Michigan Vertebrate Pest Management 8 Credit Bundle - Option #1

This course bundle will fulfill the category recertification requirement for Michigan Commercial Applicators holding a Vertebrate Pest Management (Category 7D) 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 tips for vertebrate pest control and identification, cage trapping techniques and tips, and a basic review of field fumigation techniques.

BUNDLE CONTENTS:

  • Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID – 4 credits (narrated course)
  • Rodents and Other Vertebrate Pest Management – 2 credits
  • Field Fumigation for Managing Vertebrate Pests – 2 credits

 


Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID

Course Description

Wildlife damage inspection is a complex area. The information that follows is designed to focus ONLY on the fundamentals. This is not a book about running your business. It is a technical guide to educate readers about the process and interpretation of signs left by vertebrate animals in human-impacted environments. More information could have been added but would have cluttered the text with minutia only useful in extremely marginal situations.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Become confident in the identification of various vertebrate species based on habitat, routes of entry, scat, and track information.
  • Understand and evaluate the physical, biological and legal risks involved in the inspection process.
  • Outline the different types of equipment and PPE used in the inspection industry.

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

Field Fumigation for Managing Vertebrate Pests

Course Description

Fumigants are pesticides that convert to toxic gas when introduced to the atmosphere. Fumigants are used to control pests in two main areas: structures, such as homes and grain bins and burrows, such as those created by prairie dogs, skunks or woodchucks. This presentation will focus on the use of fumigants to effectively control burrowing animals in the field.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the various types of fumigation devices and products used to control vertebrate pests in the field
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of fumigation as a control method
  • Know the best practices for effective use of fumigants
  • Abide by the label restrictions to protect non-targets and applicators from harm

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