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Pesticide Application Compendium

Forest and Right-of-Way Pest Control—Second Edition

Published 2013 · Publication 3336 · 340 pages · ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-830-8

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Photo of the book, Forest and Right-of-Way Control.

Volume 4 in the Pesticide Application Compendium is a comprehensive guide to using pesticides and other pest control methods in forest and right-of-way situations. Anyone responsible for pest control in forests, tree nurseries, or Christmas tree farms, or along roads, railways, utility rights-of-way, bike paths, or hiking trails will find this guide useful.

Recommended Study Guide

This volume is recommended study material for the Department of Pesticide Regulation's QAL and QAC exams in the Forest Pest Control and the Right-of-Way Pest Control categories.

The Second Edition contains 190 photos, 56 tables and sidebars, and 11 main chapters covering:

  1. Pesticide Applicators
  2. Pests and Problem Diagnosis
  3. Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  4. Pesticide Safety and Hazards
  5. Pesticides and Their Effective Use
  6. Application Equipment and Calibration
  7. California Forests
  8. Forest Nursery and Seed Pests and Their Management
  9. Forest Pests and Their Management
  10. Rights-of-Way
  11. Right-of-Way Pest Management

Each chapter contains knowledge expectations and review questions; sidebars throughout call out key concepts—all designed to help you as you study for the exam.

Pesticide Application Compendium

Forest and Right-of-Way Pest Control is Volume 4 of the Pesticide Application Compendium. This series was originally written for professionals trying to meet California's tough applicator licensing certification requirements. In addition to broad coverage of the various types of pests and recommended practices to manage them, the book focuses on pesticide handling and correct equipment calibration and application procedures in forests and forest nurseries as well as roadsides, railroads, utility corridors, and various other types of rights-of-way.

How to Order

This publication is available through the UC ANR Communication Services catalog. Publications are also available by mail, by telephone, at the ANR publications warehouse in Richmond, and at many of the UC County Cooperative Extension offices. For locations and more information, see "How to Order Publications."


PART I: Pesticides and Pest Control

Forest and Right-of-Way Pesticide Applicators
  • Purposes of This Book
  • Pesticide Applicator Certification and Licensing
  • Where to Find More Information
  • Knowledge Expectations
Pests and Problem Diagnosis
  • Abiotic Disorders (Damage from Causes Other Than Pests)
  • Climate
  • Pest Triangles
  • Plant Pathogens and Diseases
  • Invertebrates
  • Vertebrate Pests
  • Weeds
    • Identifying Plants
    • Types of Plants
    • Weedy Characteristics
    • Plant Life Cycles
    • Plant Types
  • Review Questions
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • The Components of an IPM Program
    • Prevent Pest Problems
    • Monitor Regularly for Pests and Damage
    • Correctly Identify Pests and Causes of Damage
    • Integrate Appropriate Management Methods
    • Treat Only When Necessary
  • Pest Management Tools Used in IPM Programs
    • Biological Control
    • Chemical Control (Pesticides)
    • Cultural Control
    • Mechanical or Physical Control
  • Recordkeeping and Evaluation
  • Information Resources
  • Invertebrate and Pathogen Control
  • Vertebrate Pest Control
    • Management Methods for Vertebrate Pests
  • Weed Control
    • Plant Development Stages
    • Plant Characteristics Affecting Pesticide Use
    • Managing Annuals
    • Managing Biennials
    • Managing Perennials
    • Review Questions
Pesticide Safety and Hazards
  • Pesticide Labeling
  • Safety Data Sheet (SDS, or MSDS)
  • Pesticide Safety Information Series (PSIS)
  • Pesticide Toxicity
    • Signal Words and Toxicity Categories
  • Pesticide Classification and Restricted Materials
  • Human Exposure
    • How People Get Exposed to Pesticides
    • How Pesticides Enter the Body
    • Effects of Exposure
  • First Aid
    • First Aid Directions on the Pesticide Label
    • Whom to Contact in an Emergency
    • Give Emergency Personnel a Copy of the Label
    • Pesticides on Skin or Clothing
    • Pesticides in the Eyes
    • Inhaled Pesticides
    • Swallowed Pesticides
    • Heat Stress
  • Avoid Exposing Yourself to Pesticides
  • Work Clothing
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Other Hazards Associated with Pesticide Use
    • Injury to Pets, Livestock, Other Domesticated Animals, and Wildlife
    • Surface Water Contamination
    • Groundwater Contamination
    • Air Pollution
    • Injury to Natural Enemies, Bees, and Other Pollinators
    • Phytotoxicity
    • Damage to Objects in the Treated Area
    • Damage to Sensitive Areas
    • Urban-Agricultural Interface
  • Planning for Pesticide Safety
    • Prepare to Respond to Accidents
    • Learn about Site-Specific Hazards
    • Learn about Pesticide-Specific Hazards
  • Review Questions
Pesticides and Their Effective Use
  • Types of Pesticide
  • Pesticide Formulations
  • Tank Mixes
  • Adjuvants
  • Making Pesticide-Use Decisions
  • Pesticide Selectivity
  • Selective Use of Pesticides
  • Resistance to Pesticides
  • Transporting Pesticides
  • Storing Pesticides
  • Mixing and Loading Pesticides
  • Pesticide Leaks and Spills
  • Public and Environmental Safety
  • Selecting Application Equipment
  • Safe Application Techniques
  • Off-Site Movement
  • Misapplication of Pesticides
  • Cleanup and Disposal
  • Recordkeeping and Use Reporting
  • Review Questions
Application Equipment and Calibration
  • Application Equipment
    • Liquid Pesticide Application
    • Dust Application
    • Granule and Pellet Ground Application
    • Soil Drench and Injection
    • Tree Injection and Implantation
    • Stump and Stem Treatments
  • Baits and Traps for Vertebrate Pest Control
  • Maintaining Application Equipment
  • Applying the Correct Amount of Pesticide
    • Why Calibration Is Essential
  • Equipment Calibration Methods
    • Liquid Sprayer Calibration
    • Changing Sprayer Output
    • Assessing Liquid Spray Coverage
    • Spot Gun Calibration
    • Percentage Solutions Calculations
    • Determining Application Rates for Soil Injection and Soil Drenching
    • Determining Doses for Tree Injection and Tree Implants
    • Granule Applicator Calibration
  • Review Questions

PART II: Forest Pest Control

California Forests
  • California Forest Ownership and Uses
  • Forest Species
  • Conifer Forests
    • Mixed Conifer Forests
    • Pine Forests
    • True Fir Forests
    • Other Conifer Forests
  • Oak Forests
    • White Oaks
    • Black (or Red) Oaks
    • Intermediate (or Golden) Oaks
  • Review Questions
Forest Nursery and Seed Pests and Their Management
  • Regeneration without Planting
  • Collecting Seed
  • Seed Pests
    • Abiotic Disorders
    • Insects
    • Pathogens
    • Vertebrates
  • Seed Orchards
    • Seed Orchard Management
  • Nurseries
  • Integrated Pest Management in Nurseries and Orchards
    • Pest Prevention
    • Monitoring and Diagnosis
    • Biological Control
    • Cultural Control
    • Environmental, Mechanical, and Physical Control
    • Pesticides (Chemical Control)
  • Pest-Specific Management
    • Weeds
    • Pathogens
    • Invertebrates
    • Vertebrate Pests
  • Review Questions
Forest Pests and Their Management
  • Goals and Strategies of Forest Pest Management
  • Exotic and New Pests
  • Undesirable Vegetation
    • Competition, Succession, and Dominance
    • Managing Undesirable Vegetation
    • Site Preparation Management Goals
    • Release Management Goals
    • Stand Improvement Management Goals
    • Vegetation Management without Herbicides
    • Vegetation Management with Herbicides
  • Insects and Mites
    • Bark Beetles
    • Wood Borers
    • Shoot and Twig Borers
    • Defoliators and Their Management
    • Conifer Defoliators
    • Oak Defoliators
    • Sucking Insects
    • Mites
  • Diseases
    • Canker Diseases
    • Foliar Diseases
    • Heart Rots
    • Root Diseases
    • Rusts
    • Mistletoes
  • Vertebrate Pests
  • Review Questions

PART III: Right-of-Way Pest Control

  • Roads and Roadsides
  • Airports
  • Canals, Dam Faces, Ditches, Levees, and other Managed Waterways
  • Communication and Electric Utility Lines, Substations, and Towers
  • Paths and Trails for Bicycles, Horses, and Pedestrians
  • Pipelines, Wells, and Storage Tanks
  • Railroads
  • Review Questions
Right-of-Way Pest Management
  • Management Goals
  • Biological Control
  • Pesticides (Chemical Control)
  • Cultural Control
  • Mechanical (Physical) Control
  • Manual Control
  • Structural Control
  • Thermal Control
  • Review Questions
Answers for Review Questions
Suggested Reading
Literature Cited

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