Management for Retailers" was developed by U of I Extension
personnel George Czapar, an educator on integrated pest
management; David Robson, horticulture educator; Martha Smith,
horticulture educator; and Michelle Wiesbrook, an Extension
specialist in horticultural weed science.
have shown that most homeowners buy pesticides from retail
stores with lawn and garden centers and that store employees are
often asked to make pest management recommendations," Czapar
"This training will take retailers through the various
aspects of integrated pest management and discuss options for
pest control. They'll learn how to better understand the label,
make sure the display area is safe and help customers choose the
most effective pest management controls."
Czapar added that most successful plant care programs use a
combination of practices for dealing with pest problems.
Pesticides are only one approach, and if they are used, they
must be applied correctly and safely.
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The Web-based course consists of five training components:
integrated pest management, understanding pesticides, understanding
labels, human pesticide protection and store safety.
Participants must register online and pay a fee to take the
course. After successfully finishing all five modules, students will
receive a certificate of completion.
This program was partially funded by a grant from U.S. EPA Region
5 in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
For more information, contact Czapar at 217-782-6515.
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