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NPMA Veterans Group Organizational Meeting to be Held at Legislative Day
NPMA
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 has 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."

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING. Only meeting participants will be invited to meet with General McChrystal..

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Pest Management Foundation Grant Proposal Solicitation
NPMA
The Pest Management Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission and purpose is to advance the pest management industry through education, research, and training, is pleased to announce the availability of up to $20,000 for pest management industry related research. Proposals should be submitted to Jim Fredericks via email by Friday, March 6, 2015. Click here to view submission requirements and additional information.
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Spring Pest Gazette Now Available
NPMA
Spring is right around the corner and the Spring issue of Pest Gazette will help you give your customers and prospects a description of the various types of pests that may take over their home during the season. The Pest Gazette is customizable – you can add your logo, your contact information and an article of your choice. Click here to view the current issue. Click here to fill out an order form or contact us at pestgazette@pestworld.org.
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Thank You for Participating in the NPMA Gives Program
NPMA
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:
  • Varment Guard – Columbus, OH
  • Western Pest Control, Inc. – Washington, UT

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

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Plant Toxins and Bumble Bee Parasites
NPMA
A team of scientists, led by Dr. Leif Richardson of Dartmouth University, has been investigating the effect of tiny amounts of toxins, acquired from floral nectar, on an intestinal parasite, Crithidia bombi, that can reduce bee fitness. These toxins, which ranged from caffeine to thymol, to buckwheat nectar, are naturally occurring in different plants on which bumble bees routinely forage. These compounds are believed to exist in plants due to their insecticidal or pest-reducing properties; they are called secondary metabolites because they function for defense and have no known role in plant growth or reproduction. The hypothesis of the study was that if bumble bees are routinely ingesting tiny amounts of different secondary metabolites than maybe there would be a negative effect on the bee parasites, which would be may be affected by even miniscule amounts. The authors of the study found that 4 out of 8 secondary metabolites tested significantly reduced the parasite load within the bumble bees. Nicotine, a compound closely related to neonicotinoid active ingredients, was one of the secondary metabolites that, at low levels, reduced the presence of C. bombi.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B under the title, “Secondary metabolites in floral nectar reduce parasite infections in bumble bees.”

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Tawny Crazy 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.
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HEARD FROM THE HILL


Be On the Lookout!
NPMA
NPMA members should be on the lookout for legislation aimed at deregulating licensing and certification requirements for pest management professionals. In an attempt to deregulate all occupational licensing requirements in all industries the Institute for Justice has posted this model bill, which urges state legislators to sponsor and then adopt the proposed legislation. It recently came to our attention when a bill containing this language was introduced and nearly voted on by delegates in the Arkansas House.

What proponents of occupational licensing deregulation fail to consider is the importance of certification and licensing to the pest management industry, which is designed to ensure that consumers receive professional services by trained, licensed and regulated companies. PMPs are properly trained and possess the necessary skills to provide safe and effective control of structural pests

If you become aware of any proposed occupational deregulation legislation in your state please contact us immediately at 800.678.6722 or by emailing us at publicpolicy@pestworld.org.

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Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission Clarifies Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report Forms for Georgia Real Estate Transactions
Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission
On Feb. 10, the Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission published a notice clarifying the correct form for use in Georgia to report results from wood destroying insect reports. According to the Rules of the Georgia Structural Pest Control Act, only the Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report may be issued for the transfer of real property, no other forms may be issued. To read the Notice, click here.
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VA General Assembly Approves NPMA/VPMA Spearheaded Bill
NPMA
The Virginia Senate last week unanimously approved legislation 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 previously passed the House of Delegates and will soon be forwarded to Governor Terry McAuliffe for his consideration. Click here to read House Bill 1516 and related information.
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Vermont Legislators Considering Neonic Ban Bill
NPMA
Vermont legislators will soon begin consideration of legislation banning the sale and use of neonicotinoid pesticides. The measure is similar to legislation the House and Senate Agriculture Committees set aside last session to focus on genetically modified organism labeling legislation. Several other states are also considering bills banning or curbing the use of neonicotinoid pesticides including Alaska, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey and New York.
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Utah House Set to Vote on School Pesticide Notification Bill
NPMA
A bill requiring schools to notify parents of upcoming pesticide applications is moving through the Utah House of Representatives and will soon be voted on by the full body.
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Iowa Bill Increases Financial Responsibility Limits for Commercial Applicators
NPMA
A bill just introduced in the Iowa General Assembly increases the limits for evidence of financial responsibility for commercial pesticide applicators from $100,000 to $1 million for property damage and public liability damage each separately.
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CO Senate Approves Bill Extending Pesticide Applicators' Act
NPMA
The Colorado Senate last week passed legislation extending the Pesticide Applicators' Act from July 1, 2015 to Sept. 1, 2024. The bill will now move to the House for further consideration.
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FAA Proposes Rules for the Commercial Use of Drones
NPMA
The Federal Aviation Administration recently proposed rulemaking that could clear the way for pest management professionals and other business enterprises to use drones or unmanned aerial systems commercially. Under the proposal, operators would need to pass a written proficiency test, register the drone and pay about $200 in fees — but would not have to obtain a regular pilot’s license or demonstrate their flying skills.

Click here to read a Washington Post article about the rulemaking.

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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Bill Seeks to Protect Bees from Pesticides
WBAL-TV
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House Kills Controversial Pesticide Buffer Zone Bill
HawaiiNewsNow
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FTC Files Complaint, Alleging Deceptive Marketing of Insect-Repelling Wrist Bands
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
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First Medical Pot Spots Can't Open Without Pesticide Decision
Las Vegas Review-Journal
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


The Vital Importance of Being Honest in the Workplace
LinkedIn
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3 Secrets to Extreme Productivity
Inc.
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7 Ways Social Media Makes Us Better People
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions Assists the Oahu SPCA
NPMA
In their efforts to give back to their community, Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions of Pearl City, Hawaii has committed to contribute free pest control service as well as monthly donations to the Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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NPMA Members Earn Esteemed 2014 Angie's List Super Service Award
NPMA
Gannon Pest Control and Scherzinger Pest Control have earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting a year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
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Bell Laboratories Promotes Haddad and Lynch to Regional Managers
Bell Laboratories
Bell Laboratories' Sheila Haddad and Patrick Lynch were promoted to regional sales managers late last year.
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Prisoners of Christ Ministry Homes Saved From Termites
McCall Service
Two Jacksonville pest management companies did their part to help a worthy organization with its termite problem by donating their expertise to help eradicate destructive drywood termites from a pair of homes operated by the Prisoners of Christ ministry.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
March 15-17, 2015 Legislative Day Washington, D.C.

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