West Virginia Aquatic Pest Control Recertification 20 Credit Bundle

This course bundle is designed General Pest Control Commercial Applicator. The course bundle contains 20 credits of category 6 (Aquatic Weed & Pest Control) credits as approved by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

BUNDLE CONTENTS:

    • Aquatic Pest Control – 5 credits
    • Aquatic Weed Control – 2 credits
    • Management of Beavers – 2 credits
    • Microbial Pest Management – 4 credits
    • Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics – 4 credits
    • Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides – 2 credits
    • Pesticide Labels and Safety Data Sheets – 2 credits

 


Aquatic Pest Management

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.

Aquatic Weed Control

Course Description

Managing aquatic weeds revolves around proper plant identification. Proper control relies on proper identification. This course teaches the basics of aquatic weed identification and the different approaches to aquatic plant management.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the issues involved in controlling aquatic weeds.
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the unique identification and control approaches to aquatic plant life.

Management of Beavers

Course Description

Beavers are protected and beneficial to the ecosystem and habitats of other animals. Managing them requires careful consideration and knowledge of state laws and permits. This course will cover common behaviors and habitat construction. It will also cover many non-lethal methods of control and requirements and ways to effectively trap beavers.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Adhere to state laws for trapping in and out of season.
  • Construct effective, safe, and legal trap sets for beaver control.
  • Distinguish between the beneficial elements of beaver construction and when they need to be controlled.

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.

Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics

Course Description

This training will cover many sections of a pesticide label and safety data sheets. Labels are increasing in complexity and depth of information. It is never suggested that anyone try to memorize a pesticide label. By reviewing parts of a label and recognizing label language and use, we hope that you feel more comfortable with the information on pesticide labels and feel confident in understanding the information the present. Many examples of labels are used in this training that cover a variety of types of pesticides and also represent a variety of sites. It’s essential that we look at REAL label language and not simply make generic statements to evaluate.

There is no endorsement for any company or product by representation of information in this training. All material presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended to purposefully include or exclude any company, tradename, product, use, proprietary, or any other information. Whenever you have questions about interpretations of label language, we encourage you to contact your local extension, land-grant university, department of agriculture, product dealer, or the manufacturer for more information.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss different types of pesticide registrations.
  • Identify where to find specific information on the pesticide label.
  • Identify pests and site usage according to the label, and recognize information on safety data sheets.

Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides

Course Description

Pesticides are a key factor in pest management but it is important to understand what happens to those pesticides after the application. This course will review some key characteristics of environmental factors that can affect how pesticides move and degrade in the environment.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the elements of the environment that can play a role in chemical processing such as soil composition and moisture
  • Describe the role of microbes and the factors that change populations
  • Identify the factors that affect pesticide drift
  • Explain the ways that pesticides can be decomposed
  • Identify the connections between pesticide properties and potential for groundwater contamination
  • Explain application techniques that can minimize impacts

Pesticide Labels and Safety Data Sheets

Course Description

Pesticide labels and safety data sheets (SDS) appear to contain much of the same information. While the label is the law, an SDS is not considered the law. As an applicator, it is important to understand the difference between a pesticide label and a safety data sheet and know what information can be found in each document. This course will review the various parts of pesticide labels and safety data sheets to identify the similarities and differences.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the content and sections of a pesticide label
  • Identify the content and sections of a safety data sheet (SDS)
  • Outline the differences between information such as signal words and PPE on pesticide labels and safety data sheets
  • Explain how to use pesticide labels and safety data sheets to prepare applications

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