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White House Pollinator Plan - Five Things You Need to Know About the Announcement
For the last few years NPMA has been deeply involved in the issue of protecting honey bees and other pollinators. From public policy to public relations, NPMA staff, in coordination with the association’s board of directors and committees, have worked tirelessly to craft messaging, educate lawmakers and regulators and provide leadership to defend the tools used by professionals of the structural pest management industry. After many months of anticipation, the White House Pollinator Task Force released their 58-page plan this morning and accompanying appendices and resources.

In a nutshell, the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey bees and Other Pollinators revealed no big surprises. In fact, with regard to protecting pollinators from exposure to pesticides, the EPA highlighted the importance of pesticides for the protection of food supplies and human health and underscored the importance of balancing the benefits with risks by keeping beneficial pollinators and pesticides separated in both time and space.

The complete strategy can be accessed by clicking here. In the meantime, here are the five things that you need to know:
  1. The Overall Strategy is Being Led by USDA and EPA and Includes:
    • Pollinator research action plan
    • Plans for expanding education and outreach
    • Opportunities for public-private partnerships
    • Improving pollinator habitat

    The plan is heavily tilted toward increasing research on pollinator health and improving and expanding pollinator habitats. These two points are highlighted by the President’s 2016 budget request and the plan’s emphasis on collaboration with federal agencies, states and public-private partnerships.

  2. EPA Will Issue for Public Comment a Prohibition on Foliar Application During Contracted Pollinator Services by December 2015.
    According to the strategy, EPA will propose to prohibit foliar applications of acutely toxic products during bloom when they are used at sites where bee colonies are present and under contract for pollinator services. The protective measures will include advisory hazard statements (e.g., pollinator protection boxes) as well as enforceable label language. For sites that do not have managed bees on premises and under contract, EPA believes that Managed Pollinator Protection Plans developed by individual states will effectively protect managed pollinators.

    To further clarify, NPMA believes this is a key piece of the released strategy putting emphasis on the need to work with states in the development of pollinator protection plans. In preparation for this announcement, NPMA has developed Pollinator Best Management Practices in addition to a model state engagement strategy that can be used proactively when speaking with your state regulators.

  3. The Strategy Outlines three overarching Objectives/Benchmarks
    • Reduce honey bee colony losses during winter to no more than 15% within 10 year
    • Increase Eastern population of the monarch butterfly to 225 million butterflies
    • Restore and enhance 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next 5 years through Federal, State and public-private partnerships

  4. EPA is Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Assessing Pesticide Risks to Pollinators
    New pesticide exposure and effect study protocols as well as additional chronic and acute toxicity screening will be included in this approach. The neonicotinoid family of pesticides will be revaluated in 2015-2017 according to a schedule laid out in the plan. Preliminary risk assessments for 58 active ingredients will be made available for comment in 2015. In addition to neonics, we have identified three other active ingredients used by PMPs including boric acid, imidacloprid and propoxur (though not all are used in outdoor settings with no potential impact on pollinators). This assessment is intended to help fill the data void referred to in the EPA’s letter to registrants last month regarding the interim position to place the registration of new neonicotinoid use patterns on hold. As it relates to Ag, EPA will continue to analyze the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments and encourage new technologies regarding seed delivery.

  5. EPA Will Work with States and Tribes to Issue Pollinator Protection Plans
    Customized mitigation plans will be developed by states, focusing on communication between beekeepers and applicators to reduce the likelihood of exposure to pesticide applications. A number of states already have pollinator protection plans in place and may others are in the process of creating plans. Again, It is critical that the structural pest management industry be involved as stakeholders in the plan development process.

    For resources, including state your state’s contact information visit our industry page at:

Based on the information available at this time, the restrictions anticipated from EPA should not have an immediate direct impact on structural applications. Further federal action during the registration process and the creation and implantation of state pollinator action plans will continue to be a priority of NPMA and our membership. Policy Staff will remain actively engaged at the federal and state level to further support and protect the structural pest management industry and defend PMP product uses.

For full coverage on the National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health please see the following links: If you have any questions regarding the White House Pollinator Plan, please do not hesitate to email
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NPMA Launches Search for Next CEO
NPMA is recruiting qualified individuals interested in serving as the association’s next CEO. Information about the position and how to apply can be found by clicking here.
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Celebrate 20 Years of Academy

Mark your calendar for July 15-17 to join NPMA in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Academy - Vegas-style! Keynote speakers include Eric Chester, Rowena Crosbie, Deborah Rinner Godwin, and AmyK Hutchens, who will discuss a variety of management topics including effective communication, recruitment, retention, the secrets of brilliant leadership, and more! Click here for more details and registration.

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NPMA Announces PesTech3
Showcasing a mix of business management sessions and interactive breakout groups featuring up-and-coming information/digital technologies for the pest management industry, NPMA is pleased to announce PesTech3, Jan. 5-7, 2016 in Silicon Valley (San Jose, California). Read more.

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Summer Pest Gazette Now Available
Summer is right around the corner and the Summer issue of Pest Gazette will help you give your customers and prospects a description of the various types of pests that may take over their home and yard during the season. The Pest Gazette is customizable – you can add your logo, your contact information and an article of your choice. Click here to view the current issue. Click here to fill out an order form or contact us at

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Congratulations to the Newly Certified Professionals
Congratulations to the newest ACE or BCE certified professionals, all of whom recently passed their exams. Click here to learn who achieved this designation.
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NPMA Free Webinar Series
Presented by Andrea Dahlgren, A.R.M. Solutions
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$100 Available for Professional Development of QualityPro Certified Companies
QualityPro encourages certified companies to take advantage of the $100 rebate available for professional development. The recently released ACE Exam Prep Track available from NPMA is just one way to use this offer. For more information, read about certification benefits or contact Offer expires June 30, 2015.
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Sucrose Improves Insecticide Efficacy Against an Invasive Vinegar Fly
A research team, led by Dr. Richard Cowles of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, recently published a research paper that explored the effect of adding sucrose to insecticides to determine if the mixture improved performance against the spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii). The spotted wing drosophila is a vinegar fly that has become established in Hawaii and many coastal regions of the United States and is an agricultural threat and occasionally, a structural pest. The vinegar flies in this study were exposed to spinosad, spinetoram, acetamiprid, and cyantraniliprole; individually and then with each insecticide combined with sucrose in a variety of lab, semi-field, and field tests. The authors found a significant increase in mortality to the spotted wing drosophila when insecticides were mixed with sucrose. Not only is that a net benefit to controlling vinegar flies, but the presence of sucrose, even in minute amounts, may increase the likelihood of the flies contacting treated surfaces.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the Journal of Economic Entomology under the title, “Sucrose improves insecticide activity against Drosophila suzukii (Diptera Drosophilidae).”

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House Agriculture Subcommittee Holds Hearing
On Wednesday, May 13 the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research held a hearing to review the federal coordination and response regarding pollinator health. The panel of witnesses consisted of James Jones Assistant Administrator Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Robert Johansson Action Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Testimony by both Jones, Johansson and the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Davis (R – IL) can be found here. The hearing focused on the delayed release of the White House mandated task force on pollinator health report and the lack of collaboration and cooperation between the USDA and EPA as evidence from a letter sent by USDA to EPA. The letter sent by USDA was critical of EPA’s October analysis of neonicotinoid seed treatments for soybeans and the lack of consideration on the benefits of neonicotinoid use to soybean farmers.

Both Jones and Johansson emphasized that increased efforts have been made to foster stronger communication and collaboration between USDA and EPA. The question of when the pollinator report will finally be released was asked several times, and the answer while never definitive was “in the next few weeks.”

The majority of questions and statements by Committee Members and the witnesses focused on the impacts by the agriculture industry on pollinator health. Several Committee Members specifically stated that the forthcoming pollinator protection report should be based on “sound science.” Representative Austin Scott (R-GA) emphasized that neonicotinoids have become the “whipping boy” in the pollinator debate and that the perceived decline in pollinators is the result of multiple factors. Ranking Member Suzane Delbene (D-WA) remarked that Wednesday’s hearing did not include the proper witnesses and suggested that any hearing on pollinator health should include representation from industry, farmers, beekeepers and entomologists. Chairman Davis highlighted the negative effects a total suspension on the use of neonicotinoids would have on the pest management industry and reminded both Jones and Johansson that the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research has jurisdiction over pollinator health. Chairman Davis concluded that the Committee is not satisfied by the delayed pollinator report and lack of cooperation between the EPA and USDA, and noted that additional hearings may be forthcoming.

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17 Percent of Employees Would Rather Watch Paint Dry Than Attend Meetings
They may be called "status meetings" "check-ins" "team meetings" or "updates." You may have them once a month, once a week, once a day, or once every quarter. They all have one thing in common: Your employees hate them.

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Registration Now Open for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference
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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Looking Ahead to Worst Termite Season Ever Seen Predicted by Experts in 2015
Environmental Health Services, Inc.
Asian and Formosan subterranean termites are two of the most destructive termite species in the world, responsible for much of the estimated $40 billion in economic losses attributed to termites annually. New Englanders who own vacation homes in the state have good reason to worry about these pests, with their colonies and level of destruction growing each year.

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Pesticide Regs Reauthorized with Changes
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Judge: Pot Believed to Have Pesticide Can Be Seized
USA Today
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Pennsylvania Exterminator Found Guilty of Strangling Pediatrician Who Hired Him to Get Rid of Mice
People Magazine
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Building High Performance Teams Takes More Than Talent
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How to Surround Yourself with the Right Talent
By Betty Boyd
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Stop This One Bad Habit and You'll Increase Productivity 40 Percent
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8 Toxic Types of People You Should Keep Out of Your Life
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Building a Great Team. United We Stand.
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Heron Lawn & Pest Control Employee Rewards Program
Heron Lawn & Pest Control
Heron Lawn & Pest Control has taken initiative to give back to their employees with a raffle contest to win a car. In an effort to reward and show appreciation for their employees, they’ve held two contests this year with the grand prize being a car. Heron plans on continuing this initiative with more car giveaways throughout the year.
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