Aquatic Pest Management | Michigan Exam Prep

Aquatic Pest Management Exam Prep

Course Description

Aquatic ecosystems are extremely complex and fragile. This course covers the many aspects necessary for managing aquatic pests, from site evaluation and pest identification to pesticide application and treatment evaluation. Risk communication strategies are included, along with a variety of control methods in addition to aquatic pesticides.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain the laws and regulations surrounding aquatic pesticide use.
  • Identify aquatic pests and the best methods for management.
  • Calculate the appropriate amount and rate for aquatic pesticide use.

Course Outline

Laws and Regulations

  • MI State Laws
  • Commercial Applicators
  • Registered Technicians
  • Boating Regulations

Pesticide Safety

  • Pesticide Labels
  • Label Components
  • Pesticides and Human Effects
  • PPE
  • Record-keeping

Integrated Pest Management

  • Site Evaluation and Detection
  • Pest Identification
  • Economic, Aesthetic, and Recreational Significance
  • Selection and Use of Methods
  • Evaluation of Methods

Conditions for Aquatic Plant Growth

  • Light, Nutrients, and Temperature
  • Substrate

Aquatic Plant Identification and Management

  • Algae
  • Aquatic Flowering Plants
  • Submersed Plants
  • Other Submersed Plants
  • Free-Floating Plants
  • Rooted Floating Plants
  • Emergent Plants

Nonchemical Aquatic Vegetation Management Techniques

  • Preventative
  • Mechanical Controls
  • Cultural Controls
  • Biological Controls

Herbicide Technology and Application Considerations

  • Absorption Characteristics
  • Plant Processes and Herbicidal Activity
  • Selectivity
  • Environmental Factors
  • Water Movement and Chemistry
  • Effects on Fish and Other Organisms
  • Pesticide Fate

Aquatic Herbicide Application Equipment and Techniques

  • Application Methods
  • Equipment Selection
  • Spray Tank Applications
  • Nozzles
  • Direct Metering
  • Granular Formulations

Calibration: Applying the Right Amount of Pesticide

  • Determining Rates
  • Applications Based on Area
  • Applications Based on Concentration
  • Applications by Parts or Percent of Herbicide
  • Equipment Calibration
  • Varying Rate of Application

Fish Management

  • Piscicides
  • Determining Fish Age
  • Causes of Stunting
  • Fish Management Using Piscicides
  • Piscicide Calculations
  • Drip System Calculation and Calibration

Invertebrates and Vertebrates

  • Mollusks
  • Zebra Mussels
  • Leeches
  • Insect Pests
  • Muskrats and Woodchucks
  • Birds
  • Snakes
  • Beavers

Public Relations and Risk Communications

  • Data Requirements for Pesticides
  • Risk Communication
  • Maintaining Public Confidence
  • Common Questions

Final Assessment

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