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Introducing NPMA's Career Connection
NPMA has heard countless tales about the difficulty pest management professionals are having in attracting qualified job applicants, particularly technicians. Accordingly, we have launched the Career Connection, a multi-faceted program to help industry companies attract and retain qualified employees. Recognizing not everyone understands the opportunities associated with working in professional pest control, NPMA is developing three new videos to interest hard-working men and women who want to help people in a career in this industry. Click here to learn more and download our customizable recruitment video.
NPMA Gives Award: Caring for Our Communities
Entries must be received no later than June 13, 2014
Presented by NPMA's Leadership Development Group, the NPMA Gives Award recognizes NPMA member companies that have demonstrated leadership through their dedication and contribution to the good of the community. As part of its mission, the Leadership Development Group is committed to honoring those companies that have made a real contribution to their community.
Such contributions are demonstrated through carrying out and/or participating in community service projects. These projects may be industry related or non-industry related. Each of our winning companies will be featured in the September/October issue of PestWorld magazine and recognized at NPMA's Academy in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, NPMA will recognize these winning companies by listing them on www.npmapestworld.org and announcing them through our social media channels. Click here for more details and to submit an entry!
The Professional Pest Management Alliance Unveils the New Pestworldforkids.org
The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of NPMA, has unveiled its redesigned children’s website, PestWorldForKids.org. The educational website, developed for students and teachers in grades K through 8, has been updated to function across all platforms – computers, tablets and smartphones.
New features include a colorful, modern layout, fresh imagery and two multiple-choice quizzes with cumulative scoring. NPMA’s children’s eBook series, Critter Crafts videos and PestQuest episodes also live on the site.
The Effect of an IGR on the Reproductive Capacity of Pharaoh Ants
Scientists from Universiti Sains Malaysia, led by Dr. Jia-Wei Tay, recently published research on the effect of the insecticide pyriproxyfen on the reproductive capacity and output of pharaoh ants. Pyriproxyfen is a juvenile hormone analog that prevents immature insects from reaching adulthood and is available under a variety of trade-names. Three concentrations of pyriproxyfen (0.1, 0.5, and 1 percent) was applied to pharaoh ant queens to determine how egg production was affected. As hypothesized, there was a reduction in the number of eggs produced and at the highest concentration, egg production ceased completely 8 weeks after treatment. Additionally, the size of the ovaries, and ovarioles within, were significantly smaller among treated queens versus untreated control queens.
The pharaoh ant, Monomorium pharaonis, has a worldwide distribution and is easily transported with human movement. Pharaoh ants are difficult to control due to having multiple queens per colony, propagating by budding, and being able to nest indoors and outside in temperate areas.
The paper, “Influences of Pyriproxyfen on Fecundity and Reproduction of the Pharaoh Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)” was published in a recent volume of the Journal of Economic Entomology.
Methyl Bromide Commodity & Structural Label Changes
On February 12, 2014, the Methyl Bromide Industry Panel and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to label changes to update methyl bromide product labels with risk mitigation measures identified in the 2006 Methyl Bromide Tolerance Reassessment Document. The most significant changes are outlined here.
Los Angeles Adopts Wildlife Trapping Ordinance
The Los Angeles City Council recently adopted and Mayor Eric Garcetti approved an ordinance banning body-gripping, leghold and snare traps to capture wildlife. The measure, which expressly exempts mice, rats, pocket gophers, ground squirrels and moles, goes into effect on May 28. The measure also directs the city Department of Animal Services to promulgate rules and regulations pertaining to the placement or traps, trap check requirements, tagging of traps, the type and use of permissible bait and the treatment of trapped animals. Click here to read the ordinance and related information and here to read a recent Los Angeles Times story about the legislation.
Industry Amendment Included in OK Termiticide Soil Residue Bill
The Oklahoma Legislature last week cleared and sent to Governor Mary Fallin for her consideration legislation repealing the termiticide soil residue levels in statute to give the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) the flexibility to adopt such standards administratively. Like a number of other states, Oklahoma codified the termiticide soil sampling protocol NPMA and the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials agreed to in the mid-1990s. Since the accord, however, some termiticide products have been withdrawn from the market while others have been introduced, and residue levels for the latter products are not contained in the protocol.
The Oklahoma Pest Control Association successfully pushed to include a provision in Senate Bill 1884 requiring ODAFF to follow normal rulemaking procedures when developing future termiticide soil residue levels used to take enforcement action against operators using less than the required label rate instead of adopting the levels through internal policy without any opportunity for industry input. Click here to read SB 1884 and related information.
California Assembly Approves PCOC Spearheaded Bill
The California Assembly recently approved legislation spearheaded by the Pest Control Operators of California upgrading the Structural Pest Control Board’s examination process. Specifically, Assembly Bill 1685 establishes a computer based system, adds more testing locations throughout California and accelerates the exam modification and grading processes. The measure also allows pest management professionals to electronically convey required consumer information to customers as opposed to relying on first class mail, physically providing the information or posting it in a conspicuous place on the property. Click here to read a summary of AB 1685.
CT Bug Bill & School Pesticide Bills Die Upon Adjournment of General Assembly
Bed bug and school pesticide bills that failed to pass the Connecticut General Assembly before it adjourned last Wednesday night have died and will need to be reintroduced next year for further consideration.
The bed bug measure, which was approved by the House of Representatives in late April, established the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in managing bed bug infestations in multifamily housing. Under House Bill 5438, landlords would have been 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 defined 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 required bed bug detection teams to hold a current, independent, third-party certification in accordance with the NPMA's Minimum Standards for Canine Bed Bug Detection Team Certification.
The school pesticide bills would have extended the existing state restriction on the use of pesticides at schools for grades kindergarten through eighth grade to high schools and municipal parks.
Please Weigh in on Overreaching "Waters of the US" Rulemaking
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed rulemaking expanding the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA) to almost all waters in the United States. The expansion in scope could capture additional pesticide users under recently implemented requirements mandating CWA permits for certain pesticide applications.
The rule was published in the Federal Register April 21, and there is a 90-day comment period until July 21, 2014. Your voice is important in this process, and we are asking you to support our request for a 90-day comment period extension. Click here to take a moment to submit comments urging an extension of the comment period.
Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite: Michigan Bills Define Landlord, Tenant Roles in Eradicating Pests
Concord Moving Forward with Bedbug Eradication Program
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Battle Against Formosan Termites Continues in the French Quarter, as Swarming Season Approaches
NLRB Ruling Could Allow Unions to Usurp Company Email Accounts
Pest Invasion 2014 Addresses Key Food Safety Topics, Trends and Industry Best-Practices
McCloud Services hosted its annual Pest Invasion premier food industry pest management seminar on April 15 in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. The seminar was attended by nearly 350 pest management, environmental health and food safety professionals, and featured a variety of top speakers.
Arrow Exterminators Announces Strategic Promotions
Arrow Exterminators is pleased to announce a series of internal promotions all of which are related to the company's strategic planning and growth.
WAVY 10 Catches Rats with Commonwealth Exterminating
A Newport News, Virginia, neighborhood over run with rats is getting some help. 10 On Your Side recently started investigating the situation, and after their story aired, a local exterminating company called with a solution.
McCall Service Acquires Jacksonville Pest Control Company
McCall Service, Jacksonville, FL, announced the acquisition of Enviro Pest Control, also of Jacksonville. Enviro Pest Control will continue to operate independently, but will merge its service center. Enviro Pest Control is a family business established in 1974 by owners P. J and David Lashley.
Bug Doctor Termite and Pest Control/Bird Doctor Nationwide Announces the Addition of Fayth Petrucci
Bug Doctor Termite and Pest Control/Bird Doctor Nationwide
Stuart Aust, President and CEO of Bug Doctor, Inc., is pleased to announce that Fayth Petrucci recently joined the company as their new Office Manager. Fayth has over 10 years of office management experience in the service industry and 15 years of proven excellence in customer service and support.
Marathon Data Systems to Host 2nd Annual 26.2 Hour "Marathon Hackathon" to benefit local charities
Marathon Data Systems recently announced they will hold their second annual "Marathon Hackathon" event on June 7, 2014 to benefit local charities by pitting teams of software developers against each other in a competition to create an app that connects volunteers, individuals or organizations to relevant local charity events. The 26.2 hour event will be held at Marathon’s brand new office in Neptune, N.J.
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