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Academy 2015: Early Bird Registration Ends Friday!
NPMA
There are only 4 days left to register at the early bird rate for the 20th Anniversary of NPMA's Academy, July 15-17 in Lake Las Vegas. Join us for a unique opportunity to gain the information you need to develop a vision for your business in a hands-on, interactive environment. Click here for more details and registration!

Are you already registered for Academy? Download the NPMA Events app to customize your Academy schedule, network with fellow attendees, learn about the speakers, and MORE! To download, search “NPMA Events” in the iTunes Store or Play Store. #20YearsofAcademy

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Peek Inside PestWorld Magazine: Pollinators and PMPs
NPMA
The most recent issue of PestWorld Magazine is dedicated to the next generation of leaders in the pest management industry. Take a look at what’s inside the July/August 2015 issue:
  • A New Chapter for PPMA
  • Wellness and Safety Programs
  • The Power of Pinterest and Pest Control
  • And More!
Click here to view this issue. To submit an article or find out more about this publication, contact Janay Rickwalder.
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How Does Your Company Stack Up?
NPMA
We asked readers last week about their annual employee turnover and found that thirty-six percent of pest management companies reported less than 5 percent turnover a year and fifty percent of companies experienced a turnover rate of less than ten percent a year.
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NPMA Free Webinars
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PLANT YOUR OWN POLLINATOR GARDEN


Wednesday, July 8 | 1 p.m. ET 

In partnership with NPMA, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) has developed materials to support an industry-wide community day of service. Given the importance of taking action and devoting resources that address the issue of pollinator health, the day of service will focus on pollinators; “Plant Your Own Pollinator Garden” will take place for the first time on August 22, 2015 (National Honey Bee Day). We encourage all members to take part in this initiative by planting a pollinator garden in your community. For more information, please click here.

To assist you in navigating the steps involved in this process, NPMA and PPMA will host a "Plant Your Own Pollinator Garden" webinar on Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00 pm. During the webinar, participants will learn more about the initiative, how to apply for a community garden, what type of flowers to plant, how to publicize the event to the media and more.

REGISTER TODAY

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION PROGRAM - LEARN HOW YOU CAN KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES SAFE


Wednesday, July 15 | 1 p.m. ET

Presented by Darla Petersen and Linda Lane of National Fit Testing Services
Protecting employees’ health is the primary goal in any industry. OSHA CFR 29.1910.134 are mandated respiratory safety procedures protecting those producing and working in the pest industry. If your employees are exposed to respiratory hazards that may affect their health, you must provide them appropriate respiratory protection. This includes, but is not limited to, a written program, medical evaluations to assure they are healthy enough to wear a respirator, and finally initial and annual respirator fit testing and training. Spend some time learning what it takes to create a program and keep current. Register for this hour-long webinar to help you avoid audit penalty fees from OSHA.

REGISTER TODAY

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Search for Pesticide Products Like a PRO!
NPMA
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) has launched a new search tool for federally registered pesticide products. NPIC's Product Research Online (NPRO) allows users to search for pesticide products by name, EPA Reg. No., pest, site, type, signal word, active ingredient, and more. You can narrow down existing searches, view the federal product label, and jump to active ingredient information in EPA's ChemSearch. Designed for professionals, the system requires some knowledge of pesticide terminology.
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Free Pollinator Poster to the First 25 NPMA Members!
NPMA
NPMA is giving away a carnivorous plant and pollinator poster to the first 25 active NPMA members to respond. Click here if you are interested in receiving a free poster. The poster, sponsored by NPMA, is produced by the Pollinator Partnership.
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Bed Bugs and Trench Fever
NPMA
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) have been found to harbor multiple disease-causing agents but have never been shown to be able to successfully transmit any of them to humans. A team of scientists, led by Dr. Hamza Leulmi of the University of Marseille (France), recently published research investigating the ability of the common bed bug to acquire and viably keep trench fever. Trench fever is a rare, typically non-fatal illness caused by a bacteria (Bartonella quintana) that is transmitted by body lice. To determine if bed bugs can acquire the bacteria, adult bed bugs were fed contaminated blood and monitored to see where the bacteria went within the body and whether it remained viable over time. The study indicated that bed bugs that were fed contaminated blood did have viable bacteria within their guts and released viable bacteria in their feces. The disease-causing bacteria were not found in salivary secretions and no exploration of the ability of bed bugs to transmit trench fever to humans or any other animals were made.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of Neglected Tropical Diseases under the title, “Competence of Cimex lectularius bed bugs for the transmission of Bartonella quintana, the agent of trench fever.”

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Ant Mimic Spider

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 ON THE HILL


NPMA Submits Pollinator Comments to EPA
NPMA
NPMA recently submitted comments to EPA on the proposed rule entitled “Bees: Mitigating Exposure from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products”. NPMA notes that the EPA proposed rule recognizes that science and data point to multiple factors that may impact pollinators with varying effects. Rather than pointing to a single factor, EPA understands the need to collaborate with state agencies and key stakeholders to create plans that will mitigate risks to bees. In our comments, NPMA makes clear that pest professionals in our industry safely and routinely uses pesticide products to protect businesses, homes and people and are therefore encouraged that EPA did not take drastic steps limiting the use of approved products to manage targeted pests in and around structures.

To read the NPMA comments in their entirety click here.

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EPA Settlement in California Endangered Species Case
NPMA
Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a settlement agreement reached in the lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity v. EPA. This case focused on EPA’s alleged violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and sought usage prohibitions and restrictions on numerous EPA registered products used by the pesticide industry. A previous court order placed interim use restrictions on 75 pesticides in the San Francisco Bay Area until EPA and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services completed effect determinations and consultations. Currently, EPA and the Services are in the process of making final determinations on 59 of the 75 pesticides.

The proposed settlement would amend the previous order and would require EPA to make nation-wide effect determinations for atrazine, simazine, propazine and glyphosate, instead of completing effects and consultations on the remaining 16 pesticides for which EPA had not begun effect determinations.

The settlement agreement is currently open for public comment prior to going into effect. NPMA’s Policy Staff are working with EPA to determine which pesticides, if any, will have the interim use restrictions lifted. Please contact Andrew Bray if you have questions concerning this matter.

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Mosquito Virus Spreading Across United States
KAIT-TV
Move over West Nile virus, mosquito's are carrying a new virus that has hit neighboring states. There are 4 confirmed cases of Chikungunya in Missouri. While there are none in Arkansas yet, entomologists warn of the virus.

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Knock Out Mosquitoes and Beat the Bite This Summer
NPMA
With the arrival of summer comes the resurgence of one of America’s most annoying and most dangerous pests—the mosquito. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 2,205 U.S. cases of West Nile virus in 2014, 97 of which were fatal. In honor of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, taking place this June 21 – 27, 2015, NPMA urges Americans to be vigilant against threats posed by mosquitoes.

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HUD Replaces Termite Map with Exemption List
NPMA
Beginning Sept. 14, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will no longer use the map created by the U.S. Forest Service to determine the need for WDO inspections. In March 2015 HUD published Single Family Housing Policy Handbook (SF Handbook; HUD Handbook 4000.1), which identifies areas that are exempt from inspection. States that are not listed and have historically required termite inspection reports will still require termite inspection reports for all new construction.

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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Drought Ups Activity of Unwanted Pests
The Sacramento Bee
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Manatee County's Spike in Bedbugs Includes Library
Bradenton Herald
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Beekeepers to Remove a Million Bees from NY Home
New York Post
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Fox Valley Set for Boom in Mosquito Population
Chicago Tribune
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17-Year Cicadas Swarm the Area
The Emporia Gazette
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


Instagram Steals Social Spotlight: 3 Ways to Make Your Business Shine
By Emma Fitzpatrick
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A 3-Step Approach to Twitter Success
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7 Ways to Tackle Any Potential Business Risk
Inc.
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10 Skills That Are Hard to Learn But Pay Off Forever
Entrepreneur
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10 Benefits of Taking Risks
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Reynolds Pest Management, Inc. Expanded Pest Control Service Areas in South Florida
Reynolds Pest Management, Inc.
Reynolds Pest Management, Inc. has expanded their pest control and termite treatment services to South Florida.
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Blue and White Friday – We Stand United
Atlantic Pest and Termite Management, Inc.
Atlantic Pest and Termite Management, Inc. (Atlantic Pest) joins the unity rally to show Solidarity, Unity and Peace while remembering those who died in the Emanuel AME Church shooting.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
July 15-17, 2015 Academy 2015 Henderson, NV
July 29 – Aug. 1, 2015 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference Myrtle Beach, SC
Oct. 20-23, 2015 PestWorld Nashville, TN

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