West Virginia General Pest Control Re-certification 10 Hour Package

$129.00

10.5 Hour | Online HD Video | Approved for 20 Credits:  8A

  • 3 Hour Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID
  • 3 Hour Cage Trapping Techniques
  • 1.5 Hour Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health
  • 1 Hour Integrated Pest and Resistance Management
  • 1 Hour Pollinator Stewardship
  • 1 Hour Federal Pesticide Laws

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10.5 Hour | Online HD Video | Approved for 20 Credits:  8A

  • 3 Hour Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID
  • 3 Hour Cage Trapping Techniques
  • 1.5 Hour Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health
  • 1 Hour Integrated Pest and Resistance Management
  • 1 Hour Pollinator Stewardship
  • 1 Hour Federal Pesticide Laws

 

 


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 in its entirety, 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 


BALANCING PEST MANAGEMENT
and Pollinator Health


COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Description

Balancing the need to manage agricultural pests with pollinator health is dependent on cooperation between beekeepers, farmers and pesticide applicators. This course outlines the importance of honey bees honey bee decline, and discusses some pollinator myths. Finally, the strategies required to coordinate the efforts of farmers, beekeepers and applicators is discussed.

After completing this course in its entirety, participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the issues surrounding pollinator importance, decline and health.
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the cooperation between farmers, beekeepers, and applicators.

Lesson 1 

  • Habitat Loss
  • Pesticides
  • Diseases
  • Parasites

Lesson 2 

  • U.S. Agricultural Needs
  • Best Practices to Protect Bees
  • Farmer-Beekeeper Partnering

Lesson 3 

  • Reducing Bee Poisoning
  • Science Policy Field Tour
  • Row Crops as Major Honey Sources
  • Value of Pollination

Lesson 4 

  • Pragmatic Beekeeper
  • Pragmatic Farmer
  • Aerial Applicators
  • Mechanical Control

Final Assessment 


Integrated Pest 
and Resistance Management


COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Description

Integrated Pest Management. Integrated pest management, or “IPM” for short, is an environmentally sound approach to controlling a pest population through common sense methods. Each control method will be addressed and defined in this presentation. IPM is a strategy focusing on the long-term prevention of pests or their damage through the use of multiple techniques.

Basics of Sampling for Plant Pathogens. Pathogens are often the root cause of plant failure. Implementing an effective strategy using chemicals to target an identified pathogen is an essential element of agricultural stewardship. This course teaches the basics of sampling, and the different tools and techniques needed to accurately identify crop pathogens.

Insect Identification. Insects are a major part of our daily lives. Whether we realize it or not, there are millions of insects around us at all times. This presentation is a brief overview of basic identification of insects that we commonly come in contact with. At the end of this presentation, I hope that you have a better understanding of how to identify insects that you might encounter in work or in your day-to-day activities.

Pesticide Calibration. Calibration ensures that your equipment delivers the correct amount of pesticide uniformly across your field or target area and if done incorrectly or not at all has major consequences. It can mean the difference between control or failure of a pesticide. This course ensures you will be able to accurately calibrate using many types of application methods: broadcast application, banded application, multiple nozzles per row, and in-furrow applications.

After completing this course in its entirety, participants will be able to:

  • Monitor and control pests through cultural, biological, mechanical, chemical, genetic, and host plant resistance methods.
  • Describe resistance, how it develops, and integrative ways it can be managed.
  • Identify the characteristic differences between arthropods and insects, and the stages of metamorphosis.
  • Describe the different of calibration types and why it is so important to calibrate before pesticide application occurs.
  • Become familiar with specific details and mathematical instructions on how to perform broadcast applications, banded applications, multiple nozzles per row, and in-furrow applications.

Chapter 1 – Integrated Pest Management 

  • Cultural Control
  • Mechanical Control
  • Chemical Control
  • Genetic Control
  • Host Plant Resistance
  • Resistance Management
  • Structured Refuge

Chapter 2 – Basics of Sampling for Plant Pathogens 

  • Why bother to sample for plant pathogens?
  • Keys to Sampling
  • Sample Collection Tools

Sampling Scenarios

  • Turf
  • Leaves
  • Fruit
  • Wilt
  • Woody Plants

Chapter 3 – Insect Identification 

  • Odonata (Dragonfly and Damselfly)
  • Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
  • Isoptera (Termites)
  • Hemiptera (True Bugs, Hoppers, Aphids)
  • Coleoptera (Beetles)
  • Hymenoptera (Wasps, Bees, Ants)
  • Lepidoptera (Butterflies)
  • Diptera (Flies, Mosquitoes, Midges)

Chapter 4 – Pesticide Calibration 

  • When to Calibrate?
  • Calibration Terminology
  • Broadcast Sprayer Application
  • Banded Application
  • Multiple Nozzles per Row Application
  • In-Furrow Application

Final Assessment 


Pollinator Stewardship


COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Description

Honey Bee Stewardship. The primary concern plaguing the bee keeping industry is the decline of honey bees around the world. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is the leading cause behind this steady decline in honey bee numbers. There are a number of different factors affecting this decline. This course provides an outline of the best practices concerning honey bee stewardship.

Minimizing Pesticide Risk for Pollinators. Whether applying pesticides in the home garden or in a commercial setting, many of the chemical pesticides used to control insects, fungal disease, and even weeds can hurt non-target pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies. This section will ensure your ability to affectively and efficiently apply pesticides without harming beneficial insects.

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the factors that contribute to colony collapse disorder.
  • Recognize the importance of beekeeper/grower communication.
  • The importance of pollinators in agriculture and why protecting native pollinators is of great concern.
  • The federal and state enforcement and compliance procedure as related to pollinator safety and alternatives to hard chemicals.

Chapter 1 – Pollinator Stewardship 

The Problem: Colony Collapse Disorder

  • Varroa Mite
  • Viruses
  • Pesticide and Drift
  • Agrochemical Residues
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Honey Bee Protection
  • Benefits of Honey Bees

Mississippi Pollinator Stewardship Program

  • Stakeholders
  • The Best Protection
  • Farmer-Beekeeper Partners
  • “Bee Aware” Flag

Chapter 2 – Minimizing Pesticide Risk for Pollinators 

  • Federal and State Enforcement and Compliance
  • Alternatives to Hard Chemicals
  • Organic Approved Pesticides
  • Considerations When Applying Pesticides Near Beehives
  • Pesticide Toxicity Groups
  • Granular Bait Insecticide
  • Bait Stations, Phermone Lures, and Sticky Traps
  • Contact vs. Systemic Insecticides
  • Roadside Habitat Management

Final Assessment 

 


FEDERAL PESTICIDE LAWS


COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Description

Pesticides are hazardous substances that can cause serious harm if used improperly. Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment. Federal and state pesticide laws and regulations control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. This course addresses the requirements set forth by federal regulations. Pesticide applicators are responsible for learning about and complying with all regulations.

After completing this course in its entirety, participants will be able to:

  • Be able to describe and integrate important regulatory requirements related to labeling, hazard management, environmental issues, and application procedures.
  • Distinguish between restricted-use and general-use pesticide classifications.
  • Explain the importance of maintaining accurate records of pesticide application and employee training.

Federal Pesticide Laws

Lesson 1 

The Need for Regulation
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
Pesticide Registration
Tolerances
Pesticide Reregistration

Lesson 2 

Violations and Federal Penalties
Federal Pesticide Regulations under FIFRA
Other Federal Laws
Federal Recordkeeping Requirements

Final Assessment 

 


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