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NPMA Creates New Veterans Group
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In an effort to not only honor the personal sacrifice veterans have made to preserving our freedom, but also provide NPMA members with access to a remarkable pool of talent, NPMA created a new Veterans Group. The mission of this group is to actively promote the recruitment of veterans and support those recruitment efforts through various education and training opportunities and provide mentoring and support for veterans currently employed in the industry.

An organizational meeting of the Veterans Group will be held during NPMA’s Legislative Day on Monday, March 16 from 7 - 8:30 a.m. in Washington, DC. "The meeting is open to anybody in the industry and is designed as a brainstorming meeting to imagine how the effort will be organized, identifying several achievable objectives and an action plan to get there," said NPMA CEO Bob Rosenberg. "Additionally, the Legislative Day keynote speaker, General Stanley McChrystal, has agreed to spend some time with our veterans group."

To sign up for the organizational meeting and to meet with General McChrystal, please visit, http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1952096/Veterans-in-Pest-Management

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Only 10 Days Left to Register For Legislative Day and SAVE $25!
Early bird pricing ends Feb. 13

NPMA
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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Industry Observances for 2015
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As you fill out your 2015 calendar, you may wish to make note of several observances to help promote the industry this year:
  • Termite Awareness Week: March 15-21*
  • National Pest Management Month: April*
  • Bed Bug Awareness Week: June 7-14*
  • Rodent Awareness Week: November 15-21*
  • NPMA Day of Service: August 15

Take advantage of these opportunities to promote your company to your current and prospective customers! Events marked with an asterisk have been recognized by Chase's Calendar of Events, the world’s foremost authority on holidays and observances, and a go-to story-idea generator for journalists. Watch for more information in the coming months.

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Member Benefit Highlight: Human Resources Consulting Service
NPMA
Have a human resources problem? Question? Crisis? Do you simply need to brainstorm a problem or a particular employee situation? NPMA members can now call, email or text Seay Management Consultants to speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge regarding any employment issue that arises in your business. The comprehensive menu of services provided can be found here.

Sandy Seay and his associates are very familiar with the pest management industry, having represented and advised pest management companies for nearly 50 years. For more information about Seay Management Consultants, click here. To contact Sandy Seay, call 407-426-9484 or email sandy@seay.us.

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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:
  • Advanced Pest Elimination – Sellersburg, IN
  • Atlantic Pest and Termite Management – Charleston, SC
  • Lindsey Pest Services – Jacksonville, FL
  • Platinum Pest Solutions, Inc – Lansing, IL

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

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House Fly Behavior and Baits
NPMA
Krista Seraydar and Dr. Phil Kaufman, entomologists from the University of Florida, explored the potential role that house fly behavior can play in resistance to bait containing imidacloprid. The house fly, Musca domestica, is a ubiquitous, cosmopolitan pest that breeds in filth and often contaminates food and food-prep surfaces. Due to the sensitive environments in which they are often found, baits have become a popular control strategy against house flies. By putting flies in choice (imidacloprid-containing bait and sugar) and no-choice experimental chambers, the researchers reported evidence for heritable taste-aversion, a behavioral attribute that led to house flies to avoid bait containing imidacloprid. Insecticides can lose effectiveness due to genetic and physiological reasons (i.e. extremely high doses are needed to kill when generations ago a fraction of active ingredient was sufficient) or behavioral (i.e. bait avoidance), so it is recommended to rotate classes of chemistry and products when trying to control a pest.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology under the title, ”Does behavior play a role in house fly resistance to imidacloprid-containing baits?”

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NPMA Responds to ... Kourtney Kardashian???
NPMA
NPMA's Vice President for Technical and Regulatory Affairs Jim Fredericks was cited last week in BuzzFeed answering Kourtney Kardashian's inquiry about ant sexual organs. Click here to read more.
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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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


House Agriculture Committee Finalizes Subcommittees Assignments
NPMA
The House Agriculture Committee last week finalized subcommittee assignments. Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois will chair the panel with immediate jurisdiction over pesticide/pest management issues while Congresswoman Suzanne DelBene of Washington State will serve as the Ranking Democrat.

Click here to read the full subcommittee rosters.

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NPMA Expresses Concern About Listing West Coast Population of Fisher Under Endangered Species Act
NPMA
NPMA recently submitted comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cautioning the Service against restricting PMP uses of rodenticides in California, Oregon and Washington State. The USFWS is considering a rulemaking listing the West Coast Population of fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. According to the Service one of the primary causes for the decline in the West Coast Population of fisher is exposure to rodenticides.

Click here to view the submitted comments.

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VA Bill Authorizing Local Regulation of Pesticides Dies
NPMA
The Virginia House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee last week removed from the docket a bill permitting local governments the authority to regulate pesticides, effectively killing the measure for the year.
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New Mexico Legislature Considering Pesticide Posting Bill
NPMA
A New Mexico lawmaker last week introduced a bill requiring the posting of a sign for any pesticide treatment in publicly accessible buildings and grounds including applying disinfectants to clean the bathroom.
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CO Lawmakers Considering Bill Extending Life of Pesticide Applicators' Act
NPMA
A key Colorado lawmaker last week filed a bill extending the Pesticide Applicators' Act from July 1, 2015 to Sept. 1, 2024. The measure is part of a process known as Sunset Review under which all government functions and agencies are evaluated for necessity, effectiveness and efficiency.
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Bill Restricting Neonicotinoid Use Introduced in MD
NPMA
A Maryland Senator last week introduced legislation limiting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides to certified applicators, farmers and veterinarians. Senate Bill 163 will be heard by the Senate Health, Education and Environmental Affairs Committee on February 17. Click here to read the bill and related information.
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MS WDI Inspection Bill Amended
NPMA
Late last week, a key Mississippi legislative committee amended legislation pertaining to wood destroying insect reports (WDIR) to require residential and commercial real estate closings to be completed by an independent termite inspector from an inspection company solely engaged in the business of pest control and inspections, that is licensed, bonded, insured and in good standing with the Bureau of Plant Industry. Senate Bill 2810 initially mandated that WDIRs be provided by the seller of the property. Click here to read the bill and related information.
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VA House Approves NPMA/VPMA Spearheaded Bill
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The Virginia House Of Delegates yesterday unanimously approved a bill spearheaded by the National and Virginia Pest Management Associations directing the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to adopt rulemaking permitting pest and wildlife management professionals to use remote trap technology to satisfy the requirement that traps set for wildlife be checked every 24 hours. The bill will next be referred to the Senate for further consideration. Click here to read House Bill 1516 and related information.
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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Pesticide-Free Zones Proposed Near Schools, Hospitals
HawaiiNewsNow
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


Checking The Pulse On Your Business
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The Secret to Smarter Customers
By Carol Heiberger
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What Leadership Needs to Know About Followership
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


ABC Home and Commercial Services Awarded Angie's List Super Service Award
ABC Home and Commercial Services
ABC Home and Commercial Services of Dallas/Fort Worth has been awarded the 2014 Super Service Award, marking their 10th year of being recognized by Angie’s List.
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For the Rottler Family, Bugs Are Big Business
St. Louis Business Journal
Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions has changed much since Mike and Gary Rottler began working for their father's business. Today it has about 130 employees and could add up to 50 additional employees and expand its geographical reach in the next 12 months.
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Rollins, Inc. Staffing Update
Rollins, Inc.
Rollins, Inc. announced that after 17 years of service Sr. Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Harry J. Cynkus will retire in 2015. Eddie Northen will succeed Cynkus effective May 1. Additionally, Pam R. Rollins has been elected as a new Director for the company.
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Sandwich Isle Pest Control Supporting Royal Merit Scholarship Fund
Hanalani Schools
Hanalani Schools in Hawaii are hosting their Annual Royals Golf Classic Fundraiser on March 27, 2015 to support their Royal Merit Scholarship, recognizing students that demonstrate the pursuit of excellence and high levels of accomplishment. Sandwich Isle Pest Control, an NPMA Gives participant, is giving back to their community by sponsoring this fundraiser.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
Feb. 3-5, 2015 Wildlife Expo Myrtle Beach, SC
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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