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National Media Outlets Continue to Monitor Virgin Islands Methyl Bromide Case
NBC News
Two Delaware teenagers sickened by a banned pesticide that was sprayed at the Caribbean resort where they were staying are still in a critical condition more than six weeks later, their family said recently.

"The Esmond Family thanks the nation for its outpouring of support and concern for the family's recovery from this unthinkable tragedy of pesticide poisoning during their family vacation," the statement said.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice and authorities in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are investigating. The EPA said in April that its probe had found the toxic pesticide was used at the Sirenusa Condominium Resort in St. John several times in the past and may have improperly been used in Puerto Rico. The agency banned the chemical for residential use in 1984.

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Registration Now Open for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference
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Registration is now open 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. Register today!
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QualityPro Releases Comprehensive Update
NPMA
The new QualityPro Certification Handbook includes updated standards that define professionalism in pest management. Resources available to applied and certified companies have also been updated to ensure compliance with recent hiring regulations. For the first time, companies that have been in business for less than two years can gain access to these valuable resources.
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NPMA Free Webinar Series
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SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE WORKPLACE
Presented by Sandy Seay, Seay Management Consultants
Wednesday, May 13 | 1:00 p.m. ET
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BEST PRACTICES IN COLLECTIONS
Presented by Andrea Dahlgren, A.R.M. Collections
Wednesday, May 20 | 1:00 p.m. ET
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BACKGROUND SCREENING: WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW CAN HURT YOUR ORGANIZATION
Presented by Debra Keller, Reference Services, Inc.
Wednesday, May 27 | 1:00 p.m. ET
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IDENTIFYING, HIRING AND RETAINING TOP TALENT
Presented by Sandy Seay, Seay Management Consultants
Wednesday, June 3 | 1:00 p.m. ET
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THE GERMAN COCKROACH - NEW PERSPECTIVES ON AN OLD PEST

Presented by Dr. Ameya Gondhalekar, Purdue University

Wednesday, June 17 | 1 p.m. ET 

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Measuring Bed Bug Climbing Ability
NPMA
A research team from the University of Florida, led by Dr. Ben Hottel, recently published a research paper that explored the ability of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) to climb surfaces. The ability of bed bugs (male and female, fed and starved) to climb a 45° incline on a variety of surfaces (sandpapers, glass, synthetic plastrons, commercially available bed bug traps, plus all surfaces treated with talcum powder) was measured, as was how much pulling force was exerted by the bed bugs. Plastron surfaces, designed to mimic the trichomes on leaves that have been effective to preventing bed bug climbing in other studies, yielded the least amount of bed bug pulling force of all non-talc treated surfaces. Recently fed females were significantly less likely than males to be able to climb smooth surfaces, likely because females consume larger bloodmeals relative to their size. The results of this research may shape the future of bed bug monitoring device design.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the Journal of Medical Entomology under the title, “Climbing ability of the common bed bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae)”

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Honey Bees and Queen

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


A Long Colorado Journey Concludes
NPMA
On May 6, the Colorado Senate and House reached an agreement in conference on the Colorado Pesticide Applicator Act S. 115. The bill had previously passed the Colorado State Senate in February, but passed the House April 27, with several amendments. This bill was heavily debated in Committee while Senate Republicans and House Democrats had differing opinions. The Colorado Pest Control Association along with NPMA were extremely engaged in lobbying efforts to assist both parties with reaching a workable compromise. The final agreed upon version of S. 115 contains the following amendments:
  1. Eight (8) year sunset term for the Colorado Pesticide Applicators act, next review in 2023
  2. Training for limited commercial and public applicators
  3. Colorado Department of Agriculture must provide online information on closed violations
  4. The Advisory Committee will add members that represent; the Colorado Department of Public Health, Urban Agriculture, Organic Agriculture and an Apiarist
The passage of S. 119 reauthorized the Colorado Pesticide Applicator Act and avoided a period of deregulation for the pest management industry, one in which untrained and unqualified applicators could apply restricted-use pesticides improperly leading to dangerous circumstances for both public health and the environment. Additionally, if S. 119 had not passed statewide preemption laws would be lost for the pesticide industry, which would enable localities/municipalities to essentially re-write unfriendly pesticide laws.

NPMA greatly appreciates CPCA’s members for all their efforts and involvement in this extremely important issue to our industry. A special thanks goes to Lee Kreidler and Kevin Lemasters for their leadership and hard work.

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Meeting with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
NPMA
Last week NPMA met with leaders from the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services in Washington, DC. Wildlife Services is the only non-regulatory agency within APHIS, focusing efforts on resolving wildlife conflicts through research, service delivery and other programs. NPMA and Wildlife Services have worked closely at the national, regional and state levels in the past to ensure that Wildlife Services did not interfere with the private sector’s ability to provide nuisance wildlife control. In the past, issues have emerged regarding competition with the private sector, but NPMA has successfully resolved these concerns. NPMA Policy Staff will continue its work to maintain the relationship with Wildlife Services, position the association as a go-to resource, and maintain open lines of communication.
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Ticks Carrying Potentially Deadly New Disease Found in CT
Environmental Health Services, Inc.
The CDC and state agencies are tracking a new and potentially fatal tick-borne virus, adding to an already significant threat from mosquitoes and ticks in New England that Environmental Health Servies, Inc. is working to counter with environmentally responsible treatments.

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Peek Inside PestWorld Magazine: The Next Generation of Leadership
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The most recent issue of PestWorld Magazine is dedicated to the next generation of leaders in the pest management industry. Take a look at what’s inside the May/June 2015 issue.

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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Looking Ahead to Worst Termite Season Ever Seen Predicted by Experts in 2015
Environmental Health Services, Inc.
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Hearing on Pollinator Health Comes as EPA, USDA Spar
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


5 Lessons That Have Helped Me Become a Better Leader
Inc.
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Managing Performance When It's Hard to Measure
Harvard Business Review
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Building Dynamic High Performance Teams
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17 Percent of Employees Would Rather Watch Paint Dry Than Attend Meetings
Inc.
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10 Tests to Assess Influence
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Rollins Recognized at Emory University's Commencement Ceremony
NPMA
On Monday, May 11, Randall Rollins, chairman of the Board of Directors of Rollins, was honored as a distinguished guest at Emory University’s 170th Commencement ceremony and was recognized as a philanthropist and Emory benefactor.
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Carl Tanner to Retire as Liphatech CEO, Manny Martinez Named Successor
NPMA
After more than 20 years of service, Carl Tanner, CEO of Liphatech, Inc. will retire on December 31, 2015 and Manny Martinez has been named Liphatech’s next CEO, effective Sept. 1, 2015.
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