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Weed Management: The Basics

Understanding the weeds - how they grow and reproduce - is important step in successful weed management.

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Pesticides & the Environment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves and registers pesticides after it is determined they won’t have unreasonable adverse effects on humans, non-target species and the environment when used according to the label.  After completing this course, the learner should be able to understand how pesticides move in the environment and appreciate how the EPA manages environmental risk through pesticide label language.

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Personal Protective Equipment for Structural PMPs

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, helps prevent injuries and illnesses while performing pest management. After completing the course, you should understand the general requirements of OSHA’s standard and be able to select the appropriate PPE for protection against injuries, infectious diseases and chemical exposure (dermal and respiratory.

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Rodent Biology, Behavior and Management

The commensal rodents are highly intelligent and adaptive pests that must be managed because of their ability to cause sickness and diseases. Understanding their behavior is the root of effective rodent management. After completing this course, you should be able to identify the commensal rodents and Peromyscus mice, recognize the diseases carried by pest rodents, understand how these rodents sense and navigate their environment and then recommend the proper management methods for each. Note: due to the scope of material covered this class is 104 min in duration.

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Compressed Air Sprayers: Troubleshooting & Maintenance

Compressed air sprayers are still one of the most important pesticide application tools available. With proper use and some maintenance, they can work reliably for many years. After completing this course, you should be able to understand how a compressed air sprayer works, troubleshoot common mechanical problems, and properly use and maintain your compressed air sprayer.

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Flies That Feed On Us

This course explains the blood-sucking flies, the diseases they spread and how to manage them.

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Fumigation from the Beginning

A brief history of fumigants and fumigation, along with an overview of the current fumigants - properties, regulatory definitions, and safety equipment.

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Fumigation Instruments & Safety Equipment

Learn the use and maintenance of fumigant detection devices as well as PPE such as an SCBA.

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Introduction to Sulfuryl Fluoride

Sulfuryl fluoride is widely used as a structural and food commodity fumigant. After completing this course, you should be able to understand the nature of gases and what fumigants are able to do, describe sulfuryl fluoride's mode of action and properties, and know basic sulfuryl fluoride safety and handling practices.

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Mites of Public Health Importance

Proper mite identification of mites, myths associated with them and how to manage mite infestations.

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Modern Bed Bug Management

After a decades-long absence, bed bugs returned to the U.S in the late 1990s, mostly due to pesticide resistance, which, in addition to their hiding behavior, makes bed bugs difficult to manage. After completing this course, the learner should be able to understand bed bug biology and behavior and use this understanding to improve monitoring and treatment.

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Mosquito-Borne Diseases & Adult Managements

Course summary: The most important mosquito disease vectors in the United States belong to the genera Aedes & Culex. Diseases transmitted by these mosquitoes cycle differently in human populations. After completing this course, the learner should be able to identify the important mosquito-borne diseases in their area, recognize common forms of adult mosquito and disease surveillance, and understand the different methods of adulticide application.

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Ouch!

Stinging wasps - paper wasps, mud daubers and other wasps that occur around homes and gardens.

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Pesticide Storage, Transport & Disposal

Proper pesticide storage, transport and disposal prevents human and animal exposure, avoids environmental contamination and protects pesticides –all reducing a PMPs liability. After completing this course, you should be able to know how to store, transport and dispose of pesticides properly.

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Stealth in the Night

The various critters that can wander into the home or office as occasional invaders are studied in detail.

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Stored Product Pests: Identification & Management with Pheromones

From farmers to consumers, stored product pests cause monetary losses from the destruction of valuable food products. After completing this course, you should be able to recognize and the twelve most common stored product pests, understand their biology and communicate how pheromones fit into management programs.

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Subterranean Termites & Building Foundations

Building foundations have areas that are susceptible to subterranean termite entry that vary with foundation type. After completing this course, you should be able to identify five basic building foundation types along with common subterranean termite entry points and treatment procedures for each type.

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Termite Biology & Pest Identification

Managing termites in structures requires some knowledge of their biology to understand how and why they do what they do and, also, how to stop them. After completing this course, you should be able to know the differences between termites and ants; know the differences between drywood and subterranean termites; recognize the termite castes and understand how they develop; and identify the drywood and subterranean termite pests that are most common in the United States.

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The Insect Head

The insect body is divided into three segments: a head, thorax and abdomen. In this course, we examine the head, from the part of the nervous system that innervates it, to the eyes, antennae and mouthparts. After completing this course, you should be able to understand how insects perceive color and light, recognize different antennal types for insect identification, and see how insect mouthparts have evolved from a basic type based on function.

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Understanding Pesticides: How They Work and May Affect You

After reviewing how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines pesticides, we delve into their different MODES OF ACTION. We then discuss the risks of exposure posed by different pesticide FORMULATIONS and the ROUTES OF EXPOSURE into the body. While explaining how pesticide TOXICITY is determined, we show how to find the information and communicate it to customers. Note due to the scope of material covered this course is approx. 75 min long.

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Wildlife Management - The Mammals

Mammals that enter our landscapes may also enter our structures and pose some serious health risks. Management of these is the focus of this course.

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Wood-Infecting Fungi & Moisture Problems

This course teaches about the kinds of fungi that attack structural wood and how to manage them.

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An In-Depth Look at Pesticide Labels & SDSs

A pesticide’s label is the manufacturer’s and EPA’s main method of communication to the user regarding safe and legal handling of the pesticide. The goal for all registered pesticides is to maximize efficacy and minimize risk, which can be guaranteed by following the label. In order to communicate this information effectively, pesticide labels are organized into specific sections. Pesticide safety data sheets, or SDSs, provide more detailed technical information than pesticide labels. SDSs are governed by OSHA and are intended to communicate chemical hazards in the workplace. SDSs are organized into 16 sections. This course explains the information provided in label and SDS sections.

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Ant Biology & Management

Ants consistently rank as a top pest in the structural pest management industry. After completing this course, you should be able to determine how certain aspects of ant biology affect their management, identify the more commonly encountered pest ant species (depending on region), understand the importance of inspection, and recognize when the application of baits and non-repellent or repellent products are appropriate.

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Aphids & Their Relatives

Most of the course will cover aphids, due to their greater abundance and generally greater importance. However, we also will talk about their close cousins - the phylloxerans, psyllids and adelgids - all of which are similar in appearance to aphids and which do similar feeding and damage.

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Domestic Cockroaches

Updated with new material (April 2019)! German and brown-banded cockroaches are the only strictly domestic cockroaches encountered in pest management. After completing this course, you should be able to identify these two cockroaches, recognize their behavioral differences and impacts on public health, appreciate the importance of inspection and monitoring, and understand the different treatment options available for domestic cockroach management.

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Gophers & Moles Really Dig It

Those piles of soil and raised tunnels that are messing up a lawn are likely from gophers or moles. Understanding them is key to controlling them. This course takes you through their identification, biology and management, offering the various options available for dealing with these subterranean animals.

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Insecticide Application: Equipment & simple calculations

The purpose of insecticide application equipment is safe and efficient insecticide application. After completing this course, you should be able to select the appropriate application equipment based on formulation or desired droplet size and calculate simple space treatment, exterior perimeter and broadcast applications.

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Introduction to Small & Large Filth Flies

Small flies and large filth flies are public health pests that are often difficult to manage. After completing the course, you should be able to understand the basic fly life cycle, identify major small and large filth fly pests, recognize their importance in public health and recommend the appropriate fly management methods (including finding maggots).

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The Patriotic Cockroach

The American Cockroach is the star of this course. You will learn about the biology, behavior, and impact of this and several closely related species.

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Hard Ticks: Vectors of Human Diseases

Ticks are the most important vectors of human diseases in North America and are second to mosquitoes worldwide. Most of the ticks that transmit human diseases are hard ticks. After completing this course, the learner should be able to understand hard tick biology, recognize certain ticks and the diseases they vector, and explain best practices for preventing tick bites and managing ticks on properties. Note: An update to Chrome has disabled the auto-play feature of one of the videos in this class, please go here to resolve: http://pestweb.com/landing/chrome

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Animal Classification: Every Thing in its Order

What's in a name? What makes insects, bugs, flies, spiders and rodents what they are? The answer is in how science classifies animals (taxonomy). This course is a basic introduction to taxonomy, the purpose being to better understand what pests really are and how they relate to each other.

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Mosquito Biology & Larval Management

Since immature mosquito stages are confined to aquatic environments, larval management is more targeted and often more effective than adult management. After completing this course, you should be able to understand the basic mosquito life cycle, identify the types of breeding sites, recognize differences in larval behavior and surveillance methods, and choose the most appropriate larval treatment method.

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Wood Boring Beetles

Wood-boring beetles are one of several groups of plant decomposers and are separated into non-reinfesting and reinfesting types. After completing this course, you should be able to identify the different wood-boring beetles, recognize signs of their activity, distinguish between active and inactive infestations and recommend the proper treatment method(s) for each.

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IPM and the Green Movement

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a concept that has been ingrained into the pest management industry for a while. Even if a pest management professional doesn't know what it is, they’ve probably heard of it. After completing this course, you should be familiar with the history of IPM in agriculture and environmental sciences markets, be able to recognize the different control methods within IPM, as well as structure a “green” program to suit the specific needs of a customer. Note: this course is approx. 69 minutes in duration.

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Weed Management: The Herbicides

Understanding the weeds - how they grow and reproduce - is important step in successful weed management. This course will provide an in depth lesson on weed biology and how it relates to controlling various weed species.

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The Sting of the Scorpion

Is the scorpion's reputation accurate or exaggerated? We examine the different kinds of scorpions and close relatives that are found in the United States and learn to appreciate them when deserved and control them as needed.

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Common Spiders & Their Management

Of the many spider species that exist, those that actively hunt or spin webs are the most common in pest management. A very small percentage of species are medically important. After completing this course, the learner should be able to identify spiders that are common in and around structures, recognize which spiders are medically important, and know the different approaches to managing spiders that wander or build webs.

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Turf Insect Pests

A review of some of the most common or damaging turf insect pests: white grubs, weevils, caterpillars, “bugs”, crane flies & mole crickets. After completing this course, you should be able to recognize the turf pests discussed and recall how they damage turf.

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