Civilization has been combating insects and other pests throughout history. A pest is an undesirable organism that injures humans, desirable plants and animals, manufactured products, or natural substances. Many insects, pathogens (disease-causing organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, or fungi), plants (known as weeds), mollusks (slugs and snails), fish, birds, and a variety of mammals (from mice to deer) compete for our crops and livestock. As the battle between humans and pests continues over time, so will innovative methods of control.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
• Discuss the importance of pest identification in pest control.
• Describe how pest population levels trigger control procedures.
• Give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.
How Pesticides Work
Regulatory Pest Control
Integrated Pest Management
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