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Rodent Academy 2023


Learn effective best practices to monitor, prevent, and manage rodent infestations.

Tuesday, October 24th | 8:00 am – 4:45 pm

Wednesday, October 25th | 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Portland Regency Hotel and Spa, 20 Milk St., Portland, ME 04101

Rodent Academy is an educational program that uses active learning to teach best practices for preventing, managing, and monitoring rodent infestations. This program is intended for professionals, including pest management professionals, sanitarians, inspectors, facilities managers, health officials, educators, and others. Pesticide recertification credits will be offered.

This year Rodent Academy is being offered as a 1-day webinar (virtual) or a 2-day, in-person program.

  • 1-Day Rodent Academy (virtual only) – Oct. 24th
  • 2-Day Rodent Academy (in person only) – Oct. 24th – 25th

Registration for Day 1 (virtual): $40
Registration for both days (in person): $190

Preregistration is required.

In-person space is extremely limited. Register today!

Note: If registering multiple people, please register one participant, click “Enroll”, then use the “Continue Shopping” option in your cart to add additional participants.


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Program Description

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and UMaine Extension are pleased to host Rodent Academy at the Portland Regency Hotel and Spa, 20 Milk St., Portland, ME 04101 on October 24th and 25th.

Rodent Academy provides an in-depth learning opportunity on comprehensive approaches to rodent prevention, monitoring, and management for pest management professionals, sanitarians, public health officials, school IPM coordinators, health and safety inspectors, and others.

This year, Rodent Academy is being offered as a 2-day, in-person program or a 1-day webinar.

  • 1-Day Webinar (virtual only) – Oct. 24th
  • 2-Day Rodent Academy (in person only) – Oct. 24th and 25th

Seating is limited. Register to attend in person immediately. The registration fee for attending Day 1 only is $40. The registration fee for both days is $190.

This program had been approved for the following pesticide applicator credits:

  • Day 1 (Oct. 24) – 5 credits
  • Day 2 (Oct. 25) – 5 credits

Virtual attendees seeking pesticide applicator recertification credits must pass a quiz at the end of the webinar.

Tentative Agenda:

TUESDAY (Oct. 24)

8:00 amCheck-in or Log-in Virtually

8:15 am – 8:30 am: Welcome/Introductions

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Economic Significance of Rodents — Dr. Bobby Corrigan, NYC Area Rodentologist

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Biology and Ecology of Rodents — Dr. Bobby Corrigan, NYC Area Rodentologist

10:00 am – 10:15 am: Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Inspecting for and Identifying Rodent Activity — Dr. Bobby Corrigan, NYC Area Rodentologist

11:15 am – 11:45 pm: Rodent Trapping for Monitoring and Control — Dr. Bobby Corrigan, NYC Area Rodentologist

11:45 am – 12:15 pm: Rodent Regulations and Considerations: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife — Tegwin Taylor, Wildlife Health Biologist ME IF&W

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch on your own

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: The Science of Exclusion: Door Sweeps, Drain Covers, Escutcheon Plates, Sealants, and More — Dr. Bobby Corrigan, NYC Area Rodentologist

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Restaurant IPM: The Maine Health Inspection Program Case Study — Becky Walsh and Jennifer Springer, Maine CDC Health Inspection Program

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm: Rodents: Disinfection and Human Health — Haris Sohail, ME CDC Epidemiology Program

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm: Small Town Issues: Rural Rat Management — Hillary Peterson, ME DACF, & Griffin Dill, UMaine Extension

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm: Questions and Instructions, Evaluations for 1-day attendees

4:45 pmClass dismissed for the day


WEDNESDAY (Oct. 25) – Please dress for walking around outdoors!

8:00 am – 10:00 am: Proper Placement and Handling of Bait Stations and Innovations in Rodent Surveillance: Cameras and Sensors, Burrow Baiting, Dry Ice, and More on Rodent IPM Dr. Bobby Corrigan, NYC Area Rodentologist

10:00 am – 10:15 am: Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Rodenticide Modes of Action and How They Impact Humans and Animals Including Non-targets Pam Breyer, Toxicologist, ME Board of Pesticides Control

11:15 am – 12:00 pm: Rodenticide Classes and Formulations and Which to Use Where and When and an Update on EPA Rodenticide Regulations Dr. Bobby Corrigan, NYC Area Rodentologist

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch on your own

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: City of Portland Rodent Control Tour Mike Peaslee, Technical Director at Modern Pest Services

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Inspection Activity – Old Port Dr. Bobby Corrigan, NYC Area Rodentologist

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: Reading a Rodenticide Label: Use Restrictions, Regulatory Requirements John Pietroski, Manager of Pesticide Programs, ME Board of Pesticides Control

4:15 pm 4:30 pm: Questions and instructions for last day

4:30 pmClass dismissed

Please contact Hillary Peterson with questions about the program at or 207-215-4793.

For help with registration, contact Kerry Bernard at

For questions about pesticide credits or certification, contact the BPC at 207.287.2731 or

The University of Maine System consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University of Maine System cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.

If you do not feel well on the day of the program, please stay home.

If you need accommodation to participate, please contact Kerry Bernard at or 207.581.3884. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Program Details

Certification Credits

Day 1 – 5 pesticide, Day 2 – 5 pesticide


October 24th – October 25th


Tuesday 8:00 am – 4:45 pm, Wednesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


Portland Regency Hotel and Spa, 20 Milk St., Portland, ME 04101

Contact Name

Hillary Peterson, Kerry Bernard

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