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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
The Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference is Next Week
Next week the Mid-Atlantic/Carolinas Summer Conference takes place in Wrightsville Beach, NC. You will not want to miss the new features this year, which include a beach bash, extended exhibit hall hours, a beach BBQ, and more! Click here for more details and registration.
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Small Budget Marketing & Google
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Lee Gientke
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The Mobile Revolution – Are You Ready?
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Lee Gientke
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Online Pollinator Protection Coming Soon
NPMA Policy and Technical staff are in the process of developing an online training program designed for pest professionals that will be housed on the NPMA Online Learning Center. Training objectives include, enhanced awareness about pollinator health, neonicotinoid label changes and common sense techniques on how to avoid exposing beneficial pollinators to insecticides while performing exterior treatments. In addition, the training contains a section on how to identify beneficial pollinators while acknowledging the fact that PMPs are sometimes called on to control pollinators when they become a threat to public health. The training will be available online by Aug. 1.
White-Tailed Deer Density and Lyme Disease in a Residential Community
A collaborative research project, between members of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, has found that the density of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in an area is closely linked to the number of blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) and subsequently, the incidence of Lyme disease. White-tailed deer serve as the primary host for adult blacklegged ticks, the vector of Lyme disease and human babesiosis, and can be found in high densities in places where Lyme disease has a large presence (primarily the Northeast and upper Midwest). Over a 13-year period, residents in a Connecticut community were surveyed about the presence of deer and blacklegged ticks in their area and Lyme disease. When control efforts were instituted against white-tailed deer, in the form of hunting, the density of deer dropped dramatically, and so did did the reports of tick abundance (76 percent reduction) and Lyme disease (80 percent reduction).
This research, authored by Howard J. Kilpatrick, Andrew Labonte, and Kirby Stafford, was published in a recent edition of the Journal of Medical Entomology under the title, "The relationship between deer density, tick abundance, and human cases of Lyme disease in a residential community."
Congratulations to the Newly Certified Professionals
Our hearty congratulations to these newest certified professionals, all of whom passed their ACE or BCE exams recently. Click here to learn who achieved this designation.
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.
Click here to nominate a candidate today!
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
California Categorization of SF as a Toxic Air Contaminant
Along with representatives of the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) and Pest Control Operators of California, (PCOC), NPMA met with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation last week in Sacramento to discuss the Department's decision to categorize SF as a toxic air contaminant and initiate activities to mitigate unacceptable risks. The Department's actions would be in addition to recent mitigation (e.g. reduction of acceptable ambient air level from 5 ppm to 1 ppm, adoption of the state’s recent modification to the “California Aeration Plan (CAP2)." For more information, click here.
NPMA Urges Spokane Mayor to Veto Ordinance Banning the City's Use Neonics
The Spokane City Council recently voted 5 to 2 to ban the purchase and use of neonicotinoids on city property. While the legislation only impacts city land, NPMA strongly opposes the ban as it sets an extremely troubling precedent in Washington State and beyond. Although a long shot, an appeal to Republican Mayor, Dave Condon is seen as the last viable option. For additional news coverage of the issue click here.
House CFATS Program Reauthorization Legislation
The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed, by voice vote, legislation reauthorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security¹s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for three years. The program, which was established by Congress in October of 2006, has been extended through a series of appropriations bills and continuing resolutions since the fall of 2009. This has created uncertainty for both DHS and the regulated community, which includes some fumigators. Similar legislation is likely to be taken up in the near future by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Click here to read more about the CFATS Standards Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014.
Pesticide Ban to Go Back on Ballot in November
Lawsuit Demands California Stop Approving Pesticides that Harm Honeybees
Making Hard Decisions: When Leaders Should Say Yes and No
By Scott Steinberg
Are You a Good Leader or a Bad Leader?
It's Not the Web on a Phone: 3 Principles of Mobile Marketing
By Randall Craig
Should You Pay for Performance?
Greg Baumann Joins Nisus Corporation to Lead Technical and Regulatory Departments
Nisus Corporation recently announced the appointment of Greg Baumann to the position of
Vice President of Technical Services and Regulatory Affairs as of July 21, 2014.
Mark Goodman Joins Varment Guard Environmental Services, Inc.
Varment Guard Environmental Services, Inc.
Varment Guard is pleased to announce the addition of (soon to be Dr.) Mark Goodman,
doctoral candidate in the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky.
Mark is apprenticing with senior technical director and staff entomologist, Dr. Gerry
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'Exterminator' Sprayed Customer (The Star Press)
How to Leave a Positive Impression in a Meeting: 4 Tips (Inc.)
Starvation Among Reasons Bees are Dying (KOIN-TV)
Cutting Through the Buzz: Pollinator Numbers Are Up (Roll Call)
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