Free Ornamental Plant Pest Management Exam Guide

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Have you recently decided to take the Ornamental Plant Pest Management exam? Certified Training Institute has put together an exam guide to help you plan your preparation strategy for the exam.

Passing your Ornamental Plant Pest Management exam is one important step that an applicator can take in moving their career forward. For some, the exam can seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance everyone can move forward and achieve their goals. Having the best tools and study materials for the exam is important, they are not only going to guide you on what you need to learn, but also how to learn it. Our free Ornamental Plant Pest Management exam guide will provide you with a basic understanding of what may be on your exam.

Additionally, we have included some helpful studying tips, to help you set up a study plan to fit your needs.

It also holds valuable information and strategies for passing your exam, BUT, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Certified Training Institute helps thousands of applicators pass their exams with the best Online Video Exam Prep Programs available.  Our Free Exam Guide will give you a basic outline of what is covered in the Ornamental Plant Pest Management Exam Prep Program produced by Certified Training Institute.


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Free Turfgrass Pest Management Exam Guide

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Have you recently decided to take the Turfgrass Pest Management exam? Certified Training Institute has put together an exam guide to help you plan your preparation strategy for the exam.

Passing your Turfgrass Pest Management exam is one important step that an applicator can take in moving their career forward. For some, the exam can seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance everyone can move forward and achieve their goals. Having the best tools and study materials for the exam is important, they are not only going to guide you on what you need to learn, but also how to learn it. Our free Turfgrass Pest Management exam guide will provide you with a basic understanding of what may be on your exam.

Additionally, we have included some helpful studying tips, to help you set up a study plan to fit your needs.

It also holds valuable information and strategies for passing your exam, BUT, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Certified Training Institute helps thousands of applicators pass their exams with the best Online Video Exam Prep Programs available.  Our Free Exam Guide will give you a basic outline of what is covered in the Turfgrass Pest Management Exam Prep Program produced by Certified Training Institute.


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Free Mosquito Control Exam Guide

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Have you recently decided to take the Mosquito Control exam? Certified Training Institute has put together an exam guide to help you plan your preparation strategy for the exam.

Passing your Mosquito Control exam is one important step that an applicator can take in moving their career forward. For some, the exam can seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance everyone can move forward and achieve their goals. Having the best tools and study materials for the exam is important, they are not only going to guide you on what you need to learn, but also how to learn it. Our free mosquito control exam guide will provide you with a basic understanding of what may be on your exam.

Additionally, we have included some helpful studying tips, to help you set up a study plan to fit your needs.

The exam guide also holds valuable information and strategies for passing your exam, BUT, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Certified Training Institute helps thousands of applicators pass their exams with the best Online Video Exam Prep Programs available.  Our Free Exam Guide will give you a basic outline of what is covered in the Mosquito Control Exam Prep Program produced by Certified Training Institute.


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Free Core Applicator Exam Guide

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Have you recently decided to take the Core Applicator exam? Certified Training Institute has put together an exam guide to help you plan your preparation strategy for the exam.

Passing your Core Applicator exam is one important step that you can take in moving your career as a pesticide applicator forward. For some, the exam can seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance everyone can move forward and achieve their goals. Having the best tools and study materials for the exam is important, they are not only going to guide you on what you need to learn, but also how to learn it. Our free Core Applicator exam guide will provide you with a basic understanding of what may be on your exam.

Additionally, we have included some helpful studying tips, to help you set up a study plan to fit your needs.

It also holds valuable information and strategies for passing your exam, BUT, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Certified Training Institute helps thousands of applicators pass their exams with the best Online Video Exam Prep Programs available.  Our Free Exam Guide will give you a basic outline of what is covered in the Core Applicator Exam Prep Program produced by Certified Training Institute.


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The War on Rats

If you have ever lived in or traveled to big cities in America, chances are you have seen one or more of these pesky rodents. These furry critters pose a threat to cities not only because they are annoying but also because they spread diseases and wreak havoc on your stuff. Remember learning about the Black Plague? Allegedly spread by rats, it wiped out 2/3 of the world’s population.

New York City last year set a war on rats plan into action hoping to eliminate 70% of the rats in 10 of their most infested neighborhoods. How are they hoping to accomplish this by the end of 2018? The plan is pretty simple. Eliminate their food source. NYC has more trash than any other city on earth. 33 million tons per year! The plan is to change the design of trash receptacles with a mailbox style opening. They are advising residents to keep trash contained in closed bins or dumpsters; never leave pet food uncovered outside; remove piles of debris; ensure pet waste is disposed of in sealed containers; weed and throw away rotting vegetation from gardens, and maintain bird feeders.

The newly ordained “Rat Capitol” of the U.S—Chicago, has their own plan to take back their city. The Department of Streets and Sanitation conduct preventive baiting and began a pilot program to place dry ice into rodent burrows in parks or other green spaces to suffocate the rats.

Pesticide Applicators are seeing a 30% increase in requests for rat extermination services in many big cities across the U.S. Considering rats have come out on top for thousands of years it sounds like applicators will be in business for many years to come.

 


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The Buzz in Utah on the Effect of Pesticides on Wild Bees

Humans and honeybees go way back. We’ve been raiding their hives for honey for at least 10,000 years, and we domesticated them almost 5,000 years ago. Honey bees are the most commonly used pollinator for commercial crops in the United States. But there is another bee story; the decline of wild bees.

Ultimately, it may be the more alarming story. There are over 20,000 bee species in the world, and 43 percent of them are diminishing or endangered. Most wild bees are small and solitary, nesting in holes in the ground or wood. Solitary bees face different, less understood, challenges from pesticide exposure than their colony-dwelling honeybee cousins.

In a report published last week in Environmental Entomology, Utah State University graduate student Andi Kopi and Theresa Pitts-Singer, Ph.D., of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service make the case that we need to look beyond honeybees when assessing how pesticides affect pollinators. When it comes to pesticides, we typically only check their effects on honeybees before authorizing their use, even though solitary bees may interact with these chemicals in very different ways.

The factors affecting wild bee populations are the same as those responsible for the death of honeybee colonies. It’s not just one thing, but three factors intersecting that have caused the population to diminish. It’s this interaction between pesticides, poor nutrition, and diseases and parasites that is, in fact, bringing bees populations down.

Wild bees are ecologically critical. Worldwide, more than 1,000 plant-produced food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated. Our pollinators have enough environmental stressors, curbing the use of bird and bee-killing pesticides should be a national priority.


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A Sticky Solution Comes to Florida Agriculture

Growers across the country are excited about a new pesticide additive that is being tested on a citrus grove in Florida. Maher Damak, a 27-year-old scientist has a solution to make pesticides stickier, and therefore allow us to use far less of them. Many plants are hydrophobic, or water-repelling and pesticides are mostly water-based, so when they are sprayed onto plants, the droplets either bounce or roll off the surface. Considering more than 5.5 billion pounds of pesticide are used worldwide each year (including 1 billion pounds here in the United States) a solution is imperative.

Farmers use many pesticides, and usually, spray 50 to 100 gallons per acre depending on which kind of pests or diseases they have in a year. Only 2% of the pesticides actually stay on the plant. Helping protect plants is important, but it is crucial to remember that it also leaches into groundwater as runoff, contaminating drinking supplies, as well as carried away by wind where it settles on nearby homes, schools, and playgrounds. In fact, researchers have found decades-old pesticide particles as far away as Antarctica, which suggests our entire planet is currently covered in the stuff.

Considering pesticides account for almost half of production costs, there is a financial as well as an environmental incentive for farmers to adopt the new technology. Pests account for approximately 40% of losses in global agricultural production. This solution should help increase yields by taking the number of pesticides used per acre from 50-100 gallons down to just 10, changing the bottom lines for growers across the world. After a quick and inexpensive retrofit of pesticide applicators, whether handheld or tractor-mounted, farmers can use significantly less pesticide in their fields without harming their harvest.


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Summer Bites: North Carolina’s Unruly Mosquitoes

Summer Bites: North Carolina’s Unruly Mosquitoes

North Carolina's mosquito season usually falls between April and October. There are nearly 60 species of mosquitoes in the state, with the common three being the Northern House Mosquito, Asian Tiger Mosquito, and the Eastern Saltmarsh Mosquito. Northern House Mosquitoes commonly appear at night and are possible carriers of the West Nile virus. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes appear both day and night and may also carry the Zika virus. Charlotte and Raleigh were listed as two of the worst cities with mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes can be found on every continent on Earth and have been in existence far longer than most common known humans and creatures. Some species of mosquitoes date back to over 100 million years! The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to call a professional pesticide applicator. However, with the effects of global warming, many experts believe that the mosquito population will only continue to grow. Looks like Pesticide Applicators are going to stay in business for a very long time!


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New Jersey Applicator Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my New Jersey commercial applicator license?

  1. Complete the required continuing education (see details below) or retake the state exams
  2. Complete the renewal form sent to you by the state
  3. Mail the renewal form and a check for $80 to the New Jersey state department

What continuing education is required to renew my New Jersey commercial applicator license?

Applicators must complete 8 units (4 hours) of core classes and 16 units (8 hours) per category.

Where do I find core classes to renew my New Jersey commercial applicator license?

Certified Training Institute offers online, New Jersey-Approved core continuing education classes. All classes are available 24/7 on any internet capable device. After completing each course you will have access to a printable certificate which must be mailed the state upon renewal.

When does my New Jersey commercial applicator license expire?

Your license will expire 5 years after the date of issuance on October 31st.



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