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NPMA Announces Results of 2014-2015 Board Election
NPMA is proud to announce the results of its annual board of director elections.
"I am pleased to be selected as the association president by my industry peers," says Billy Tesh. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to promote the general interest and welfare of the pest management industry, as well as reinforce the value of pest management in protecting public health and property."
- Billy Tesh (Pest Management Systems, Inc., Greensboro, N.C.) will serve as President.
- H. Russell Ives (Rose Pest Solutions, Troy, Mich.) will serve as President-Elect.
- Kevin Pass (Action Pest Control, Evansville, Ind.) will serve as Immediate Past President.
- Chuck Tindol (Allgood Pest Solutions, Duluth, Ga.) will serve as Treasurer.
- J. Bryan Cooksey III (McCall Service, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.) will serve as Secretary.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Happy Bed Bug Awareness Week
It's Bed Bug Awareness Week. The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is observing Bed Bug Awareness Week, April 20-26. Throughout the week, there will be extra focus on educating the public about bed bugs and how to protect against this challenging pest through media outreach as well as through active social media reach. Among the information that has been shared is that almost 60 percent of Americans now take steps to prevent against bed bugs. PPMA will urge continued vigilance in society's fight against bed bugs.
All materials, including the new bed bug infographic, are available to PPMA Guardians and Contributors on PPMATools.org, the group’s exclusive marketing hub for investors. For more information about PPMA and its marketing programs, please visit www.NPMApestworld.org/PPMA.
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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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Wednesday, May 28, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by John Wayne Zimmerman, Founder & Chief Imagination Officer, Social Experts
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Insight Into the Development of Sociality
In a surprising finding, scientists from the Institute of Zoology at Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany and University of Basel in Switzerland have reported social behaviors in the European earwig (Forficula auricularia). Dyed food (pollen) was provided to 125 earwig 'families' and then tracked over time to determine where it was consumed. Instead of observing the intense competition and fratricide common amongst animals, earwig siblings cooperated by sharing food resources amongst themselves. The food sharing actually intensified when the earwig mother was excluded from the experiment, and thus incapable of feeding offspring. Food wasn't divided, but rather was passed by trophallaxis (mostly between unrelated earwigs) and coprophagy (primarily amongst related earwigs) between nymphs. The origins of sociality are not well-understood, but this study provides valuable clues about how it may have developed.
This article, "Sibling Cooperation in Earwig Families Provides Insights into the Early Evolution of Social Life," was published in a recent volume of the journal The American Naturalist and the lead author was Dr. Joachim Falk.
Join NPMA at Academy 2014
Make your plans today to attend this year's Academy, July 17-19 in Tucson, Ariz., where you'll get the resources you need to transform your business. The NPMA Academy is focused on developing not only the emerging leaders in the industry — it's also focused on creating future leaders for your company. And this year's program features renowned business leaders who will impart information and knowledge that cannot be found in a single setting anywhere else. Click here to view the full schedule. Click here to register your team today!
Seeking The Most Passionate Professional In The Pest Management Industry!
Are you the proudest professional in the pest management industry? Does your excitement in and dedication to your career allow you to better serve your customers? Does your skill and fondness for protecting public health and property from unwanted pests go above and beyond the competition? If so, we have just the contest for you. NPMA is seeking the most passionate employee in our industry. We want to know why you like doing what you do, what your favorite parts of the job are and how you have risen to new heights because of opportunities available to your as a pest professional!
Submit a video showing us why this industry is a great place to work, why you love your job, and how you have benefitted from working in pest management and you’ll be entered to win a trip to PestWorld 2014!
Visit www.npmapestworld.org/pestfactor2014 to enter today!
Arizona Legislature Approves AzPPO Driven Legislation Saving PMAC
The Arizona Senate recently approved legislation the Arizona Pest Professional Organization (AzPPO) spearheaded retaining the Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC), which advises the Department of Agriculture's Office of Pest Management on issues related to the regulation and oversight of the professional pest management industry. The measure amended a larger bill scrapping a number of advisory committees.
Under House Bill 2437, as passed by the Arizona House of Representatives in early March, PMAC was slated to be eliminated on July 1, 2018. Last week, however, the full Senate struck the language in the bill that sunset PMAC and the House consented to the change earlier this week. The bill now goes to Governor Jan Brewer for her consideration. Click here to read HB 2437 and related information.
Connecticut Bill Requires PMPs to List Certain Information in Telephone Directory Ads
The Connecticut General Assembly is considering legislation requiring pest management professionals and other pesticide application businesses to include their license or registration numbers in their telephone directory advertisements. Click here to read Senate Bill 107 and related information.
Maine Approves Measure Limiting Fertilizer Treatments
The Maine Legislature last week passed legislation prohibiting the application of fertilizer on non-agricultural land within 25 feet of the normal high-water line of a water body larger than 10 acres and forwarded the bill to Governor Paul LePage for his consideration. The original version of LD 1744 had also applied to pesticide applications. Click here to read the legislation and related information.
New Jersey Bill Removes Protections for Pigeons
The New Jersey Legislature is considering a bill clarifying that the Rock Pigeon or "common pigeon" is not protected under state law. Specifically, Assembly Bill 2107 makes clear that the state's animal cruelty law does not apply to the killing of a Rock Pigeon to decrease populations of the bird for public health reasons. Click here to read A 2107.
Oklahoma Legislature Clears NWCO Permit Bill
The Oklahoma Legislature recently cleared a bill requiring persons performing commercial nuisance wildlife control services to pass a Department of Wildlife Conservation-administered nuisance wildlife control operator (NWCO) certification examination and obtain a NWCO permit from the Department. The annual fee for the permit is $75. The measure, which was defeated last year in the state Senate by a 5-37 vote, passed the same body last Tuesday, April 15, by a 26-15 tally. The legislation will now be considered by Gov. Mary Fallin. Click here to read House Bill 2618 and related information.
Life of Tennessee Pest Control Board Extended
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam recently signed legislation into law extending the life of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Pest Control Board until June 30, 2020. The Board, which had been scheduled to expire on June 30, 2014, is comprised of seven members representing the pest control industry, consumers and the department. The panel sets the standards for licensing in categories of pesticide application and also advises the Department on pest control issues and regulatory matters. Click here to read House Bill 1625.
Corporate-Wide Settlement with Lowe's Protects Public from Lead Pollution During Home Renovations
The US Justice Department and EPA entered a settlement with Lowe's to resolve multiple violations of the federal Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. The government complaint alleged that Lowe's failed to provide documentation showing that specific contractors had been certified by EPA, had been properly trained, had used lead-safe work practices or had correctly used EPA-approved lead test kits at renovation sites. Additionally, EPA's investigation found that Lowe's had also failed to ensure that work areas had been properly contained and cleaned during renovations at three homes. Lowe's agreed to adopt a corporate compliance program at its 1,700 stores and the payment of a $500,000 civil penalty. Click here for more information.
Preventing Lyme Disease
Save the Bees: 'Raging Granny' Urges Grand Rapids to Ban Pesticide
Big Business Seeks New Method to Tackle Pigeon Problem
Quigley: Assemblywomen Working to Solve the Bedbug Epidemic
Arrow Exterminators Announces Acquisition of Action Pest Control
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators announced the acquisition of Action Pest Control, a full-service company specializing in residential and commercial pest and termite control located in Tallahassee, Fla.
Bizzy Bee Exterminators Acquires Ace Exterminating Company
Bizzy Bee Exterminators
Bizzy Bee Exterminators finalized the purchase of Ace Exterminating Company on April 1. Bizzy Bee Exterminators is a family owned and operated pest and termite control company with a main office located in Oxford, Ga. Bizzy Bee purchased Ace Exterminating Company, located in Lilburn, Ga., with the goal of expanding their market into northeast Atlanta and Gwinnett County.
HomeTeam's Battle of the Bugs Final Match Up
Join HomeTeam's Battle of the Bugs to identify the pest with the most impressive powers. The final round runs through Saturday and the two finalists are the brown recluse spider and the termite. Help us select the ultimate pest champion and earn a chance to win up to $400 in Amazon gift cards! Which pest will rule? Visit www.pestdefense.com/battleofthebugs to play.
Admiral Pest Control Owner to Throw First Pitch at Dodger/Giants Game
Admiral Pest Control
Admiral Pest Control announced that one of its owners, Jeff Jones, has been awarded the American Cancer Society's 2013 Statewide Patient Courage Award. As a part of the award, Jones will throw the first pitch at the May 9, 2014, Dodger versus Giants game. The company is also using the event to kick off its 7th consecutive year of fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Jones was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in November 2006. He was treated with chemotherapy and radiation but ultimately, his right arm and shoulder were amputated May 9, 2013 — exactly one year before throwing the first pitch — in order to prevent the spread of the cancer.
Bug Doctor Termite and Pest Control/Bird Doctor Nationwide announces the promotion of Nancy Madrid
Stuart Aust, president and CEO of Bug Doctor Termite and Pest Control, announced the recent promotion of Nancy Madrid to vice president of administration and human resources. Nancy joined the company in 2006 as the accounting manager/human resources manager.
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