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ABC's 20/20 Airs Bed Bug Canine Segment
On Friday night, ABC’s 20/20 aired a segment "Bedbug-Sniffing Dogs Might Not Accurately Detect Infestations.” Assisted by entomologists Paul Bello and Lou Sorkin, the program staged a sting operation where ten PMPs with canines were asked to inspect a residence confirmed to be free from bed bugs by Bello and Sorkin. The industry was represented by NPMA's Vice President of Public Affairs Missy Henriksen. Four of 11 canines that were used alerted the presence of canines, although only two PMPs appeared to have tried to sell the resident a treatment.
NPMA recommends that members reacquaint themselves with Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Bed Bugs. Specifically, the BMPs recommend that prior to making a treatment, the canine handler or a pest management professional should attempt to confirm the canine alert by:
Click here to see a copy of the alert and talking points that were distributed to members Friday.
- Visually inspecting the area to confirm the presence of an active infestation
- Utilizing a second canine team
- In some situations, the client may elect to have the room(s) treated without secondary confirmation.
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Thank You for Participating in the NPMA Gives Program
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:
Click here to sign up for the NPMA Gives Program and to view the full list of participants.
- Blue Chip Pest Services – Fenton, MO
- Clint Miller Exterminating – Mt. Pleasant, NC
- Protect Integrated Pest Management – Walbrzych, Poland
- Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions – St. Louis, MO
- Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions – Pearl City, HI
Insurance Rulemaking Forthcoming in IN
The Office of the Indiana State Chemist recently issued a notice of intent to adopt a rulemaking reducing the amount of liability insurance required for a pesticide business license. The State Chemist has not yet specified the amount it will seek. Click here to read the notice.
VA Considering Pre-emption, Remote Trap Technology Legislation
Legislation pending in the Virginia General Assembly would authorize local governments to approve ordinances requiring owners of residential property comprised of a half acre or less to notify neighbors 48 hours in advance of pesticide applicators performed by commercial applicators. Click here to read HB 1652.
The General Assembly is also considering a bill promoted by NPMA that requires the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to adopt regulations allowing nuisance wildlife control operators to use remote trap-checking technology in lieu of a physical trap check to determine if there is wildlife in the trap. Click here to read HB 1516.
FTC Amends Cooling-Off Rule
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently amended the longstanding Rule Concerning Cooling-Off Period for Sales Made at Homes or at Certain Other Locations. Specifically, the FTC increased from $25 to $130 the exclusionary limit for door-to-door sales made away from the buyer's residence. As a result, sellers of goods and services costing less than $130 will no longer be required to provide Notices of Cancellation to a buyer when the transaction occurs away from the buyer's residence. The exclusionary limit for door-to-door sales made at a buyer's residence remains at $25. Click here to read the new rule.
ODA Proposes Permanent Rulemaking
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) recently proposed a regulation making permanent an emergency rulemaking ODA adopted last June prohibiting the application of any product containing dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, or clothianidin, regardless of application method, to linden trees, basswood trees or other Tilia species.
ODA is holding a hearing on the proposed rule on Jan. 21, 2015 in Salem. ODA is also accepting written comments regarding the proposal until 5 p.m. on January 21, 2015. Click here to read more about the proposed rulemaking including information about the hearing and how to submit comments.
Bill Restricting Neonicotinoid Use Introduced in AK
A bill prohibiting the application of imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinotefuran, acetamiprid, or any other neonicotinoid pesticide to seeds, to foliage, or in granular form to soil, unless the pesticide is contained entirely within a greenhouse was prefiled last week in the Alaska Legislature. Click here to read House Bill 20.
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American Vanguard Corporation recently announced that Ulrich (Bob) Trogele, Ph.D., has been named Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of its principal operating subsidiary, AMVAC Chemical Corporation, effective immediately. NPMA wishes him well in his new position.
Arrow Exterminators Celebrates 17th Year Sponsoring Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade
For 17 years Arrow team members and their families have been entertaining spectators in downtown Atlanta by sponsoring and participating in the annual Children's Healthcare of Atlanta® (CHOA) Christmas Parade.
Central Life Sciences Names John Holick 2014 'Salesman of the Year'
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Central Life Sciences has selected John Holick as the recipient of the "Salesman of the Year" award for the Zoëcon Professional Products division.
ScottsMiracle-Gro Completes Acquisition of Action Pest Control
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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company recently announced that its Scotts LawnService business has acquired the assets of Action Pest Control, Inc.
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Bedbug Bait and Trap Invented by Simon Fraser University Scientists (CBC)
20 States Raised Their Minimum Wage This Week (The Washington Post)
Concord: Allegedly Ignoring Bedbugs Bites Landlord; Judge Issues Arrest Warrant (Contra Costa Times)
Technician from NPMA Member Company Wins Lottery (Mankato Free Press)
Monarch Butterfly May Join Endangered Species List in 2015 (The Christian Science Monitor)
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