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NPMA Establishes PestVets
NPMA
During last week's Legislative Day event, PestVets held its inaugural organizational meeting to establish goals and objectives for the group moving forward. Facilitated by Stan Cope of Terminix International and chaired by Martin Overline of Aardvark Pest Control, approximately 20 pest management professionals - both military veterans and non - worked together to identify needs and opportunities within the industry and determine ways in which NPMA can respond. A formal action plan is forthcoming. If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact Janay Rickwalder at jrickwalder@pestworld.org.
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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Lifetime NPMA Membership Honorees
NPMA
The NPMA Board of Directors met last week in conjunction with Legislative Day and appointed Harold Stein of Crane Pest Control, Norman Goldenberg of Terminix International, and Bubba Tindol of Allgood Pest Solutions, for a Lifetime Membership with NPMA in recognition for their contributions to NPMA and the pest management industry as a whole.
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2015 U.S. Bugs Without Borders Survey
NPMA
NPMA is conducting a survey with the University of Kentucky once again to learn about the industry’s most recent experiences with bed bugs. We want to know what’s happening with this pest in your business and in your community. The results will identify trends to help professionals better understand the latest findings with bed bugs and they will be shared with the media and the public as education on society’s new norms with this pest. In order to ensure we have the most meaningful data available, we need wide-spread industry involvement from pest management companies operating in the United States. Please participate! We ask that you complete the survey as soon as possible but by no later than March 31. Survey results will be shared this spring.
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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:
  • Humphrey’s Pest Control Co. – Williamsport, PA

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

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Termite Treatment Survey
NPMA
In order to get a better idea of what types of termite treatments are being done by our members across the United States, NPMA has prepared a very brief survey. Please click here to participate and forward this link to anyone that you think might be interested.
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Congratulations to the Newly Certified Professionals
NPMA
Congratulations to the newest ACE or BCE certified professionals, all of whom recently passed their exams. Click here to learn who achieved this designation.
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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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Sublethal Imidacloprid Exposure on Honey Bee Colonies
NPMA
A team of scientists, led by Dr. Galen P. Dively of the University of Maryland – College Park, has been investigating the effect of neonicotinoid insecticide residues on the health of honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies, including analyses of foraging behavior and winter survival. This three-year long study involved feeding honey bee colonies pollen treated with sublethal levels of imidacloprid (5, 20, 100 μg/kg), to mirror insecticides picked up from treated crops. Imidacloprid levels within the colonies were diluted over time, even becoming undetectable in some colonies, due to processing of bee bread, honey, and the bee’s rapid metabolism of the compound. The study’s authors concluded that at the higher tested doses (20 and 100 μg/kg), there could be negative impacts on honey bee health, including a reduced likelihood at overwintering, but at a more realistic field dose (5 μg/kg), the effects on colony health were negligible.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the journal PLOS One under the title, “Assessment of chronic sublethal effects of imidacloprid on honey bee colony health”

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Robber Fly (Bee Mimic)

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 ON THE HILL


National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Legislation
NPMA
On Thursday, March 19, the House Agriculture approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015 (H.R. 897) by a voice vote. In anticipation of EPA’s promulgation of new clean water final rules this spring, H.R. 897 would ban National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for pesticides that are already registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). NPMA signed onto a coalition letter which was sent to all members of the House Agriculture Committee urging members to vote for H.R. 897. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will now take up H.R. 897, and then the next step would be a full House vote on the bill.

On the Senate side, NPMA is part of a large coalition that is aggressively lobbying for proposing legislation via an amendment that would exempt FIFRA registered products from NPDES permits.

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California S. 799 – Wood Destroying Organism Inspections
NPMA
On March 18, the California legislature introduced S. 799. Existing law requires a structural pest control operator to provide a report detailing the results of an inspection for wood destroying organisms prior to commencing work on a contract or expressing an opinion regarding the presence or absence of wood destroying organisms, and that the pest control operator deliver a copy of the report to the person requesting inspection and the owner/agent within 10 business days of the inspection. S. 799 would remove the requirement that the pest control operator provide the owner of the property or the owner's agent with a copy of the report, unless the owner was the person who requested the inspection.
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Hawaii HCR 219 – Pesticide Buffer Zones Around Sensitive Areas
NPMA
On March 13, the Hawaii legislature introduced HCR 219. HCR 219 is currently in committee. HCR 219 Requires the Department of Health to promulgate rules establishing buffers zones around sensitive areas, including schools, hospitals, adult residential care homes, assisted living facilities, child care facilities, family child care homes, group child care centers, group child care homes, hospice homes, extended care adult residential care homes, expanded adult residential care homes, health care facilities, primary care clinics, shorelines, watersheds, and bodies of perennial watersand.
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New Jersey S. 2800 – Pest Inspection Prior to Demolition
NPMA
On March 12, the New Jersey legislature introduced S. 2800. If enacted S. 2800 would require a pest infestation inspection performed by a Health Department Official or a Licensed Applicator, prior to the demolition of any structure.
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Massachusetts Legislative Update
NPMA
On March 11, the Massachusetts legislature introduced H. 655 on neonicotinoid restrictions, H. 682 on pesticide application in municipalities, and H. 709 on furbearing mammal trapping.
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Minnesota H. 2029 – Neonicotinoids & Fipronil Ban
NPMA
On March 19, the Minnesota legislature introduced H. 2029. If enacted, H. 2029 would ban the sale of neonicotinoids and fipronil effective Jan. 1, 2017.
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Rutland County Pesticide Company to Pay $70,000 Penalty
VT Digger
A Rutland County man was ordered to pay a $70,000 penalty and to permanently surrender his pesticide license under a settlement with the Attorney General’s Office. Cary Buck of North Clarendon, owner of AAA Accredited Pest Control, was investigated for the improper use of pesticides after the company improperly treated a Rutland home infested with bed bugs, the AG’s office said.

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NPMA Board of Directors Approves Pollinator BMPs
NPMA
On March 14, the NPMA Board of Directors amended and approved the Pollinator Best Management Practices (BMPs) during the annual Legislative Day Board of Directors meeting. The BMPs were developed in response to a rapidly changing regulatory landscape to provide guidance for our members to minimize incidental effects on honey bees and other pollinators around structures.

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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Study Downplays Neonicotinoid Pesticide Link to Bee Die-Off
NBC News
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


4 Tips on How to Grow Leaders Within an Organization
By Betty Boyd
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4 Steps to Avoid Bad Decisions
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Inspire Your Team by Showing Gratitude
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Infographic: Why You Should Be Marketing with Social Media
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Three Ways to Manage Your Online Image
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How to Hire a Team You Can Trust With Your Business
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Arrow Exterminators Celebrates Sales Excellence at Pinnacle Club
Arrow Exterminators
Arrow Exterminators recently held the company’s annual Pinnacle Club event to recognize the company’s top producing Service Professionals and Customer Care Specialists.
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IN MEMORIAM


In Memoriam: Dan Prechtl
NPMA
Dan Prechtl, President of Beneficial Exterminating, Inc. in Hawthorne, California, recently passed away. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 28, 11:00 AM, at SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Dan's favorite charity, the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation (PBSF). Donations may be made by going to the website, www.pbsfonline.com.
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