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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
June is National Homeownership Month!
June is National Homeownership Month and the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the consumer education and public outreach arm for NPMA, has developed four videos to help future and current homeowners understand the importance of WDO inspections as part of the home buying process, as well as the value pest proofing and partnering with a pest professional can have in protecting their biggest investment. The videos "Before You Buy," "Seasonal Pest Threats for First-Time Homeowners," "Choosing a Pest Professional," and "Seasonal Pest Proofing for New Homeowners" are available on PestWorld.org and via the YouTube PestWorld channel. NPMA members are able to embed the videos on their own websites and share through their social media channels to help educate existing and potential customers.
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NPMA Appears on the TODAY Show
The TODAY Show included a segment on summer pest prevention yesterday morning, alerting viewers to emerging threats from mosquito borne illnesses and health threats posed by ticks. NPMA's Missy Henriksen joined NBC’s Dr. Pryor to provide education on Dengue, Chikingunya, and steps consumers can take as precautions against these summer insects. You can see the segment here.
Dr. Richard Fell to Serve as Pollinator Health Advisor
NPMA and the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) are pleased to announce Dr. Richard Fell has been retained to serve as the organizations' Pollinator Health Advisor. In this role, Dr. Fell will provide counsel on NPMA’s public policy work on pollinators and support public and media messaging on pollinators for PPMA. Click here to read more.
My.NPMAPestWorld.Org White Listing Instructions
Due to the high volume of email generated from our new NPMA community website, some email service providers (ESPs) incorrectly identify the email as spam. While we do everything possible to ensure strong deliverability rates, it is sometimes necessary that you add the community email addresses to your "white list" (this tells your ESP that we are approved senders and not spam). If you stopped receiving email from the community, this is the first and most critical step to take to ensure our email can be delivered to you. Click here to view the white listing instructions.
Only a Few Days Left to Submit Your Entry for the NPMA Gives Award
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.
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. Click here for more details and to submit an entry!
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IPM in Sensitive Environments
Wednesday, June 11, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Gail Getty, University of CA, Berkeley
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Wednesday, June 18, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Frank Petrov, Lead Developer and Web Marketing Strategist, BCS Website Services
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Pest Management Foundation Awards Grant for Mouse IPM Research at Purdue University
The Pest Management Foundation recently awarded a research grant to Dr. Grzegorz Buczkowski, with Purdue University’s Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management to research more efficient ways to attract house mice to bait stations and multiple catch traps. The research will include field testing in mouse infested buildings, including a scientific look at whether "jump-starting" mouse traps and bait stations by adding mouse fecal pellets to stations and traps will facilitate greater and quicker entries, determining the effect of surface texture on mouse entry into the stations, and examining whether bait stations and traps contaminated with predator odors are repellent to mice.
For more information about the Pest Management Foundation or to make a donation click here, or contact Jim Fredericks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fossilized Larval Tick Leads to New Understanding of Lyme Disease
Dr. George Poinar, Jr., professor emeritus at the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University, recently made a surprising discovery while analyzing 15-20 million year-old amber deposits from the Dominican Republic. Inside one of the deposits was a larval tick, in the same genus as the lone star tick (Amblyomma), containing microorganisms very similar in appearance to the spirochetes (Borrelia spp.) that are carried by Ixodes scapularis (black-legged/deer tick) and cause Lyme disease in humans today. This is the first example of this type of disease-causing microorganism being found in the gut contents of a fossilized tick and suggests that Lyme disease, or something very similar to it, has been around far longer than modern humans. The author speculated that many mysterious illnesses throughout human history may have been caused by unknown tick-borne diseases.
These findings were published in a paper, “Spirochete-like cells in a Dominican amber Amblyomma tick (Arachnida: Ixodidae)”, in the most recent volume of Historical Biology: An International Journal of Paleobiology.
New Educational Materials on Prairie Dog Control Pesticides Available for Certified Applicators
The Environmental Protection Agency has developed educational materials for certified pesticide applicators who use the anticoagulant rodenticides Rozol and Kaput-D Prairie Dog Bait to control black-tailed prairie dogs. The educational materials include a stewardship training program and instructions for conducting line transect searches.
These materials and additional information, including two videos, are available on EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/espp/anti-prairie-dog-bait-prod.html.
EPA Ensures Company Discloses Pesticide Hazards
EPA imposes record FIFRA fine for not identifying a product as restricted use in advertising. For more information click here.
WVDA Proposes Fee Increase for Commercial Applicators & Registered Technicians
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture recently proposed rulemaking increasing the annual fee for commercial applicators and registered technicians from $10.00 to $20.00. The Department is accepting comment on the proposal until June 16. Click here to read more information about the proposal.
New Jersey Bill Requires Pest Inspections Prior to Building Demolitions
The New Jersey Legislature is considering a bill requiring pest inspections prior to building demolitions. Under Assembly Bill 3170, either a commercial pesticide applicator certified by the Department of Environmental Protection for general and household pest control, a health officer or another local health agency employee certified by the State Department of Health must inspect a building for mice, rats, roaches, and other pests before the demolition, and issue a certification indicating that pests are not present in the building at levels that place any nearby building at risk for infestation. If pests are present in the building at unacceptable levels, then the pesticide applicator or local health agency shall be required to ensure that extermination takes place in the building prior to issuing the certification. Click here to read A 3170.
California Senate Passes School Pesticide Legislation
The California Senate recently passed a bill requiring the Department of Pesticide Regulation to develop a training course to train any person who plans to apply pesticides on a school site, and require the training course to cover the safe use of pesticides and integrated pest management. Senate Bill 1405 also requires schools to submit certain records of certain pesticide applications to DPR and to develop and post on the internet the school or school district's integrated pest management plan. Click here to read the legislation, which has been referred to the Assembly for further consideration
Judge Approves $2.45 Million Bedbug Settlement
The Des Moines Register
New York DEC Releases Blueprint to Protect LI's Drinking Water from Pesticides
USDA's Wildlife Services Killed 4 Million Animals in 2013; Seen as an Overstep by Some
The Washington Post
Family Files $1.5 MIllion Suit Over Reported Bedbug Infestation
Bug Doctor Termite and Pest Control of Paramus, New Jersey, Featured on CBS Channel 2 News
Stuart Aust, President and CEO, and Tim Periard, Vice President of Operations, were interviewed recently by Dave Carlin who serves as a reporter for CBS 2 News and covers breaking news stories and major events in the Tri-State (NY/NJ/CT) area. The interview aired on Friday, May 30, on the CBS 2 News at 11 p.m.
Zoëcon Announces Residential Training Module Photo Contest
Zoëcon announces its Residential Training Module Photo Contest. Pest management professionals (PMPs) can submit their "real life" pest infestation photos via Facebook for the chance to win a $50 Visa gift card and have their photo featured on the Residential Training Module website.
Caleb Tennenbaum Elected to Board of Directors of Pyramid Federal Credit Union
Arizona Pest Control
Caleb Tennenbaum, Marketing Director of Arizona Pest Control was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Pyramid Federal Credit Union.
Schlegel Joins Bell Laboratories as Technical Sales Representative for Northwest US
Daniel Schlegel joined Bell Laboratories in May as a technical sales representative for the northwestern United States, representing Bell products in northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.
Univar Environmental Sciences Announces New Kiosks and Information Centers Coming to Its ProCenters
Univar Environmental Sciences recently announced the arrival of new kiosks and information centers coming to its ProCenters.
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