Microbial Pest Management Exam Prep

Microbial Pest Management


Course Description

Managing microbial pests in water systems is essential for human health and the wider environment. This course will cover pest identification and methods of control. It will also discuss common application methods and ways to protect yourself from hazards when using biocides.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the common pests of cooling towers, air washers, evaporative condensers, paper mills, sewer treatment, and the like.
  • Outline the facets of an integrated pest management approach to microbial pest management.
  • Discuss the intricacies of biocide selection, application, and safety.

Chapter 1 – Microbial Pest Management

Lesson 1 – Pests and Pest Management

  • Pests
  • Integrated Pest Management
    • Detection
    • Identification
    • Economic Significance
    • Method Selection
    • Evaluation
  • Control Methods
    • Natural Controls
    • Applied Controls
    • Chemical Controls
  • Other Control Methods
    • Biological Controls
    • Cultural Controls
    • Legal Controls
    • Resistant Varieties

Lesson 2 – Pest Identification

  • Pest Detection
  • Microbial Pests
    • Viruses
    • Bacteria
    • Algae
    • Fungi
    • Slime
  • Life Cycles of Microbes
  • Other Pests
    • Midge Larvae
    • Mollusks
    • Vertebrate Pests
  • Occurrence of Pests
  • Impacts of Pests

Lesson 3 – Pesticides

  • Classifications
    • Types of Pests Managed
    • Mode of Action
    • Biocide Chemistry
    • Pesticide Formulations
  • Other Aspects
    • Dosage
    • Frequency
    • Adjuvants
  • Compatibility
    • Physical
    • Chemical
    • Timing
    • Corrosion and Scale Inhibitor
  • Special Concerns
    • Resistance
    • Best Practices

Lesson 4 – Biocides and the Environment

  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Pesticide and Biocide Fate
    • Adsorption
    • Absorption
    • Volatilization
    • Runoff
    • Leaching
    • Microbial Degradation
    • Chemical Degradation
    • Photodegradation
  • Techniques to Limit Pesticide Transfers
    • Effects on Nontarget Organisms

Lesson 5 – Pesticides and Human Health

  • Toxicity and Hazard
  • Exposure
    • Dermal Exposure
    • Inhalation Exposure
    • Oral Exposure
  • Acute Toxicity and Acute Effects
  • Signal Words
    • Danger Poison
    • Danger
    • Warning
    • Caution
  • Chronic Toxicity and Chronic Effects
  • First Aid for Pesticide Poisoning
    • Symptoms and Signs
    • Cholinesterase Tests
  • First Aid Instructions
    • Dermal Exposure
    • Inhalation Exposure
    • Eye Exposure
    • Oral Exposure
  • Safety: Protect Yourself
    • Clothing
    • Choosing Chemical-Resistant Materials
    • Coveralls, Aprons, Rainsuits
    • Gloves
    • Hats
    • Goggles and Face Shields
    • Respirators
    • Laundering Pesticide-Contaminated Clothing
    • Personal Care After Application

Lesson 6 – Pesticide Handling, Storage, and Disposal

  • Handle Pesticides Safely
    • Mini-Bulk Containers
  • Safe Storage
    • Storage Area
    • Pesticide Containers
    • Shelf Life
    • Reporting Requirements
  • Dispose of Pesticides Safely
    • Cleaning and Disposing of Containers
  • Transport Pesticides Safely
  • Pesticide Fire Safety

Lesson 7 – The Pesticide Label

  • Parts of the Label
    • Trade, Brand, or Product Names
    • Ingredient Statement
    • Use Classification Statements
    • Type of Pesticide and Formulation
    • Net Contents
    • Registration and Establishment Numbers
    • Signal Words
    • Precautionary Statements
    • Statements of Practical Treatment
    • Environmental Hazards
    • Physical or Chemical Hazards
    • Restricted Entry Interval Statement
    • Directions for Use
    • Regulations
    • Safety Data Sheets

Lesson 8 – Pesticide Application Equipment

  • Open Systems
    • Once-Through Open Systems
    • Recirculating Open Systems
    • Open System Concerns
  • Closed Recirculating Systems
  • Biocide Application
    • Methods of Application
    • Pesticide (Chemical) Pump with Timer
    • Tablets and Pellets
    • Sprays
    • Avoiding Drift
    • Manual or Hand Feeding
  • Precise Application of Biocides
    • Determining System Volume
    • Salt Test
    • Application Rate

Lesson 9 – Pesticide Laws and Regulations

  • Pesticides in the US
  • Federal Laws
    • FIFRA
    • Endangered Species Act
    • SARA Title III
    • Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
    • Transporation
  • OSHA
    • Safety Data Sheets
    • Hazardous Materials Identification
    • Hazard Classification System??

Final Assessment


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