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Pollinator Week Emphasizes Need for Collective Effort to Safeguard Important Species
NPMA joins government agencies, private companies, non-governmental organizations and foundations in calling attention to the importance of pollinator health during National Pollinator Week (June 16-22) and beyond. Pollinators include bees, such as honey bees and bumble bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles, with bees playing one of the most integral roles in the nation’s food supply chain. Click here to read more.
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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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IPM: Fly Management
Wednesday, July 9, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Frank Meek, Orkin/Rollins
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NPMA and State Regulators Host EPA for Termite and Pollinator Workshops
Last week more than 50 employees from EPA and state lead agencies attended educational workshops at the NPMA office to gain firsthand experience on how our industry plays a vital part in protecting public health and property from destructive and unwanted pests. Marcia Duke, Jim Fredericks, Bennett Jordan, and Bob Rosenberg gave presentations and hands on training for those in attendance. NPMA is in the early stages of planning fumigation training for EPA employees and state regulators later this year. Click here to view more photos.
Update from Coneheadquarters: Latest News About the Effort to Eradicate the Invasive Conehead Termite from South Florida
Barbara Thorne, University of Maryland; Science Advisor to FDACS
The exotic conehead termite, Nasutitermes corniger, was discovered in Dania Beach, Florida (Ft. Lauderdale metropolitan area) in 2001. These adaptable termites have potential to infest structures and natural habitats across a broad geographic range, with decisive economic consequences. Coneheads have expansive tastes, eagerly consuming dead wood from trees (including citrus), shrubs, roots, structures, and furniture as well as cardboard and other paper products. Eradication of this invasive species may be possible because older colonies build conspicuous foraging tunnels and nests, so unlike subterranean termites, careful inspection can reveal conehead activity.
Several neighborhoods and natural areas, all within Dania Beach, are the focus of Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service's aggressive inspection, containment, and control efforts targeting these termites. The program has made substantial progress controlling the termite on residential properties, although continued vigilant monitoring is essential because, especially as young colonies, coneheads may occupy an area for years before showing visible signs of activity.
Eradicating coneheads from overgrown woodlands and wetlands is an immense challenge. The key strategy is to clear and remove enormous quantities of dead cellulose (trees, shrubs, grass, litter) that coneheads use for food and harborage. Removing debris from natural areas has helped deplete termite food, and also facilitates improved inspections and termiticide applications.
Intensive actions are urgent to halt the species before it spreads further and becomes a powerfully damaging, expensive, obnoxious, and permanent pest.
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.
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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
NPMA Spearheads Group Letters on Pending USDA Rulemaking
NPMA last week helped spearhead the organization and submission of letters signed by 32 groups to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service urging the extensions of comment periods for a recently proposed rulemaking increasing existing and establishing new fees including a $375 fee for APHIS overseeing pest treatments of imported commodities. The letters also requested further justification for the proposals. Groups signing onto the letters included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Grain and Feed Association, American Association of Port Authorities, American Trucking Associations, Cruise Lines International Association and World Shipping Council. Click here and here to read the letters.
EPA Extends Clean Water Act Proposed Rule Comment Period
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week extended until Oct. 20 the comment period for a pending rulemaking expanding the definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. The revised definition is especially disconcerting, considering the recently implemented CWA permitting requirement for certain large-scale pesticide application operations such a mosquito control and aquatic weed treatments.
'Exterminator' Sprayed Customer
The Star Press
Ogunquit First Town in Maine to Ban Pesticides
Noncompete Clauses Increasingly Pop Up in Array of Jobs
The New York Times
Proposed Spokane, Washington, Pesticide Ban Could Protect Honey Bees
FMC Expands Leadership Team, Leverages New Partnerships
FMC Corporation recently named Bethwyn Todd to a newly created, expanded role and brought in Pramod Thota to lead FMC Professional Solutions (FPS), the business unit within FMC Agricultural Solutions serving the pest, turf and ornamental industries.
Georgia Pest Control Association Inducts Two into Hall of Fame
Craig Goodwin of Rollins, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia and Dennis Judy of Allgood Pest Solutions, Duluth, Georgia were inducted into the Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA) Hall of Fame on Jan. 15, 2014.
Jigsaw Exterminating Acquires Triumph Exterminators of South Philadelphia
Oswaldo Quintero, owner and CEO of Jigsaw Exterminating, announced this week that his company has acquired Triumph Exterminating of South Philadelphia. Quintero became a partner of Jigsaw in 2001 and then acquired the company in 2002.
30th Anniversary Celebration of the Mexican Association of Pest Control Operators (ANCPUAC)
The Mexican Association of Pest Control Operators (ANCPUAC) celebrated their 30th anniversary at their annual convention June 3-7 in Mazatlan, Mexico with more than 300 participants and their families. The convention honored Mvz. Ricardo Ituarte Soto, who was one of the founding members of ANCPUAC. The opening day of the convention was covered by local press and national television stations. For the first time, the convention offered education credits for technical sessions that included control of termites and cockroaches, integrated pest management of birds in structures and rodents in granaries, and integrated pest management of pests in interior gardens. A women’s group was formed to enhance communication among the women in the pest control industry and those whose spouses are in the industry. At the General Assembly, President Moisés Capetillo González was re-elected for a second two-year term.
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