Homemade Bed Bug Bomb Gone Wrong

Two apartments in South Carolina had to evacuate after a home attempt to exterminate bedbugs.  A mixture of kerosene, a bug bomb, and other chemicals were used to irradiate the pest problem, however, fumes from this mixture were so toxic, the tenant’s apartment and the neighbor’s apartment needed to be evacuated.

The second apartment will be inhabitable within a few days but the apartment that held the concoction will need special treatment.

This cautionary tale illustrates the importance of appropriate, professional pesticide application. Professional pesticide applicators must pass a national exam before becoming licensed. After receiving a license many states require applicators complete continuing education to maintain their license. Applicator exam prep and continuing education requirements by state can be found here.


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West Virginia To Begin Invasive Pest Surveys

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is conducting a statewide survey for new invasive pests. The department is hoping to detect specific non-native plant pests, as well as, diseases and weeds that are threatening to farmlands and forests.

The survey will be conducted by placing traps on several varieties of trees and vegetables such as corn, peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes.

Previous surveys in West Virginia found 23 instances of the Spotted Wing Drosophila, an invasive species that is harmful to fruit. The infamous emerald ash borer is another example of an invasive species in Maryland. The emerald ash borer is originally from Northeastern Asia. Females lay eggs in the bark crevices of oak trees, the larvae feed under the bark for two years and emerge as adults. The emerald ash borer has destroyed much of the ash population in West Virginia.

The emerald ash borer was not detected until nearly 10 years after its suspected introduction the United States via shipping container. Earlier detection would have allowed applicators to address the pests before they became a nationwide infestation. Thus, surveys conducted by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture may help the Department avoid repeating the same mistakes.

DO YOU NEED TO RENEW YOUR MARYLAND PESTICIDE APPLICATOR LICENSE?

  1. Complete the appropriate continuing education – Maryland approved courses are available here.
  2. Log on to the Maryland Department of Agriculture website with the license & permit number code.
    (This information can be found on the information card you received from the department)
  3. Pay the $150 renewal fee

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GENETIC ENGINEERING FOR INSECT POPULATION CONTROL

New York researchers are planning to release genetically engineered insects on a cabbage patch at Cornell’s Agricultural Experimentation Station 160 miles from Albany. The insects are an attempt to control invasive diamondback moths without using pesticides. Diamondback moths are known for their resistance to every pesticide and their appetite for cruciferous crops such as cabbage and broccoli.

Anthony Shelton, a Cornell University researcher, has been studying diamondback moths for 40 years. He estimates global management costs to be between $4-5 billion. Shelton is hoping to manage the moths without using insecticides to protect pollinators and other non-target insects.

The genetically engineered moths are meant to reduce the diamondback moth population over time by limiting the number of reproductive females in the next generation. To meet this end, the lab-bred males have a synthetic “self-limiting” gene that makes the female larvae die before they mature.

This form of population control has already been successfully used by Oxitec, the biotech firm that created the moths. Oxitec released similarly modified mosquitoes in Brazil, Panama, and the Caribbean to fight mosquito-spread diseases.

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Idaho Pesticide Applicator Renewal Guidelines

How do I renew my Idaho pesticide applicator license?
Idaho applicators must renew their license every two years by completing the state-required continuing education, completing a renewal application, and paying appropriate fees. License renewal applications will be mailed to you by the Idaho Department of Agriculture approximately 45 days before your expiration date. If you need another copy of your renewal form call the ISDA (208) 332-8531.

Private Applicators Professional Applicators
1.    Complete 6 hours of continuing education
2.    Complete the renewal application provided by the ISDA
3.    Pay the appropriate fees

  • $10 RU Category
  • $20 Chemigation Category
  • $30 for both categories

4.    Photocopy the front and back of your license, showing
your signature and the appropriate recertification credits.

1.    Complete 15-hours of continuing education
2.    Complete the renewal application provided by the ISDA
3.    Pay the $120 licensing fee
4.    Photocopy the front and back of your license, showing your signature and the appropriate recertification credits
5.    Provide proof of financial responsibility.


 Where do I find courses to renew my Idaho pesticide applicator license?
Certified Training Institute offers 10  Idaho-approved continuing education credits for applicators.  Courses are completed online, at your convenience, on any internet capable device.

Who submits my Idaho pesticide continuing education?
Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education the Idaho Department of Agriculture the next business day after completion.  You will be able to print or save certificates for your records immediately after completing your course.

What happens if I do not renew my Idaho pesticide license?
Applicators who do not renewill be charged $100 per day for operating without a license.

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New Insecticide-Herbicide Hybrid for Fighting Termites

Purdue University recently developed technology that targets genes in termites that help the insect fight off a potentially deadly fungus.

The developer of the technology, Michael Scharf, is an associate professor and the Orkin Chair in Purdue’s Department of Entomology. According to Scharf, termites damage around 600,000 homes in the U.S. annually. It is his belief that targeting the insect’s biology and behavior will lead to effective methods for controlling infestation and ultimately preventing damage before it occurs.

Insecticides used alone are often ineffective against termites, however, during his research Scharf found that the insecticides killed enough of the microbes that provide resistance to a known pathogenic fungus, to make the termites more vulnerable to the fungus. However, this lowering of microbes proved insufficient to exterminate the termites. Thus, Scharf found the most effective method for extermination is applying insecticides and fungus at the same time.

Scharf is hoping to partner with a company to continue developing and testing the technology.

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How do I renew my Texas pesticide applicator license?

How do I renew my Texas pesticide applicator license?
The Texas Department of Agriculture will send a renewal notice approximately 45 days before your expiration. You will need the username and password from this notice to renew your license. If you did not receive a renewal notice TDA will send a duplicate. Call 877-542-2474 or email license.inquiry@texasagriculture.gov

  1. Complete your state required continuing education – Texas applicator courses
  2. Log in to the TDA renewal system to pay the appropriate fees and renew your license.

What continuing education do I need to complete to renew my Texas pesticide applicator license?
The amount of continuing education and fees required to renew your Texas pesticide applicator license varies depending on the license you hold.

 APPLICATOR RENEWAL CYCLE CREDITS STATE FEE
 Private Applicator 5 years 15 credits including:
– 2 credits of Laws & Regulations
– 2 credits of Integrated Pest Management
$60
 Agricultural Commercial Applicator Annual 5 credits including
– 1 credits of Laws & Regulations
– 1 credits of Integrated Pest Management
$180
 Agricultural Noncommercial Applicators Annual 5 credits including
– 1 credits of Laws & Regulations
– 1 credits of Integrated Pest Management
$120
 Agricultural Noncommercial Political Subdivision Annual 5 credits including
– 1 credits of Laws & Regulations
– 1 credits of Integrated Pest Management
$12

Where do I find courses to renew my Texas pesticide applicator license?
Certified Training Institute offers courses approved by the state of Texas for license renewal. Courses are completed online, at your convenience, on any internet capable device.

What happens if I miss my Texas pesticide applicator renewal?
Applicators who fail to renew their license by their expiration date will incur a late fee.

  • 90 days or less – Licenses that are overdue 90 days or less will incur a 50% late fee.
  • 90 days or more – Licenses that are overdue 100 days or more will incur a late fee of 100% the renewal fee.

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SOUTHEAST, GET READY FOR A CICADA BOOM

Cicadas on a 17-year cycle will be emerging this year for the first time since 2000. In most cases, pesticide application is not effective because cicadas travel easily between adjacent properties.  Applications are occasionally made to orchards and nurseries to limit damage. Although application is often unnecessary, you can expect questions from homeowners and companies about cicada hatches.

How do I know if I have periodical cicadas?

Periodical cicadas are black with red eyes and red wings. Males make a loud buzzing sound when they are trying to find a mate.

When will cicadas be most active?

Cicadas are most active throughout the day.  They will remain fairly inactive during the early morning, evening, and nighttime.

Where do cicadas do damage?

Cicadas do the most damage to mature plants and trees.  While cicadas can damage plants by feeding the most damage is done when they lay their eggs. Female cicadas lay between 400 and 600 eggs each.  Once they hatch the young fall to the ground and burrow for another 17 years.

How do I protect my plants and trees from cicadas?

  1. Removing cicadas by hand is effective if you do not have large numbers of cicadas on a plant
  2. A garden hose can be used to knock cicadas off plants
  3. Trees and bushes can be wrapped in sticky tape to prevent cicadas from moving up plants
  4. Netting can be used to keep cicadas off plants entirely

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Check your requirements by state & find approved online courses.

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MARYLAND PESTICIDE RENEWAL

 When does my Maryland certified pesticide applicator license expire?

Commercial applicator licenses expire on June 30th, 2017.
Private applicator certificates expire on December 31st, every three years.

How do I renew my Maryland certified applicator license?

The state of Maryland will send you a renewal information card about a month before your renewal. The first step to renewing your Maryland applicator license is completing your continuing education.  Private applicators must complete 4 credits equaling 2 hours of continuing education. Commercial applicator continuing education depends on the categories in which they are licensed. Applicators licensed in (10) Wood Preservatives or (12) Antifouling Paint must attend training in person, all other categories may complete their continuing education online or in person.

8 credits | 4 hours 6 credits | 3 hours 4 credits | 2 hours
(1)   Agricultural Plant (2)  Forest Pest Control (4)   Seed Treatment
(3)   Ornamental & Turf (5)  Aquatic Pest Control (11) Pesticide Dealer
(7)   Structural Pest Control (6)  Right of Way
(9)   Demo & Research (8)  Public Health
(13) Microbial Pest Control

 

Once your continuing education is complete your license is renewed through the Maryland Department of Agriculture website. You will be able to log onto the site with your business license/ permit number and the code you received on your information card. Commercial applicators will be subject to a $150 renewal fee.

Where do I find courses to renew my Maryland pesticide license?

Certified Training Institute offers online continuing education courses approved by the Maryland Department of Agriculture to renew your pesticide applicator license. Courses are available 24/7, at your convenience with the benefit of a full staff to answer any questions you may have. Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education the next business day after completion. You will be able to save and print a copy of your certificate immediately after finishing your courses.

What happens if my Maryland pesticide license expires?

Applicators will have a one month grace period to renew. After the grace period, a $30 late fee per license will be incurred.

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DRONES MAY REVOLUTIONIZE MOSQUITO CONTROL

Drones have the potential to be incredibly valuable to the mosquito control industry for site mapping and pesticide application.

Drones can create 3d surveillance maps by flying over a designated area and collecting continuous data.  Mosquito Control can use these maps to find pools of standing water perfect for mosquito larvae.  These pools have been difficult to find without the aid of drones. Traditionally several individuals would spend hours trekking through sparsely inhabited areas to find such pools and there was no guarantee the pools would be infected at that time. With drones, pools can be mapped and checked routinely for larvae.

The drones used for pesticide application will be waterproof so they can land in the pools. Once the drone has landed, it will capture real-time video images to determine whether larvicide application is necessary. These drones are able to carry larvicide to dispense directly within effected areas.

Placer County’s Mosquito and Vector Control in California is planning to use drones for surveillance and application this summer. Placer County plans to use drones to map inaccessible areas and apply pesticides at a height of 400 feet or higher. The drones will also measure weather conditions, land in water, pick up and put down traps, and measure water conditions.

REQUIRED LICENSING FOR COMMERCIAL DRONE USE AND PESTICIDE APPLICATION

  • Commercial drone pilots must pass the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam
  • All commercial applications of Restricted Use Pesticides must be carried out by a state licensed applicator

Certified Training Institute offers online FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam Prep, as well as, online Pesticide Applicator Exam Prep & Continuing Education. Certified’s courses are available 24/7 on any device with internet access. Should you have any questions or IT issues do not hesitate to call or email Certified’s friendly staff.

 

 

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WV Applicator & Registered Technician Renewal

How do I renew my West Virginia Pesticide Applicator License?

The first step is completing the state required continuing education (CE) assigned to your license. You can check your continuing education credits online by signing into the West Virginia Department of Agriculture website and clicking the ‘EXAMS’ tab.  Once your continuing education is complete you can renew your license online through the same site by paying the appropriate fees.

License Hours Credits Cycle Fees
Private Applicators 5 hours 10 credits 3 years $10
Commercial & Certified Public Applicators 10 hours 20 credits 3 years $20
Registered Technicians 2 hours 4 credits Annual $20

 

Where do I find courses to renew my West Virginia pesticide applicator license?

Certified Training Institute offers WV approved online courses to renew your Private Applicator, Commercial & Certified Applicator, and Registered Technician licenses. Purchased courses are available 24/7, for the duration of your licensing cycle, on any internet capable device. Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education directly to the state upon completion.

What happens if my West Virginia pesticide applicator license has expired?

Applicators whose licenses have expired will need to retest.

  1. Complete an exam application
  2. Schedule an exam
  3. Pass the exam with a 70% or higher
  4. Pay the required fees
    • Private Applicators – $10 for exam & $20 for license
    • Commercial & Certified Applicators – $20 for exam & $20 for license
    • Registered Technicians – $20 for exam & $20 for license

Do you need to retake your West Virginia pesticide applicator exam?

Online exam prep is available to any applicator or perspective applicator. If it has been a few years since you took your applicator exam, consider refreshing your knowledge to avoid the hassle of retaking your exam.

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