Michigan Commercial Category 7A - General Pest Management Bundle

This course bundle will fulfill the category recertification for Michigan Commercial Applicators holding a General Pest Management (Category 7A) certification. This course bundle must be paired with the Michigan Commercial Core 8 Credit Bundle to complete recertification requirements as this course bundle does NOT contain any commercial core training. Topics include structure invading pests, structure infesting pests, and an overview of bed bug management.


  • General Structural Pest Control – 3 credits
  • Management of Woodpeckers – 1 credit
  • History of Integrated Pest Management – 1 credit
  • German Cockroach Control – 1 credit
  • Bed Bug Health Effects & Control – 1 credit
  • Bat Damage Management – 1 credit


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

Management of Woodpeckers

Course Description

There are many species of woodpeckers and they are all protected, so managing them requires careful and diligent observation. This course will cover differences between species and common behaviors. It will also cover many non-lethal methods of control and legal requirements for lethal control.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Adhere to the environmental protection of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and permit process for lethal control.
  • Observe and understand the species and behaviors of woodpeckers to control them effectively.
  • Assess and use the safest and most appropriate control method for each situation.


IPM Practices for Landscape Pest Management

Course Description

The Effective Pesticide Applications in Landscape and Turf Settings course focuses on the advantages and factors to consider when creating an integrated pest management (IPM) program for Michigan pesticide applicators.

The course includes a range of pest management techniques, including augmentation, mechanical and cultural control, sanitation, and pesticide use. Michigan students also learn about liquid pesticide application equipment and calibration, as well as techniques for applying baits/traps, granule pesticides, and tree injection and implantation.

Additionally, students gain information on maintaining pesticide application equipment and determining the amount of pesticide needed based on pesticide type and area size.

After taking this course, Michigan pesticide applicators will be able to:

  • Understand the different pest management approaches that comprise an IPM.
  • Be able to explain how to utilize granule pesticides, tree injection and implantation, and baits/traps.
  • Know the types of pesticide application equipment used in landscape, turf, and interiorscape settings.
  • Determine how to maintain and calibrate pesticide application equipment.

German Cockroach Control

Course Description

German cockroaches can be a difficult pest to control. The temptation for most pest control operators is to reach for the pesticide right away, but there is much more involved in controlling a German cockroach infestation. This class will focus on an eco-friendly approach to German roach control strategies in the most difficult environments.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe German cockroach anatomy, biology, and preferred environment.
  • Outline common management tactics.
  • Describe the pesticides commonly used to control German cockroaches.

Bed Bug Health Effects & Control

Course Description

Bed bugs are a common and difficult household pest that can be linked to a number of health effects such as psychological issues, cutaneous reactions, allergic reactions, anemia, and potential disease transmission. This course outlines various management methods for bed bug control and treatment as well as common symptoms and signs of health effects caused by the presence of bed bugs. Taught by Mississippi State University’s Jerome Goddard Ph.D., Extension Professor of Medical Entomology, this course presents numerous case studies of real world scenarios that express the complexities of bed bug infestations.

After completing this course users will be able to:

  • Identify specific signs and symptoms of bed bugs.
  • Describe major health effects commonly caused by bed bug infestations.
  • Outline effective products and strategies of bed bug management systems.

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.