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NPMA to Host Event for Bob Dold Jr.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is hosting a June 25th event at NPMA Headquarters' in Fairfax, VA for Bob Dold Jr. of Rose Pest Solutions in Northbrook, IL, in support of Bob's bid to represent a suburban Chicago congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
NPMA extends an invitation to all PMPs to atttend the June 25th event, which will be held in conjunction with dinner at the NPMA Board of Directors’ meeting. Click here to view the invitation to the June 25th event. If you do plan on attending, please RSVP by June 20th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Bob's campaign, visit https://doldforcongress.com.
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New Tick Resources
EPA and NPMA recently partnered to provide the industry a webinar focused on the latest tick information – just in time for Spring! Click here to view the program.
Click here for additional tick IPM recommendations from the EPA that technicians can utilize to achieve better tick control.
NPMA Women of Excellence Award: Call For Nominations
NPMA's Women of Excellence Award recognizes women who advance the pest management industry every day, in every way. The international honor is open to women across the pest management industry — PMP's, manufacturers, research organizations, etc. - who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession, their business, and other women in the industry.
An independent judges' panel will select one award recipient who will be recognized at PestWorld 2014, October 21-24 in Orlando, Fla.
Click here to nominate a candidate today!
NPMA Now Accepting Nominations for Young Entrepreneur Award
NPMA is currently accepting nominations for the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Rentokil.
This is the third year NPMA will recognize young entrepreneurs 40 years or younger working in the professional pest management industry. Applicants will have demonstrated an ability to create or develop an industry innovation or brought a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Nominations may be submitted online. Self-nominations will be accepted as well. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 15, 2014.
Applicants will be evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on:
The panel of judges will select one award recipient who will be announced during PestWorld 2014 Oct. 21-24 in Orlando.
- Notable contributions made to his or her company in a management level capacity
- Contributions to the pest management industry
- Personal leadership and community involvement
Mark Your Calendar For The 2014 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference
We invite you to join us for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. In addition to the quality educational sessions featuring the latest in technical research, we are excited to announce an array of new features this year, including:
Click here for more details and registration.
- A Summer Conference Beach Bash on Friday afternoon
- A Beach BBQ at the pool on Saturday
- Extended Friday Morning Exhibit Hours from 8 a.m.-noon
- Extended Welcome Reception Hours on Thursday Evening
Attend These Upcoming NPMA Webinars
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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EPA Provides New Guidance to States on Neonicotinoid Label Language
NPMA has been working closely with the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) to clarify recent label language changes mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for neonicotinoid insecticides registered for foliar applications. In December 2013, ASPCRO sent a letter to the EPA seeking clarification regarding the following items:
To read EPA's complete response to ASPCRO's letter, click here
- Enforceability of the "Pollinator Protection Advisory Box"
- Verification that the new label language only prohibits foliar applications to flowering plants
- Clarification regarding prohibited application sites
- Clarification of the terms bee and pollinator
- Guidance regarding situations when bees are the target pest
The National Pest Management Association continues to work with the EPA, state regulators and other stakeholders to ensure that an appropriate balance exists between the pest management professional's role in protecting consumers and the essential role bees play. Toward this end, NPMA is partnering with ASPCRO to host EPA employees in June for a workshop designed to provide insight into the unique concerns of NPMA members when providing services in and around structures.
Click here to read EPA's April 2014 letter to ASPCRO.
Click here to read the December 2013 letter from ASPCRO to EPA.
Congratulations to the Newly Certified Professionals
Our hearty congratulations to these newest certified professionals, all of whom passed their ACE or BCE exams recently. Click here to learn who achieved this designation.
Black Widow Spiders: More Complex and Unusual than Previously Thought
Drs. Emily MacLeod and Maydianne Andrade of the University of Toronto at Scarborough recently published a paper analyzing the mating behavior of western black widow spiders (Lactrodectus hesperus). In a departure from the literature of insect mating strategies, males exhibited preferences when selecting a mate. When given a choice, males strongly preferred to mate with well-fed, virgin females, as indicated by pheromones released by the female. In both lab and field studies, the preference was significant and consistent. The researchers involved in this study surmised that a well-fed female is a sign to a potential mate that she is healthier and will be able to devote more resources to egg production, ultimately a net positive for the male. Another added benefit to the male is that well-fed female spiders are less likely to eat the male after mating has concluded.
The paper, "Strong, convergent male mate choice along two preference axes in field populations of black widow spiders," was published in the March 2014 volume of the journal Animal Behaviour. To read more about black widow spiders, click here.
Definition of Green Termite Treatment Defeated
At the International Code Council (ICC) Hearings in Memphis on Sunday, NPMA prevented a proposed change to the International Green Construction Code(IgCC). The IgCC is a model construction code used in combination with the ICC commercial codes, such as the International Building Code (IBC), to add green elements into buildings and their surrounding grounds. The proposed change, submitted by the Green Builder Coalition, would have limited forms of termite control in green construction to "non-toxic [sic] materials such as borate treatments, physical barriers and pest resistant building materials."
Later this week, NPMA will also be opposing a proposal to add plastic sheeting, essentially vapor barrier, as a termite treatment to the IgCC.
NPMA would like to thank the ASPCRO leadership, especially John Scott and Steve Dwinell, for partnering with us to oppose the code change.
Oklahoma Gov. Fallin Signs NWCO Permit Bill
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin last week signed a bill into law 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 in mid-April, by a 26-15 tally. Click here to read House Bill 2618 and related information.
Missouri House Approves Financial Responsibility Bill
The Missouri House of Representatives last week passed legislation modifying financial responsibility requirements for Missouri pesticide applicators. Under House Bill 1952, the minimum surety bond requirement increases from $25,000 to $50,000. Moreover, the measure states that evidence of financial responsibility does not have to be submitted to the Department as a condition for license renewal, although the applicator must provide the policy if requested by the Department. The bill also requires the certified commercial applicator or the applicator's employer to maintain the surety bond or liability insurance certificate at the business location from which the certified commercial applicator is licensed. To read more about the legislation, click here and go to House Bill 1952.
Connecticut House Passes Bed Bug Bill
The Connecticut House of Representatives last week approved legislation establishing the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in managing bed bug infestations in multifamily housing. Under House Bill 5438, landlords would be required to have a qualified inspector inspect the unit suspected of being infested and any contiguous unit within five days of being alerted by a tenant of a possible infestation. The measure defines a "qualified inspector" as "a certified applicator, local health department official or bed bug detection team retained by a landlord to conduct an inspection for an infestation of bed bugs." The legislation also requires bed bug detection teams to hold a current, independent, third-party certification in accordance with the National Pest Management Association's Minimum Standards for Canine Bed Bug Detection Team Certification.
The bill further directs the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, in consultation with the Department of Public Health and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, to develop and publish best practices and guidelines that identify the most effective and least burdensome methods of investigating and treating bed bug infestations. Click here to read HB 5438 and related information.
Key House Panel Holds Bee Health Hearing
The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture today held a hearing to review current research and application of management strategies to control pests and diseases of pollinators. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Bayer's North American Bee Care Center and the almond and nursery industries testified, focusing on the complexity and multifactorial nature of the problem. Specifically, the varroa mite, other pests and diseases, nutrition, lack of forage land, genetic diversity and misuse of pesticides were discussed. Members of the Subcommittee stressed, however, that pending Congressional legislation suspending indefinitely the registration of neonicotinoid pesticides was an "overstep" and an "overreaction." Click here to see testimony NPMA submitted for the record and here to read more about the hearing.
In Memoriam: John Moss Pieratt, Jr.
John Moss Pieratt, Jr. was born on Feb. 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas, and passed away on April 26, 2014. He is survived by his parents, Jessica Jenkins Pieratt and John Moss Pieratt; maternal grandparents, Janice Whiting Jenkins and Robert Williams (Bobby) Jenkins, Jr.; paternal grandparents, Ann Moss Pieratt and John David Pieratt and beloved aunts and uncles: Will Pieratt Demond, Kathleen Bates Pieratt and Robert Wilson Pieratt and their daughter Lucille Clare Pieratt, Chelsea Ann Jenkins and Robert Williams Jenkins, III. He is also survived by his maternal great-grandmothers Sandra Patterson Jenkins and Ann Hutchins Whiting, and his loving extended family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to Good Shepherd Episcopal School, 2206 Exposition Boulevard, Austin, TX, 78703.
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