California PCA Complete 40 Hour Bundle

$459.00

Online HD Video | Pest Control Adviser
This course bundle is designed for the Pest Control Adviser license holder. (PCA) This course bundle contains the required 4 hours of law and 36 hours of training covering a wide variety of topics. All courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. This course bundle includes one narrated course. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

Description

This course bundle is designed for the Pest Control Adviser license holder. (PCA) This course bundle contains the required 4 hours of law and 36 hours of training covering a wide variety of topics. All courses are approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. This course bundle includes one narrated course. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

BUNDLE CONTENTS

Laws

  • Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics – 2 hours
  • Federal Pesticide Laws – 1 hour
  • Pesticide Labeling – 1 hour

Landscape Maintenance

  • Common Ornamental Plant Pests – 3 hours
  • IPM for Ornamental Plant Pest Management – 1 hour
  • Ornamental Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration – 1 hour
  • IPM for Turf Management – 1 hour
  • Common Turfgrass Weeds – 1 hour
  • Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests – 1 hour
  • Application Equipment and Calibration – 1 hour

Right of Way

  • Right of Way: Pest Control – 4 hours
  • Right of Way: Weed Control – 4 hours

Mosquito Control

  • Mosquito Identification – 3 hours
  • Intro to Mosquito Control – 2 hours
  • Mosquito Management and Control – 2 hours

Pollinator Health

  • Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health – 2 hours

Agricultural Pest Management

  • Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean, and Grain Sorghum – 2 hours
  • Pest Identification: Rice, Cotton, and Peanut – 1 hour

Vertebrate Pest Control

  • Cage Trapping Techniques – 3 hours
  • Vertebrate Structural Control and ID – 4 hours

 


Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics

Course Description

This training will cover many sections of a pesticide label and safety data sheets. 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 the present. Many examples of labels are used in this training that cover a variety of types of pesticides and also represent a variety of sites. It’s essential that we look at REAL label language and not simply make generic statements to evaluate.

There is no endorsement for any company or product by representation of information in this training. All material presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended to purposefully include or exclude any company, tradename, product, use, proprietary, or any other information. Whenever you have questions about interpretations of label language, we encourage you to contact your local extension, land-grant university, department of agriculture, product dealer, or the manufacturer for more information.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss different types of pesticide registrations.
  • Identify where to find specific information on the pesticide label.
  • Identify pests and site usage according to the label, and recognize information on safety data sheets.

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • Overview and Objectives
  • EPA Approval
  • Testing of Products
  • Types of Pesticides
  • Pesticide Registrations
  • When to Read the Pesticide Label
  • Parts of the Label: Required Information
  • Parts of the Label: Use Classification Statement

Lesson 2 

  • Parts of the Label: Use Classification Statement (cont.)
  • Agricultural vs Non-Agricultural Use
  • A Closer Look at Personal Protective Equipment
    • Respirator Requirements
    • First Aid Statements
    • Exposure Precautions
    • Physical and Chemical Hazards

Lesson 3 

  • Directions for Use
  • How to Use this Product
    • Target Pests
    • Soil Limitations
    • Integrated Pest Management
  • Other Product Specific Statements
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Endangered Species Protection
  • Pollinator Protection
  • Application Rates
    • Target Crop Rates
    • Host Plant Rates
    • Soil Type
    • Other Application Notes

Lesson 4 

  • Application Rates (cont.)
    • Deviation
  • Tank Mixing
    • Compatibility Test
    • Phytotoxicity Warning
    • Additional Protections
  • Storage and Disposal
  • Safety Data Sheets

Lesson 5

  • Label Review

Final Assessment 


Federal Pesticide Laws

Course Description

Pesticides are hazardous substances that can cause serious harm if used improperly. Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare and preventing harm to the environment. Federal and state pesticide laws and regulations control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. This course addresses the requirements set forth by federal regulations. Pesticide applicators are responsible for learning about and complying with all regulations.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Be able to describe and integrate important regulatory requirements related to labeling, hazard management, environmental issues, and application procedures.
  • Distinguish between restricted-use and general-use pesticide classifications.
  • Explain the importance of maintaining accurate records of pesticide application and employee training.

Chapter 1 – Federal Pesticide Laws

Lesson 1 

  • The Need for Regulation
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
  • Pesticide Registration
  • Tolerances
  • Pesticide Reregistration

Lesson 2 

  • Violations and Federal Penalties
  • Federal Pesticide Regulations under FIFRA
  • Other Federal Laws
  • Federal Recordkeeping Requirements

Final Assessment 


Pesticide Labeling

Course Description

The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users. The information printed on and attached to the pesticide container is the label. By law, pesticide users are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label. Labeling includes the label itself plus all other
information about the product referenced on the label and given when you buy the product. Pesticide labeling includes instructions on how to use the product safely and correctly.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Interpret the meaning of label signal words, symbols, and their relative hazard levels.
  • Accurately identify the common, chemical, and brand or trade name of a pesticide.
  • Describe how to interpret other documents and online resources referenced on the label.

Chapter 1 – Pesticide Labeling

Lesson 1 

  • EPA Approval of Pesticide Labeling
  • The Label
  • Types of Pesticide Registration
  • When to Read the Pesticide Label

Lesson 2 

  • Parts of the Label
  • Other Label Resources
  • Safety Data Sheets

Final Assessment 


Common Ornamental Plant Pests

Course Description

Turfgrass pest management 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 turfgrass, the different tools and techniques needed to successfully provide your clients with a healthy and attractive turf stand, the common weed, disease, insect, and vertebrate pests, and the Michigan specific rules and regulations that you’ll need to be aware of.

This video exam prep course will walk you through the tools and techniques you will need to pass the turf management exam and be successful in your career. With over 300 practice questions, this course will provide you with the tools you need to pass the exam.

Chapter 1 – Weed Management in Ornamental Plantings

Lesson 1 

  • Weed Biology
    • Monocot vs dicot
    • Stages of plant development
    • Length of life cycle
  • Weed Identification
    • Grasses sedges
      • Quack Grass
      • Yellow Nutsedge
    • Herbaceous Broadleaves
      • Bittercress
      • Queen Anne’s Lace
      • Yellow Woodsorrel
    • Other Common Weeds of Ornamentals
      • Horestail
      • Poison Ivy

Lesson 2 

  • Managing Landscape Weeds
    • Cultural Controls
      • Mulch
      • Landscape fabric
      • Sanitation
    • Mechanical Controls
    • Chemical Controls
      • Herbicide Characteristics
      • Contact vs Systemic
      • Selective vs Nonselective
      • Pre-Emergence vs Post-Emergence
      • Potential problems
      • Damage to ornamentals
      • Herbicide failure

Chapter 2 – Common Plant Disorders

Lesson 1 

  • Improper Growing Conditions
    • Too much or too little sun
    • Improper soil moisture
    • Improper nutrients
    • Hardiness and microclimates
  • Improper Cultural Practices
    • Improper planting depth
    • Overmulching
    • Girdling root
    • Poor soil drainage
    • Soil compaction

Lesson 2 

  • Mechanical Damage
    • Girdling ropes, wires, and vines
    • Mowers, string trimmers, other equipment
  • Construction Damage
  • Chemical Injury
    • Fertilizer, road salt, deicers
    • Phytotoxicity
  • Adverse Weather Conditions
    • Flooding
    • Drought and heat
    • Frost and freeze
    • Winter injury
  • Transplant Shock
  • Multiple or Unknown Causes

Chapter 3 – Plant Disease and Nematode Management in Ornamentals

Lesson 1 

  • Ornamental Plant Disease Management
    • Fungi
    • Bacteria
    • Viruses and virus-like organisms
    • Plant parasitic nematodes
  • Disease pyramid
  • Cultural Management and Avoiding Disease
  • Chemical Management
    • Protectant Fungicides
    • Systemic Fungicides
    • Soil Fumigants
  • Disease Symptoms and Signs
  • Fungi
  • Disease Identification
    • Anthracnose
    • Apple Scab
    • Black Spot of Roses
    • Cedar-Hawthorn or Cedar-Apple Rust
    • Crown Gall
    • Cytospora Canker of Spruce
    • Fire Blight
    • Oak Wilt
    • Phytophthora Root Rot
    • Powdery Mildews
  • Nematodes
    • Concerns
    • Sampling
    • Management

Chapter 4 – Invertebrate Pest Management

Lesson 1

  • Insects and Mites
    • Insect anatomy
    • Insect growth and development
    • Mite growth and development
  • Managing Insect and Mite Damage
    • Biological Control
      • Predators
      • Parasitoids
      • Parasites
      • Disease-causing pathogens
    • Chemical Management
    • Cultural Management
    • Mechanical Management
  • Invertebrate Pest Identification
    • Piercing, Sucking, and Rasping Mouthparts
      • Aphids
      • Cottony Maple Scale (soft scale)
      • Flower Thrips
      • Honeylocust Plant Bug and Honeylocust Leafhopper
      • Oystershell Scale (armored scale)
      • Potato Leafhopper
      • Sycamore Lace Bug
      • Tow-Spotted Spider Mite

Lesson 2 

  • Invertebrate Pest Identification (cont.)
    • Chewing Mouthparts
      • Birch Leafminer
      • Black Vine Weevil
      • Eastern Tent Caterpillar
      • European Pine Sawfly
      • Gypsy Moth
      • Japanese Beetle
    • Gall-Forming Insects
      • Eastern Spruce Gall Adelgid
    • Wood-Boring Insects
      • Bronze Birch Borer
      • Emerald Ash Borer
    • Slugs and Snails

Chapter 5 – Vertebrate Pest Management

Lesson 1 

  • Birds
  • Deer
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Beavers
  • Voles

Final Assessment


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

Final Assessment


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. An 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

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 – Application Equipment

  • Types of pesticide applications
    • Dilute pesticide solutions
    • Trunk injections
    • Soil applications
    • Granular applications
  • Application equipment
    • Manual application equipment
    • Power sprayers
    • Granular spreaders
  • Protecting against equipment failure
    • Mechanical equipment safety checklist

Lesson 2 – Calibration and Application Calculations

  • What is calibration?
  • Application calculations
    • Calibrating by volume
    • Percent solutions
    • Spray guns
    • Treatment area
    • Calculating by area for liquid spray
    • Calculating by area for granular applicators

Final Assessment


IPM for Turf Management

Course Description

Integrated Pest Management of turfgrasses 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 turfgrass, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully provide your clients with a healthy and attractive turf stand.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the settings and ecosystems of a turf stand
  • Gain an understanding of the issues involved in controlling pests and disease in managed turfgrass
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the unique needs of turfgrass

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 – Basic Principles for Managing Common Turfgrass Pests

  • 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 – Integrated Pest Management

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

Lesson 3 – Integrated Pest Management

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

Final Assessment


Common Turfgrass Weeds

Course Description

Managing weeds in a turf stand can be a tricky proposition. Often times the client fails to recognize that the presence of weeds in a turf stand is the result of poor turf, not the cause. Correct identification of the problem weed is a must of developing a management strategy, as is a working knowledge of weed biology and how herbicides work. This course will provide applicators with a good foundation from which to build their knowledge.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain the major similarities and differences between weeds and turf
  • Identify common turfgrass weeds
  • Explain how herbicides work

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • Weed Biology
  • Weed Identification
    • Annual Bluegrass
    • Common Chickweed
    • Mouse-Ear Chickweed
    • White Clover
    • Large Crabgrass
    • Smooth Crabgrass
    • Dandelion
    • Ground Ivy
    • Henbit
    • Practrate Knotweed
    • Yellow Nutsedge

Lesson 2 

  • Weed Identification (cont.)
    • Broadleaf Plantain
    • Buckhorn Plantain
    • Quack Grass
    • Creeping Speedwell
    • Prostrate Spurge
    • Yellow Weed Sorrel
    • Common Yarrow
  • Managing Turf Weeds
    • Using Herbicides
    • Herbicide Action and Weed Plant Characteristics
    • Herbicide Action and Weather
    • Correcting Application Mistakes

Final Assessment


Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests

Course Description

There are a variety of diseases, disorder, 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 disorder 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

Final Assessment


Application Equipment and Calibration

Course Description

When pesticide applications become necessary for good turf management, it’s important to understand how application equipment works and how to properly calibrate the equipment. An accurate measurement of the area to be treated and properly calibrated equipment are critical to applying pesticides within an acceptable range of the label requirements. This course will discuss the most common types of equipment used for pesticide applications on turf, the way to calculate the area of an irregularly shaped space, 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

Chapter 1 – Application Equipment

Lesson 1

  • Spray Output Equipment
  • Applying Pesticides
  • Application Techniques

Chapter 2 – Calibration

Lesson 1

  • Application Calculations
    • Divide and Calculate
    • Offset Line Method

Lesson 2 

  • When to Calibrate
  • Liquid Spray Equipment
  • Calibrating Small Sprayers
  • Calibrating Showerhead Sprayers
  • Calibrating Spray Equipment

Lesson 3

  • Ounce-to-Gallon Method
  • Granular Equipment
  • Calibration Steps

Final Assessment


Right of Way: Pest Control

Course Description

This study guide was prepared from the Commercial Applicator Study Manual for Category 6, Right-of-Way Pest Control as published by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and approved by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

• Identify five main groups of pests and the pests specific to each group
• Name the physical characteristics that aid in the identification of specific insects
• Identify the main cause of plant diseases
• Differentiate between the life cycles of annuals, biennials, and perennials
• Describe the developmental stages through which plants progress

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • Introduction to Pests
  • Hosts
  • Insect Features
  • Vertebrate
  • Plant Diseases
  • Plant Life Cycles

Lesson 2 

  • Pest Control Methods
  • Pesticides
  • Formulations

Lesson 3 

  • Pesticide Labels
  • Information
  • Illegal Uses
  • Storing and Disposing of Containers

Lesson 4 

  • Pesticides in the Environment
  • Endangered Species
  • Off Target Movement
  • Pollinators

Lesson 5 

  • Pesticides and Humans
  • Hazards
  • Routes of Entry
  • Acute and Chronic Effects

Lesson 6 

  • LD/LC
  • Signal Words
  • Exposure Symptoms
  • First Aid
  • Medical Attention

Lesson 7 

  • PPE
  • Respirators

Lesson 8 

  • Respirators
  • Fit Test
  • Clean Up

Lesson 9 

  • FIFRA
  • Special Provisions
  • Misuse Penalties

Lesson 10 

  • Application
  • Methods
  • Safety Systems
  • Sprayer Components
  • Applicators

Lesson 11 

  • Calibration
  • Calculations
  • Minimizing Drift

Final Assessment


Right of Way: Weed Control

Course Description

This course will review the methods and techniques to manage vegetation on rights of way and non-cropland industrial sites safely without damage to non-target species, sites, objects or the environment

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the issues involved in controlling vegetation by roadways, utility lines, and pipelines.
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the unique needs of rights of way weed management.

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • Roadside
  • Utility lines
  • Pipelines
  • Railways

Lesson 2 

  • Plant succession
  • Weed biology/ecology

Lesson 3 

  • Weed control techniques
  • Cultural
  • Prevention
  • Mechanical

Lesson 4 

  • Biological
  • Chemical
  • Early herbicides
  • 2,4-D
  • Current herbicides

Lesson 5 

  • Identification
  • Application site
  • Timing
  • Rate

Lesson 6 

  • Soils, moisture, topography, temperature, vegetative cover
  • Chemical characteristics, soil residue, organic matter, microbes, fertility, pH

Lesson 7 

  • Drift
  • Resistance definition
  • Selection
  • Herbicide-resistant weeds

Lesson 8 

  • Calibrations
  • Sprayers
  • Conventional booms

Lesson 9 

  • Boomless sprayers
  • Calculations

Final Assessment 


Mosquito Identification: Aedes, Anopheles, Culex, Mansonia, and Psorophora

Course Description

Correct identification of each mosquito species is an important step to managing the mosquito population in your area. Each species of mosquito has its own preferred habitat and breeding environment. This course covers the preferred habitat, breeding ground, and physiological differences between five major species of mosquitoes found throughout the United States.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the differences between the five major mosquito species in the United States.
  • Identify each of the mosquitoes covered in this course.

Chapter 1 – Aedes

Lesson 1 

  • Mosquito Identification – Aedes
  • Aedes vexans
  • Aedes japonicus

Lesson 2 

  • Aedes togoi
  • Aedes angustivittatus
  • Aedes atlanticus
  • Aedes canadensis
  • Aedes dorsalis

Lesson 3 

  • Aedes infirmatus
  • Aedes melanimon
  • Aedes scapularis
  • Aedes serratus
  • Aedes sollicitans
  • Aedes taeniorhynchus

Lesson 4 

  • Aedes trivittatus
  • Aedes triseriatus
  • Aedes aegypti
  • Aedes albopictus

Chapter 2 – Anopheles

Lesson 1 

  • Mosquito Identification – Anopheles
  • Anopheles aztecus
  • Anopheles freeborni
  • Anopheles pseudopunctipennis
  • Anopheles punctimacula

Lesson 2 

  • Anopheles punctipennis
  • Anopheles quadrimaculatus
  • Anopheles albimanus
  • Anopheles darlingi

Chapter 3 – Culex

Lesson 1 

  • Mosquito Identification – Culex
  • Coquilettidia pertubans
  • Culex nigripalpus
  • Culex pipiens

Lesson 2 

  • Culex quinquefaciatus
  • Culex restuans
  • Culex salinarius
  • Culex tarsalis

Lesson 3 

  • Culx erraticus
  • Culiseta melanura
  • Culiseta inornata

Chapter 4 – Mansonia Psorophora

Lesson 1 

  • Mansonia titillans
  • Psorophora ferox
  • Psorophora columbiae
  • Psorophora ciliata
  • Psorophora howardii

Final Assessment 


Intro to Mosquito Control

Course Description

Mankind has been battling mosquitoes since before the first settlers landed on the continent. Mosquitoes are vectors for a multitude of diseases that are harmful to humans, livestock, and pets. To effectively manage a mosquito population as part of an integrated pest management plan applicators must be familiar with mosquito physiology, the lifecycle of the mosquito, and various collection and surveillance methods for both adult mosquitoes and larvae. It is also important to have a good understanding of the diseases that are commonly vectored by mosquitoes. The course will talk about surveillance methods, mosquito anatomy, and touch on the diseases that are most commonly vectored by mosquitoes in the United States.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different stages in the mosquito lifecycle.
  • Explain the differences between male and female mosquitoes.
  • Suggest different surveillance and collection tactics to efficiently trap mosquitoes in the target area.
  • List and describe several commonly mosquito vectored diseases.

Chapter 1 – Mosquito Physiology and Lifecycle

Lesson 1

  • Male vs Female Mosquitoes
  • Mosquito Lifecycle
  • Larvae Anatomy
  • Mosquito Pupa

Chapter 2 – Adult Mosquito Anatomy

Lesson 1

  • Basic Mosquito Anatomy
  • Tools for Identification

Chapter 3 – Mosquito Collection and Surveillance

Lesson 1

  • Capturing a Mosquito for ID
  • Strategies for Collection
  • Adult Mosquito Surveillance
  • Collecting/Storing Without Damaging

Lesson 2

  • Capturing a Mosquito for ID
  • Adult Trap Collection

Chapter 4 – Egg & Larval Collection & Surveillance

Lesson 1

  • Larval Mosquito Surveillance
    • Dipper Sampling for Larvae
    • Population Density
  • Mosquito Egg Surveillance
    • Oviposition Trap

Chapter 5 – Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Lesson 1

  • Encephalitis
  • West Nile Encephalitis Virus
  • St. Louis Encephalitis
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis
  • La Crosse Encephalitis

Lesson 2

  • Jamestown Canyon Virus
  • Zika Virus
  • Malaria
  • Chikungunya
  • Yellow Fever
  • Dirofilaria immitis – Dog Heartworm
  • Wuchereria bancrofti – Lymphatic Filariasis

Final Assessment 


Mosquito Management & Control 

Course Description

Mosquito management is a daunting task for many applicators. When done correctly, outdoor areas such as parks and neighborhood common areas can be a perfect place for people to relax. When mosquito management is done incorrectly or isn’t done at all, mosquitoes can make public spaces unusable. This course will discuss common methods of mosquito controls, everything from physical controls, to pesticides, to record keeping, all as part of a solid integrated pest management approach to mosquito control.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the different types of control methods for managing mosquito populations.
  • Discuss the different types of insecticides available for both larval and adult control of mosquitoes.
  • Identify and describe the different kinds of equipment commonly used for mosquito control pesticide applications.
  • Discuss several ways to evaluate the efficacy of the different mosquito control methods implemented.

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 – Integrated Mosquito Management

  • Physical Control Methods
    • Drainage for Mosquito Control
    • Filling for Mosquito Control
    • Water Management
  • Biological Controls
    • Mosquito Pathogens
    • Mosquito Growth Regulators
    • Mosquito Parasites
    • Mosquito Predators
    • Sterilization in Mosquito Control
  • Molecular Mosquito Control

Lesson 2 – Insecticides

  • Insecticides for Mosquito Control
  • Safety Re-cap
    • LD50 & LC50
    • Signal Words
  • Insecticide Exposure Effects
    • Antidotes
    • Exposure Symptoms
  • First Aid
    • Dermal Exposure
    • Ocular Exposure
    • Inhalation Exposure
    • Ingestion Exposure
  • Insecticides for Mosquito Control

Lesson 3 – Larval Control Products

  • Larval Mosquito Control
  • Pre-Application Considerations
  • Choosing a Formulation
  • Basic List of Larvicides
    • Microbial Larvicides
    • Juvenile Growth Hormones
    • Organophosphate Larvicides
    • Monomolecular Films
    • Larvicide Oils

Lesson 4 – Adult Mosquito Control Products

  • Adulticides
    • Fog and Mist Applications
    • Adulticiding Considerations
    • Insecticides for Adult Control
  • Pesticides
    • Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids
    • Organophosphates
      • Malathion
      • Chlorpyrifos
      • Naled

Lesson 5 – Equipment for Mosquito Control Applications

  • Equipment Overview
    • Larviciding Equipment
    • Adulticiding Equipment
    • Ultra Low Volume
    • GPS/GIS Mapping

Lesson 6 – Program Evaluation

  • Evaluation and IPM
  • Insecticide Evaluation
    • Evaluating Mosquito Control Insecticides
    • Evaluation Procedures/Sampling
    • Evaluating Adulticide Application
    • Sampling Station Network
    • Sampling & Application Map
    • Evaluating New Formulations
      • Abbott’s Formula
      • Mulla’s Formula
    • Larvicide Pool Sampling
    • Evaluating Emergency Inhibitor Larvicides
      • E.I. Calculation
    • Non-Target Effects Studies
    • Resistance Management

Final Assessment 


Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health

Course Description

Balancing the need to manage agricultural pests with pollinator health is dependent on cooperation between beekeepers, farmers and pesticide applicators. This course outlines the importance of honey bees honey bee decline and discusses some pollinator myths. Finally, the strategies required to coordinate the efforts of farmers, beekeepers, and applicators are discussed.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the issues surrounding pollinator importance, decline, and health.
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the cooperation between farmers, beekeepers, and applicators.

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • Habitat Loss
  • Pesticides
  • Diseases
  • Parasites

Lesson 2 

  • U.S. Agricultural Needs
  • Best Practices to Protect Bees
  • Farmer-Beekeeper Partnering

Lesson 3 

  • Reducing Bee Poisoning
  • Science Policy Field Tour
  • Row Crops as Major Honey Sources
  • Value of Pollination

Lesson 4 

  • Pragmatic Beekeeper
  • Pragmatic Farmer
  • Aerial Applicators
  • Mechanical Control

Final Assessment 


Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean, and Grain Sorghum

Course Description

Corn Insect Pests. This course goes over in detail the many insects that threaten corn yield. Each species is identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.

Soybean Insect Pests. This course details the various types of insects that affect soybeans, including early-season insect pests, stem and petiole feeders, and defoliators. Treatment and control strategies for specified insects within these groups are detailed throughout this lesson.

Grain Sorghum Insect Pests. Sorghum represents a large portion of the U.S. export industry. It is a versatile crop that is used as a grain, forage or sweet crop. It is subject to infestation by a variety of insect pests. Good production practices can help reduce infestation when sampled regularly from emergence to maturity. This course will outline how to manage for these pests in a timely and efficient way.

Course attendants will learn specifics on:

  • The major pests currently affecting corn crops in the United States today.
  • How to develop strategies to manage and control corn insect pests.
  • Early season insect pests: how to recognize, control and prevent
  • Multiple soybean fruit and pod feeders, the extent of damage each causes, and prevention techniques
  • Identify the different groups of grain sorghum pests and which insects within those groups are most harmful.
  • Identify the vegetative and grain-filling stages of plant growth.

Chapter 1 – Corn Insect Pests 

Lesson 1 – Threshold, Biological, Cultural, Chemical Control, and Host Plant Resistance of:

  • Southwestern Corn Borer
  • Southern, Northern, and Western Rootworm
  • Cutworm
  • Fall Armyworm
  • Corn Earworm

Chapter 2 – Soybean Insect Pests 

Lesson 1 – Soybean Insect Identification and Management

  • Early-Season Insect Pests
    • Soil Insect Pests
    • Seed Treatments
    • Soybean Behind Cover Crops
  • Stem and Petiole Feeders
    • Three-cornered Alfalfa Hopper
    • Kudzu Bug
  • Defoliators
    • Grasshoppers
    • Blister Beetles
    • Bean Leaf Beetles
    • Green Cloverworm
    • Soybean Looper
    • Velvetbean Caterpillar
    • Saltmarsh Caterpillar
    • Beet Armyworm
    • Fall Armyworm

Chapter 3 – Grain Sorghum Insect Pests 

Lesson 1 – Grain Sorghum Pests and Management

  • Five Vegetable Stages and Four Grain-Filling Stages of Sorghum
  • Soil Pests
  • Seedling Pests
  • Leaf and Stalk-Boring Pests
  • Panicle and Seed Pests
  • Sugarcane Aphid
  • Sorghum Midge
  • Fall Armyworm
  • Corn Earworm
  • Sorghum Webworm

Final Assessment 


Pest Identification: Rice, Cotton, and Peanuts

Course Description

Rice Insect Pests. This section details the major and the minor pests commonly associated with rice crops. These include weevils, stink bugs, armyworms, aphids, borers, midges and more. Students will learn to identify insects at various stages of maturity and to recognize specific insects based on the damage done to the crop.

Cotton Insect Pest and Management Strategies. This section will demonstrate how to identify insect pests in cotton, and outline the most common management strategies. Major insect pests in cotton include thrips, plant bugs, stink bugs, bollworm, budworm, beet armyworm, fall armyworm, spider mites, and others.

Peanut Insect Pests.  This section will cover the major pests commonly associated with peanut crops. These include thrips, cutworms, lesser cornstalk borer, threecornered alfalfa hopper, rednecked peanutworm, peanut burrower bug, and several defoliators.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Outline the most common insect pests of rice, the damage they cause, and prevention methods for each.
  • Describe the impact these pests have on the yield and quality of rice grain.
  • Identify various insect pests typically found in cotton.
  • Develop management strategies to control these pests.
  • Discuss the most common insect pests of peanuts, the damage they cause, and prevention methods for each.

Chapter 1 – Rice Insect Pests 

Lesson 1

  • Major Insect Pests of Rice
    • Grape Colaspis (Lespedeza Worm)
    • Rice Water Weevil
    • Rice Stink Bug
  • Minor Insect Pests of Rice
    • Stem Borers
    • Billbug
    • Grasshoppers
    • Fall Armyworm and True Armyworm
    • Chinch Bug
    • Aphids
    • Rice Seed Midges

Chapter 2 – Cotton Insect Pest and Management Strategies 

Lesson 1

  • Major Insect Pests of Cotton
    • Thrips
    • Tarnished Plant Bug
    • Clouded Plant Bug
    • Stink Bugs
    • Bollworms
    • Tobacco Budworm
    • Beet Armyworm
    • Fall Armyworm
    • Spider Mites
  • Minor Insect Pests of Cotton
    • Loopers
    • Cutworms
    • Cotton Aphids
    • Cotton Fleahopper
    • Saltmarsh Caterpillar
    • Whiteflies

Chapter 3 – Peanut Insect Pests 

Lesson 1

  • Major Insect Pests of Peanut
    • Thrips
    • Cutworms
    • Lesser Cornstalk Borer
    • Threecornered Alfalfa Hopper
    • Defoliators
      • Corn Earworm
      • Tobacco budworm
      • Armyworms (fall, beet)
      • Veletbean caterpillar
      • Loopers (cabbage, soybean)
    • Rednecked Peanutworm
    • Peanut Burrower Bug

Final Assessment 


Cage Trapping Techniques

Course Description

Cage and box traps play an important role in the management of vertebrate pests in urban and suburban environments. These devices capture animals by imprisoning them in a wire cage or box with solid walls. Their simple construction and perceived humaneness lead many to mistakenly believe that these devices require little training to master. This course will review the differences between cage and box traps and how to use those differences to achieve control goals. Likewise, students will learn the three main trapping sets, effective baits, safe and humane use of the traps, and how to reduce non-target captures. After this class, you will never see cage/box trapping in the same way again.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the parts of cage and box traps.
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of different features in cage/box traps and how retail traps differ from commercial traps.
  • Know foundational ways to use cage/box traps to improve capture efficacy and improve humaneness.
  • Understand the importance of disease safety for both the wildlife control operator and the client.

Chapter 1

Lesson 1

  • Definitions: live trap, cage trap, and box trap
  • Key parts of the cage trap
  • Varieties of cage traps
  • Retail versus professional traps 
  • How and why cage traps should be modified

Lesson 2

  • Concerns about the use of box traps
  • Legal issues involved with cage/box traps
  • Trapping principles: placement, location, safety, and timing

Lesson 3

  • Trap maintenance
  • Wildlife damage
  • Types of sets
  • Baited sets
  • Activity tests

Lesson 4

  • Baiting principles
  • Baiting for raccoons, skunks, and squirrels
  • Trail bait or bait behind treadle
  • Audible lures

Lesson 5

  • Trap maintenance
  • Misfires
  • Euthanasia
  • Disease prevention

Lesson 6

  • Disease prevention and safety
  • Precautions

Lesson 7

  • Practical application

Final Assessment 


Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID

Course Description

Wildlife damage inspection is a complex area. The information that follows is designed to focus ONLY on the fundamentals. This is not a book about running your business. It is a technical guide to educate readers about the process and interpretation of signs left by vertebrate animals in human-impacted environments. More information could have been added but would have cluttered the text with minutia only useful in extremely marginal situations.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Become confident in the identification of various vertebrate species based on habitat, routes of entry, scat, and track information.
  • Understand and evaluate the physical, biological and legal risks involved in the inspection process.
  • Outline the different types of equipment and PPE used in the inspection industry.

Chapter 1 – Getting Started 

Lesson 1

  • Know the Wildlife in the Area
  • Equipment
  • PPE

Chapter 2 – Risks Involved and Phone Inspections 

Lesson 1

  • Evaluating Risk: Physical, Biological and Legal
  • Phone Inspections: Information from Clients
  • Structural vs. Non-Structural Damage

Chapter 3 – On-Site Inspections 

Lesson 1

  • Habitat
  • Owners
  • Systematic Inspection: Indoors and Out
  • Noises
  • Odors

Chapter 4 – Difficult Jobs and Damage Done 

Lesson 1

  • Tactics
  • Traps, Glueboards, Track Traps, Cameras
  • Damage According to Time of Year
  • Landscape and Garden Damage

Chapter 5 – Scat Identification and Eyeshine 

Lesson 1

  • Warnings
  • Procedures
  • Features
  • Inclusions
  • Eyeshine

Chapter 6 – Vertebrate Species

Lesson 1 

  • Bats
  • Eastern Chipmunks
  • Gray and Fox Squirrels

Lesson 2 

  • House Mice
  • House Sparrows
  • Norway Rats

Lesson 3 

  • Opossums
  • Pigeon
  • Raccoons

Lesson 4 

  • Red Squirrels
  • Shrews
  • Starlings
  • Striped Skunks

Final Assessment


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