Friday, September 23, 2016

Public Health Mosquito Control License Exam Prep and Exam Session

I have been contacted by several county and city Code Enforcement Departments in reference to the Public Health Pest Control License (PHPC). Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services requires the PHPC pesticide license if you are performing any mosquito control activities on private, business or commercial property. This includes treatments to abandoned/foreclosed and vacant properties, i.e.: stagnant water, swimming pools, ponds, fountains, etc.


To facilitate this process, I am offering an PHPC and General Standards Core (Core) exam prep training and exam session on October 12 at the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County Office. To be eligible for the license, one must pass both the Core and PHMC exams. 


The training and exam session will be from 8:30 am - 4:45 pm (lunch is included). Registration is at:


The Core covers pesticide safety: mixing, loading, storing, disposing of pesticides; personal protective equipment; exposure; spill cleanup; pesticide labels; equipment calibration. The PHPC covers history in FL; types of mosquitoes and their environments; mosquito life cycle; important mosquito borne diseases; integrated mosquito management; methods of control; other pests of public health importance.

I highly recommend studying the training manuals for the license in advance of the exam prep and exam session. Materials are available at:


PHPC is a free download at the link below:


Applying Pesticides Correctly

Available as a manual or DVD (manual and chapter presentations). Purchased from the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore at the link below:


Let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of further assistance. I will be out of the office from September 26-October 3, so email will be the best way to contact me.



Save the date: November 1, 2016

Core/Fertilizer License Renewal CEU Day

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Check and register for current ProHort training programs:




Susan Haddock

Commercial Hort/IPM/Small Farms Agent III

UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County 


(813)744-5519 ext. 54103


Solutions for Life

For Commercial Horticulture Professionals


Please note: 

All correspondence to or from this office is subject to Florida's Public Records laws.

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