Right-of-Way: Pest Control | Wyoming Approval #1530

Right-of-Way:
Pest Control


Course Description

Pest management in right-of-way situations needs to be approached differently than in other turf or ornamental situations. The treatment areas are visible to the public, vary greatly in vegetation, and require a more comprehensive knowledge of both pests and management strategies. This study guide was prepared from the Commercial Applicator Study Manual for Category 6, Right-of-Way Pest Control as published by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and approved by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

    • Identify five main groups of pests and the pests specific to each group
    • Describe how pesticide can move through and harm the environment
    • Identify where on the label to find the minimum clothing and PPE requirements
    • Identify the various methods of vegetation management and recognize sensitive areas

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Pests

  • Five Groups of Pests
    • Insects
    • Snails and slugs
    • Vertebrates
    • Plant disease agents
    • Weeds
  • Plant Development Stages
  • Plant Life Cycles
    • Annual
    • Biennial
    • Perennial
    • Perennial groups

Lesson 2 – Pest Control and Pesticides

  • Pest Control Methods
  • Types and Uses of Pesticides
  • The Nature of Pesticide
    • Chemical grouping
    • Method of control
    • Pesticide resistance
  • Pesticide Use
    • When to use
    • How to use
  • Pesticide Formulations
    • Dry formulations
    • Liquid formulations
    • Advantages and disadvantages

Lesson 3 – Pesticide Labels

  • Why Read the Label?
  • Label Information
  • Label Sections
    • Signal words
    • Precautionary statements
    • Statement of practical treatment
    • Agricultural use requirement
    • Worker protection standard
    • Nonagricultural use requirements
    • Statement of use classification
    • Directions for use
    • Product/application information
    • Use of pesticides
    • Storage and disposal
  • Pesticide Considerations
    • Before buying
    • Before mixing
    • Before applying
    • Before storing or disposing

Lesson 4 – Pesticides in the Environment

  • Environmental Problems with Pesticides
  • Pesticides and Endangered Species
  • Pesticide Movement in the Environment
  • Pesticide Hazards to Pollinators

Lesson 5 – Pesticide Hazards and First Aid

  • Pesticides and Humans
  • Hazards
    • Hazard assessment
    • Hazard increase
    • Reduce hazards
  • Pesticide Poisoning
    • Contact effects
    • Systemic effects
    • Allergic effects
  • Routes of Entry
    • Skin
    • Lungs
    • Eyes
    • Oral
  • Harmful Effects of Pesticides
    • Acute effects
    • Chronic effects
    • Delayed effects

Lesson 6 – Pesticide Hazards and First Aid (cont.)

  • LD50/LC50
    • Limitations
  • Signal Words
    • Danger-Poison
    • Danger
    • Warning
    • Caution
  • Organophosphate and Carbamate Insecticides
    • Mechanism
    • Exposure symptoms
    • Antidotes
    • Cholinesterase monitoring
  • First Aid
    • Medical attention

Lesson 7 – Personal Protective Equipment

  • PPE
    • Read the Label
    • Chemical-Resistance Materials
  • ?Types of PPE
    • ?Minimum
    • Coveralls
    • Chemical resistant suits
    • Chemical resistant aprons
    • Gloves
    • Footwear
    • Hats and hoods
    • Eyewear
    • Respirators

Lesson 8 – Personal Protective Equipment (cont.)

  • Respirators
    • ?Air-purifying
    • Air-supplying
    • Fit test
      • ?Qualitative
      • Quantitative
    • ?Seal test
    • Maintenance
    • Respirator safety
    • Clean Up
  • ?Washing PPE
  • PPE Storage

Lesson 9 – Laws & Regulations, Recordkeeping

  • Laws & Regulations
    • FIFRA
    • Pesticide Registrations
      • Special provisions
  • Recordkeeping
    • ?Purpose
    • Requirements

Lesson 10 – Application and Calibration

  • Application methods
  • Safety Systems
    • ?Closed mixing and loading
      • ?Mechanical
      • Water-soluble packets
    • ?Enclosed cabs
    • Pesticide containment pad
  • Application Equipment
    • ?Hydraulic sprayers
    • Sprayer components
    • Granular applications

Lesson 11 – Equipment Calibration

  • Determine Application Rate
  • Tools Needed
  • Basic Steps
    • ?Sample calibration formula
  • ?Read the Label
  • Importance
  • Frequency
  • Math Skills Needed
  • Calculate Area
  • Determine Application Rate
  • Pesticide Math
  • Minimizing Drift
    • ?Read the Label
    • Variables
    • Nozzle type
    • Spray pressure and nozzle size
    • Distance from target site
    • Spray adjuvants

Lesson 12 – Right-of-Way Weed Control

  • Vegetation Management Methods
    • ?Controlled burning
    • Mechanical control
    • Fertilization
    • Landscaping
    • Non-selective vegetation control
  • ?Wood Plant Control
  • Aquatic Vegetation Management
    • ?Effective use of chemicals
  • ?Herbicide Use in Sensitive Areas
  • Accidental Spills
    • ?The spill kit
  • ?Herbicide Classification
    • ?Common chemicals

Lesson 13 – Right-of-Way Ground Application Equipment and Maintenance

  • Sprayer Types
    • ?High pressure
    • Low pressure
  • ?Sprayer Delivery Types
  • Sprayer Components
    • ?Tanks
    • Agitators
    • Strainers/filters
    • Pumps
    • Pressure regulators
    • Pressure gauges
    • Control valves
    • Hoses

Lesson 14 – Right-of-Way Ground Application Equipment and Maintenance (cont.)

  • Nozzles
    • ?Materials
    • Nozzle 411
    • Types
  • ?Nozzle Application Guidelines
    • ?Weed control
    • Disease control
    • Insect control
  • ?Granular Applicators
  • Equipment Maintenance
    • ?Developing a maintenance program
    • Operational maintenance 

Final Assessment


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