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PestWorld 2015 – Last Call For Speakers
Deadline for Submission: Feb. 13

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NPMA is looking for your help to identify the most innovative and exciting speakers for PestWorld 2015. PestWorld, the premier event in the professional pest management industry, will be held Oct. 20-23 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Click here to submit the speaker recommendation/application before the Feb. 13 deadline.

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Only a Few Days Left to Register for Legislative Day and SAVE $25!
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Join hundreds of pest management professionals March 15-17 in Washington, D.C. at Legislative Day 2015 for the opportunity for our industry's voice to be heard! House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy – the House's second highest ranking member – will be the special guest speaker during lunch on Tuesday, March 17. This year's event will also feature keynote addresses by the following renowned political speakers: General Stanley McChrystal, Former Commander of U.S. And International Forces in Afghanistan; Chris Wallace, host of FOX News Sunday, and Reid Wilson, Editor of The Washington Post's Read In and Former Editor-in-Chief of National Journal's The Hotline. This is an event you will not want to miss! Click here for more details and registration.
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Member Benefit Highlight: Prescription Discount Program & Telehealth Hotline
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Did you know that according to the Wellness Council of America, over 70 percent of urgent care, and doctor office visits can be safely handled over the phone? Did you know that prescription drug discount cards beat co-pay fees 7 out of 10 times? With the significant impact that increasing health care and insurance costs have on your bottom line, you must learn about how NPMA's latest member benefits can save you, your family, your employees and their families time and money! Click here to learn about Prescrpt, a prescription discount card and here to learn about the Telehealth and Wellness Hotline, a virtual physician network.
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Thank You for Participating in the NPMA Gives Program
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Several companies have recently announced their participation in NPMA Gives, a program created by NPMA to provide its members with a way to recognize their contributions to their communities. The following companies recently committed to donating one percent of their annual net profit in 2015 through either monetary, product or service contributions in an attempt to give back to our community:
  • Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators – Streator, IL
  • Shamrock Pest Control – Mesquite, TX

Click here to sign up for the NPMA Gives Program and to view the full list of participants.

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Asian Tiger Mosquito

As one of your benefits of NPMA membership you are able to download professional pest photos for free at my.npmapestworld.org. Contact npma@pestworld.org if you have any trouble logging in to the site.
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HEARD FROM THE HILL


AZ Bill Repeals School Pesticide Notice Requirement
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The Arizona House of Representatives is set to consider a bill eliminating the longstanding requirement that a school district governing board provide written notification to parents prior to applying any pesticides on school property. Click here to read House Bill 2181.
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CT Bed Bug Bill Resurfaces
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The Connecticut General Assembly will once again consider legislation establishing the rights and and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in managing bed bug infestations in multifamily housing. The measure narrowly missed clearing the General Assembly the last two years.

Under House Bill 6759, landlords must have a qualified inspector inspect the unit suspected of being infested and any contiguous unit within five days of being alerted by a tenant of a possible infestation. The measure also defines a "qualified inspector" as "a certified applicator, local health department official or bed bug detection team retained by a landlord to conduct an inspection for an infestation of bed bugs." Furthermore, the legislation requires bed bug detection teams to hold a current, independent, third-party certification in accordance with the NPMA's Minimum Standards for Canine Bed Bug Detection Team Certification.

Click here to read the bill.

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New Mexico Pesticide Posting Bill Tabled
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A key New Mexico House Committee Friday voted to table a bill that would have required posting for all pesticide applications in publicly accessible buildings and on publicly accessible grounds including the use of sanitizers, effectively killing the bill for the year. New Mexico Pest Management Association President Chuck Simko testified in opposition to House Bill 186. Click here to read the measure and related information.
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CO PAA Sunset Review Bill Advances
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A key Colorado Senate committee Thursday unanimously approved legislation extending the life of the Pesticide Applicators' Act from July 1, 2015 to Sept. 1, 2024. Click here to read Senate Bill 15-119.
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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Scotts' Slowing Down Pest Control Acquisitions
Columbus Business First
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Hawaii's House Committee Passes Pesticide Buffer Bill
HawaiiNewsNow
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Environmental Groups Urge President to Ban Bee-Killing Insecticides
Natural Resources Defense Council
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In Bedbugs, Scientists See a Model of Evolution
The New York Times
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


Stay Ahead of the Competition With 4 New Social Features
By Emma Fitzpatrick
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A Better Way to Measure Employee Success
Inc.
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The 3 Keys of Leadership Success
LinkedIn
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Why Your People Are Your Most Important Asset
Inc.
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How to Motivate Your Employees in 10 Easy Steps
LinkedIn
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Arrow Exterminators Announces New Additions
Arrow Exterminators
Arrow Exterminators is pleased to announce new additions to their team. Industry veteran Marie Horner has joined as the Regional Vice President of operations for its North Carolina market and Rachel Ferebee has joined as Talent Acquisition Specialist.
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IN MEMORIAM


In Memoriam: Darrell Ennes
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Darrell Ennes, the longtime director of government affairs for Terminix International, passed away on Feb. 7. Darrell joined Terminix in 1972 as a service technician and later as a branch and regional manager, before ascending to his current position. Darrell was active in NPMA and served as president of the Pest Control Operators of California in 2008 and 2009. Darrell enjoyed sports, motorcycles and golf.

Norman Goldenberg, a longtime friend and colleague said, "I’ve lost a very dear friend and the industry has lost one of its most passionate defenders."

Services for Darrell will be held on Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m. at Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel, 127 E. Caldwell Ave, in Visalia, CA.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
Feb. 10-11, 2015 Southern Conference Memphis, TN
March 15-17, 2015 Legislative Day Washington, D.C.

  To view the calendar of events, click here.


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