Ornamental & Turf Pest Control | Alabama Approved

Ornamental & Turf Pest Control


IPM for Ornamental Plant Pest Management


Course Description

Integrated Pest Management of ornamental plants involves multiple steps; producing a healthy plant, correctly identifying the problem, recognizing that there will always be some pests and damage, and only using pesticides as a last resort. This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for ornamental plants, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully provide your clients with a healthy and attractive landscape.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss several ways to track pest development
  • Outline the issues involved in controlling pests and disease in managed landscape situations
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the unique needs of each ornamental planting

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • Produce healthy plants
  • Correctly identify the problem
  • Understand that there will be pests and some damage
  • Pesticide use is the last line of defense, not the first
  • IPM – Detection and Monitoring

Lesson 2 

  • Diagnosing and identifying ornamental injury and causes
  • Evaluating economic significance
  • Select management tactics

Lesson 3 

  • Select management tactics (cont.)
  • Record keeping and evaluation

Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests


Course Description

There are a variety of diseases, disorders, insects and vertebrate pests that can cause problems in turfgrass. Being able to correctly identify these common turfgrass maladies is of utmost importance to turfgrass managers. This course will look at the common diseases and disorders found in turf, and cover the situations and environmental conditions favorable to those diseases. The course also covers common insect and vertebrate pests and how to manage them.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify a disease, describe favorable disease conditions, and recommend treatment strategies for each disease
  • Identify common insect turf pests and recommend treatment strategies
  • Recognize the preferred habitat for common vertebrate pests and be able to recommend the appropriate deterrent or management strategy

Chapter 1 – Diseases and Disorders

Lesson 1 

  • Disease Development
  • Types of Fungicides
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Common Turfgrass Diseases
    • Anthracnose
    • Dollar Spot
    • Fairy Rings

Lesson 2 

  • Common Turfgrass Diseases (cont.)
    • Leafspot and Melting-Out Diseases
    • Pink Snow Mold
    • Necrotic Ring Spot
    • Powdery Mildew
    • Pythium Blight
    • Red Thread
    • Rhizoctonia Brown Patch
    • Rusts
    • Slime Moles
    • Stripe Smut
    • Typhyla Blight
    • Nematodes

Chapter 2 – Turfgrass Insect and Vertebrate Pests

Lesson 1 

  • Insect Pests
    • Root Feeders
      • Black Turfgrass Ataenius and Aphodius
      • European Chafer
      • Japanese Beetle
      • May or June Beetle
    • Sap, Stem, and Leaf Feeders
      • Black Cutworm
      • Bluegrass Billbug
      • Hairy Chinch Bug
      • Sod Webworm
    • Nuisance Pests
      • Ants
  • Insect Management Review
  • Vertebrate Pests
    • Canada Geese
    • Moles

Pesticide Formulations


Course Description

A pesticide formulation is a combination of active and inert ingredients that form an end-use pesticide product. Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain why pesticides are formulated for end use.
  • List the factors to consider when choosing a formulation for a specific site or situation.
  • Discuss the properties of common formulations.

Chapter 1 – Pesticide Formulations

Lesson 1 

  • Formulations: An Overview
  • Liquid Formulations

Lesson 2

  • Dry or Solid Formulations
  • Other Formulations
  • Pesticide Mixtures
  • Adjuvants

Pesticide Hazards and First Aid


Course Description

Pesticides are designed to be toxic to living organisms so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents,
fungi, and bacteria). At the same time, pesticides must be used with special care to avoid harming nontarget organisms, including pesticide applicators, handlers, and anyone else exposed to the product. Pesticides can have both short-term
and long-term effects on humans. As a result, pesticide users need to be concerned with the hazards associated
with exposure to the chemical and not exclusively with the toxicity of the pesticide.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify common exposure routes for various pesticides and application methods.
  • Discuss the appropriate first aid response to oral, ocular, dermal, and inhalation exposures to pesticides.
  • Explain the hazard level classification system for pesticides, including the corresponding signal words.

Chapter 1 – Pesticide Hazards and First Aid

Lesson 1 

  • Toxicity, Exposure, and Hazard
  • Potential Harmful Effects of Pesticides
  • Exposure—How Pesticides Enter the Body
  • Product Toxicity and Health Concerns

Lesson 2 

  • Factors Affecting Response
  • Signal Words
  • Exposure Symptom Recognition
  • Antidotes
  • First Aid for Pesticide Poisoning

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