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Vertebrate Turf Pests on School Grounds
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 02:00:00 PM EDT - 04:30:00 PM EDT

It’s a beautiful spring day and you are watching a girl’s field hockey game. Suddenly, the ball disappears into the hole in the middle of the field. Across the way, a soccer game suddenly stops as a youngster trips on a hole in the turf. In both cases, the fields seemed in perfect condition only a few days prior. What happened?

It is sometimes easy to overlook the little varmints busily working below ground to access the roots, grasses, and insects found in many school’s turf. Vertebrate turf pests, including moles, voles, pocket gophers, prairie dogs, and groundhogs, are found across the country. Our presenters will share their experiences in investigating and resolving conflicts with these pests. Join us to learn how you can incorporate vertebrate pest prevention and control in your school district’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.

Our presenters:

Stephen Vantassel, Ph.D., Vertebrate Pest Specialist with the Montana Department of Agriculture, will discuss control strategies for moles, voles and pocket gophers.

Samuel Smallidge, Ph.D., Wildlife Specialist with New Mexico State University, will focus on issues surrounding prairie dog control.

Richard Kramer, Ph.D., President of Innovative Pest Management will discuss his experiences with controlling groundhogs on school grounds. 

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Featured Speakers

Stephen Vantassel, Ph.D.

Dr. Vantassel is the Vertebrate Pest Specialist for the Montana Department of Agriculture. He has over 20 years of experience in the wildlife control industry in private, academic, and government roles. He founded and ran Wildlife Removal Service, Inc. (sold in 1998) and was the Program Coordinator for the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management ( at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2004-2014). He has published scores of articles and several books on various aspects of wildlife damage management, including The Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd ed.  

Samuel Smallidge, Ph.D.

Dr. Smallidge is the Wildlife Specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University. He is committed to providing New Mexico citizens scientific information and demonstrations regarding the ecology and management of wildlife in urban and rural environments. Dr. Smallidge has 22 years of wildlife related experience with 19 of those years in the western U.S. He earned his BS in Wildlife Science from Purdue University, his MS from NMSU in Wildlife Science, and his PhD in Range Science from NMSU.   

Richard Kramer, Ph.D.

Dr. Kramer is President of Innovative Pest Management, Inc., a pest management company in Brookeville, MD. He served in the US Army for 22 years as a medical entomologist and, after retirement, was Technical Director for the National Pest Management Association and an industry consultant.  He has authored numerous PCT guides on insect identification/management and bird management, the IPM chapter of the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control (9th ed.), and bird and wildlife control manuals for the State of Maryland. Dr. Kramer also serves as the contributing Technical Editor and columnist for Pest Control Technology magazine. He received his BS in agriculture, MS in veterinary entomology, and his Ph.D. in urban entomology from the University of Florida.  

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