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NPMA Kicks Off National Pest Management Month
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April 1 begins the month long celebration of National Pest Management Month (NPMM), an observance that brings attention to the role pest professionals play in protecting public health and property from significant pest threats. The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), NPMA’s consumer education arm, is ushering in the observance with much fanfare:
  • Bob Vila, noted home improvement expert, will conduct dozens of interviews with journalists across the country via satellite. His messages will focus on spring pest proofing and the valuable work done by pest management professionals. Look for airings with Vila on stations from Richmond to Chicago to San Diego!
  • The Weather Channel is expected to air a pest forecast with Missy Henriksen, NPMA’s vice president of public affairs on Wednesday; the segment is the first of the station’s planned weekly segments with Henriksen, analyzing weekly weather conditions and corresponding pest pressures.
  • PPMA will release the NPMA Bug Barometer on Wednesday, a regional forecast of what pests are expected based on winter and early spring weather conditions.

Thank you to PPMA's Guardians and Contributors who have enabled this visibility about the industry and the work done by its professionals. If you have not yet planned your company's recognition of NPMM, click here for more information and ideas of how to showcase the industry observance.

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
NPMA's Allie Taisey Earns IPM Award
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Allie Taisey, NPMA's Certifications Program Manager, recently earned an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University. Congratulations Allie!
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Save the Date for Academy 2015
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Join us for the 20th Anniversary of NPMA's Academy, July 15-17 in Lake Las Vegas, for a unique opportunity to gain the information you need to develop a vision for your business in a hands-on, interactive environment. Stay tuned for more details and registration!

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Make Sure Your Team is Staffed Up for the Busy Season
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There are currently 21 job opportunities posted from 14 different pest management employers on the NPMA Career Center. With its focus on pest control industry companies and professionals, the Career Center offers members, and the industry at large, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment. Visit the Career Center today to browse and post jobs!
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Hybridization of Two Highly Destructive Termite Species
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A team of entomologists, led by Dr. Thomas Chouvenc of the University of Florida, has successfully hybridized two invasive and destructive termite species in the lab. In southern Florida, both the Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus) and the Asian subterranean termite (Coptotermes gestroi) can be found infesting structures. Until 2013, the reproductive swarms of these two species were believed to occur at different times, but swarm events have overlapped each of the last two years and cross-species pairings were observed in the field. To determine whether or not Formosan termite alates could successfully breed with Asian termites, alates from each species were brought into the lab and a couple of very surprising findings were recorded. First, Formosan males showed a preference for Asian females, and second, the hybridized colonies have been growing at a much faster rate than either Formosan or Asian colonies normally do. Whether or not these hybridized colonies will be able to produce functional alates upon reaching maturity remains to be seen, but this research highlights the possibility that hybridized colonies may already exist in southern Florida.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the journal PLOS One under the title, “Hybridization of two major termite invaders as a consequence of human activity”

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


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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


D.C. Pesticide Applicator Regulatory Changes
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On March 20, D.C. Department of the Environment final rule 1 DCR 5432 became effective. The purpose of this rulemaking is to implement the provisions of the Pesticide Education and Control Amendment Act of 2012 and reorganize the District’s existing pesticide regulations. The rule was first proposed on May 30 and the comment period ended on June 30. The final rule was adopted on Feb. 12. To view an analysis of the relevant changes click here, to view the full final rule click here.
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Arkansas H. 1823 Out-of-State Licensing Burdens
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On March 23, H. 1823 passed the Arkansas House and was sent to the Senate. H. 1823 is another attempt to lessen regulatory burdens on Arkansas business, but is a much milder version than H. 2001 and H. 1158. If enacted H. 1823 would authorize state regulatory agencies to adopt rules which would reduce licensing requirements for individuals applying for Arkansas licensing that have already been certified in another state.
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Connecticut H. 6897 Pesticides at State Operated Parks, Athletic Fields and Playgrounds
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CT H. 6897 has recently moved out of committee with a favorable. H. 6897 bans the nonemergency application of certain pesticides in state-operated (1) parks, (2) athletic fields, and (3) playgrounds. For a limited time, it allows certified pesticide applicators to apply lawn care pesticide at the athletic fields to transition to nontoxic care, as long as they follow an integrated pest management (IPM) plan. The bill also requires the person responsible for maintaining the park, field, or playground (i.e., controlling authority) to provide notice, within existing budgetary resources, at least 24 hours before any pesticide or lawn-care pesticide application. The bill exempts certain products from the ban on nonemergency application of lawn care pesticide on the grounds of any public or private preschool or school with students in grade eight or lower.

CT S. 1063 has also moved out of Committee with a favorable report. CT S. 1063 redefines certain applications, applies to all schools through 12th grade rather than 8th, and reestablishes the Pesticide Advisory Council.

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Maine Legislative Updates
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On March 24, the Maine legislature introduced ME 758. ME H. 758 is a concept draft, which would extend current laws and regulations concerning children and schools, to other places where children are present. It is unclear how far reaching a bill like this could be.

On March 25, the Maine legislature introduced ME H. 766. This bill prohibits labeling or advertising an annual plant, bedding plant or other plant, plant material or nursery stock as beneficial to pollinators if the plant or material has been treated with an insecticide absorbed by a plant that makes the plant lethal to pollinators.

Also on March 25, the Maine legislature introduced ME H. 767. This bill provides for compensation to honeybee owners for honeybee death from the application of pesticides. Under the bill, if honeybee death or loss of a honeybee colony was caused by an acute pesticide poisoning and the pesticide applicator cannot be identified or the pesticide applicator applied the pesticide product in a manner consistent with the pesticide product's label, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may compensate the honeybee owner for the fair market value of the honeybees or honeybee colony. If the pesticide applicator can be identified and the applicator applied the pesticide product in a manner inconsistent with the product's label, the department may collect a penalty from the pesticide applicator sufficient to compensate the honeybee owner for the fair market value of the honeybees or honeybee colony and shall award the money to the honeybee owner. The bill provides that fair market value is determined by the department upon recommendation by academic experts and honeybee owners.

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Michigan H. 4391 Requirements for Out-of-State Pesticide Entities
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On March 25 the Michigan legislature introduced H. 4391. If enacted H. 4391 would require all out-of-state, registrants, manufactures, certified and commercial applicators to maintain a registered office and registered agent within the state of Michigan and make all necessary reporting documents available to the state Agency. Any costs incurred auditing out-of-state records will be incurred by that company. Additionally 5 years after enacted registration fees for pesticides sold will increase from $40 to $100, and inspection fee for fertilizers sold will increase from $0.10 per ton to $0.35 per ton.
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Ohio H. 131 Pesticide License Renewal
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On March 24, the Ohio legislature introduced H. 131. H. 131 is a large bill that addresses several issues, but of importance to our industry would be the changes to the pesticide licensing renewal process. If enacted license renewal will need to renew the license within 180 days, rather than 1 year, in order to avoid re-examination.
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Inspire Your Team by Showing Gratitude
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Congratulations to the Newly Certified Professionals
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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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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Honey Bees Not Harmed By Realistic Pesticide Exposure
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What To Do When Your Team Won't Work Together
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The Magic Words Customers Want to Hear
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Reynolds Pest Management, Inc., Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie's List Super Service Award
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Reynolds Pest Management, Inc. was recently awarded the Angie's List "Super Service Award" for pest control, mosquito misting, fertilization, and lawn care.
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July 29 – Aug. 1, 2015 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference Myrtle Beach, SC

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