|This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.|
Advertise in this news brief.
NPMA Annual Membership Meeting
The annual NPMA membership meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in conjunction with the PestWorld 2014 general session. The meeting will be brief, but will include a vote on amending the NPMA bylaws to allow greater representation of the supplier community on the NPMA board. A copy of the proposed amendments can be viewed by clicking here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
PestWorld 2014 is Next Week!
PestWorld 2014 is only a week away! Download the NPMA Events app today to begin customizing your agenda and connecting with fellow attendees! To download, search “NPMA Events” in the iTunes Store or Play Store.
| Share this article:
Rutgers Researchers Publish Important Study on Efficacy of "Minimum-Risk" Products for Bed Bug Control
NPMA has been extremely concerned about the avalanche of minimum-risk or 25b pesticides marketed for bed bug control that have entered the market the last few years and the effectiveness of such products. These pesticides are exempt from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's normal registration requirements, largely because they are oil or plant based and deemed to pose no risk to human health or the environment and are seemingly free to make claims about the products' efficacy and toxicity that conventional pesticides may not make.
Newly published research by Rutgers University's Dr. Changlu Wang, Richard Cooper and Narinderpal Singh evaluates the efficacy of 11 minimum risk products marketed for bed bug control as well as two widely used synthetic pesticides including a relatively new combination neonicotinoid/synthetic pyrethroid product. While the results of the study were wide ranging, they do justify NPMA's concern about the EPA's lack of scrutiny of minimum risk products and raise significant public policy questions as we move in to the second half of the second decade of the bed bug resurgence in the United States. The research also underscores the value of the new combination products in controlling bed bug infestations and the importance of protecting those and other structural uses from local pesticide bans. Click here to read the study.
NPMA Workshops at the Food Safety Consortium
The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), NPMA’s consumer education arm, has arranged for the industry to be represented on two panels on pest control at next month’s Food Safety Consortium, a collection of Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) conferences. The line-up will include seven educational programs under the banners "Pest Control in Food Processing Facilities and "Pest Control in Food Service and Retail Facilities.” We are grateful to the NPMA members who will be part of these sessions, designed to educate quality assurance oriented individuals and facility managers, including Judy Black (The Steritech Group), Paul Curtis (Terminix International), Hank Hirsch (RK Environmental), Pat Hottel (McCloud Services), Dominique Sauvage (Clark Pest Control), Jeff Weier (Sprague Pest Solutions), and Gene White (Rentokil). For more information or to suggest other conferences in which our industry should consider a presence, please contact Missy Henriksen.
Modeling the Spread of Invasive Termites
Invasive species regularly arrive in the United States, but what happens next is less predictable. Some species die out before they are ever noticed while others are capable of becoming established and even thriving in their new environment. Two highly destructive and economically important invasive termite species, the Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus) and the Asian subterranean termite (Coptotermes gestroi), were recently analyzed for their likelihood of expansion into new territory. Both species are native to Asia but have been able to exploit several disparate regions after accidental introductions. Currently, the Formosan termite is restricted to southern and coastal regions of the United States, especially Hawaii and the southeast, while the Asian subterranean termite is not yet established in the U.S.
Francesco Tonini of the University of Florida led an international team of scientists to model future distribution of these species based on current climatic conditions and anticipated climate changes by using current occurrence records. Predicted expansion and population densities for both species was closely linked to urban development, while a warming climate indicates an increased likelihood of expansion into new areas compared to current conditions.
This research was published in a paper titled, “Predicting the Geographical Distribution of Two Invasive Termite Species from Occurrence Data” and published in a recent volume of Environmental Entomology.
NPMA & NYPMA Lead Opposition to New York Rodenticide Ban
NPMA's public policy team, in cooperation with the New York Pest Management Association and with the support of product registrants, are leading a stakeholder group in a concerted effort to fight a petition filed by anti-pesticide advocacy groups. The petition requests that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC) re-classify and potentially ban second generation anticoagulant rodenticides in New York. The stakeholder group is meeting this week with senior officials at NY DEC to gather additional information on the department’s intended response to the petition. We will provide updates and next steps following this important meeting.
NPMA & AzPPO Succeed in Grassroots Efforts to Oppose Tucson Neonic Ban
Thanks in part to NPMA's coordination and Arizona Pest Professional Organization (AzPPO) members attending and participating in last Wednesday¹s meeting of the Tucson Landscape Advisory Committee (LAC), the panel declined to recommend to the Mayor and City Council a ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on city property. The Committee, which has been considering the alleged link between neonicotinoid pesticides and the decline in bee health for several months, instead referred the matter to a subcommittee for further debate on Oct. 29.
Steve Thoenes of Beemaster in Tucson and Eric Ruden of Essential Pest Control in Tucson addressed the panel on behalf of the industry, explaining that neonicotinoids are not responsible for the recent decline in bee health and underscoring the importance of such tools in managing bed bugs, termites and other structural pests. AzPPO Board members Ken Fredrick and Chris Gillies also attended as did those in the nursery, landscaping and other pesticide applicator industries. In addition, Peter Warren, the urban horticulture agent for the Pima County Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona, highlighted the problems with banning neonicotinoids. LAC member Les Shipley, who is also a member of the Arizona Nursery Association, did a great job of holding off the push for recommending a ban and successfully shepherded the alternative motion to refer the issue to a subcommittee through the panel.
Since February, a handful of local governments have voted to ban the purchase and use of neonicotinoid pesticides on city property including Eugene, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; Shorewood, Washington; and Seattle. NPMA has tracked and coordinated grassroots efforts to oppose bans in Tucson and other cities and municipalities. We expect this issue to arise in other jurisdictions as well and hope to use the industry's response and call to action in Tucson as an example for PMPs in the rest of the country. Congratulations to all that participated on a job well done!
Extreme Case of Brown Recluse Spiders Drives Owners from Weldon Spring Home
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Moles Manipulate Yards in the Russellville, Arkansas Area
Rats! Official Says NYC Is Failing at Rat Control
The Associated Press via ABC News
Chemical Reactions: A Look at Measure 17-63: Pesticide Ban
Grants Pass Daily Courier
We May Be Losing War Against Stink Bugs
Three Forks Boy Dies After Being Bitten by Brown Recluse Spider
Bed Bugs in Israel Becoming Resistant to Insecticide, Says Parasite Expert
The Jerusalem Post
The Genius Way Coca-Cola Employees Manage Their Email, Plus More Tips
How to Create Customers for Life
Leadership Is More Than Knowing
The Best Sales Pitches Don't Sell Anything
3 Things Managers Must Do to Lead Change
By Adrian Davis
Chris Gorecki Named Head of Rollins Technical Services Department
Rollins Technical Services
Rollins Inc. announced recently that Vice President for Rollins Chris Gorecki will oversee the Rollins Technical Services department effective immediately.
Rollins Technical Meeting
Rollins Technical Services
Rollins technical services staff gathered at their annual meeting Sept. 23-25 at the Rollins Learning Center in Atlanta to discuss the latest developments in pest control. In addition to Rollins company leaders discussing company initiatives, attendees heard from guest speakers Dr. Brian Forschler from the University of Georgia Department of Entomology, Dr. Jim Fredericks with the National Pest Management Association, Dr. Michael Levin from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases and Dr. Roger Gold from Texas A&M University's Department of Entomology.
Lexington Homeless Shelter Gets Help Cleaning Out Bed Bugs
Time Warner Cable News
Last month a bed bug infestation at the Crisis Ministry of Davidson County almost forced all the guests back onto the streets. Pest Management Systems started the heat treatment free of charge. "Bringing up the room temperature and all of the elements within the facility up to 120 degrees and holding it for four hours kills all stages of the bed bugs," Bill Tesh, NPMA President and owner of Pest Management Systems said.
To view the calendar of events, click here.
Measure 17-63 Seeks to Ban Pesticides (KDRV-TV)
5 Secrets of Amazing Bosses (LinkedIn)
7 Ways To Manage Unhappy Employees (LinkedIn)
The Other Email That Every Salesperson Needs (Inc.)
Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.
Keeps gutters free flowing, Eliminates Mosquitoes from the gutter. High profit value added product.
Fall is the time for insulation sales! Click here for quotes from Service Partners on cellulose and fiberglass!
WELCOME NEW NPMA MEMBERS
•A+ Pest Guard, LLC
•Basic Services, SARL
•Bobbi Ray's Termite & Pest Control
•The Bug Guy
•Coastal Pest Control
•Combs Pest Control
•Five Bugle Inspections
•Irish Brothers Pest Control
•Manager House Services
•Miller Spray Service
•Manager House Services
•Pest Free Oklahoma, LLC
•Ridders Pest Control
•Rio Grande Pest Control
•SAMI - Ecowood
•Sheen Zar Agricultural Trading Co., Ltd.
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063