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New Texas A&M AgriLife facility trains pest control pros – AgriLife Today

DALLAS – A new training facility for pest management professionals has opened its doors at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Dallas, where entomologists converted a graduate student dormitory into what they now call “ground zero for pest control training in Texas.”

The facility is called IPM Experience House after the science-based approach to pest control known as integrated pest management.

“When it comes to ridding your home of pests, there are two risks,” said Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist, Dallas. “There are health and safety risks from pests and there are potential health risks from pesticides.”

The goal of integrated pest management, he said, is to use scientific knowledge about a pest’s biology to get rid of it while keeping people and the environment safe.

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