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Invasive Borers IPM

Invasive Borers IPM

Invasive Borers IPM


About Certification:

To determine if this course has been approved for certification, recertification, or continuing education credits in your state, contact your state's pesticide training office or certifying agency.

Invasive Borers IPM is an online mini-course designed to educate pest control professionals on how to detect invasive borers using Purdue's SAFER (Search, Ask, Fix, Educate, and Report) inspection practices.

Exotic invasive species are recognized as one of the greatest threats to the environmental and economic health of our planet. Citizens of every country are affected, even if they are unaware of the problem. For example, emerald ash borers traveled to the U.S. on solid wood packing material shipped from Asia, and now threaten to eliminate ash trees from North America. Dutch elm disease has virtually eliminated American elms from urban areas, and has forced communities to spend millions of dollars to remove and replace them with other trees. As global trade continues to increase, problems caused by invasive species will only worsen.

Students will learn the difference between exotic and invasive species, what the U.S. is doing about invasive species (prevention, early detection/rapid response, control/management, and restoration), and the role of pest management professionals in detecting invasive species. Lesson topics include general facts about invasive species, emerald ash borer, Asian longhorn beetle, prevention, early detection/rapid response, control/management, restoration, tools used in early detection/rapid response, solid wood packing material pathways, role of PMPs in early detection/rapid response, and Purdue's SAFER inspection techniques.

A proven solution to pest problems, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a process for achieving long-term, environmentally-sound pest suppression through the use of a wide variety of technological and management practices.

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Graduates of the Pest Management Technology course
  • Pest control supervisors
  • Entomologists
  • Public health personnel
  • Professional pest managers
  • Public building managers
  • Landscape managers
  • Environmental advocates
  • EPA, USDA, and regulatory personnel

Delivery Option



Open. You may enroll anytime. You will have one year from your date of enrollment to complete the course. If you cannot complete the course in one year, you may purchase a one-time, six-month extension for $50. Regardless of when it is purchased, the six-month extension begins the day after the course expires. This course is eligible to be transferred to another student if no lessons have been submitted for grading, either online or by correspondence. The original course expiration date will apply to the alternate student.


$95 Course Fee

For more information: pest@purdue.edu