Learn how to safely apply pesticides with minimal impact to pollinators

Oregon Department of Agriculture: 1 core credit

More and more people are growing concerned about the impact of pesticides on pollinating insects, and new state and federal regulations around pesticide use on pollinators attempt to address this issue. This raises the question: Is it possible to go hard on pests and still be soft on pollinators?

This course provides pesticide applicators with an easy-to-apply set of rules to select and apply pesticides with minimal impact to pollinators. In this online self-paced course, you will cover:

  • How to select pesticides that pose the lowest risk to pollinators
  • How to apply pesticides in a way that reduces the risk to pollinators
  • How to find and interpret pesticide label language about pollinators
  • How to use PNW 591 "How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides" as a manual
  • How you can work with local bee-keepers to reduce risk

After completing this course, you will be able to judge the risk of a pesticide treatment to pollinators, based on 1) the pesticide label and 2) PNW 591 – “How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides” (as a publication or mobile app). Afterwards, you will be able to take practical risk-reduction steps while also keeping pests under control.

  • Andony Melathopoulos

    Andony Melathopoulos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture who leads OSU’s efforts to design, implement and evaluate a state-wide pollinator health program. OSU’s work around pollinator health comes out of a mandate from the Oregon Legislature. Each year Andony provides training to over 1500 pesticide applicators on how to reduce pesticide exposure to pollinating insects, and he also hosts a weekly podcast on pollinator health (PolliNation). Andony is currently working on a number of education products designed for helping homeowners and landscapers better understand how to manage pests while minimizing impacts to pollinators. He also sits on the steering Committee of the Oregon Bee Project, which coordinates pollinator health work across state agencies.
  • Kaci Buhl

    Kaci Buhl is an Associate Professor of Practice at Oregon State University (OSU). She coordinates the Statewide Pesticide Safety Education Program, working to educate professional pesticide applicators. On the national level, Ms. Buhl is the Deputy Director of the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative, which creates pesticide manuals, exams, and other resources for professionals. She studied integrated pest management (IPM) at Michigan State University and previously coordinated the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).
It may take 4-8 weeks. Oregon State University submits the list of course-takers to ODA once per month, and ODA has a high workload in data entry from November through March. Please contact ODA directly with any questions at 503-986-4635.
You can email Dr. Andony Melathopoulos at melathoa@oregonstate.edu or Kaci Buhl at buhlk@oregonstate.edu.