Livestock Pest Management: Training Manual for Commercial Applicators-Category 1D (E2601)
November 11, 2015 - Author: Edward D. Walker
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This manual presents basic pest, pest management and pesticide handling information for persons who apply pesticides on animals or in places where animals are kept - livestock pest management, category ID. For purposes of this manual, "livestock" includes poultry when used in general terms.
Pesticides are used by many people for many different purposes. Pesticides protect humans, food and non-food crops, homes, pets, livestock and keep various industrial processes pest-free and functioning efficiently. To better protect the environment and human health by assuring the safe use and application of pesticides, the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) administers the certification and registration program for pesticide applicators. Certification or registration requires obtaining the necessary knowledge to purchase and safely use pesticides.
There are numerous types of businesses, activities and individuals that are subject to certification or registered technician status. The following is a list of pest control categories defined in Regulation 636, part of Act 451, Part 83, Pesticide Control:
(1A) Field Crops
(IB) Vegetable Crops
(1C) Fruit Crops
(2A) Wood Preservation
(3B) Ornamental (Exterior tress, shrubs and ground covers)
(4) Seed Treatment
(5) Aquatic (Lakes, ponds, streams, etc.)
(5A) Swimming Pools
(5B) Microbial (Cooling towers, air washers, etc.)
(7A) General Pest Management (Pests in, on or around human dwellings, institutions, food handling establishments, etc.)
(7B) Wood Destroying Organisms
(7C) Contractual Public Health
(7F) Mosquito Management
(7G) Pest Management for Small Animals (companion animals)
(8) Public Health
(10) Demonstration and Research
This manual presents basic pest, pest management and pesticide handling information for persons who apply pesticides on animals or in places where animals are confined; Livestock Pest Management, category (ID). This manual is not intended to provide all the information necessary for effective pest control with the use of pesticides labeled for use on or around animals. Pesticide applicators are expected to obtain up-to-date information about recommended materials and methods from labels, manufacturers, reference manuals, Extension personnel, veterinarians and professional associations. The label carries important information about proper dilution rates, timing, placement and precautions when using pesticides for animal health reasons. Be sure to follow all directions on pesticide labels. The label is the law.
Suggestions for Studying This Manual
This manual, divided into seven chapters, is designed to assist commercial applicators meet pesticide certification requirements. You may already know some of the material from your experience with pesticides. There are learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter to help you identify what you should be able to accomplish after reading the information. Self-help questions are included at the end of each chapter. These questions are to help you study and are not necessarily the questions on the certification examination. If you have problems using the manual, please consult your county extension agent, your supervisor or a representative of the MDA for help.
Some suggestions for studying the manual are:
1. Find a place and time for study where you will not be disturbed.
2. Read the entire manual once to understand the scope and the manner in which the material is presented. A glossary at the back of the manual defines some of the terms used in the chapters.
3. Study one chapter of the manual at a time. Review the learning objectives for each chapter. These will help you identify important points in the text. Consider underlining important points in the manual or take written notes as you study the chapter.
4. Answer, in writing, the self-help questions at the end of each chapter. These questions are intended to help you study and evaluate your knowledge of the subject. They are an important part of your study.
5. Reread the entire manual once again when you have finished studying all of its sections. Review with care any sections that you feel you do not fully understand.
This manual is intended to help you use pesticides effectively and safely when they are needed. We hope that you file it in a convenient place and review it occasionally to keep the material fresh in your mind.