Delaware Ornamental and Turf Bundle - Vertebrate Pest Control

This course bundle is geared toward the ornamental and turf commercial applicator with an emphasis on vertebrate pest management. The course bundle contains 8 credits of category 03 training. Click on course details for a full list of courses.

PACKAGE CONTENTS:

  • Mole Management – 1 credit
  • Voles: Biology, Damage, and Control – 1 credit
  • Skunks: $mell the $uccess – 1 credit
  • Control and Management of Unprotected Birds – 1 credit
  • Pocket Gopher Management – 1 credit
  • Understanding Rodenticides and Their Labels – 1 credit
  • Pesticide Labels and Safety Data Sheets – 1 credit
  • Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides – 1 credit

 


Mole Management

Course Description

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.

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.

Skunks: $mell the $uccess

Course Description

Skunks used to be considered a very valuable animal, probably because they weren’t called skunks. They were called “Alaska Sable” or “Black Marten.” But when the Supreme Court insisted there be truth in advertising the demand for Alaska Sable plummeted. The desire to have a skunk residing on a client’s property doesn’t seem to have improved either. 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.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe common skunk behavior, habitat, and diet.
  • Discuss the different methods and sets for efficient trapping of skunks.
  • Describe the various methods of euthanizing.

Control & Management of Unprotected Birds

Course Description

Unwanted birds can pose a problem for applicators and their clients. Some people love to feed the birds and spend hours watching birds. Once birds have become established in an area they can be difficult to control or deter. Though this course will focus on the control and management of unprotected birds, some of the techniques covered will help with the management of protected birds when a permit is issued.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify birds not protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
  • Discuss different forms of deterrents available and when best to use each method
  • Discuss the different forms of toxicants and when they would be appropriate

Management of Pocket Gophers

Course Description

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. There are multiple control methods available to management pocket gophers. This course will cover the basics of pocket gopher management including biology, damage, trapping, and toxicant use.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Correctly identify the difference between molehills, ground squirrel mounds, and pocket gopher mounds.
  • Describe the different types of toxicants labeled for pocket gopher management and the pros and cons to each.
  • Locate the different parts of pocket gopher burrow systems and correctly place traps in each tunnel.

Understanding Rodenticides & Their Labels

Course Description

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.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Outline and describe the primary classifications of rodenticides
  • Describe the differences in toxicity and risk between first-generation and second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides
  • Describe how to use appropriate baiting techniques and the importance of carcass removal

Pesticide Labels and Safety Data Sheets

Course Description

Pesticide labels and safety data sheets (SDS) appear to contain much of the same information. While the label is the law, an SDS is not considered the law. As an applicator, it is important to understand the difference between a pesticide label and a safety data sheet and know what information can be found in each document. This course will review the various parts of pesticide labels and safety data sheets to identify the similarities and differences.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the content and sections of a pesticide label
  • Identify the content and sections of a safety data sheet (SDS)
  • Outline the differences between information such as signal words and PPE on pesticide labels and safety data sheets
  • Explain how to use pesticide labels and safety data sheets to prepare applications

Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides

Course Description

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.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the elements of the environment that can play a role in chemical processing such as soil composition and moisture
  • Describe the role of microbes and the factors that change populations
  • Identify the factors that affect pesticide drift
  • Explain the ways that pesticides can be decomposed
  • Identify the connections between pesticide properties and potential for groundwater contamination
  • Explain application techniques that can minimize impacts

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