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Introduction to Pest Management: The IPM Approach

A successful pest management program includes the ability to properly identify pests, monitor populations, and evaluate control methods based on the level of need. In this course, you will explore the basic themes and methods of pest management, as well as the challenges that modern pest management programs face. You will gain an appreciation for management techniques that balance the need for pest control and a desire for environmental stewardship.

Designed for pesticide applicators

If you are currently a licensed pesticide applicator or consultant, you will earn one (1) continuing education credit by completing this course.

This course can also help you prepare for your certification exams if you seek to become a licensed apprentice, a commercial applicator, a private applicator, a public applicator or a pesticide consultant. Learning materials in this course include information covered in the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define “pest.”
  • State the four main groups of pests and give an example of each.
  • Discuss the importance of pest identification in pest control.
  • List six general pest management methods.
  • Define “integrated pest management (IPM).”
  • List five benefits of using IPM.
  • Discuss how using one or more control options can improve pest control.
  • Describe how selectivity and persistence affect chemical controls.
  • Explain how pest population levels trigger control procedures.
  • Distinguish between prevention and suppression when developing pest management goals.
  • Give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.
  • Explain the importance of a pesticide’s mode of action in managing pesticide resistance.
  • List two tactics that will minimize the development of pesticide resistance.
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Additional Information: 1 CORE ODA pesticide recertification credit. (Pending approval.)


Kaci Buhl

Kaci Buhl is an Associate Professor of Practice at Oregon State University (OSU). She coordinates the Statewide Pesticide Safety Education Program, working to educate professional pesticide applicators. On the national level, Ms. Buhl is the Deputy Director of the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative, which creates pesticide manuals, exams, and other resources for professionals. She studied integrated pest management (IPM) at Michigan State University and previously coordinated the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).

Miranda Dudzik

Miranda is the Pesticide Safety Educator at the Pesticide Safety Education Program at Oregon State University. Her background includes teaching biology, animal science and healthcare courses at the college level. Miranda brings to PSEP her expertise in online curriculum and course design that aims to provide quality online continuing education for pesticide applicators around the state.

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