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Exterminator, PCO or PMP?
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Two weeks ago, NPMA asked what term you use to describe your company and what term consumers use. Though a small sample, almost two thirds of pest management companies prefer to be called pest management professionals (23% refer to themselves as pest control operators and 10% as exterminators). Customers, though, see things differently. PMPs report that half of customers refer to them as exterminators and 36% as pest control operators. Fewer than 4% of customers think of us as PMPs. Four in 5 respondents would prefer to be called PMPs. 

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Register Today for PestWorld 2015!
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Mark your calendars now for PestWorld 2015, October 20-23 in Nashville, TN! With targeted information on the latest products, services, technologies, and business applications, PestWorld is the destination for networking, education, products, and research in the pest management industry. Make plans to join over 3,000 of your pest management peers and register today! Click here for more details and registration.
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Congratulations Newly Certified Professionals
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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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Call for Nominations: NPMA Young Entrepreneur Award
Deadline for Submission: Aug. 29, 2015

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NPMA is currently accepting nominations for the annual Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Rentokil Pest Control, recognizing young entrepreneurs (40 years of age or less) working in the professional pest management industry who have helped create or develop an industry business and/or those who have stewarded a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Click here for more details on requirements and to submit a nomination.

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Submit a Nomination for the Women of Excellence Award
Deadline for Submission: August 29, 2015

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The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is now accepting nominations for the annual Women of Excellence Award, designed to recognize 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.

Award nominations are due by Aug. 29, 2015 and the recipient will be recognized at PestWorld 2015, Oct. 20-23 in Nashville. Click here to view requirements and to submit your nomination.

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Yellow Mealworm: Larval Density and Food Use
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The yellow mealworm beetle (Tenebrio molitor) is a significant stored product pest worldwide that is reported to develop slower and smaller when larval densities increase. A pair of scientists, Dr. Juan Morales-Ramos and Dr. M. Guadalupe Rojas of the USDA’s National Biological Control Laboratory (Stoneville, MS), investigated how larval density (and larval aging) affected the ability of yellow mealworm larvae to process food they consumed. Food utilization efficiency was measured via ingestion, digestion, and weight gained per unit of food consumed. As density increased, food consumption and weight gain decreased though increasing larval age was found to be more important than density in regard to food utilization.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the Journal of Economic Entomology under the title, “Effect of larval density on food utilization efficiency of Tenebrio molitor (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).”

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


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As one of your benefits of NPMA membership you are able to download professional pest photos for free at my.npmapestworld.org. Contact npma@pestworld.org if you have any trouble logging in to the site.
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HEARD ON THE HILL


EPA Approves Rodenticide Label Amendment for Non Commensal Species
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In late September 2014 the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) asked EPA to expand language to include non-commensal rodents on product labels. Last week NPMA was notified that EPA has agreed to accept the three pack rat species listed below for inclusion on rodenticide labels as clarified in a June 5, 2015 response from ASPCRO to the agency.
  • Neotoma albigula
  • Neotoma micropus
  • Neotoma mexicanus

In addition to the three pack rat species, EPA has agreed to allow the following non-commensal rodents to be included on rodenticide labels as target pests:
  • Cotton mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus)
  • Cotton rat Sigmodon spp. (excluding S. hispidus insulicola)
  • Eastern cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus hispidus)
  • Deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)
  • Eastern harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys humuli)
  • Golden mouse (Ochrotomys nuttalli)
  • Polynesian rat (Rattus exulans)
  • Meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus)
  • White footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)

This decision applies to new registrations and to amendments of existing registered products. NPMA feels this change is beneficial for registrants and pest professionals to target non-commensal rodents which previously were not permitted to be listed on product labels.

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Mark your calendars now for PestWorld 2015, October 20-23 in Nashville, TN! With targeted information on the latest products, services, technologies, and business applications, PestWorld is the destination for networking, education, products, and research in the pest management industry. Make plans to join over 3,000 of your pest management peers and register today!

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How to Turn an Angry Customer into Your Biggest Asset
American Express OPEN Forum
We’ve all had customers who were less than satisfied. Maybe your first inclination in those situations was to run and hide, hoping the issue would resolve itself. Instead, it’s smart to know how you can turn these customers from raging against your brand to being your biggest fans—while improving your customer service standards along the way.

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Your Employees Will Love You for Offering These 3 Family Benefits
Entrepreneur
Balancing job and family life is not easy, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Sodexo’s 2015 Workplace Trends Report found that more companies are implementing “family-friendly” provisions to help dual-career couples and single parents better manage their work-life balance.

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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Warning Residents about Tularemia
New Mexico Department of Health
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RNA Insecticide Could Target Specific Pests
PhysOrg
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What's On That Weed? New Marijuana Industry Wrestles with Pests, Pesticides and Safety Worries
U.S. News & World Report
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Genetically Modified Diamondback Moth Offers Pest Control Hope
Reuters
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


Key Strategies for Engaging Millennials in the Workplace
By Betty Boyd
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Being Generous with Employee Time Off Pays Off
By Betsy Harper
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A Smarter Way To Reduce Customer Churn
Forbes
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Royal Pest Solutions Pollinator Health Initiative
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Royal Pest Solutions has been working with The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) for the past six months on an initiative to get milkweed planted in Southern Delaware and they have also committed $1,000 to planting gardens in fields for pollinators. Don’t forget to share your pollinator garden activities with NPMA so we can share with the national media during our National Community Day of Service (National Honey Bee Day) on August 22. Please send your success stories to cmannes@pestworld.org.
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