UF/IFAS Termite Course for Professionals: Biology and Control

January 29-31, 2024  |  Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center



Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center

FLREC Room T103-104
3205 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314

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Dr. Thomas Chouvenc

University of Florida

Dr. Rudolf Scheffrahn

University of Florida

Dr. Nan-Yao Su

University of Florida

Dr. William Kern, Jr.

University of Florida

Dr. Faith Oi

University of Florida

Aaron Mullins

University of Florida

Paul Mitola

Florida DACS

Steve Niedzwiedzki

Douglas Product

Family of Termites


This course provides a unique opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge about termite biology, including material usually not covered during pest control conferences. This event will allow anyone in the pest control industry, from the PMPs, to sales reps and technical staffs, to gain a new understanding of what termites are, beyond their pest aspects. This 24 hours workshop will include extensive seminars provided by guest speakers. If you work in the industry, and you want to increase your knowledge about these remarkable foes, this course is for you.

Continuing Education Units

This termite course was approved for CEUs by FDACS. It was approved for 6 (Commercial termite), 2 (487 core), 2 (482 core) and 2 (Fumigation).

Course Objectives

  • Participants will learn about the natural history, ecology, evolution, behavior, and distribution of all major termite families.
  • Students will be able to recognize most major termite families and genera.
  • Primary invasive termite pests must be recognized to the species level.
  • The course will have strong focus on the biology of subterranean termites and drywood termites with pest status.
  • The course will provide an update on the most recent advances on how we understand control methods for termite pest species.
  • The course will cover rules and regulations around termite control.

Impact of Covid-19 Update

The state of Florida no longer has mandates for safety measures. However, to ensure that everyone is safe, we recommend following CDC guidelines, to be vaccinated prior coming to the event, as social distancing is not possible during this event.


Tentative Agenda

Day One: Monday
7:00am – 8:00am Registration (Front Lobby)  |  Coffee & Snacks Provided at Pavilion
8:00am – 8:30am Introduction and PresentationChouvenc (30min)
8:30am – 9:00am Terminology, Life Cycle, Anatomy, Termite Research History – Chouvenc (30min)
9:00am – 10:15am Natural History of Termites – Scheffrahn (75min)
10:15am – 10:30am Break (15min)
10:30am – 12:00pm Termite Diversity in the World and Termite Phylogeny – Chouvenc (90min)
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch (provided) (45min)
12:45pm – 1:30pm Social Animals: What are They and Why are They so Successful? – Chouvenc (45min)
1:30pm – 2:45pm Termite Evolution: Origin of Eusociality – Chouvenc (75min)
2:45pm – 3:00pm Break (15min)
3:00pm – 3:45pm Overview of Termite Pest Species in the World – Chouvenc (45min)
3:45pm – 5:00pm Termite Identification for Major Pest Species – Scheffrahn (75min)
5:00pm Adjourn

Day Two: Tuesday
7:30am – 8:00am Coffee and Snacks at Pavilion
8:00am – 9:00am Biology of Drywood Termites (Kalotermitidae) – Scheffrahn (60min)
9:00am – 10:00am Control Strategies for Drywood Termite Pests  – Scheffrahn (60min)
10:00am – 10:15am Break (15min)
10:15am – 11:00am The Art and Regulations of Structural Fumigation – Niedzwiedzki (45min)
11:00am – 12:00pm Termite Damage Q&A
Breakout sessions (5min buffer)
- Drywood Termite Damage (20min) (Room T103-104)
- Subterranean Termite Damage (20min) (Room 130)
- Termite Laboratory  (20min)
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch (provided) (45min)
12:45pm – 1:45pm Biology of Subterranean Termites (Rhinotermitidae) – Su (60min) 
1:45pm – 2:30pm Building Maintenance Practices to Reduce the Likelihood of Subterranean Termite Infestations – Kern (45min) 
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break
2:45pm – 3:45pm Use of Liquid Termiticides for Control of Subterranean Termites, Pre-Construction and Post-Construction – Kern (60min) 
3:45pm – 5:00pm Principles of IPM and the Use of Bait Technologies for Control of Subterranean Termites – Su (75min) 
5:00pm Adjourn   

Day Three: Wednesday
7:30am – 8:00am Coffee and Snacks at Pavilion
8:00am – 9:55am WDO Contracts and Inspection Reports – Mitola (115min)
9:55am – 10:10am Break (15min)
10:10am – 12:00pm Doing the Job Right and Avoiding Litigations – Oi (115min)
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch (provided) (45min)
12:45pm – 1:15pm Living with Termites, a New Orleans’ Perspective – Mullins (30min)
1:15pm – 2:45pm Life Cycle, Developmental Pathways in Subterranean Termites – Chouvenc (90min)
2:45pm – 3:00pm Break (15min)
3:00pm – 4:30pm The Importance of Colony Demographics in Subterranean Termite Control Strategies – Chouvenc (90min)
4:30pm – 5:30pm Concluding remarks, CEUs and Certificates

Please Keep in Mind That:

  • We are 15 min away from the beach
  • We are 45 min away from the Everglades national parks
  • We have a diverse fauna of social hymenoptera in various parks in the area
  • Butterfly World is 30 min away
  • Fairchild Botanical garden is 45 min away.

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Registration Information

Course is limited to 60 people. Registration proceeds on a first-come, first serve basis.

Payment is due at the time of registration. Pay using your credit or debit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Registration Costs
Attendee Type Price Deadline
Regular Registration $395 On or before December 1, 2023
Late Registration $495 After December 1, 2023

Registration Covers:

  • Lunches and Snacks (Monday – Wednesday)
  • Handbook with printout of all lectures
  • Course certificate

Registration Does NOT Cover (and therefore on your own):

  • Travel
  • Lodging
  • All Breakfasts and Dinner

Refund Policy

Requests for registration refunds for the new course dates will be honored if written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences on or before December 22, 2023. A 25% processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after the applicable deadline.

Email: kimmer72@ufl.edu

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Travel Information

Local Airports

Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)
Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)

8.3 miles (recommended)
Phone: 1-866-435-9355
100 Terminal Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

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Miami International Airport
Miami Airport (MIA)

26.8 miles
Phone: 1-800-825-5642
2100 NW 42nd Ave
Miami, FL 33126

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Nearby Hotels

If you want to share a room to cut the cost, please contact tomchouv@ufl.edu so you can be put in contact with other participants who also wish to share a room

Extended Stay America
Extended Stay America

1.7 miles
Phone: 1-954-476-1211
7550 State Rd. 84
Davie, FL 33317

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Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express

1.1 miles
Phone: 954-585-7071
2540 Davie Road
Davie, FL, US, 33317

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WoodSpring Suites Fort Lauderdale
WoodSpring Suites Fort Lauderdale

1.6 miles
Phone: 754-600-3366
5700 Reese Road
Davie, FL 33314

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Sherraton Suites
Sheraton Suites

3.9 miles
Phone: 954-452-3202
311 N University Drive
Plantation, FL 33324

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More Information

For further information about the class, contact:

Thomas Chouvenc

Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center
3205 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314-7719
Phone: (954) 577-6320
Fax: (954) 475-4125
Email: tomchouv@ufl.edu

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