Alaska Commercial Pesticide Applicator Ornamental Course Bundle

This course bundle is designed for the Alaska Commercial Pesticide Applicator. CEUs taken do not need to be category specific. All courses are approved by the Alaska Department of Environmental Health Pesticide Control Program. Click course details for a full list of courses.

BUNDLE CONTENTS

  • IPM for Ornamental Plant Pest Management – 1 CEU
  • Common Ornamental Plant Pests – 3 CEUs
  • Ornamental Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration – 1 CEU
  • Home Lawn and Landscape Management – 1 CEU
  • Management Strategies for Disease Issues in the Landscape – 3 CEUs
  • Mole Management – 1 CEU
  • Voles: Biology, Damage, and Control – 1 CEU
  • Pollinator Stewardship – 1 CEU

 


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

Common Ornamental Plant Pests

Course Description

Pest management of ornamental plants involves multiple steps from growing a healthy plant that is more resistant to pest damage to correctly identifying the problem when present. This course will cover the most common pests of ornamental plants.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify common landscape weeks and outline how to manage them.
  • Identify common plant disorders and identify how to avoid them in the future.
  • Identify common plant diseases and outline how to manage them.
  • Describe nematode damage and explain why sampling prior to planting is important.
  • Identify common vertebrate and invertebrate pests and outline the best management strategy for each.

Ornamental Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration

Course Description

When pesticide applications become necessary for good ornamental plant management it’s important to understand how application equipment works and how to properly calibrate the equipment. Accurate measurement of the area to be treated or the number of plants to be treated and properly calibrated equipment are critical to successful control of the pest as well as staying within label requirements. This course will discuss the most common types of equipment used for pesticide applications on ornamental plants, the way to calculate the volume of solution needed, and how to properly calculate the flow rate of the equipment.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different types of equipment used in pesticide applications
  • Accurately calculate the square footage of irregular areas
  • Accurately calibrate common application equipment

Home Lawn and Landscape Management

Course Description

The lawn and landscape are essential elements in any residential situation. Time and money are invested in the development, installation, and upkeeping of the landscaping and the turf. When not installed or managed properly that investment can be perceived as a waste as the lawn and landscape do not fulfill their purpose. This course will focus on the essentials of designing a landscape that is aesthetically pleasing and makes weed control easier as well as key factors for installing and establishing a functional home lawn.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the key landscape design features that make weed control manageable
  • Discuss the different types of herbicides commonly used in landscape weed management situations
  • Describe key concerns to address when establishing a home lawn

Management Strategies for Disease Issues in the Landscape

Course Description

Landscape maintenance is a cut-throat business. The keys to success lie in minimizing costs and creating successful plantings through careful planning, disease prevention, and maintenance of a healthy environment. This course teaches the basics of disease management of landscape plantings, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully control the diverse world of landscaping.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the issues involved in controlling pests and disease in landscape plantings.
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the unique needs of landscape plantings all within a reasonable budget.

Mole Management

Course Description

Moles can be the bane of a well-kept lawn. But is it really a mole? Mole, vole, shrew, 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.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Correctly identify mole damage.
  • Distinguish the differences between moles, voles, shrews, and pocket gophers.
  • Describe the different traps and toxicants available and when best to use each one.

Voles: Biology, Damage, and Control

Course Description

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. The damage caused by voles is to the grass and other plants in the landscape and garden and is most noticeable after the snow melts in northern climates. This course will cover the basics of vole identification, biology, and damage as well as several control methods including trapping and rodenticide use.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Correctly distinguish between a vole, a shrew, and a mouse.
  • Identify vole damage in grass, garden, and landscape areas.
  • Outline the different types of rodenticides labeled for controlling voles.
  • Discuss the different types of traps and how to set them.

Pollinator Stewardship

Course Description

Honey Bee Stewardship. The primary concern plaguing the bee keeping industry is the decline of honey bees around the world. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is the leading cause behind this steady decline in honey bee numbers. There are a number of different factors affecting this decline. This course provides an outline of the best practices concerning honeybee stewardship.

Minimizing Pesticide Risk for Pollinators. Whether applying pesticides in the home garden or in a commercial setting, many of the chemical pesticides used to control insects, fungal diseases, and even weeds can hurt non-target pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies. This section will ensure your ability to effectively and efficiently apply pesticides without harming beneficial insects.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the factors that contribute to colony collapse disorder.
  • Recognize the importance of beekeeper/grower communication.
  • Describe the importance of pollinators in agriculture and why protecting native pollinators is of great concern.
  • Outline the federal and state enforcement and compliance procedure as related to pollinator safety and alternatives to hard chemicals.

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