Sep. 15, 2015

PestWorld 2015: Overflow Hotel Now Available

Overflow rooms are now available at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. The Sheraton is located five miles from the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Shuttle service will be available between the two hotels. Rooms are available Monday through Thursday nights. The hotel is sold out on Friday night. To make reservations, please call 888-627-7060 or click here.

Attend the Post-Convention Trip to Costa Rica
Extend your PestWorld experience and join us for our post-convention trip to Costa Rica! Click here for more details on the post convention trip.

Still need to register for PestWorld? Visit conference.npmapestworld.org for more details and registration.More

Strut Your Stuff – Showcase Your Team on NPMA's New Web Site
NPMA is in the process of developing a new Web site – scheduled to go live later this month – and we want to showcase our members.

If you have high quality – 300 DPI minimum resolution - images of your team at work, send them our way! We will include the pictures and your company's name on a rotating banner on our home page!

Please note, photos should be of professional grade - something that you would use in a marketing brochure. Please send all photos to jrickwalder@pestworld.org. More

NPMA Staff Update
Last week, Alexis Wirtz celebrated her 15-year NPMA anniversary and received a well-deserved promotion to Vice President of Conventions and Meetings. Additionally, Jim Fredericks, NPMA’s Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, received the Entomological Society of America's Distinguished Service Award, which encourages, recognizes, and rewards outstanding contributions to the ESA Certification Program and the professionalism of entomology. Congratulations Alexis and Jim!More

Members Advised to Review Their Web Photos
When developing their websites, pest management companies sometimes download photos/images from the internet and assume they are in the public domain and may be used without any restrictions. You may not know it, but you may be infringing a copyright. It’s not uncommon for a PMP to get a letter from an attorney demanding payment for using a copyrighted photo and threatening litigation if the company does not settle. It can cost many thousands of dollars. NPMA recommends:

1. That PMPs review their websites (and other images) to be sure they are not infringing copyrights.

2. If you need high-quality pest photos, NPMA has a FREE photo library of professional pest images available on my.npmapestworld.org for members to use on their websites and marketing materials. Please contact us at npma@pestworld.org if you need assistance logging in.

3. Click here for an insightful discussion about using web images. More

Member Benefit Highlight: OSHA Toolbox
As a benefit of membership, NPMA members have access to the OSHA Toolbox, a comprehensive website including resources for OSHA inspection, posting requirements, state plans, respiratory protection and injury and illness reporting.

To log on, visit www.qualityprotools.org and enter “osha” as both the username and password.More

Chagas Disease in Texas: More of a Threat than Previously Thought?
Conenose, or kissing bugs (Triatoma spp.), are blood-feeding assassin bugs implicated in transmitting disease throughout Mexico, Central America, and South America. Munis Huhaya, of the University of Texas at El Paso, led a research team that collected conenose bugs in southern Texas and screened them for the protozoan parasite (Trypanosoma cruzi) that causes Chagas disease in humans. Surprisingly, 61 percent of the 39 conenose bugs captured were found to be infected with the disease-causing parasite. Chagas disease transmission typically occurs when a sleeping person is bitten on exposed skin and feces containing the parasite are scratched into the bite-wound by the sleeping person. Many people remain asymptomatic while 20-30 percent of sufferers develop debilitating or life-threatening symptoms.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the journal Acta Tropica under the title, “Incidence of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in triatomines collected at Indio Mountains Research Station."More


Asian Needle Ant

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.

Urge Congress to Stop Drastic Overtime Changes
Act now and join those voicing concerns with the Department of Labor's (DOL) dramatic overtime proposal that could cost jobs and decrease room for advancement in workplaces across the country.

The comment period for the DOL's proposed rule closed on Friday Sept. 4, 2015 and it is time to tell Congress that we need legislative action to stop this rule from going into effect as proposed!

Act now - Join thousands of Americans and send a letter to your elected officials in Congress asking them to support legislative action that stops DOL's unworkable proposed overtime rule. By clicking on the link below you can quickly send a letter to your Congressional Representatives concerning this important issue.

Urge Congress to Stop Overtime Increases More

FDA Releases Final Rules Strengthening National Food Safety Requirements
On Sept. 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released final rules; Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls for Human Food, and Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls for Animal Food. The rules were statutorily mandated through the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in January 2011. FSMA is a broad initiative to overhaul the national food supply system in an effort to strengthen food safety through increased accountability, oversight and preventative measures. The rules released on September 10 require all registered food facilities to maintain a food safety plan, perform a hazard analysis and institute preventive controls and verify these preventive controls are properly working. Non-compliance with these new rules can lead to hefty fines and lengthy injunctions. The new rules highlight the value of proper pest management within food facilities, and our industry’s continued effort to provide these valuable services. More

Residential Exposure to Pesticide During Childhood and Childhood Cancers: A Meta-Analysis

NPMA's Bug Barometer Forecasts a Pest-Filled Start to Fall Across the United States
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US Court Rules Against Neonicotinoid Pesticide
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Pest Infestations Cost US Businesses $6.8 Billion In Operating Costs

3 Signs That You Should Shut Down Your Business
I haven't spoken to an entrepreneur yet who has not thought about walking away from a business at one time or another, especially if the business is only a few years old. The grind, lack of money and pure fatigue are usually the top reasons why business owners are ready to throw in the towel.More

QualityPro Sales Video
Is your company QualityPro certified? Do your customers know? Use this video to tell your clients why certification makes your company one of the best in the pest management industry. QualityPro certified companies can use the video at https://youtu.be/gJZV3qQQq8M to market themselves as QualityPro.More

NPMA Submits Comments to the Department of Labor In Opposition to Proposed Overtime Changes
On Thursday, Sept. 3, NPMA submitted comments to the Department of Labor in opposition of the Department’s flawed proposed overtime rule. NPMA, along with 250 individual NPMA members, submitted an extension request for the rule in early August. Unfortunately, the Department announced on Monday, Aug. 31 that they would not extend the comment period, despite hundreds of thousands of requests to extend the comment period.More

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2015 ESACC Award Winners Announced
ESA Certification Corporation, Inc.
The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation (ESACC) is proud to name the winners of the 2015 Certification Awards. More

Arrow Exterminators Announces 2015 Scholarship Contest Winners
Arrow Exterminators
Arrow Exterminators announces the six winners of its external and internal scholarship programs.More

Buono Pest Control Announces New Leadership
Buono Pest Control
Benedict J. Buono, Jr., founder and president will be succeeded by second generation Marillian D. Buono-Missiti and Steven A Buono who will lead the company. More

PestOne Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Record Attendance at Annual Convention
This past weekend, PestOne member companies traveled from many different cities across the Southeast for training and networking at the Annual Summer Convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. More