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Methyl Bromide Incident: Industry Talking Points
NPMA
According to published reports, in March 2015 a Delaware family was admitted to the hospital after becoming ill while on vacation at a rental property in the U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I). They were airlifted to the United States mainland for continued treatment. The mother has been released and the father and two teenage sons remain in critical condition.

The family may have been exposed to methyl bromide that was allegedly used to fumigate a residential unit below the one in which were staying. The property manager has indicated they had recently contracted the services of a pest management company to treat for bugs in that unit. The United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Justice, and U.S.V.I Department of Planning and Natural Resources are investigating. Click here to read NPMA's statement and talking points.

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
PPMA Ushers in National Pest Management Month
NPMA
While March is often said to come in like a lion, it seems more like April is that month – at least for the professional pest management industry - as two key consumer-focused initiatives have provided a roaring start of industry visibility to the month.

PPMA Issues Spring Bug Barometer
On behalf of NPMA, PPMA released its Bug Barometer, a forecast indicating what Americans can expect from pest populations this spring and summer. From the high temperatures and severe drought conditions on the Pacific Coast, to the huge amounts of snow still lingering in New England – the Bug Barometer uses winter conditions as the foundation of what the public can expect to see in regard to pests in every region of the country. Check out what’s predicted for your area.

Bob Vila Encourages Public to Use Pest Management Professionals
On April 1 home improvement expert Bob Vila conducted interviews with news outlets from around the country to promote spring pest proofing, National Pest Management Month, and the important work done by pest management professionals. This is the second year the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), NPMA's consumer education arm, has retained Vila to speak to consumers around the country via satellite. So far, interviews have aired more than 268 times, reaching more than 20 million people. A sample of Vila’s messaging can be seen here.
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Did You See the NPMA/PCT Business Survey?
NPMA
How do you stack up against companies your size in your area? In January, NPMA and PCT magazine published their first-ever biannual business profile survey, sponsored by BASF. In case you missed it, the survey contains company financial data and highlights, which can be seen here. NPMA members also have exclusive access to in depth data through their my.npmapestworld.org account.
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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 Friday, April 10. Survey results will be shared later this spring.
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Save the Date for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference
NPMA

Mark your calendar for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference, July 29-Aug. 1 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The conference will feature a mix of in-depth management sessions, interactive training, and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry. Stay tuned for more details and registration!

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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:
  • Beneficial Exterminating, Inc. – Hawthorne, CA

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

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Common Birds Implicated as Lyme Disease Reservoirs
NPMA
A team of scientists, led by Erica A. Newman of the University of California at Berkeley, has discovered that birds are more involved in the cycling of the bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi) that causes Lyme disease in humans than previously thought. Prior to this study, small mammals like the white-footed mouse and gray squirrels were singled out as the reservoirs of the Lyme-causing agent, but this study found 23 species of birds infected with B. burgdorferi. This is especially troubling given that some species, like the American robin, are commonly found in populated areas. Additionally, the research team discovered a bacterium similar to the Lyme-causing agent in some of the birds they surveyed, and this second bacterium has been identified as causing illness in parts of Europe.

Lyme disease is spread by black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) in the Midwest and eastern United States and western black-legged ticks (Ixodes pacificus) in the west. Ticks that feed on infected hosts, like the birds or small mammals mentioned above, and then humans, can transmit the bacteria. The CDC estimates there were 300,000 cases of Lyme disease in the United States last year.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the journal PLOS One under the title, “Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato spirochetes in wild birds in northwestern California: Associations with ecological factors, bird behavior and tick infestation”

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


European Hornet

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


Chicago Ordinance Requires Rodent Abatement for Construction Excavation
NPMA
On March 23, a Chicago Ordinance requiring rodent abatement for new construction excavation went into effect. NPMA Illinois members and staff interpret this ordinances as a net positive and an opportunity for members to provide additional pest control services for construction companies.

Click here to review the full ordinance. If you have questions please contact Andrew Bray at abray@pestworld.org.

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Senators Urge EPA to Involve Industry in Pollinator Regulations
NPMA
On March 30, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) spearheaded a letter signed by 11 other Senators to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy asking her to explain the steps the agency is taking to protect pollinator health and engage industry in the process. The letter urges the EPA to involve all stakeholders prior to making any final actions concerning pollinator health. The letter expresses “concerns about reports that the agency may be planning to regulate some pesticides, particularly neonicotinoid products, without sufficient understanding of all the environmental stressors facing pollinators.” NPMA endorses this letter and is taking this opportunity to thanks those Senators that signed the letter and also engage both Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill with concerns over forthcoming EPA pollinator regulations.
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Portland Bans Neonicotinoids on City Property
NPMA
Portland City council votes to adopt ordinance in which the city is banned from purchasing or using neonicotinoid pesticides on city property. The ordinance would also encourage Portland retailers to label their plants and seeds accordingly. The ban would not apply to private property within the city. The proposal would be phased in with a deadline of December 2017 to eliminate all neonicotinoid-based products.

The City Council held a public hearing Wednesday March 25, 2015 to discuss the proposal. Bee advocates, residents, biologists, conservationists and others overwhelmingly testified in favor of the plan. NPMA members were present at the hearing and attempted to testify on behalf of structural pest control industry.

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Georgia S. 247 Landlord Tenant Pest Control Responsibilities
NPMA
On March 31, the Georgia legislature introduced S. 247. The Georgia legislature has adjourned and no further action was taken. If reintroduced S. 247 would amend the landlord tenant statues and specifically outlines responsibilities of both the landlord and tenant. In relation to the structural pest control industry the landlord shall be responsible for keeping the premises pest free through inspection and monitoring, and if a pest infestation exists integrated pest management methods should be followed. If chemicals are to be used, the landlord must provide 48 hour written notice and copy of the label to the tenant. The tenant is required to work with the landlord to ensure pest free conditions in accordance with integrated pest management.
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Louisiana H. 275 & 285 Pre-K Pesticide Treatment & Wood Destroying Insect Report Fees
NPMA
On April 1, the Louisiana legislature introducing two bills that could impact our industry if enacted H. 275 and H. 285. H. 275 would require certified commercial applicator or a person under the supervision of a certified applicator to apply any herbicide, rodenticide, insecticide or restricted use pesticide in, on, or around structures or grounds of pre-kindergarten schools. Previously this requirement was only for kindergarten through 12th grade schools. H. 285 would remove the minimum fee of $5.00 and raise the maximum fee from $8.00 to $16.00 that the Structural Pest Control Commission can establish for each reported wood destroying inset report payable by the individual that holds the place of business permit.
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Oklahoma S. 229 Authorizing Department of Agriculture to Develop Pollinator Plan
NPMA
On March 31, the Oklahoma legislature passed S. 229. S. 229 directs and authorizes the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to develop a pollinator protection plan to promote the health of and mitigate the risks of honeybees and other managed pollinators.
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Maine Hearing on Several Pesticide Related Bills
NPMA
On Thursday April 16, at 1 p.m. the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will be having a hearing concerning several bills that could have an impact on our industry (H. 758, H. 759, H. 766, H. 767). NPMA is working on coordinating efforts with allied industry associations.
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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Portland Bans 'Neonicotinoid' Pesticide
Portland Tribune
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Senators Ask to Be in Loop as EPA Tackles Pollinator Problem
The Ripon Advance
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Bayer Pledges $100,000 to NCDOT for Roadside Pollinator Plantings
Southeast Farm Press
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April 2015 Letter to Registrants Announcing New Process for Handling New Registrations of Neonicotinoids
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EPA Restricts Pesticide that Could Harm Bees
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The 5 Secrets to Doing Your Own Publicity
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Performance Evaluations that Employees and Managers Love
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What Your Business Needs to Do After the Tax Deadline
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Environmental Pest Service Names Mandi Harris as Marketing Director
Environmental Pest Service
Environmental Pest Service (EPS) has hired Mandi Harris as Marketing Director.
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National Pest Management Association Represtative Attends National Advisory Committee Meeting
APHIS
National Pest Management Association representative Scott Steckl serves on the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC) and recently traveled to the Washington, D.C. area to participate in the group’s annual committee meeting.
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Thomas Pest Services Earns 2014 Angie's List Super Service Award
Thomas Pest Services
Thomas Pest Services has earned the service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
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