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NPMA Board Of Directors Election Coming Soon
NPMA
Next week NPMA will be conducting its first ever electronic balloting for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. To ensure you have the opportunity to vote, please make sure we have your proper email. Contact Jessica Dominguez at jdominguez@pestworld.org if you need to update your information.
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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Happy Termite Awareness Week! Are You Spreading The Word?
NPMA
The Professional Pest Management Alliance invites industry to participate and help educate consumers

The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of NPMA, is celebrating Termite Awareness Week, March 16-22. This annual and national designation recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events, coincides with start of spring and the home buying, selling and maintenance season. Through a variety of means, PPMA aims to educate the public about the property threats posed by termites and how to help them best protect their biggest investments — their homes.

"While our industry is well aware of the cost and damage associated with termite infestations, the general American public is not," said Missy Henriksen, executive director of PPMA. "We invite our members and the industry as a whole to work together to help educate consumers about termite prevention, the importance of having an inspection and calling a pest professional to handle the treatment."

PPMA plans to reach consumers through traditional and social media channels and is asking pest control companies to join the cause. "We have developed a toolkit for our investors containing a customizable press release, suggested social media posts, photographs and other materials to help companies communicate with their customer base," said Henriksen.

All materials are available to PPMA Guardians and Contributors on PPMATools.org, the group's exclusive marketing hub for investors. For more information about PPMA and its marketing programs, please visit www.NPMApestworld.org/PPMA.
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NPMA Works To Fight Electronic Submission Of OSHA Injury And Illness Reports
NPMA
Under the current OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), covered employers with 10 or more workers are required to prepare and maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA (or state specific) 300, 301 and 300A Logs. Currently, employers are not required to submit these records to OSHA, unless specifically asked to do so. According to OSHA, in the November 2013 proposed rule, establishments with more than 250 employees would be required to electronically submit their injury and illness records to OSHA on a quarterly basis. In addition, establishments with 20 or more employees, in certain industries with high injury and illness rates, would be required to electronically submit their summary of work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA once a year.

OSHA's proposed rule is objectionable to the pest management industry for several reasons. Thus, last week NPMA submitted comments to fight the proposed changes. Click here to read more.

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Seeking The Most Passionate Professional In The Pest Management Industry!
NPMA
Are you the proudest professional in the pest management industry? Does your excitement in and dedication to your career allow you to better serve your customers? Does your skill and fondness for protecting public health and property from unwanted pests go above and beyond the competition? If so, we have just the contest for you. NPMA is seeking the most passionate employee in our industry. We want to know why you like doing what you do, what your favorite parts of the job are and how you have risen to new heights because of opportunities available to your as a pest professional!

Submit a video showing us why this industry is a great place to work, why you love your job, and how you have benefitted from working in pest management and you’ll be entered to win a trip to PestWorld 2014!

Visit www.npmapestworld.org/pestfactor2014 to enter today!

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Creating The Right Team For Your Company's Success
NPMA
Presented by Jesse Rehm, Triangle Pest Control Wednesday, March 26 | 1-2 p.m. ET

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Do you struggle with hiring and retaining good people? This is one of the biggest challenges we face as business owners and managers. You may be surprised to learn that it's not the people you hire that are to blame, it's the people doing the hiring. If you don't have a clearly defined hiring process that is designed, specifically, to attract and identify the "right" people, then the problem lies with you.

In this webinar, we will discuss how to build a successful hiring system and how to identify the "right" people as well as weed out the people you don't want.

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Multiple Host Cues Required for Aedes Aegypti Attraction
NPMA
Researchers from Rockefeller University, led by Conor McMeniman, recently made advancements in the knowledge of host-seeking behavior of yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti). Through the use of genome-editing techniques, the scientists were able to create mutant mosquitoes that were unable to detect CO2, which has long been known to be an attractant for mosquitoes. By removing one known attractant, the research team was able to focus on two other factors: heat and lactic acid, detected by mosquitoes as an odor emitted by humans. When heat and lactic acid were individually tested for mosquito attractiveness in the absence of CO2, the mutant mosquitoes did not respond like normal mosquitoes. These findings indicate that multiple factors must be present to elicit a host-seeking response from normal mosquitoes in the field. It was proposed that this is an energy-saving behavior used by female mosquitoes to avoid flying toward non-hosts that may be emitting one potential attractant.

This research was published in the February 2014 issue of the journal Cell. Click here to learn more about mosquitoes.

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Ask The Pest Professor
NPMA
NPMA's Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) has posted the first of several new videos entitled Ask the Pest Professor to the industry's consumer site PestWorld.org. Each video, featuring Dr. Jim Fredericks, offers a question and answer format responding to many of the most common queries posed about pests. Twenty-three additional episodes of the series will be posted to the site and to YouTube over the next several months.
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HEARD FROM THE HILL


Bill To Require Landlords To Prevent, Eradicate Bedbugs Released
Cape May County Herald
New Jersey Legislation Assembly Democrats L. Grace Spencer, Cleopatra Tucker and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to provide additional tools for landlords and tenants to address bedbug infestations was released by an Assembly committee. The legislation was initially crafted after news reports detailed severe outbreaks of bedbugs in several Hudson County apartment complexes in New Jersey. In these instances, the tenants, some of whom had nothing to do with the initial infestation, were being charged for extermination.
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Key House Committee Approves Bill Eliminating Redundant Pesticide Permitting Requirement
NPMA
The U.S. House Agriculture Committee last week approved legislation NPMA has long supported exempting lawful pesticide applications from Clean Water Act permitting requirements. The full House of Representatives approved the legislation last year as part of the lower chamber's version of the Farm Bill. The Senate Farm Bill, however, did not include such a provision and it was not part of the Farm Bill that was signed into law in early February.
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Pesticide Applicator Business Registration Bill Clears Utah Legislature
NPMA
A bill amending the registration requirements for Utah pest management professionals and other pesticide applicator businesses cleared the Utah Legislature last week and is being considered by Governor Gary Hebert. Click here to read Senate Bill 231.
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Oklahoma Senate Approves Termiticide Residue Bill
NPMA
The Oklahoma Senate last week passed legislation changing the threshold level for soil residue of pesticide concentration for post construction termiticide treatments. Click here to read Senate Bill 1884 and related information.
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Bill Rolling Back Preemption Pending in Minnesota
NPMA
A Minnesota lawmaker recently introduced legislation relaxing state law preempting local governments from regulating pesticides. Under House File 2799, Duluth, Minn., Rochester and St. Paul would be permitted to regulate the use, application or disposal of pesticides. Click here to read the legislation and related information.
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Nevada Department Of Agriculture Proposes Pest Control Rulemaking
NPMA
The Nevada Department of Agriculture recently proposed rulemaking defining the term "spot treatment"; amending existing requirements governing the submission of wood-destroying pests inspection reports; revising fields of licensing, insurance limits, examination requirements for principals and operators, and provisions pertaining to pest control business locations. Click here to read the entire proposal.
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WEEKLY HEADLINES


EPA Awards More Than $500,000 to Facilitate Integrated Pest Management in Schools
NPMA
Last week EPA awarded more than $500,000 to facilitate integrated pest management in schools. EPA believes the funding will help reduce student’s exposure to pests and pesticides in the nation’s schools while saving money, energy and pesticide treatment costs.

Three groups received grants: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, The University of Arizona and Michigan State University.
  • The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension project will develop a central, internet-based hub for materials and phone apps so more school districts across the country will have the information and tools they need to adopt an IPM program.
  • The University of Arizona will pilot a training and certification program for school staff (custodians, kitchen staff, and school administrators) in eight states and four tribes, partnering with five other universities and stakeholders. Once finalized, the training materials will be available free to schools nationwide.
  • The Michigan State University project will directly assist 5% of Michigan and Indiana schools to adopt IPM through hands-on education, web-based training and coalition-building. Roughly 135,000 children may benefit.
Click here to find out more about each of the grants.

In concert with the announcement, EPA's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Jim Jones, wrote a blog titled, Is Your Child's School Stuck on a Pest Control Treadmill? In the blog, he stresses, "Simple preventive measures like sealing cracks and openings, installing door sweeps, fixing water leaks, and keeping food in sealed containers can make a school unappealing to pests. Where preventive measures are not sufficient to eliminate pests, the judicious and careful use of pesticides can complete your school’s pest control strategy." Click here to read the entire blog.

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Avoid Bringing Work Hazards Home
NPMA
National Poison Prevention Week, March 16 through 22, is a great time to remind your employees to be cognizant of how they wash and store their clothes, shoes and other items that may be exposed to pesticides or other substances during the workday. To review routes of exposure to work hazards and ways to avoid them, see more at Training Daily Advisor powered by BLR.
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Alabama Pest Control Company and Owner Plead Guilty to Unlawful Application of Pesticides at Georgia Nursing Homes
Department of Justice
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Boston's Winning War Vs. Bedbugs
Boston Herald
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Connecticut Bill Would Expand Pesticide Restrictions
Boston Globe
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For Metrorail, It's 1 Man Vs. Mouse (And Rat)
The Washington Post
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


A Child's Hope Gala
NPMA

On April 4, A Child's Hope, an organization founded by Raleigh Jenkins that focuses on supporting abandoned children of Haiti, will be hosting a gala in Houston, TX. The purpose of the gala is to raise funds to begin several construction projects. The organization hopes in the next three months to rescue ten children off the streets of Port-au-Prince by July. Click here to learn more.

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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


4 Tips To Increase Audience Engagement On Social Media
PR Daily
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Successful Hiring Practices
The Monterey Herald
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4 Proven Tricks To Get Facebook Likes On Your Business Posts
Emma Fitzpatrick
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
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.

Trial Starting For Company Accused Of Illegal Pesticide Use At Nursing Homes (The Telegraph)
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Beekeepers Seek Halt To Corn Pesticides Said To Kill Bees (Minnesota Public Radio News via Post Bulletin)
Do You Need To Lighten Up Or Toughen Up? (Harvard Business Review)

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