Michigan Vertebrate Pest Management (Category 7D) 8 Credit Bundle

$108.00

Online HD Video | 8 credits: Category 7D
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.

Description

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
  • Cage Trapping Techniques – 3 credits
  • Field Fumigation for Managing Vertebrate Pests – 2 credits

 


Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID

COURSE SYLLABUS

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 sign 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 equipment and PPE used in the inspection industry.

Chapter 1 – Getting Started 

  • Know the Wildlife in the Area
  • Equipment
  • PPE

Chapter 2 – Risks Involved and Phone Inspections 

  • Evaluating Risk: Physical, Biological and Legal
  • Phone Inspections: Information from Clients
  • Structural vs. Non-Structural Damage

Chapter 3 – On-Site Inspections 

  • Habitat
  • Owners
  • Systematic Inspection: Indoors and Out
  • Noises
  • Odors

Chapter 4 – Difficult Jobs and Damage Done 

  • Tactics
  • Traps, Glueboards, Track Traps, Cameras
  • Damage According to Time of Year
  • Landscape and Garden Damage

Chapter 5 – Scat Identification and Eyeshine 

  • Warnings
  • Procedures
  • Features
  • Inclusions
  • Eyeshine

Chapter 6 – Vertebrate Species

Lesson 1 

  • Bats
  • Eastern Chipmunks
  • Gray and Fox Squirrels

Lesson 2 

  • House Mice
  • House Sparrows
  • Norway Rats

Lesson 3 

  • Opossums
  • Pigeon
  • Raccoons

Lesson 4 

  • Red Squirrels
  • Shrews
  • Starlings
  • Striped Skunks

Final Assessment


Cage Trapping Techniques

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Cage and box traps play an important role in the management of vertebrate pests in urban and suburban environments. These devices capture animals by imprisoning them in a wire cage or box with solid walls. Their simple construction and perceived humaneness lead many to mistakenly believe that these devices require little training to master. This course will review the differences amongst cage and box traps and how to use those differences to achieve control goals. Likewise, students will learn the three main trapping sets, effective baits, safe and humane use of the traps, and how to reduce non-target captures. After this class, you will never see cage/box trapping in the same way again.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the parts of cage and box traps.
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of different features in cage/box traps and how retail traps differ from commercial traps.
  • Know foundational ways to use cage/box traps to improve capture efficacy and improve humaneness.
  • Understand the importance of disease safety for both the wildlife control operator and the client.

Lesson 1

  • Definitions: live trap, cage trap and box trap
  • Key parts of the cage trap
  • Varieties of cage traps
  • Retail versus professional traps 
  • How and why cage traps should be modified

Lesson 2

  • Concerns about the use of box traps
  • Legal issues involved with cage/box traps
  • Trapping principles: placement, location, safety  and timing

Lesson 3

  • Trap maintenance
  • Wildlife damage
  • Types of sets
  • Baited sets
  • Activity tests

Lesson 4

  • Baiting principles
  • Baiting for raccoons, skunks and squirrels
  • Trail bait or bait behind treadle
  • Audible lures

Lesson 5

  • Trap maintenance
  • Misfires
  • Euthanasia
  • Disease prevention

Lesson 6

  • Disease prevention and safety
  • Precautions

Lesson 7

  • Practical application

Final Assessment 


Field Fumigation for Managing Vertebrate Pests

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Fumigants are pesticides that convert to a 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

Lesson 1

  • Definition of a fumigant
  • Advantages of fumigants
  • Disadvantages of fumigants
  • Regulatory categories of fumigants
  • Carbon monoxide fumigation
  • Safety concerns

Lesson 2

  • Ignitable gas cartridges
  • Endangered species (EPA’s Bulletins Live! Two)
  • Giant Destroyer Best Practices

Lesson 3

  • Rat Ice and Burrow Characteristics
  • Aluminum phosphide (AP) regulatory history

Lesson 4

  • Aluminum phosphide (AP) application
  • Target Concentrations
  • Burrow Conditions

Lesson 5

  • Fumigation Management Plan
  • Practice Application

Lesson 6

  • Aluminum phosphide (AP) Testing
  • Postings
  • Insights
  • AP Safety

Final Assessment 


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