The Standard Pesticide User's Guide / Edition 7

The Standard Pesticide User's Guide / Edition 7

by Bert L. Bohmont
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Prentice Hall


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The Standard Pesticide User's Guide / Edition 7

Covers all aspects of pesticide principles and use, including topics such as: environmental considerations; insects; plant disease agents; weeds; integrated pest management; laws; liability; recordkeeping; labels; safety; formulations; application equipment; transportation; storage; decontamination; and disposal. Using a non-technical presentation, it helps readers gain an understanding of why pesticides are used, how to apply them safely and how to do this within the letter of the law. Supplies the necessary information for pesticide applicators to use pesticides in a responsible manner. Offer readers quick and easy access to reference material such as the United States and Canadian Pesticide Control Offices, restricted use pesticides, pesticide information telephone numbers and Web page addresses, cold weather handling of liquid chemical products, etc. Because the science of pesticide use has become a highly specialized field, this books is an excellent desk reference for those seeking re-certification and those currently working in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780132187633
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 7.26(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Pesticides

2. Pesticides and Environmental Considerations

3. Insects

4. Plant Disease Agents

5. Vertebrate Pests

6. Weeds

7. Integrated Pest Management

8. Pesticide Laws, Liability, and Recordkeeping

9. The Pesticide Label

10. Pesticide Safety

11. Pesticide Formulations and Adjuvants

12. Pesticide Application Equipment

13. Pesticide Equipment Calibration

14. Pesticide Calculations and Useful Formulas

15. Pesticide Transportation, Storage, Decontamination, and Disposal


This book is a revision of The Standard Pesticide User's Guide, last revised and copyrighted in 2000. Almost every chapter has had some additions and deletions made to bring information up-to-date. Major revisions were made in several chapters, to give updated information; in Chapter 9 to show EPA mock labels and label parts to match labels and labeling information; in Chapter 12 to include new equipment and techniques; and in Chapter 15 to expand on the entire area of transportation, storage, decontamination, and disposal of pesticides. Chapter 2 titled "Pesticides and Environmental Considerations," (formerly Chapter 10) has been revised and of course, moved. Additional information has been added to the appendixes especially Appendixes E and F, and telephone numbers and additional web page address information have been updated.

This publication is a valuable source of information to those who are new to pesticides or wish to have an understanding of the importance of pesticides in our society. Teachers should find it very useful in conveying to their students that pesticides are highly regulated chemicals that deserve respect in their uses and for their roles in food and fiber production.

Recognizing that pesticides are an essential tool in helping control most pests, the information in this book is oriented toward those who apply pesticides. It should prove especially useful to commercial pesticide applicators, as well as employees of city, county, state, and federal agencies. Golf course superintendents, grounds maintenance supervisors, and tree nursery managers need the kinds of information contained herein. Pesticide dealers, salespeople, and consultants shouldalso find it helpful in their work.

The science of pesticide use has become a highly specialized field. Federal laws require that individuals applying certain pesticides be able to substantiate or demonstrate that they have the knowledge and capabilities to use the materials safely and effectively. This book can help supply the necessary information for pesticide applicators to use pesticides in a responsible manner. Important information is presented throughout the 15 chapters, as well as in the glossary and appendixes.

Information and suggestions for the use of specific pesticides for specific pest control problems are not included in this book. Specific control measures and recommendations have been intentionally omitted because they are subject to change and may soon become obsolete. Only current recommendations should be used, along with making sure that you are using the latest pesticide label. Pest control guides for the control of most pests are available through the state university Cooperative Extension Service in every state.

The information contained in this publication is supplied with the understanding that there is no intended endorsement of a specific product or practice, nor is discrimination intended toward any product or practice included in or omitted from this book.


Information and illustrations for this book have been drawn from many sources, including publications from state Cooperative Extension Service Pesticide Programs across the United States. Some of these sources are listed in "Selected References" in Appendix A. Use of these materials is gratefully acknowledged.

I have made every effort to acknowledge all use of illustrations and materials but may have missed an original source because of the extensive interchange of materials by Cooperative Extension Service writers, sometimes making the original source uncertain.

Special appreciation and acknowledgments are extended to the following people for their careful review of various chapters and for their constructive suggestions for improvement: Dr. William Andelt, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Colorado State University; Vicki Armstrong, Southwest Tennessee Community College; Paul Ayers, Extension AGI Engineer, Colorado State University; Denny Belau and Dennis M. Burchett, United Agri Services, Greeley, Colorado; Dr. Whitney Cranshaw, Extension Entomologist, Colorado State University; Geraldine Graham, Acting Director, Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Ottowa, Ontario, Canada; Peg Perreault, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency, Denver, Colorado; Robert G. Reeves, Loveland Industries, Loveland, Colorado; Leon Schumacher, University of Missouri; Dr. Howard Schwartz, Extension Plant Pathologist; and Robert L. Zimdahl, Colorado State University.

Some of the vertebrate pest illustrations are from "Furbearers of Colorado," published by the Colorado Division of Wildlife in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education. Weed illustrations in Chapter 6 are reductions from USDA Handbook Number 366, "Selected Weeds of the United States."

Bert L. Bohmont

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