetles
Chap 7   Beetle Identification and Biology
Chap 8   Anobiid Powderpost Beetles
Chap 9   Bostrichid Powderpost Beetles
Chap 10   Lyctid Powderpost Beetles
Chap 11   Old House Borer, Rounded-Headed Borers, Flat-Headed Borers, and Other Wood-Boring Beetles
Chap 12   Management of Wood-Boring Beetles Section 4 Ants, Bees, Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Section 4   Ants, Bees, Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Chap 13   Hymenoptra Identification, Biology, and Economic Importance
Chap 14   Carpenter Ants
Section 5   Wood Decay
Chap 15   Fungi Identification, Biology, and Economic Importance
Chap 16   Decay Prevention in Foundation and Substructures
Chap 17   Wood Preservation

About the Authors

Daniel Suiter is an assistant professor of urban structural entomology in the Department of Entomology, University of Georgia.
Andrew Nuss is a Master’s student in the Department of Entomology at Purdue.
Gary Bennett, Professor of Entomology at Purdue, has coordinated the course.

Benefits of the course

  • The most-up-to-date, comprehensive training in wooddestroying organisms
  • IPM philosophy made practical
  • Instruction by experts at Purdue University
  • Complete at your own pace, in your own place
  • Certificate of Completion from Purdue

About Certification

Wood-Destroying Pest Management is designed to meet the certification standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Certifying agencies in all states have been sent the Wood-Destroying Pest Management course for approval for either certification, recertification, or continuing education credits. If you plan to use this course to prepare for certification in your state, please contact your state’s pesticide training office or certifying agency.


Buy Now! In the United States: $205 Course fee
Buy Now! Canada: $205 Course fee + $30 Canadian postage