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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.
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Norway Rats Screened for Diseases
A decade-long study of Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) in New York City has yielded some astounding and unsettling results. Rats were trapped and evaluated to determine what disease-causing pathogens were present. A host of bacterial, protozoan, and viral pathogens were identified, several of which are threats to human health. Among the most noteworthy pathogens were food poisoning triggers (E. coli, Salmonella, Clostridium) and illness/disease causing agents like Bartonella, Streptobacillus, Leptospira, and even the causative agent of Seoul hantavirus, which had yet to be found in NYC. Although the ability of rats to transmit all of these pathogens hasn’t been shown, it certainly illuminates the very real public health threat posed by these pests.
The genesis of the study was a realization that a baseline of currently present biological threats needed to be established so new and emerging threats could be identified in the future. The baseline for New York City rats and pathogens appears to be quite high, especially considering less than 150 rats were screened.
This research was led by Cadhla Firth and published in the journal mBio
under the title, ”Detection of Zoonotic Pathogens and Characterization of Novel Viruses Carried by Commensal Rattus norvegicus
in New York City” and can be found here
Register Today for the 2014 Lawn Care Summit and SAVE $50
There are only a couple weeks left to register at the discounted rate for NPMA and PLANET's sixth annual Lawn Care Summit on Dec. 3-5 in Tampa, Florida. This is an event you will not want to miss! Click here for more details and registration.
Make Plans to Attend the Global Bedbug Summit 2015
Register today for the Global Bed Bug Summit, Jan. 7-9 in Denver, Colorado to gain the information you need from a legal, technical, business, and customer-oriented perspective so that you can not only eliminate the bed bug problem, but also create an environment of trust between you and your customers. Click here for more details and registration.
Colorado Agency Evaluates Colorado Pesticide Applicators' Act
A Colorado state agency charged with evaluating the necessity and value of government programs and agencies recently issued a report assessing the effectiveness of the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s (CDA) Pesticide Applicators’ Act (PAA). The 40-page report generally approves of the manner in which CDA is implementing the PAA. In fact, the review includes only a few minor recommended changes including extending the Act from July 1, 2015 until 2024, requiring Limited Commercial and Public Applicators to successfully complete training before applying general use pesticides, and removing the use of the term “postmarked” in the Act with the word “received” to allow CDA to move forward with its elicensing program. NPMA has been working closely with the Colorado Pest Control Association to ensure that any changes adopted through the so-called Sunset Review process are sensible and workable. Click here to read the Department of Regulatory Agencies report on the Sunset Review of the PAA.
NCDACS Proposes Permitting Use of Mole Toxicants
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently proposed rulemaking declaring the Eastern and Hairy-tailed Moles as pests and prescribing places pesticides registered by the North Carolina Pesticide Board may be applied in controlling the moles. The proposal sets the stage for reversal of a longstanding prohibition against the use of mole toxicants in North Carolina. NDACS is accepting comments on the proposal until Dec. 15. Click here to read the rulemaking.
USFWS Proposing to List Species on Endangered List Due to Rodenticide Exposure
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed listing the west coast population of fisher as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, due largely to potential exposure to anti-coagulant rodenticides. According to the USFWS, rodenticide exposure in fishers has been documented in fisher populations in the Klamath Mountains and Southern Sierra Nevada, as well as in the reintroduced population at Olympic National Park in Washington.
While USFWS acknowledges in the rulemaking that much of the rodenticide exposure is likely because of illicit use at illegal marijuana cultivation sites, the Agency also states that “amounts of rodenticides commercially available for legal use are above those that could be expected to kill or harm individual fishers.” The proposal also questions whether the existing regulation of rodenticide use – including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Risk Mitigation Decision that severely limited homeowner access to second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) and the California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation July 2014 rulemaking reclassifying SGARs as Restricted Use Pesticides – is adequate enough to protect the west coast population of the fisher. While it is not yet clear what impact the of listing the west coast population of the fisher on the Endangered Species List will have on rodenticide use in California, Oregon and Washington State, NPMA is concerned that the USFWS could seek to limit PMP use of rodenticides in those states due to the reckless misuse by illegal marijuana operations.
The USFWS is accepting comments on the proposal until Jan. 5. The Agency will also be holding a series of hearings on the proposal from mid-November to early December in California, Oregon and Washington. Click here to read more about the proposal and the meeting dates and locations.
Montgomery County (MD) Councilmember Set to Introduce Legislation Restricting Pesticide Use
Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal is expected to introduce legislation restricting the use of pesticides on County-owned property and private lawns by the end of the month. Click here to read the legislation.
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ScottsMiracle-Gro Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Action Pest Control
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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company recently announced that its subsidiary EG Systems, Inc., doing business as Scotts LawnService, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Action Pest Control, Inc. Tullius Partners represented and acted as exclusive financial advisor to Action Pest Control.
Northwest Exterminating Expands Service Offering; Makes Key Hire
Northwest Exterminating announced that Brandon Ansley joined the
company in July to lead its newly announced division- Northwest Heating and
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Chris Gorecki Named Head of Rollins Technical Services Department (Rollins Technical Services)
Extreme Case of Brown Recluse Spiders Drives Owners from Weldon Spring Home (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Rats! Official Says NYC Is Failing at Rat Control (The Associated Press via ABC News)
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