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NPMA Board of Directors Election Ballots Distributed Wednesday
NPMA
NPMA is conducting its first ever electronic balloting for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. Please keep an eye out for your NPMA ballot which will be distributed to your inbox tomorrow, March 26. If you are the primary contact for your company and do not receive an email with your election ballot, please contact NPMA at npma@pestworld.org.
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NPMA Undergoes Strategic Reorganization
NPMA
In an effort to best serve its membership and take advantage of the organization's staff assets, the National Pest Management Association announced today a significant staff reorganization to ensure that the organization is durable and poised to meet the future expectations of its members. This transition will include the following enhancements:
  • Andrew Architect has been named Chief Industry Relations Officer with responsibility for all industry-facing activities, including technical affairs, legislative and regulatory affairs, legal, QualityPro, state association management and state association relations.
  • Dominique Stumpf has been named Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility over internal NPMA operations, including meetings and convention, membership, marketing and human resources.
  • Gary McKenzie will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer with responsibility over the finances of NPMA and our affiliated organizations.
  • Missy Henriksen will continue to serve as the Executive Director of the Professional Pest Management Association and Vice President of Public Affairs for NPMA.
In addition, Janay Rickwalder has been elevated to Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Membership; Jim Fredericks has been promoted to Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs and Megan Moloney has been promoted to Meetings/Exhibits Manager.

"In my 25 years with the association, NPMA is fortunate to have the most talented group of people with whom I've ever worked," stated NPMA Executive Vice President Bob Rosenberg. "I'm certain that, with these adjustments, NPMA has built a team that will continue to lead and serve the industry with distinction for years to come."

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Mark Your Calendar for Academy 2014
NPMA
Save the date for Academy 2014, July 17-19 in Tucson, Ariz. The annual NPMA Academy is focused on providing both company leaders and up-and-coming managers with professional and personal development — slanted to the needs of the pest management professional. You will not find this type of educational opportunity anywhere else. Click here for more details.
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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Attend These Upcoming NPMA Webinars
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Creating The Right Team For Your Company's Success
Wednesday, March 26, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Jesse Rehm, Triangle Pest Control
Click here for full description and registration.


Marketing Your Pest Management Company on the Internet
Wednesday, April 2, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by John Wayne Zimmerman, Founder & Chief Imagination Officer, Social Experts
Click here for full description and registration.

Using Social Media for Pest Management Profits
Wednesday, April 30, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by John Wayne Zimmerman, Founder & Chief Imagination Officer, Social Experts
Click here for full description and registration.

The Most Successful Companies Do This in Their Social Marketing
Wednesday, May 28, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by John Wayne Zimmerman, Founder & Chief Imagination Officer, Social Experts
Click here for full description and registration.
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Red Widow Spider Dietary Preferences Revealed
NPMA
The red widow spider, Latrodectus bishopi, is a close relative of the brown widow and black widow spiders, but is much less understood. Red widow spiders are endemic to central and southeastern Florida, and found exclusively in pine scrub habitat where it constructs funnel-shaped webs in the unopened leaves of palmetto shrubs. L. bishopi has been so elusive that their habits have been largely a mystery until Dr. James Carrel, of the University of Missouri, recently made a breakthrough. Dr. Carrel has been monitoring red widow spiders in Florida since 1987 and discovered that the dietary preferences of these spiders has limited their range. Scarab beetles are the preferred food sources for red widows, with five species making up the majority of their diet. Although these beetles can be quite large, if they catch a leg on a web they will fall down into the web and not be able to emerge. Due to their habitat and dietary preferences, there are not many interactions between humans and these venomous spiders.

This research was published in the most recent edition of the journal Florida Entomologist.

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The ACE program is managed by the Entomological Society of America, and endorsed by the National Pest Management Association.

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HEARD FROM THE HILL


EEOC Increases Penalty For Notice Posting Violations
NPMA
The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission recently finalized rulemaking increasing the penalty from $110 to $210 for an employer's failure to post a notice, as required under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, alerting employees of protection from discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age and genetics. Employers are required to post such notices in prominent and accessible places where notices to employees and applicants customarily access. Click here to read the rulemaking and here to access the notice.
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Georgia Department Of Agriculture Adopts Rules Revision
NPMA
The Georgia Department of Agriculture's Structural Pest Control Commission recently adopted revisions to the rules and regulations governing structural pest control. The wide ranging changes amend definitions as well as requirements pertaining to wood destroying organism inspections, crawl space ventilation, recordkeeping, conveyance of consumer information, and continuing education. Click here to read the updated regulations, which go into effect on April 1, and here to see the implementation timeline.
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HPCA Helps Defeat Bill Curbing Pest Management At Schools
NPMA
A key committee of the Hawaii House of Representatives voted to defer or kill a resolution urging the state Department of Education not to use any pesticide or herbicide on any school property. Click here to read House Resolution 34 and related information.
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Massachusetts Pesticide Board Issues Direct Supervision Rulemaking
NPMA
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources' Pesticide Board recently proposed rulemaking revising requirements governing the supervision of non-certified applicators. Specifically, the proposal institutes much more detailed oversight requirements for non-certified applicators using federal and state restricted use pesticides, including written instructions as well as additional reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

The Board also announced that it would be holding public hearings on the proposal across the state on April 1, 3 and 4. Click here to see the details about the public hearings and here to read the proposed rulemaking.

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Arizona OPM Adopts Rulemaking
NPMA
The Arizona Department of Agriculture's Office of Pest Management recently adopted rulemaking clarifying the scope of certain pesticide applicator categories, revising the definition of the term "soil applied pesticide", and providing additional flexibility as to who OPM may appoint to the Pest Management Advisory Committee. Click here to read the rule.
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Arizona House Panel Kills Termite Reporting Bill
NPMA
A key committee of the Arizona House of Representatives last month killed legislation making the state's longstanding termite reporting system voluntary. Since the late 1980s, AZ PMPs have been required to submit to their regulatory agency a termite action reporting form or a TARF after most termite treatments. The regulatory agency, presently the Department of Agriculture, subsequently posts the information on its website, making it possible for realtors, prospective home buyers and others to see the termite treatment history for a property. The panel stripped the bill's original language and replaced it with provisions unrelated to the TARF. Click here to read House Bill 2596 and related information.
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Minnesota Considers Bill Requiring Landlords To Disclose Pest Infestation History
NPMA
A Minnesota lawmaker recently introduced legislation requiring landlords to provide prospective tenants with a 12 month history of bed bug, cockroach, flea and rodent infestations.

House File 2879 also requires the landlord to give five day advance notice of chemical treatments. Such notice must be provided to every tenant and include a copy of the label, purpose of the treatment, an explanation of any limitations or restrictions the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has indicated for the treatment and a signed acknowledgement for the individual applying the chemical treatment confirming their knowledge of the EPA's directions for safe application of the chemical treatment.

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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Twin Cities Garden Centers Ban Pesticide Thought To Harm Bees
Star Tribune
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Bed Bugs Are Calling Alaska Home At Increasing Rates
Anchorage Daily News
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California Bans Rat Poisons Blamed for Killing Wildlife
Mercury News
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New Bee Working Group Being Established In Ontario
CBC
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Dr. Jim Sargent, Copesan, Honored With FMC Legislative Day Award
Copesan
Copesan Services, Inc. is pleased to congratulate its own Dr. Jim Sargent on receiving the 2014 FMC Legislative Day Award on March 10 during the 27th Annual NPMA Legislative Day. Currently serving as Director of Technical Support & Regulatory Compliance, Dr. Sargent, or "Sarge" to his friends and colleagues, has been a member of the Copesan team since 1996 when he started as a Corporate Entomologist.
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Orkin Establishes 3rd Franchise In China
Orkin
Rollins Inc. announced the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, established its third franchise in China in the city of Chengdu. Orkin Chengdu will offer commercial and residential pest control and termite services.
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Nader's Pest Raiders Recognized By Florida State Senator
Arrow Exterminators
The Greater Nassau County Chamber of Commerce named Nader's Pest Raiders, an Arrow Exterminators family company, the 2013 Business of the Year in the large business category. This prestigious award acknowledges the accomplishments of a local business and the contributions they make to the community through best business practices, community involvement and leadership. The award was voted on by the GNCCC Board of Directors.
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RISE Honors Wendell Codner Of FMC With Outstanding Service Award
FMC
Wendell Codner of FMC Corporation was recently honored by Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment with the "Committee Chairman's Service Award." During his eight-year tenure as a member of the Programs & Membership Committee, including two years as the committee's chair, Codner has spent countless hours helping to recruit new members, design the RISE annual meeting, and communicate the organization's message to policy makers, businesses and consumers.
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Sprague Pest Solutions Gives the Oregon Humane Society Something To Bark About
Sprague
Fourth-generation and family owned Sprague Pest Solutions is welcoming the second-generation of its canine family as Nikki, a black Labrador, takes over for April as the company's lead bed bug canine inspector. To celebrate the transition of sniffing duties, Sprague Pest Solutions will hold a Retirement Open House on Thursday, April 10 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the company's Portland Service Center.
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


Let's Stop the Glorification of Busy
LinkedIn

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So Many Leaders Get This Wrong
LinkedIn
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How To Best Leverage Advisors For Your Business: Part II
David B. Mandell, JD, MBA
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The Big Work Lie: 'Out of Office'
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
July 17-19, 2014 Academy 2014 Tucson, Ariz.
July 24-26, 2014 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
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.

Alabama Pest Control Company and Owner Plead Guilty to Unlawful Application of Pesticides at Georgia Nursing Homes (Department of Justice)
Boston's Winning War Vs. Bedbugs (Boston Herald)
Bill To Require Landlords To Prevent, Eradicate Bedbugs Released (Cape May County Herald)
Connecticut Bill Would Expand Pesticide Restrictions (Boston Globe)

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