Custom Ground Pest Control - Golf Course Superintendent Certification
All persons using pesticides professionally in Connecticut must possess an up-to-date license issued by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
An applicant for the Golf Course Superintendent pest control certification is expected to possess a working knowledge of the kinds of operations performed by the golf course applicator and the reasons for performing them. Outlined below are the areas in which an applicant should be proficient.
Identification and Diagnosis
The applicant should:
- Know the healthy form of the common plants found in the region, their appearance and rate of growth under normal and abnormal conditions.
- Know the factors involved in maintaining the plantís health and appearance in order to anticipate and prevent damage from various causes.
- Understand the functions of the various parts of the plant, such as leaves, stems, roots, etc., and be able to determine if these functions are properly performed.
- Be able to identify and diagnose problems on the common plants found in the region. Such plants and problems include but are not limited to:
|Annual Blue Grass
|Weeds found in turf|
|Annual blue grass
||Plantain (narrow, broad)|
|Chickweed (smooth, hairy)
Recognize the symptoms of and agents responsible for any injuries, abnormalities and weaknesses. These agents include insects, animal pests, fungal, bacterial and viral diseases, unsuitable soil, wind, frost, snow and ice, fumes, and include, but are not limited to the following:
|Turf Insect Pests|
|Other Turf Pests|
|Air pollution damage
||Root injury from mechanical or chemical causes|
||Temperature stress (winter injury, ice damage)|
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the characteristics and effects of the pesticides used including but not limited to:
|2,4-D (amine and ester)
||Mefluidide (Embark)Growth Regulator|
|Bacillus popilllae (Milky spore)
|Chloropyrifos (Dursban-Golf Course use only)
|Halofenoxide (Mach II)
||Propamo carb Hydrochloride (Banol)|
|Fosetyl - aluminum (Aliette)
||Rubican and Daconil (Twosome)|
|Iprodione (Chipco 26019, Chipco Flowable)
||Thiophanate (Clearys 3336)|
To All Holders of the Supervisory Golf Course Certificate:
Outlined below are responses to some questions which have arisen concerning what activities are permitted through the structural (General Pest, etc.) and outdoor (Ornamental and Turf) certifications and the arborist license.
- Generally, any pesticide application indoors belongs with the structural certifications. Controlling pests on plants indoors will be permitted with the interior plantscape certification.
- Outdoor pesticide applications with a structural certification would be permitted in situations such as:
- for termite or rodent control if the applicator holds a termite or rodent certification;
- for control of structural pests that enter from outside, such as clover mites or earwigs, on the outside foundation of the house and on grass in the immediate vicinity of the foundation; and
- for wasps if the nest is in the immediate vicinity of the house.
- Outdoor pesticide applications with a structural certification would not be permitted for insects that are only casually a pest indoors. For example:
- if a heavy flight of aphids is bothersome to people on a porch, a structural certificate holder would not be allowed to spray the plants in the yard from which the aphids came; or
- if wood roaches are coming to lights on a porch, a structural certificate holder would not be allowed to treat outside areas.
- The ornamental and turf or golf course superintendent certificate holder could also:
- spray for clover mites or earwigs on the outside foundation of the house or clubhouse, but not within the house or clubhouse;
- spray for ticks outdoors; and
- control Canada geese on a lawn using general use repellents.
The division between the arborist license and the ornamental and turf certification is as follows:
A tree is defined as a single stem plant which at maturity reaches more than 5 meters high. The application of a pesticide to anything matching this description can be treated by the arborist.
Generally, any plants that can be reached from the ground with hand operated equipment (not a backpack mist blower) can be treated by the ornamental and turf applicator.
The Connecticut Pesticide Control Act states that the arborist is to treat fruit trees. If a dwarf fruit tree (e.g. crabapple) is used primarily as a small ornamental then either may treat. If the dwarf trees are used for edible fruit production or are in an orchard, they are to be treated by the arborist.
If an uncertified nurseryman plants a shrub or trees on a customerís property, he may treat that plant to protect his guarantee, if the guarantee is included in the original price of the plant, he may not charge an additional fee for this service.
- If there are dogwood borers in some shrubby dogwoods, who would be permitted to treat? The borer could be treated by either the arborist or ornamental and turf applicator in the course of his other work about the yard.
- If hemlocks are pruned into a hedge, who would be permitted to treat? This would be within the province of the ornamental and turf certification.
How Poisonous are Pesticides
Useful Telephone Contacts
Required and Additional Study Materials for Pesticide Supervisors
"Turfgrass Nutrient and Integrated Pest Management Manual" edited by Timothy Abbey
Available from: University of Connecticut - Communications & Information Technology- Publications Resource Center Phone: (860) 486-3336
Pesticide Applicator Training Manual - Ornamentals and Turf (Category 3)
Manual available from Cornell University Cooperative Extension and Study Guide available from the University of Connecticut Communication and Resource Center
Various other publications are available from the Cooperative Extension Service.
The following sample questions may have more than one correct answer:
- Insects that feed on grass roots include:
- Japanese beetle larvae
- sod webworms
- chinch bugs
- white grubs
- Milky spore disease
- principally infects Kentucky bluegrass
- is an infectious disease of the Japanese beetle
- only occurs in cool damp weather
- gives a white milky appearance to the infected host
- Pesticides that particularly affect the acetylcholine of nerve junctions are:
- phenoxy herbicides
- chlorinated hydrocarbons
- Early symptoms of pesticide poisoning may include:
- How much pesticide containing 20% active ingredient must be used to provide two pounds of actual chemical per acre?
For more information, please call the Pesticide Management Program at (860) 424-3369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance
Pesticide Management Program
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Content Last Updated on October 16, 2013