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Hear Senator Rand Paul Speak at NPMA Legislative Day
Join us at Legislative Day for a lunch presentation on Tuesday, March 11 by Dr. Rand Paul, the junior U.S. Senator for Kentucky. Elected in 2010, he has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility, and a warrior against government overreach. Among his first legislative proposals: cutting $500 billion in federal spending and a plan to balance the federal budget in just five years. He has since introduced similar bills with growing support. Click here to register for Legislative Day and make a difference in your industry.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Principles of Tick Management and Tick-Borne Disease
Join us for a webinar on March 5, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST.
This webinar, featuring panelists from the EPA, CDC, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and NPMA, will cover pertinent topics including conventional and non-conventional tick management practices, landscape management, EPA resources for tick management and PPE and health implications relating to tick management.
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Mr. Larry E. Stretz, BCE, ACE, (Syngenta), Cookeville, Tenn. USA. Certified on 1/27/2014
Mr. Bruce L. Carter, ACE, (Carter Services, Inc), Farmington, N.M. USA. Certified on 1/28/2014
Mr. Paul Sowers, ACE, (Carter Services, Inc), Farmington, N.M. USA. Certified on 1/28/2014
Mr. Joshua Howard Emms, ACE, (Preventive Pest Control), Albuquerque, N.M. USA. Certified on 1/28/2014
Mr. Brian Victor, ACE, (Preventive Pest Control), Albuquerque, N.M. USA. Certified on 1/28/2014
Mr. Chesley Elkins, ACE, (Preventive Pest Control), Albuquerque, N.M. USA. Certified on 1/28/2014
Mr. Pan Luo, BCE, (Fischer Environmental Services), New Orleans, La. USA. Certified on 1/29/2014
Mr. Maksim Vasilevsky, BCE, (Banfield Pet Hospital), Yonkers, N.Y. USA. Certified on 2/4/2014
Mr. Aaron Daniel Matthews, ACE, (Presto-X), Carrollton, Texas USA. Certified on 2/5/2014
Mr. Bret Husted, ACE, (Prevention Inspection Service), Daly City, Calif. USA. Certified on 2/7/2014
Visit www.entocert.org for details.
The ACE program is managed by the Entomological Society of America, and endorsed by the National Pest Management Association.
Chemical Control of the Asian Cockroach
Drs. Edward T. Snoddy and Arthur G. Appel of Auburn University recently published a paper comparing chemical control strategies against the Asian cockroach (Blatella asahinai). The Asian cockroach is an invasive species that was first identified in the United States in 1986 in Florida. This species has a very similar appearance to that of the German cockroach yet has some dissimilar habits. Asian cockroaches are peridomestic and prefer living in and amongst leaf litter and mulch. They are also capable fliers and readily fly towards light.
Research of control strategies used against Asian cockroaches has been limited, so this study sheds light on a major pest, especially in the southeastern United States. In field and laboratory experiments, three compounds, β-cyfluthrin EC, essential oil EC, and fipronil granules were compared to determine how effective they were at controlling the Asian cockroach. In both lab and field trials, β-cyfluthrin and fipronil performed significantly better than the essential oil formulation and the authors conclude that both compounds provide effect control of Asian cockroaches.
The paper is titled, "Field and Laboratory Efficacy of Three Insecticides for Population Management of the Asian Cockroach (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae)," and was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Economic Entomology, which can be found here.
VA OSHA Hazard Communication Training
NPMA has partnered with the Virginia Pest Management Association and Virginia's local pest management associations to provide the required, verifiable OSHA Hazard Communication training in the coming weeks. The training will be presented by Marcia Duke, Ph.D., B.C.E., the Director of Regulatory Affairs at NPMA. Click here for more details.
California Bill Permits Electronic Transmission of Information
A bill introduced last week in the California Assembly would permit California pest management professionals to comply with the state's consumer notification requirement by transmitting the information electronically. Current law limits the ways in which PMPs must provide the information to consumers to first class mail, posting the information in a conspicuous place or personal delivery. Assembly Bill 1685 also raises various fees paid by PMPs. Click here to read the legislation.
Illinois Bill Would Rollback Preemption
A leading Illinois lawmaker last week introduced legislation rolling back existing state law preempting local governments from regulating pesticides. As introduced, Senate Bill 3565 authorizes counties with a population exceeding two million and municipalities entirely within Cook County with a population over 50,000 to regulate pesticides. Click here to read SB 3565 and related information.
Maine Bill Banning Neonicotinoid Pesticides Defeated
The Maine Legislature last week voted down legislation banning the use, sale and distribution of neonicotinoid pesticides for two years. The measure, LD 1587, defined the term "neonicotinoid pesticide" as a pesticide containing imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinotefuran, acetamiprid or thiacloprid. The legislation also directed the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to review the use and effects of neonicotinoid pesticides. The measure was defeated at the request of the bill sponsor, who indicated that he plans to refile similar legislation next year focused more on specialty pesticide uses and less on agricultural uses. Click here to read LD 1587 and related information.
New York Gov. Cuomo Proposes to Modify Pesticide Use Reporting Law
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 modifies the state's longstanding pesticide use reporting statute. Specifically, Governor Cuomo's budget proposal repeals a 1996 state law requiring PMPs and other commercial pesticide applicators to submit comprehensive pesticide use reports to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. The proposal also eliminates the requirement that DEC issue an annual report on pesticide use. DEC has not issued a pesticide use report with all of the compiled applicator reports since 1996. Click here to read Part H of Assembly Bill 8557.
City Delays Bedbug Policy After Some Landlords Object
Richard J. Leskosky: Pesticides Play Leading Role in Insect Fear Film Fest Lineup
Proposed Oregon Pesticide Restrictions for Home Gardeners Shuffled to Task Force
Police: 2 Men Arrested for Stealing Pesticides, Reselling on eBay
Contra Costa Times via San Jose Mercury News
A-Active Named to the Best Places to Work in Virginia
For the third year in a row, A-Active Termite and Pest Control, servicing all of Hampton Roads, Va. and Northeastern North Carolina was named to Virginia Business Magazine's Best Places to Work list. The company ranked No. 22 in the Small Employer category and was honored at a luncheon on Feb. 6, 2014 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Va. Virginia Business Magazine honors businesses in Virginia whose leadership and employees have reported on superior competency in core areas such as leadership, training, pay and benefits, and overall engagement.
FMC Names Ken Hutto and Brian Mount as Technical Service Managers
FMC Corporation recently named Brian Mount and Ken Hutto as technical service managers for the FMC Professional Solutions (FPS) business. These newly created positions will provide strong technical support for FMC customers and the sales organization. Previously, Hutto and Mount were product development leads. In their new positions they will work closely with sales, marketing and key customers to technically support FPS products, and will provide field support for innovation projects and new product introductions.
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Dave Morris Assumes New Role at Dow AgroSciences
Dave Morris, past NPMA Board member and longtime supporter of the pest management industry, has accepted a new role at Dow AgroSciences as US Government and Public Affairs Leader. NPMA wishes him much success in his new role.
Zoëcon Professional Products Hires Industry Veteran Steve Sullivan as Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager
The Zoëcon Professional Products (ZPP) division of Central Life Sciences recently announced the hiring of Steve Sullivan to the position of Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager. Sullivan will succeed Charlie Pate, a 23-year employee of Central Life Sciences, who is retiring this year.
Sullivan brings more than eight years of industry experience to the position, most recently overseeing national and southeast accounts for Bell Laboratories of Madison, Wis.
Waynes Environmental Services, Inc. Receives BBB Award
Waynes Environmental Services
Waynes Environmental Services, Inc. in Huntsville recently received the North Alabama BBB Torch Award Finalist in the Large Business Category for 2013.
American Pest Solutions Celebrates 100 Years
Abraham Russell started American Pest Solutions making roach-killing powder at his dining room table and selling it from the back of a horse-drawn cart. Today, the 15 to 20 technicians working for the fourth-generation family-owned company all have handled computers and mobile printers along with the latest, and least disruptive, pest-control chemicals.
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New Jersey Department Fines Neptune City Company $495,000 for Misapplying Pesticides, Revokes Firms Applicator License (NPMA)
Costco Agrees to Fine for Selling Banned Insecticide (Newsday)
Bee Deaths Reversal: As Evidence Points Away From Neonics As Driver, Pressure Builds To Rethink Ban (Forbes)
Police: Man Threatened Bug Man with Knife (Austin American-Statesman)
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