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Annual Bluegrass Resistance Management

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Annual bluegrass has historically been an important weed of many, if not most, commodity and specialty crops. The extensive reliance upon herbicides as the primary means of control has led to an almost overwhelming presence of herbicide resistance. This course will discuss the currently reported cases of annual bluegrass resistance to various herbicides and how to develop an effective herbicide program.
Certified Crop Advisors: 1 credit IPM

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Weed Control Weed Control
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Antimicrobials

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Unlike most pesticides, antimicrobial pesticides can be found in a wide variety of places and are readily available to the public. Antimicrobial pesticides also have unique label requirements. This course will discuss antimicrobial pesticides, their properties, potential risks, and hazards of use.

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Microbial Microbial
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Aquatic Pest Management

2.5 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Aquatic ecosystems are extremely complex and fragile. This course covers the many aspects necessary for managing aquatic pests, from site evaluation and pest identification to pesticide application and treatment evaluation. Risk communication strategies are included, along with a variety of control methods in addition to aquatic pesticides.
Certified Crop Advisors: 2.5 credits Soil and Water Management

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Aquatic Aquatic
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Bat Damage Management

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
The site of a bat hanging around a structure can be unnerving to most clients. Finding one inside a home is even more unsettling and can send the homeowner into a panic. This course will talk about the identification of bat issues, fundamentals of bat control, and a few health issues that can be quite costly for wildlife control operators and clients.

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Structural Structural
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Bed Bug Health Effects & Control

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Bed bugs are a common and difficult household pest that can be linked to a number of health effects such as psychological issues, cutaneous reactions, allergic reactions, anemia, and potential disease transmission. This course outlines various management methods for bed bug control and treatment as well as common symptoms and signs of health effects caused by the presence of bed bugs.

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Invertebrate Invertebrate
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Bed Bugs: Overview and Management

2 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Structural applicators know that managing a bed bug infestation is difficult on many levels. This course looks at the history of bed bugs, current integrated pest management approaches to preventing and managing an infestation, and several of the chemical options available when your non-chemical controls and methods have failed.

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Invertebrate Invertebrate
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Biology of Termites and Other Wood-Destroying Pests

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
The course will provide an overview of the biology of termites, for example, growth development, colony distribution, and their roles.

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Termite Termite
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Calibration Clinic - Pesticide Sprayers and Spreaders

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Proper application of pesticides and fertilizers on turfgrass is only possible with accurately calibrated equipment. These lessons discuss the calibration of three types of application equipment: handheld or back-pack pump-up sprayers, large acreage sprayers, and fertilizer or “dry-granular” spreaders as well as several different calibration techniques.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Controlling Aquatic Pests

3.5 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
This course discusses managing pests in aquatic environments. It contains extensive plant identification, discussing common weed types and species. Other pests, such as insects or birds, are also covered. In addition, this course explains a variety of control methods, outlining how to use pesticides safely and the necessary first aid for any exposure. Finally, calibration of equipment is explained and example scenarios are explored.

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Aquatic Aquatic
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Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Pesticides are a key factor in pest management but it is important to understand what happens to those pesticides after the application. This course will review some key characteristics of environmental factors that can affect how pesticides move and degrade in the environment.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Euthanasia & Carcass Disposal: Methods & Pitfalls

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
This topic, while not often talked about, is something that everyone in wildlife control has to deal with. It is one of those unmentionables, but we need to talk about it in detail because it’s something you’re going to need to encounter if you’re going to be a full-fledged wildlife control operator. This course will cover methods for euthanizing animals, ways to dispose of the deceased animal, and pitfalls to avoid to maintain public relations and appearance.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Field Crop Pest Management

5 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Pesticides protect plants and animals from insects, weeds, and diseases; improve the efficiency of food, feed, and fiber productions; and provide for greater crop yields. This course outlines various invasive pests of field crops and how an applicator can effectively treat pest invasions while protecting themselves and the environment from the adverse effects of pesticides.
Certified Crop Advisors: 5 credits Crop Management

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Agriculture Agriculture
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Fruit Crop Pest Management

5 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Pesticides protect plants and animals from insects, nematodes, weeds, and diseases; improve the efficiency of food productions, and provide for greater crop yields. This course outlines various invasive pests of fruit crops and how an applicator can effectively treat pest infestations while protecting themselves and maintaining productive fruit crop yields intended for human consumption.
Certified Crop Advisors: 5 credits Crop Management

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Fruit Crop Fruit Crop
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General Structural Pest Management

3 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
As certified or licensed professionals we have legal responsibilities that we must fulfill in every job that we do. Not only do have to control pests, but we also have to do the paperwork and legwork that documents our applications. This course reviews the basics of general structural pest management.

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Structural Structural
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German Cockroach Control

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
German cockroaches can be a difficult pest to control. The temptation for most pest control operators is to reach for the pesticide right away, but there is much more involved in controlling a German cockroach infestation. This class will focus on an eco-friendly approach to German roach control strategies in the most difficult environments.

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Cockroach Cockroach
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History of Integrated Pest Management

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
What is integrated pest management? The reality is nobody can agree on what integrated pest management is. This course will cover what IPM is and what isn't and how to be practical about IPM strategies.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Inspecting Structures for Wildlife

2 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
If you do not diagnose the problem correctly you will spend a lot of time treating something that is not there. Identify correctly and gather evidence and determine the extent of potential problems. This course will cover the basics of what to look for while inspecting a structure that has potentially been invaded by wildlife.

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Structural Structural
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IPM for Termite Prevention

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Termites are one of the most destructive pests in the United States. But there are several common-sense IPM practices that can be implemented to make a structure less inviting to termites from the start. This course will provide a review of IPM principles, termite biology, and several IPM practices to make any structure less attractive to termites.
 

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Termite Termite
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Management of Beavers

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Beavers are protected and beneficial to the ecosystem and habitats of other animals. Managing them requires careful consideration and knowledge of state laws and permits. This course will cover common behaviors and habitat construction. It will also cover many non-lethal methods of control and requirements and ways to effectively trap beavers.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Management of Columbian Ground Squirrels

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Columbian ground squirrels are similar to Richardson's ground squirrels, but they are much more difficult to control. This course will teach you the difference between both ground squirrel species, help you identify their behaviors and habitats, and show you the best time to control them. This course will also discuss the many control methods of Columbian ground squirrels and requirements of each.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Management of Pocket Gophers

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
The site of a fresh mound of soil in an otherwise manicured lawn or alfalfa field can be enough to send a landowner into a tizzy. Pocket gophers can be devastating to both lawns and agricultural fields if they are not properly controlled. The damage caused by pocket gophers can sometimes be confused with either moles or ground squirrels. This course will cover the basics of pocket gopher management including biology, damage, trapping, and toxicant use.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Management of Prairie Dogs

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Managing prairie dogs is a delicate balance between maintaining a healthy environment and keeping valuable land pest free. This course will cover environmental concerns and methods of control. It will also discuss common application methods and ways to protect yourself from hazards when using rodenticides.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Management of Raccoons - Part A (Basic)

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Because the management of raccoons is a detailed process, this topic is split into two courses: basic (part A) and advanced (part B). This basic course provides an overview of raccoon biology, damage, and control measures that can be taken. Additionally, this course will cover safety protocol and legal requirements of wildlife control.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Management of Raccoons - Part B (Advanced)

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Because the management of raccoons is a detailed process, this topic is split into two courses: basic (part A) and advanced (part B). This advanced course provides an overview of baiting principles and the different types of traps recommended for raccoons. This course will also touch on diseases carried by raccoons and how to humanely dispatch trapped raccoons.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Management of Richardson's Ground Squirrels

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Richardson's ground squirrels are similar to Columbian ground squirrels, but they are much easier to control. This course will teach you the difference between both ground squirrel species, help you identify their behaviors and habitats, and show you the best time to control them. This course will also discuss the many control methods of Richardson's ground squirrels and requirements of each.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Management of Tree Squirrels

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
This course will cover five different species of tree squirrel so you can identify the differences between each species in terms of their behaviors and abilities, habitats, and damage. This course will also discuss the many control techniques to use and requirements of each.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Management of Woodchucks

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Woodchucks are also known as whistle pigs or groundhogs. Woodchucks are basically the building contractors for many animals in the wildlife kingdom because of the holes they dig. This course will discuss the control and management of woodchucks.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Management of Woodpeckers

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
There are many species of woodpeckers and they are all protected, so managing them requires careful and diligent observation. This course will cover differences between species and common behaviors. It will also cover many non-lethal methods of control and legal requirements for lethal control.

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Structural Structural
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Mice: The Ubiquitous Commensal Rodent

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
One of the challenges with house mice is that clients don't take house mice seriously. It's amazing how people will move heaven and earth when rats are around, but when it comes to mice they will simply say "oh, it's just a mouse!" This course will help educate applicators on the risks of allowing house mice to remain in a structure.

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Mouse Mouse
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Microbial Pest Management

2 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Managing microbial pests in water systems is essential for human health and the wider environment. This course will cover pest identification and methods of control. It will also discuss common application methods and ways to protect yourself from hazards when using biocides.

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Microbial Microbial
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Mole Management

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Moles can be the bane of a well-kept lawn. But is it really a mole? Moles, voles, shrews, and pocket gopher damage can look the same to the untrained eye. This course covers the physiological differences between moles and other look-alike vertebrate pests, trapping techniques, and toxicant options.

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Mouse Mouse
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Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics

2 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Labels are increasing in complexity and depth of information. It is never suggested that anyone try to memorize a pesticide label. By reviewing parts of a label and recognizing label language and use, we hope that you feel more comfortable with the information on pesticide labels and feel confident in understanding the information present.
Certified Crop Advisors: 2 credits IPM

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Law & Regulation Law & Regulation
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Respiratory Protection

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
When the pesticide label requires a respirator it's important to know how to use a respirator safely. This course outlines the types of respirators available, proper fit, and inspection/maintenance requirements.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Right-of-Way: Pest Control

4 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
This course will help applicators understand the five main groups of pests, identifying those pests, and help applicators decide on management strategies. It will also cover the main causes of plant disease, plant life cycles, and the developmental stages through which plants progress.
Certified Crop Advisors: 4 credits IPM

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Right Of Way Right Of Way
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Right-of-Way: Pest Management Overview

3 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Pest management in right-of-way situations can be a challenge. The economic thresholds are different in right-of-way situations compared to either a landscape setting or an agricultural setting. This course provides an overview of pests common to rights-of-way, management solutions, a look at the equipment commonly used to treat rights-of-way, and a review of calibration steps for that equipment.
Certified Crop Advisors: 3 credits IPM

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Right Of Way Right Of Way
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Rodents and Other Vertebrate Pest Management

2 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
An animal with a backbone or spinal column is called a vertebrate. A few vertebrates, such as rats and mice, are common pests in urban and industrial areas. Others are not pests in their normal habitats but may occasionally become pests when they conflict with humans. This course looks at the basic management of common vertebrate pests. Be sure to understand all the regulations that apply in your geographic area before attempting to control vertebrate pests.

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Setting up a Mosquito Control Program

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Mosquito control programs manage the population of mosquitoes to reduce their damage to human health. Mosquito control is a vital public-health practice as mosquitoes are the number one vector of disease globally, spreading many diseases. Mosquitoes can cause significant pain, irritation, and infection from their bites, which are a considerable nuisance. This course outlines mosquito control's components, methods, benefits, and complexities.

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Mosquito Mosquito
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Skunks: $mell the $uccess

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
This course will discuss the lifecycle and biology of skunks, habitat modification to discourage skunks from taking up residence, trapping tips and techniques, the basics of rodenticide use, and the basics of euthanizing if allowable by law. It is important to be familiar with state and local laws regarding skunk management.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Structure Infesting Pest Management

3 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Having a clear understanding of the hierarchy of insect classification is important. It helps us better understand the background of our pest decide the best course of action in controlling the pest. This course will cover some of the structure infesting pests commonly encountered by structural pesticide applicators and technicians.

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Structural Structural
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Structure Invading Pest Management

3 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
As a pest control technician, it's important to be familiar with the pests in the region as well as where they reproduce. In some cases, it is difficult to determine if the designated living space is inside or outside. This course covers the identification and management of pests that generally live outside but will invade a structure if the conditions are favorable.

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Structural Structural
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Swimming Pool Pest Management

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
One of the main factors in swimming pool maintenance is water chemistry. A few different facets need to be maintained. These include the organic content in the water, the pH of the water, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness. This course covers the basics of swimming pool pest management.

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Aquatic Aquatic
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Termite Inspection and Treatment

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Inspecting and treating termites can be a difficult process. Being familiar with common types of construction is extremely helpful. This course is a tour of the Mississippi State University Extension termite training facility. The facility consists of 12 different stations, each representing an area of a building or home where termites could enter the structure.

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Termite Termite
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Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
There are a variety of diseases, disorders, insects, and vertebrate pests that can cause problems in turfgrass. This course will give applicators and turf managers an overview of these common pests and strategies for their management.
Certified Crop Advisors: 1 credit IPM

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Turf Turf
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Turfgrass: Keys to Disease Identification and Management | Professional Development

3 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for various turfgrasses, the multiple steps involved, and the different tools and techniques to successfully control the environment.
Certified Crop Advisors: 3 credits IPM

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Turf Turf
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Understanding Rodenticides & Their Labels

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Rodenticides are becoming a widely discussed and concerning topic in the pest control field. There is a growing public concern at the risk of secondary and non-target poisonings when rodenticides are used. As a pest control operator is it your responsibility to understand how rodenticides work and how to read their labels. This course discusses the common types of rodenticides, their appropriate application, the risks involved with the use of each type of rodenticide, and takes a look at specific label language.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Vegetable Crop Pest Management

3 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Pesticides protect plants and animals from insects, nematodes, weeds, and diseases; improve the efficiency of food production; and provide for greater crop yields. This course outlines various invasive pests of vegetable crops and how an applicator can effectively treat pest infestations while protecting themselves and maintaining productive vegetable crop yields intended for human consumption.
Certified Crop Advisors: 3 credits Crop Management

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Agriculture Agriculture
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Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID

4 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
This course focuses on the fundamentals of wildlife damage inspection including identification based on habitat, routes of entry, scat, and tracks. It will help you understand the unique biological and legal risks that are involved with the inspection process as well as the proper equipment and PPE that should be used.

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Vertebrate Vertebrate
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Voles: Biology, Damage, and Control

1 hour: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Voles are known by a variety of names, meadow mice or field mice for example. Voles are rodents, meaning they like to chew on things, but they rarely enter structures and are primarily a pest in landscape settings. But they are often confused with mice by many homeowners. This course will cover the basics of vole identification, biology, and damage as well as several control methods including trapping and rodenticide use.

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Wood Destroying Pest Management

6 hours: Professional Development – Not Approved for State Recertification
Termites are just one of the many wood-destroying pests found throughout the United States. Carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, and wood-damaging fungi can also cause severe structural damage if not properly managed. This course will cover the primary wood-destroying pests found through the country, the recommended treatments for each of those pests, and the primary sources of excess structural moisture.

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