Maryland Industrial Wildlife Control 8 Credit Bundle


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This course bundle is designed for the Maryland Industrial Wildlife Control Applicator. The course bundle contains 8 credits of category specific continuing education approved by the Maryland Department of Agriculture Pesticide Regulation Section. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.
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This course bundle is designed for the Maryland Industrial Wildlife Control Applicator. The course bundle contains 8 credits of category specific continuing education approved by the Maryland Department of Agriculture Pesticide Regulation Section. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.


  • Bat Damage Management – 2 credits
  • Control & Management of Unprotected Birds – 2 credits
  • Rodents and Other Vertebrate Pest Management – 4 credits


Bat Damage Management

Course Description

The site of a bat hanging around a structure can be unnerving to most clients. Finding one inside a home is even more unsettling and can send the homeowner into a panic. This course will talk about the identification of bat issues, fundamentals of bat control, and a few health issues that can be quite costly for wildlife control operators and clients.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Effectively pre-qualify a client to determine the potential presence of bats.
  • Outline to the client the necessity to capture the bat alive.
  • Describe the common signs found when bats are present.
  • Describe the common diseases and ectoparasites associated with bats.

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • Bat Identification
    • Ears
    • Tail
    • Feet
    • Coloration
    • Forearm
  • Bat Abilities
  • Rabies in Bats
  • Bat Capture
    • Tube Method
    • Hand Method
    • Elevated Bat Capture

Lesson 2 

  • Rabies in Bats (cont.)
  • Finding Lone Bats
  • Disease Management
  • Bats and the Law
  • Pre-Qualifying Clients
  • Bats Inside Homes
  • Locating Bat Exits
    • Droppings
    • Rub marks
    • Urine
    • Smell
  • Mouse Droppings vs Bat Droppings
  • Where Bats Roost
  • Bat Signs
  • Inspection
    • Bat urine
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Bat Guano

Lesson 3 

  • Histoplasmosis
  • Disease Prevention – Respirators
    • Histoplasmosis
    • How Much Protection?
  • Disease Management
    • Bat Traps
    • Roosting Bats
  • Eviction of Colonies
  • Bat-Proofing Buildings
    • Materials for Bat-Proofing
    • Excluding Bats – Net Method
    • Excluding Bats – Tube Method
    • Cautions
  • White-nose Syndrome
  • Ectoparasites
    • Bat bugs
    • Bat ticks
    • Fleas
  • Building Bat Houses
  • Marketing
  • Discussing Bats with Clients

Final Assessment 

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

Chapter 1 – Control & Management of Unprotected Birds

Lesson 1 

  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
  • Unprotected Birds
    • Pigeons
    • Starlings
    • House Sparrows
    • Eurasian collared dove
  • Damage
  • Bird Problems and Issues
    • Bird Diseases
  • Integrated Pest management

Lesson 2 

  • Why Bird Feeding Works
  • Other Forms of Habitat Modification
  • Bird Pressure
    • Starlicide – DRC 1339
    • Avitrol
  • Preventing Bad Publicity
  • Repellents
    • Tactile
    • Olfactory
  • Ledge Products
  • Other Methods of Control
    • Rifle and pellet guns
    • Blow guns
    • Traps
    • OvoControl
  • Nests in Vents
    • Woodpeckers
  • Birds in Politics

Final Assessment 

Rodents and Other Vertebrate Pest Management

Course Description

An animal with a backbone or spinal column is called a vertebrate. A few vertebrates, such as rats and mice, are common pests in urban and industrial areas. Others are not pests in their normal habitats but may occasionally become pests when they conflict with humans. Public concern for the welfare of animals and the risk to people, pets, and other non-targets from poisons used to kill vertebrates have made rules governing vertebrate pest control particularly strict. Laws and regulations at the state and local levels may be much more restrictive than federal regulations. Be sure you understand all the regulations that apply in your geographic area before attempting to control vertebrate pests.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the lifecycle, inspection process, and health concerns commonly associated with vertebrate pests
  • Distinguish the different types of lethal and non-lethal options for managing vertebrate pests
  • Describe the various types of traps and baits used to control vertebrate pests

Chapter 1 – Rodents and Other Vertebrate Pests

Lesson 1 – Rats

  • Rats and Disease Carriers
  • Habits of Rats
  • Life Cycle
  • Inspection

Lesson 2 – Rats (cont.)

  • Control and Management
  • Habitat Alteration – Outdoor
  • Habitat Alteration – Indoor
  • Traps
  • Glue Boards
  • Rodenticides
    • Food baits
    • Water baits
    • Tracking powders

Lesson 3 – House Mice

  • Mice as Disease Carriers
  • Life Cycle and Social Behavior
  • Physical Abilities
  • Inspection
  • Control and Management
    • Sanitation
    • Mouse-proofing
    • Population reduction
  • Food Baits and Placement
    • Liquid baits
    • Tracking powders

Lesson 4 – Pigeons and Other Birds

  • Pigeons
    • Habits and Behavior
  • Starlings
  • House Sparrows
  • Health Hazards Associated with Birds
    • Histoplasmosis
    • Cryptococcosis
    • Ectoparasites
  • Managing Bird Pests
    • Inspection
    • Habitat alteration
    • Exclusion
      • Netting
      • Covers or ramps
      • Spikes or Nixalite
      • Sticky repellents
      • Ultrasonic devices
    • Trapping
    • Lethal Alternatives
      • Avitrol
      • Toxic perches
      • Shooting
      • Public relations
    • Dropping Removal and Cleanup

Lesson 5 – Other Vertebrate Pests

  • Bats
    • Disease
    • Inspection
    • Control and management
    • Bat proofing
  • Tree Squirrels
  • Ground Squirrels
  • Chipmunks
  • Moles
  • Snakes
  • Skunks, Raccoons, and Opossums
    • Nocturnal control and management

Final Assessment

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