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NEWS FROM NATIONAL


6 Percent Growth for the US Structural Pest Control Market
Specialty Products Consultants
The U.S. structural pest control industry generated an estimated $7.213 billion in total service revenue in 2013, a 5.9 percent increase from the $6.815 billion measured in 2012. The top four U.S. service providers, Orkin, Terminix, Ecolab and Rentokil represented nearly 45 percent of the total industry revenue for the termite and general pest control market segments this past year.
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April Is National Pest Management Month
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Find Out How You Can Join the Celebration

The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), NPMA's consumer and media outreach arm, has created several observances to help draw appropriate attention to the industry. Two of these events are celebrated this month: National Pest Management Month and Bed Bug Awareness Week (April 20-26). Throughout the month, we will enable the public to learn more about the work industry professionals do to protect health, food and property from the dangers and diseases of pests — and learn more about insects themselves. If your office hasn't yet identified how to jump on the marketing bandwagon provided by these events, click here to find some ideas to jumpstart your brainstorming.

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Attend These Upcoming NPMA Webinars
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What Is Not Along the Wall
Wednesday, April 16, 1-2 p.m. ET, presented by Al St. Cyr, Clark Pest Control
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Using Social Media for Pest Management Profits
Wednesday, May 14, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by John Wayne Zimmerman, Founder & Chief Imagination Officer, Social Experts
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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
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Mark Your Calendar for Academy 2014
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Mark your calendar for Academy 2014, July 17-19 in Tucson, Ariz. Presented by NPMA's Leadership Development Group, Academy is focused on identifying, motivating and developing the industry's leaders by providing a networking opportunity; teaching skills that are applicable to your business; and facilitating the information exchange between generations of managers and owners. Save $50 by registering your team today!

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Higher Temperatures Yield Increased Tunneling in Subterranean Termites
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According to Runxin Cao and Dr. Nan-Yao Su, both of the University of Florida, temperature has a significant effect on subterranean termite tunneling and movement of food particles. Working with four subterranean termite species, including the pestiferous Formosan termite, Coptotermes formosanus, and the widely distributed eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes, Cao and Su set up 10 by 10 cm arenas with groups of 50 termites in each. The trial arenas, with termites inside, were held constantly at 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35°C (R. flavipes was not tested at the highest temperature due to high mortality) during the duration of the experiment (48 hours). For three out of four species tested, all but R. virginicus, tunneling occurred more rapidly at higher temperatures. The data show that temperature, food particle movement, and tunneling activity are positively correlated. Practically, this research helps explain the reduction in termite damage and movement during the winter, and suggests that baits may be less likely to be discovered during cold months.

The full text of this paper, "Tunneling and Food Transportation Activity of Four Subterranean Termite Species (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) at Various Temperatures," can be found in the most recent volume of the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

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Announcing the New NPMA Gift Shop
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NPMA is pleased to announce a partnership with the Philadelphia-based Insectarium to offer an online gift shop for NPMA members. Through this partnership, NPMA members will be able to purchase decorative items for home or office, jewelry, clothing, children's items and even party supplies! Visit http://www.npmagiftshop.com/index.php today!
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HEARD FROM THE HILL


EPA Denies Ohio Emergency Exemption for Bed Bugs
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While EPA acknowledges the difficult challenges facing PMPs, propoxur will not be approved under a Section 18 emergency exemption requested by the Ohio Department of Agriculture for control of bed bugs. In an explanation of this determination, EPA states in a March 14, 2014 letter to ODA Director David Daniels that even with a refined risk assessment based on more recent data submitted by Wellmark, EPA could not make the necessary safety finding to grant Ohio’s Section 18 request. Find a link to the EPA’s letter here.
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Utah Governor Signs Pesticide Applicator Business Registration Bill Into Law
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Utah Governor Gary Hebert last week signed legislation into law revising the registration requirements for Utah pest management professionals and other pesticide applicator businesses. Industry members worked with Utah Department of Agriculture and Food officials and lawmakers to amend an objectionable provision of the original bill. Click here to read Senate Bill 231 and related information.
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States Wade Into Murky Territory in Approving Pesticides to Treat Marijuana
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In response to state laws and initiatives legalizing marijuana, an increasing number of states have or are taking up legislation or administrative rulemaking allowing for the use of certain pesticides to treat marijuana. Since the use of marijuana is currently prohibited under the federal Controlled Substances Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not approved any pesticides to treat the crop.

Maine last week enacted legislation granting the state's Board of Pesticides Control the authority to approve pesticides to treat marijuana. The state enacted legislation last year authorizing the use of minimum-risk pesticides to treat marijuana. Growers complained, however, that they needed additional tools to manage pests. Click here to read the latest Maine law and related information. Delaware, Colorado and Washington State have also addressed or are considering rulemaking pertaining to the issue. Click here to read a recent Kittitas County (WA) Daily Record story about how Washington State is addressing the issue of approving pesticides to treat marijuana.

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Georgia — New Webpage for SPCC Rules Implemented April 1
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A new webpage has been created to host the amended Rules of the Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission (SPCC) which become effective on April 1st. The new page includes all chapters of the rules of the SPCC, the 2014 Residential Building Code (RBC) for under-floor ventilation, the rule implementation, assistance & compliance timeline, Structural Pest Control Act of 1955 and FIFRA. Click here to continue reading.
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TDA Adopts Changes to Pesticide Use Regulations
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The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently adopted revisions to Regulations Governing Use of Pesticides including changes to definitions; certification requirements; recertification requirements; record keeping; use of restricted use pesticides; civil fine schedule; and pesticide management and disposal. Click here to read the rulemaking, which goes into effect on June 29.
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Pennsylvania Proposes Rulemaking Permitting Third Parties to Administer Exams
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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is considering rulemaking that would allow for the administration of certifying pesticide applicator examinations by other state agencies and private contractors. The proposal, which addresses industry's concern about the present lack of examination opportunities, expressly authorizes the Department to pass along to persons taking the examinations any additional costs charged by a third party. Click here to read the proposal.
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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Schools Save by Outsourcing Services
Gainesville Times
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Tiny Insects Cause Lock Down of High School
Payson Roundup
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Obama Signs Memo Telling DOL to Update, Streamline White-Collar Overtime Exemption
Bloomberg BNA
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Rutland Family Frustrated by Pesticide Cleanup
VPR
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Philly Implements New Mattress Policy to Curb Bedbugs, But Residents Worry About Unintended Effects
NewsWorks
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Atlanta Hawks and Arrow Exterminators Team Up With Trees Atlanta
Arrow Exterminators
Arrow Exterminators is proud to continue their successful partnership with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and Trees Atlanta as the presenting sponsor of "Threes for Trees." The season-long initiative includes a monetary contribution for every three-point shot the Hawks make during the regular season, and Arrow and the Hawks will present a check for $10,000 to Trees Atlanta during the Hawks game on April 4. Arrow will be represented at the game by senior vice president of operations, Mike Warren.
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Critter Control Technician Saves Life!
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Ryan VanHellen of Critter Control in Austin, Texas, was just on another home inspection for trespassing critters. What he discovered was not something that could be seen, yet was potentially more deadly than most wild animals he normally faces ­— an insidious gas leak in the customer's home.

The customer, Lori Thomas, called and thanked Ryan VanHellen's office manager and wife Summer, saying, "We called your company to help us with an uninvited visitor after finding you on YP.com. When Ryan arrived, he discovered a gas leak. I'm happy to say that we are alive thanks to you all."

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Orkin Establishes Franchise in Uruguay
Rollins
Rollins Inc. announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, established a franchise in Montevideo, Uruguay. Orkin Uruguay will offer commercial and residential pest control and termite services.
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IN MEMORIAM


Ulysse 'Pops' Landry Jr.

Ulysse "Pops" Gaston Landry Jr., retired owner of Houma Pest Control, passed away at the age of 85 on Monday, March 31, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ann Bonfanti Landry; sons, Kenneth and wife, Desiree, Michael and wife, Phyllis, Ronald, and Joey Landry and fiancee, Alicia; daughters, Pamela and Vicki Landry, and Cindy and husband, Toby Cunningham; sister, Rose Landry Parker and husband, James; grandchildren, Tammy and Nicholas Wright, Laura, Dustin, Madison, Dylan, and Carter Landry, and Kristen and Trey Thibodaux; and great-grandchildren, Layla Wright, Maddux Pontiff, and Kamryn Landry.
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


4 Steps to Effective Performance Management
D. Albert Brannen
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5 Uncommon Ways to Win a Customer's Heart
Entrepreneur
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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.

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