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This 128-page full-color spiral-bound publication covers integrated pest management; weed, insect, and disease identification and management; the problem-solving process; and applying the correct amount of pesticide. This manual is sold separately as indicated below, or as part of a study material packet (PEP-07) to help potential pesticide applicators prepare for the state certification exam in lawn and turf to meet the certification requirements listed in the state and federal guidelines.

This regulation covers pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries, and enclosed-space productions.

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This full-color publication discusses the scope of structural insect and rodent pest management, health and other risks associated with structural and rodent pests (damage), and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques, in addition to providing pest information and control tactics for ants; bumble bees, honey bees, and wasps; flies, pantry (stored product) pests; fabric pests; blood-feeding and other potentially biting pests; occasional, nuisance, or incidental pests; and commensal rodents (rats and mice).

This fact sheet describes the biology and habitat of mosquitoes. It outlines strategies for eliminating breeding sites and reducing mosquito bites around the home, and it discusses the safe use of DEET and other insect repellents.

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This 156-page full-color spiral-bound publication covers general management of landscapes; integrated pest management; weed, insect and mite, disease, and nuisance identification and management; and traditional and specialized application methods. This manual is sold separately as indicated below, or as part of a study material packet (PEP-06) to help potential pesticide applicators prepare for the state certification exam in ornamental and shade trees to meet the certification requirements listed in the state and federal guidelines.

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This fold-out brochure details pesticide application information and resources, as well as Web sites and phone numbers.

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This manual is intended as a study guide for preparing to take the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam that was developed jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Canada. By learning how to handle pesticides correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.

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This manual provides important details of the Pennsylvania Pesticide Control Act of 1973, as Amended; the Worker Protection Standard; the Pennsylvania Title 7 Chapter 128 Pesticide Regulations; and Required Notification of Pesticide Applications. Please note that the entire content of these laws and regulations are not covered here. Refer to the actual laws and regulations to answer any questions.

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This for-sale publication provides important details of the Pennsylvania Pesticide Control Act of 1973, as amended; the Worker Protection Standard; and the Pennsylvania Title 7 Chapter 128 Pesticide Regulations. Please note that the entire content of these laws and regulations are not covered here and one should refer to the actual laws and regulations to answer any questions.

This fact sheet describes the proper procedures for storing pesticides and application equipment. Correct storage is important in preventing vandalism, theft, or the possible misuse of products. Details on storage space, location, construction, environment, security, and safe practices are provided.

For all pesticides to be effective against the pests they are intended to control, they must be biologically active, or toxic.

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Mosquitoes can find many suitable spots for breeding on farms. A favorite breeding place around many farms is the water collected in full-casing tires used to anchor bunk silo covers. This brochure details methods for reducing mosquito population around bunk silos and offers alternatives to using full-casing tires.

For many toxic chemicals, the respiratory (breathing) system is the quickest and most direct route of entry into the circulatory system.

An adjuvant is added to a pesticide product or pesticide spray mixture to enhance the pesticide’s performance and/or the physical properties of the spray mixture.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency produced a National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual that states are encouraged to use. Pennsylvania is now using this manual, but it has been renamed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual. One of the major differences between this manual and the previous Pennsylvania core manual, the Pesticide Education Manual, is that the new manual does not contain chapters on insects, weeds, plant diseases, or vertebrates. However, these chapters contain important information for private applicators, and for commercial and public applicators in a few categories. Specialists at Penn State have reviewed and updated these chapters. This information was then combined into this supplement. Some questions on the certification examinations will be taken from this material.

All pesticides must be toxic, or poisonous, to be effective against the pests they are intended to control. Because pesticides are toxic, they are potentially hazardous to humans, animals, other organisms, and the environment. Therefore, people who use pesticides or regularly come in contact with them must understand the relative toxicity and potential health effects of the products they use.

Pesticides are transported from manufacturers to distributors and dealers, from retailers to end users, and from storage and mixing locations to application sites. Accidents can happen at any point in the chain, even when transport distances are short.

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This full-color publication is intended primarily as a study guide for applicators seeking certification in Pennsylvania Category 10, Right-of-Way and Weeds. Topics discussed include integrated pest and vegetation management, herbicide characteristics (activity and selectivity, formulations, mode of action, and resistance), site characteristics (vegetation, soil, water, proximity to non-targets), and herbicide application techniques.

Repellents are chemicals applied to exposed skin or clothing that can provide some relief and protection from mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting pests. Proper and safe use of these chemicals is necessary for protection.

West Nile encephalitis became a public health concern in the United States in 1999. The West Nile virus was isolated from people as well as dead crows, a variety of zoo birds, various native bird species, and horses with encephalitic signs.