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NEWS FROM NATIONAL


Attend Legislative Day and Help Make a Difference
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On March 9-11, pest management professionals from across the country will converge on Capitol Hill to increase awareness among their Congressional representatives of the value of the $6 billion pest management industry in battling public health and safety issues.

Through your help, we will be able to continue to advance our relationships with Members of Congress and provide the education they need to make informed decisions about issues impacting the pest management industry.

Click here to register for Legislative Day and make a difference in your industry.

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Principles of Tick Management and Tick-Borne Disease
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Join us for a webinar on March 5, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST.

REGISTER TODAY!


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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PPMA Selects Bob Vila to Serve as NPMM Spokesperson
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The Professional Pest Professional Management Alliance (PPMA) has selected Bob Vila as the industry's celebrity spokesperson for 2014's National Pest Management Month. Vila, an instantly recognizable figure in home improvement due to the more than thirty years he spent offering remodeling tips and tutorials on a variety of television series, including This Old House and Restore America with Bob Vila, will participate in a series of satellite media tours that will be offered throughout the country. There is no other name that resonates with American consumers as an authority on home improvement more than Bob Vila, and his participation in the SMT will lend an expert, credible voice to our messaging regarding pest prevention and the importance of hiring a pest professional to combat pest infestations.

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NPMA Member Benefit Highlight: Enterprise Fleet Management
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Managing your fleet is taking you away from what you do best – managing your business. Enterprise Fleet Management provides NPMA members cost-effective and comprehensive fleet management solutions in the areas of: vehicle acquisition, maintenance management, risk management programs, vehicle disposal, fuel programs, license and title renewals, and monthly reporting.

Benefits for NPMA members utilizing the Enterprise Fleet Management Program:
  • Outsourced fleet management
  • Time and money savings
  • Improved cash flow
  • Provide efficiencies
  • Improved reporting
  • Appropriate recommendations
  • Driver satisfaction
  • Improved company images
Visit their website at http://solutions.efleets.com or call toll free at 877-23-FLEET (877-233-5338) for details regarding individual member savings.

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HEARD FROM THE HILL


Connecticut Bill Would Expand School Pesticide Restrictions to Parks
NPMA
The Connecticut General Assembly is considering a bill that would expand the restrictions on the use of lawn care pesticides at elementary and middle schools to parks, playgrounds, athletic fields or municipal green. Click here to read House Bill 5330.
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Colorado Department of Agriculture Proposes Device Rulemaking
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The Colorado Department of Agriculture recently adopted rulemaking clarifying the procedures that must be used when operating a device that produces a pesticide, specifically carbon monoxide. The new rule requires a person using such a device on a for-hire basis to have a commercial pesticide applicator license and largely limits the use of regulated devices to specified burrowing rodents. The rulemaking also establishes additional use restrictions as well as recordkeeping and consumer information requirements. Click here to read the new rule, which goes into effect on March 30.
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Propane Noisemaker Bill Pending in Connecticut
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The Connecticut General Assembly is considering legislation directing the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to submit a report to the relevant legislative committee on the suitability of using propane cannons and other propane-fueled noisemakers for the purpose of repelling birds, deer, coyotes and other wildlife. Such report shall include an examination of the efficacy of propane cannons and propane noisemakers to repel birds, deer, coyotes and other wildlife, any public safety concerns related to the use of such propane cannons and propane noisemakers, and an assessment of any noise pollution that may be created as a result of using propane cannons and propane noisemakers. Click here to read Senate Bill 239 and related information.
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Neonicotinoid Bill Introduced in California
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A bill requiring the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to, by July 1, 2015, issue a proposed determination with respect to its reevaluation of neonicotinoids, and to issue a final determination six months after the issuance of the proposed determination. Click here to read Assembly Bill 1789.
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Applicator Renewal Measure Dropped in Ohio
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Under legislation just introduced in the Ohio General Assembly, the time in which a commercial applicator must renew his or her license after it expires or be reexamined would be reduced from one year to 180 days. Click here to read House Bill 453.
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FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for CDL Holders
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last week proposed rulemaking establishing a Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a database under FMCSA's administration that will contain controlled substances and alcohol test result information for holders of commercial driver's licenses (CDLs). The clearinghouse would help improve roadway safety by making it easier to determine whether a driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for failing to comply with federal drug and alcohol regulations, including mandatory testing.

Current federal regulations require employers to conduct mandatory pre-employment screening of a CDL driver's qualifications based upon his or her driving record. However, there has not been a single federal repository recording positive drug and alcohol tests by CDL holders that employers would be able to search to ensure that the driver is able to perform safety-sensitive duties. The proposed rule creates such a repository and requires employers to conduct pre-employment searches for all new CDL drivers and annual searches on current drivers.

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Financial Responsibility Bill Introduced in Missouri
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A bill relieving commercial pesticide applicators of the requirement to submit evidence of financial responsibility for license renewal, except if the Department of Agriculture requests such information, was introduced last week in the Missouri General Assembly. Click here to go to the Missouri General Assembly's website to access Senate Bill 888 and related information.
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Pending Hawaii Resolution Seeks to Completely Eliminate Use of Pesticides at Schools
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The Hawaii Senate is getting set to consider a non-binding resolution urging the state Department of Education not use any type of pesticide or herbicide on any school property. Click here to read House Concurrent Resolution 52 and related information.
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Pesticide Applicator Business Registration Bill Just Dropped in Utah
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A bill amending the registration requirements for Utah pest management professionals and other pesticide applicator businesses was introduced last week in the Utah Legislature. Click here to read Senate Bill 231.
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WEEKLY HEADLINES


State Falling Short In Keeping Track Of Pesticide Use
The Courant
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Polar Vortex Chill Exterminated 95 Percent of Stink Bugs in Va. Tech Experiment
The Washington Post
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Wild Bumblebees Falling Victim to Honeybee Diseases Worldwide
The Washington Post
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Opossum Problem Discussed in Animal Care Committee Meeting
KRIS-TV
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The Perishable Specialist Prepared for New Fumigation Protocol on Blueberries from Chile
The Produce News
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Knesset Committee Approves Stricter Measures for Extermination Licensing
The Jerusalem Post
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Pesticides Highlighted at Annual Insect Fear Film Festival
Daily Illini
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


CEPA Presents Association of the Year Award 2014 to the British Pest Control Association
CEPA

At CEPA's General Assembly, which took place in Dortmund on Feb. 21, the European trade body of the Pest Management industry presented its Association of the Year Award to the UK's BPCA. Bertrand Montmoreau, Chairman of CEPA, explained that CEPA's decision was "in recognition of the BPCA's contribution to bringing competing but complementary trade bodies closer together."

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Killum Pest Control Named Blue Ribbon Small Business Award Winner
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Killum Pest Control, Inc. has been named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award Winner by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 100 award winners, representing the best in American small business. As a Blue Ribbon Award Winner, Killum Pest Control, Inc. is automatically entered into the running for the Community Excellence Award. The award is designed to highlight a business that has found success in the eyes of its community and is awarded based on public voting. Voting ends February 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm. Click here to vote for Killum Pest Control.
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J.T. Eaton Promotes Rodriguez to National Post
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J.T. Eaton is pleased to announce the promotion of James Rodriguez to the position of National Marketing Manager for the Pest Control Division, based in Twinsburg, Ohio. Rodriguez will be responsible for spearheading the marketing and communication of the professional products divisions and supporting all territory divisions with key accounts while assisting in product development and improvement of existing products.
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


Cross-Cultural Approach to Small Business Marketing
Clarice Brough
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7 Steps to Hiring Great Hourly Employees
Mel Kleiman
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5 Ways to Successfully Advertise on a Small Budget
American Express OPEN Forum
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
March 9-11, 2014 Legislative Day 2014 Washington, D.C.
July 17-19, 2014 Academy 2014 Tucson, Ariz.
Oct. 21-24, 2014 PestWorld 2014 Orlando, Fla.

  To view the calendar of events, click here.


TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

Police: 2 Men Arrested for Stealing Pesticides, Reselling on eBay (Contra Costa Times via San Jose Mercury News)
City Delays Bedbug Policy After Some Landlords Object (Lawrence Journal-World)
How to Get Your Employees to Think Strategically (Inc.)
Making a 1st Impression with Words (Molly Hamilton)
Principles of Tick Management and Tick-Borne Disease (NPMA)

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