Eastern Equine Encephalitis Cases in 2020 Outpacing 2019

On: September 29, 2020
According to a recent press release from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, the number of confirmed Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases in Michigan have doubled in 2020 compared to this time last year.

Bat Ticks Discovered in New Jersey for the First Time

On: September 29, 2020
In September, a tick species associated with bats that pose possible health risks to people, pets, and livestock was reported for the first time in New Jersey’s Mercer and Sussex counties according to a Rutgers State University study.

New Invasive Species Affecting Pennsylvania Soil

On: September 9, 2020
Last week, the Penn State Extension’s College of Agricultural Sciences announced the spotting of invasive jumping worms in Montour County. For anyone who relies on soil quality for their livelihood or hobby garden, a jumping worm (Amynthas spp., also known as Asian jumping worms, crazy worms, Alabama jumpers, and snake worms) infestation is their worst nightmare.

New Pesticide Law Introduced in US Senate

On: August 21, 2020
Earlier this month, two senators introduced the Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act of 2020 (PACTPA) to the Senate. The purpose of PACTPA is to fix loopholes within the current pesticide-related legislation, and ban “some of the most damaging pesticides scientifically known to cause significant harm to people and the environment.”

EPA Approves New Natural Ingredient for Insect Repellent

On: August 14, 2020
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved a new active ingredient for use in insecticides and insect repellents.

Gene Merkle of Mississippi State Extension Services – Using Drones for Sweep Netting

On: August 13, 2020

Our production team recently caught up with our partners from Mississippi State University Extension Services - new courses on termite damage coming soon!

In the meantime, enjoy this quick video of Gene Merkle explaining how drones can be used to sweep net quickly, efficiently, and mud free!

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More Spotted Laternfly Spotted in South Jersey

On: August 7, 2020
After first appearing in New Jersey in 2018, the invasive spotted lanternfly continues to make its way into many South Jersey counties.

We’re Looking for Landscape Architect Instructors!

On: July 27, 2020
Certified Training Institute is looking for Landscape Architects to create and teach online courses that can be approved for continuing education requirements.

CTI Acquires New Jersey Business Registration Certificate

On: July 22, 2020
We are proud to announce the acquisition of a New Jersey Business Registration Certificate for pesticide training. Any public entities with employees that need training prior to the October 31st renewal deadline can now use Certified Training Institute’s online learning system.

Learn the Difference Between the Asian Giant Hornets and this Texas Native Species

On: July 20, 2020
This month, many Texas residents mistakenly believed they encountered the Asian giant “murder” hornet. In order to stave off any future bee-related backyard BBQ freakouts, researchers at Texas A&M ArgiLife have released important details regarding these recent “murder hornet” sightings.