Pest ID of Common Landscape, Turf, and Interiorscape Pests | Indiana Approval #000TCH

Instructor: Sarah Racine

This Indiana State Department of Agriculture-approved course explains how to recognize and manage various pests found in landscape, turf, and interiorscape settings.

The two-hour course begins with an overview of common pest types, starting with invertebrates. Learn how to recognize and manage arthropods (spiders, insects, mites, and others) with lessons that describe body structure, developmental stages, and proper treatment strategies. Next come lessons that delve into vertebrate pests like gophers, rabbits, and moles. Finally, managing disease-causing pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi management is discussed.

A part of the course is dedicated to identifying and managing weeds and other nuisance plants. Learn why crabgrass, dandelions, and clover spread rapidly and why certain obstacles can prevent effective control. Weed development, classification, life cycles, and physical features (flowers, leaves, stems, roots, and seeds) are also described.?

The course ends by presenting strategies for identifying and managing specific pests in different environments.

Interiorscape pests covered include:

  • Aphids
  • Spider mites
  • Fungus gnats
  • Mealybugs
  • For landscape and turf, learn how to manage:
  • Master grubs
  • Deer
  • Japanese beetles
  • Cutworms
  • Moles and voles

Quizzes appear regularly to test your knowledge and make sure you can apply everything you’ve learned.

Pest control professionals in Indiana who complete this course will master the pest identification and control techniques required to preserve and maintain lively plant settings.