General Structural Pest Management | Hawai'i Approval #3584

General Structural Pest Management

Course Description

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. These are very important steps in the process of pest control, and following through is a must for any successful business.

As certified or licensed applicators it is so important that you can trust everyone on your team to be knowledgeable about their duties, and responsible for protecting your customers, the environment, and your business. A solid basic training program for all technicians will help you work safer and more efficiently.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify and calibrate different types of application equipment
  • Identify different common structural pests
  • Describe how to implement integrated pest management in structural situations
  • Outline the special considerations needed for specialized facilities
  • Outline the key pests and pest hot spots for specialized facilities

Chapter 1 – General Structural Pest Management

Lesson 1 – Legalities of General Pest Management

  • Federal Laws
    • Endangered Species Act
    • FIFRA
    • OSHA
  • State Specific Regulations
  • Legal summary

Lesson 2 – Using Equipment in General Pest Management

  • Types of equipment
    • Inspection equipment
      • Flashlight
      • Monitoring traps
      • Flushing agents
      • Hand mirrors
      • Small toolbox
      • Inspection reports
      • Inspection diagram
      • Building plans
      • Cameras
      • Ladders
      • Moisture meters/sound detection
    • Spray tanks
      • Parts and nozzles
      • Backpack sprayers
      • Power sprayers

Lesson 3 – Equipment Calibration

  • How to calibrate sprayers
    • Calibration of hand-held single nozzle sprayers
  • Canned insecticides
    • Canned aerosol pesticides
    • Canned pressurized liquid sprays
  • Aerosol and fog generators
  • Dusters
    • Hand dusters
    • Power dusters
  • Traps
    • Bait stations

Lesson 4 – Pest Management and Control

  • Methods of pest control
    • Inspection
    • Habitat alteration
    • Pesticide application
    • Follow-up
  • Approaches to pest control
    • Preventative pest control
    • Reactive pest control
    • Pest elimination or extermination
  • Integrated pest management
  • Integrated control methods

Lesson 5 – Pest Management in Food-Handling and Other Specialized Facilities

  • Special considerations
  • Laws and regulations
    • USDA regulations
  • Sanitation and inspection
    • Exterior areas
    • Interior areas
    • Storage areas
    • Food preparation areas
    • Lockers and restrooms
    • Vending machines
    • Utility areas

Lesson 6 – Pest Management in Food-Handling and Other Specialized Facilities (cont.)

  • Insecticides in food-handling establishments
    • Non-food areas
    • Food areas
    • General applications
    • Barrier applications
    • Spot treatments
    • Crack and crevice treatments
  • Pest management in supermarkets
    • Key pests
    • Pest hot spots
    • Supermarket inspection
    • Applications at supermarkets
  • Schools and day care centers
    • Key pests
    • Pest hot spots
    • Applications
  • Health care facilities
    • Key pests
    • Pest hot spots
    • Inspection
    • Applications
  • Zoos and pet stores
    • Key pests
    • Pest hot spots
  • Computer facilities
    • Key pests
    • Pest hot spots
    • Applications

Final Assessment

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