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This is where the multitude of handouts from the 2018 MISC Annual Meeting treatment discussion/brainstorming session live!

  • Herbicide Information chart, courtesy WM CISMA
  • Strike team costs estimation worksheet, courtesy WM CISMA
  • Strike team startup needs checklist, courtesy WM CISMA
  • Knotweed treatment comparison chart (+ sprayer calibration), courtesy SWxSW CISMA
  • Mix table example, courtesy ISN
  • Emergency Contacts, courtesy ISN
  • End-of-week Checklist, courtesy ISN
  • Treatment Tracking template, courtesy ISN
  • "Truck box" list, courtesy ISN
  • Pesticide training agenda, courtesy ISN

Plus, don't forget about the Best Management Practices (BMPs) that MNFI has put together--there are links on michigan.gov/invasives as well as pinned on this Forum.  They help with herbicide selection (or other methods).

Finally, the manuals for Pesticide Certification are excellent resources--use them!

Please comment on this thread with additional resources.


Emergency Contacts 2018.docx

End of Week Checklist.xlsx

Herbicide Information-2.xlsx

JK treatment methods_sprayer calibration (3).pdf

Mix tables 2010.doc

Pesticide Seasonal Training Agenda 5-31-2018.docx

Strike Team costs.xlsx

Strike Team Startup Needs.docx

Treatment Reporting Template.xlsx

Truck Box 2018.docx

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Here's the MDARD pesticide application business road check form - useful for self-review to determine compliance!


From here:


"This is in the official MDA inspector checklist used to determine compliance with Michigan's pesticide laws and regulations while making a commercial pesticide application."

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Planned Use Inspections were talked about during the 2018 MISC Annual Meeting treatment discussion/brainstorming session on 12/11/18.  Here is a description of what one is:


A Planned Use Inspection (PUI) is unlike MDARD’s complaint-based investigations or entity-type inspections (such as schools and golf courses).  PUIs are scheduled by an inspector with a firm that is often new to the pesticide application industry, has just obtained a pesticide application business license from MDARD for the first time, or would like a refresher on state and/or federal pesticide use laws, among many other reasons.  The inspection is intended to be educational; inspectors will review all applicable pesticide laws with the firm and inspect operations and recordkeeping to ensure all pesticide-related aspects of the business are in compliance.   The PUI is non-confrontational to encourage meaningful dialogue between the interviewees and the inspector.  Any deficiencies found will be addressed through typically low-level enforcement such as stop orders or warning letters, and the inspector will work with the firm to ensure corrective actions resolve the issues identified.

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How to find your local Pesticide Inspector was talked about during  the 2018 MISC Annual Meeting treatment discussion/brainstorming session on 12/11/18. 

Here is how you can get in touch with your pesticide inspector: 

Call MDARD's Customer Service Center's 800 number and specify that you need the contact information for a pesticide inspector in a given county.  Call center staff will be able to determine the inspector based on our current mapping of districts.  Some districts for pesticide inspectors divide counties or are in more than one county, so you may need to be more specific in some cases.


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Thanks to John & Shaun for the information!  Here are a few more notes I took during our session:

  • Let police know what the crew is up to (especially if they're doing driving surveys that might elicit calls!)
  • Name badges/shirts/hats can also help ID your crew as professionals
  • Be clear with your crew about your CISMA's expectations (herbicide use, professionalism, etc.)
  • Be sure to have decontamination kits both for the truck and each person
  • Be sure to have water for washing--one huge reservoir or several jugs
  • (planned use inspections & pesticide business checklists from MDARD, above)
  • Herbicide manufacturers and contractors can be good resources for what herbicides to use
  • Importance of communicating with the public during activities (signs, well-trained crew)
  • Some questions about permitting can be directed to https://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3681_3710---,00.html

And a possible future action item:

  • Discussion of WM CISMA's treatment table--maybe a subcommittee?

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