Distance Education (3 credits)

Dr. Philip G. Koehler
Urban Entomology Building
Bldg. 1278, Natural Area Drive
P.O. Box 110620
Phone: 352-392-2484
FAX: 352-846-1500
Email: pgk@ufl.edu

Office Hours: 8:00-5:00 weekdays, or by appointment

Lectures W, F -- Lectures should be accomplished on or before the date listed.
Laboratories M -- Assignments due and submitted on date listed.

Grades: This course will have no written examinations. Grades will be based on:
-- Weekly evaluations (14) of performance = 80%
            ** Attendance (0 = poor to 1.0 = excellent)
            ** Cooperation (0 = poor to 1.0 = excellent)
            ** Participation (0 = poor to 1.0 = excellent)
            ** Initiative (0 = poor to 1.0 = excellent)
            ** (Points will be totaled and percentage rating calculated)
-- Written report of activities = 20%

Grading Scale:
>90% = A
81-90% = B
71-80% = C
61-70% = D
<61% = E

Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENY 3005C, Principles of Entomology

Koehler, P.G., and R. Belmont. 1997. Basic Pesticide Training. Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Gainesville, FL. 75 pp. (available from IFAS Publications Office)

Koehler, P.G. 1994. General Household Pest Control. Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Gainesville, FL. 254 pp. (available from IFAS Publication Office)

Required Equipment: The following items are needed for this course:
-- calculator
-- pocketknife
-- hand magnifying lens
-- vials and alcohol for preservation of specimens

Course Description: This course is to give the student practical experience in application of pesticides in urban environments. Students will have the opportunity to see certain pest management problems on campus and in residences. Students will also select and apply appropriate control methods.

1. Recognize infestations and damage caused by urban pests.
2. Learn to evaluate the need for pesticide application.
3. See signs, symptoms, and damage caused by urban pest infestations.
4. Learn the basics of pesticide safety.
5. Learn various methods of pesticide application.

Course Format:
Students will be required to schedule 6 hours (2 hours of time for every 1 credit) of hands-on experience weekly with either Campus Pest Control or a local pest control company. Coordination of studentís participation with pest control facilities will be handled by the instructor. However, students will be responsible to schedule arrival and departure times directly with the local pest control supervisor. The supervisor will assign an employee to accompany the student on pest control routes and problem calls. The employee will have primary responsibility for the route or problem call, but the student will participate in diagnosis and treatment of pest problems that occur during the semester. Evaluation of the student will be by the instructor who will receive input from the pest control supervisor about attendance, cooperation, participation, and initiative. The student will be required to submit a report of their activities, procedures, and pest problems encountered, and well as a summary of corrective actions for each type of pest.

Use of Pesticides: Students may have to pass a respiratory capacity test in order to wear personal protective equipment for pesticide application. A pesticide applicators license is not required; students will work under direct supervision of a licensed pest control operator.


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Information for Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the Office for Student Services to determine the appropriate classroom accommodations. Any student requesting classroom accommodations must be registered with the Dean of Students Office, P202 Peabody Hall, 392-1261(TDD - 392-3008), and have documentation on file in the office of Student Services in order to receive classroom and/or examination accommodations. For students with hearing disabilities trying to contact an office that does not list a TDD, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771.

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University Counseling Services: Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
3. Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual counseling; and
4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.