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PestWorld 2015: Overflow Hotel Now Available
NPMA
Overflow rooms are now available at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. The Sheraton is located five miles from the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Rooms are available Monday through Thursday nights. The hotel is sold out on Friday night. To make reservations, please call 888-627-7060 or click here.

Attend the Post-Convention Trip to Costa Rica
Extend your PestWorld experience and join us for our post-convention trip to Costa Rica! Click here for more details on the post convention trip.

Still need to register for PestWorld? Visit conference.npmapestworld.org for more details and registration.

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Member Benefit Highlight: National Fit Testing Services
NPMA
National Fit Testing Service offers you an easy economical way to achieve OSHA compliance. At your convenience, National Fit Testing Service's technicians come to your site and perform Qualitative or Quantitative fit testing of your employees in accordance with OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134.

Help protect your valued employees health and well-being as well as comply with OSHA regulations, by scheduling your respirator fit testing and training session. Contact Linda Lane for special NPMA member pricing today!
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QualityPro Sales Video
QualityPro
Is your company QualityPro certified? Do your customers know? Use this video to tell your clients why certification makes your company one of the best in the pest management industry. QualityPro certified companies can use the video at https://youtu.be/gJZV3qQQq8M to market themselves as QualityPro. For more ways to market your certification, visit www.QualityProTools.org/marketing.
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Mark Your Calendar for PesTech3.0
NPMA
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 PesTech3.0, Jan. 5-7, 2016 in Silicon Valley (San Jose, California). Click here for more details and registration.
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Estimating the Number of Blow Fly Eggs in Egg Masses
NPMA
Dr. J.Y. Rosati, of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, led a research team that explored a new method to reliably estimate how many eggs make up egg masses for three species of blow flies: green bottle flies (Lucilia sericata), hairy maggot blow flies (Chrysomya rufifacies) and black blow flies (Phormia regina). By developing species-specific equations the researchers were able to use computer software and data analysis to allow for non-destructive, fast, and accurate estimations based on the volume of blow fly egg masses.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the Journal of Medical Entomology under the title, “Estimating the number of eggs in blow fly (Diptera: Calliphoridae) egg masses using photographic analysis.”

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HEARD ON THE HILL


NPMA Submits Comments to the Department of Labor In Opposition to Proposed Overtime Changes
NPMA
On Thursday, Sept. 3, NPMA submitted comments to the Department of Labor in opposition of the Department’s flawed proposed overtime rule. NPMA, along with 250 individual NPMA members, submitted an extension request for the rule in early August. Unfortunately, the Department announced on Monday, August 31 that they would not extend the comment period, despite hundreds of thousands of requests to extend the comment period. The deadline to submit comments was Sept. 4. The comments submitted by NPMA respectfully requests the Department to withdraw the proposed rule, explaining:

As proposed, the Department’s proposed rule does not achieve the intended objective of protecting the American workforce through overtime protection mechanisms. Instead, the Department’s unprecedented 113 percent raise of the minimum salary threshold for overtime pay is ill advised and does not take into account the effects this abrupt threshold increase would have on the economy and employee flexibility. The proposed rule inadequately addresses important factors such as regional cost-of-living differences and the need to account for non-discretionary bonuses. The pest management industry is additionally concerned by the Department’s attempt to subvert federal authority and legislative intent by annually indexing the minimum salary threshold and potentially altering the long used duties test for white collar exemptions from overtime pay.

To read the full comments click here.

In addition to submitting comments directly from the pest management industry, NPMA signed onto comments submitted by the Partnership to Protect Workforce Opportunity (PPWO). The PPWO is comprised of a wide range of associations and companies that represent a diverse group of industries and interests. The comments submitted by the PPWO are inclusive of a broad set of industry goals and objectives in opposition to the proposed rule. NPMA in conjunction with the PPWO will continue to raise this issue on Capitol Hill as Congress returns from August recess this week.

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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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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Florida Regulators Bar Pest Control Firm From Doing Fumigations
WBPF-TV
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Ants Are Just as Effective as Chemical Pesticide
The Daily Beast
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Replacing Pesticides With Genetics
The New York Times
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Pest Control Expert Explains Northwest Scorpions
KNDO-TV
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Pesticides Cause Personality Changes in Spiders, Study Suggests
CBC News
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


The Most Effective Strategies for Attracting Customers
Inc.
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Everything You Need to Know About Instagram's New Ads
By Emma Fitzpatrick
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Innovation Skills, Attitudes and Behaviors Can Be Taught
By Dr. Min Basadur
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3 Signs That You Should Shut Down Your Business
Entrepreneur
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...


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Why Zero Is the New Marketing Budget
Inc.
Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of digital agency VaynerMedia, talks about how social media is changing the marketing game, the kind of college class he'd teach, and more.

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Pesticides Killing Bees: Study Shows What 'Everybody's Suspected'
Rolling Stone
It's no secret that bees are in trouble. What's causing bee populations to plummet – neonicotinoid pesticides, mites, stress – remains hotly contested, despite a growing body of scientific evidence that neonics are part of the problem.

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PestWorld 2015: Important Hotel Information
NPMA
We have had an unexpected and exciting surge in registrations and hotel reservations for PestWorld 2015 in Nashville. Though we have a room block that is comparable to recent years, both the Gaylord Opryland and the Hyatt are completely sold out Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Ben Gomez Moves Up at Univar
Univar
In July, Univar announced the promotion of Benjamin Gomez Guerrero as the new Specialties Director for Univar Mexico. Ben sold his company to Univar in 1996 and has previously served as Director of Univar's Environmental Sciences Latin America. 
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Heron Home & Outdoor Acquires Central Florida Critter & Pest Defense
Heron Home & Outdoor
Heron Home & Outdoor has recently acquired Critter & Pest Defense. Carl Shaw, owner of Critter, will join Heron Home & Outdoor as Wildlife and Insulation District Manager.
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Women Succeeding in Pest Control
NPMA
Insight Pest Solutions surveyed 28 outstanding women who work in the pest control or entomology field about their perspectives on working in male-dominated industries. Click here to view the survey results and comments from the experts.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
Oct. 20-23, 2015 PestWorld Nashville, TN
Jan. 5-7, 2016 PesTech3.0 San Jose, CA

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New QualityPro Certified Company:

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