Ornamental Pest Management: Commercial Applicator Training Manual - Category 3B (E2291)

October 28, 2015 - Author: Terry Davis

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This manual is intended to prepare pesticide applicators in Category 3B, ornamental pest management, for certification under Act 451, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Part 83, Pesticide Control. This category includes the management of pests of outdoor ornamental plants including evergreens, shrubs, shade trees, ground covers, and flowering plants. Included in this category are commercial applicators managing pests of nursery stock. Christmas tree production is designated as part of Category 2, Forest Pest Management. The "Pesticide Applicator Core Training Manual" (E-2195) which explains safety considerations, pesticide laws, and integrated pest management principles, should also be studied to prepare for certification.

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 through once to understand the scope and form and presentation of the material.

3. Then study one section of the manual at a time. You may want to underline important points in the manual or take written notes as you study the section.

4. Write answers to the review questions at the end of each section. These questions help you learn 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 the sections. Review with care any sections that you feel you do not fully understand.

After completing your study of this manual and the core manual (E-2195) to become initially certified as a commercial pesticide applicator for ornamental pest management, take the core exam and category 3B exam. To become recertified take the 3B recertification exam which includes core information. These exams are administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

Chapter 1: Principles of Pest Management


Monitoring Techniques


Economic Significance

Selection of Methods


Review Questions

Chapter 2: Pest Management Techniques

Plant Resistance

Cultural Controls

Mechanical and Physical Controls

Biological Controls

Review Questions

Chapter 3: Application of Pesticides

Selecting a Pesticide

Pesticide Application Equipment

Spray Application Techniques

Record Keeping

Review Questions

Chapter 4: Pesticide Safety

Applicator Safety

First Aid Procedures

Safe Pesticide Handling

Public Relations

Review Questions

Chapter 5: Non-pest Disorders and Landscape Weeds

Environmental and Cultural Disorders

Landscape Weeds

Weed Biology

Managing Landscape Weeds

Review Questions

Chapter 6: Biology and Management of Pests

Diseases of Ornamental Plants

Disease Identification

Monitoring Disease Activity

Infectious Disease Management

Insects of Ornamental Plants

Insect Management



Snails and Slugs


Review Questions


Answers to Chapter Review Questions

Emergency Phone Numbers 


Tags: integrated pest management, lawn & garden, pest management

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