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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Record Breaking Exhibit Hall at PestWorld 2014
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Over 3,300 pest management professionals navigated NPMA's largest trade show yet - with 196 exhibitors and over 120,000 square feet of exhibit space – during PestWorld 2014, held last week in Orlando.

Proving itself once again as the premier platform to conduct domestic and international business in the pest management industry, exhibitors and attendees alike reported PestWorld 2014 to be "the most cost-effective and efficient way to do business, shop for new products and services, and stay on the cutting edge of industry technology."

With expert-led educational sessions, attendees discovered the latest business trends and earned valuable recertification credits. Additionally, PestWorld featured inspiring General Session speakers Eric Greitens and JB Bernstein.

"The packed educational sessions and keynote addresses and the well-attended special events demonstrate the industry's desire for an event with an emphasis on learning and networking," said NPMA Chief Executive Officer Bob Rosenberg.

Make plans now to be in Nashville, Oct. 20-23, 2015 for next year's PestWorld. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact npma@pestworld.org.
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2014 Award Recipients Announced
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Tommy Fortson


Laura Simpson


Tim Brock


Lanny Allgood

During the annual awards ceremony at PestWorld, several key awards were presented:

Tommy Fortson was presented with NPMA's highest honor - the 2014 Pinnacle Award.

NPMA Past President Laura Simpson of Dugas Pest Control of Baton Rouge in Louisiana, was the recipient of the 2014 Women of Excellence Award.

Tim Brock of Brock Lawn and Pest Control in Lynn Haven, Florida, received the 2014 Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Rentokil.

NPMA's Super Committee was awarded Committee of the Year and Lanny Allgood of the NPMA Bylaws Committee was awarded Chairperson of the Year.

The Entomological Society of America also presented an award during the industry awards presentation – the first-ever ACE award, which went to Robert Caine.

Finally, NPMA presented the first-ever Global Ambassador Awards, sponsored by Univar during the International Reception. The recipients of the inaugural awards were Norman Cooper of the U.S., Alberto Ponjoan of Spain and Robert Fryatt of the U.K.

Please join us in congratulating these recipients! Information about the 2015 Awards Program will be available this Spring.
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New Bylaws Adopted at Annual Membership Meeting
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At the Annual Membership Meeting held during PestWorld, members voted unanimously to adopt the proposed bylaws, which increased supplier members on the Board to 3. The new bylaws are effective immediately. Additionally, NPMA's membership approved the 2013/2014 Audit and Financial Report.

Thank you to all members who attended the important meeting and submitted proxies to allow NPMA to move forward with governing documents that are modern and relevant. We appreciate your stewardship of NPMA.
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PPMA Announces Stats on Consumer Usage of Professional Pest Control
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The Professional Pest Management Alliance, NPMA’s consumer education arm, announced during PestWorld that 37 percent of homeowners with a household income of $75,000 or more have used professional pest control in the past year. That number is up from 33 percent last year and up from 18 percent in 2001, the first year PPMA collected such data, representing 15.6 million new customers to the market. These numbers demonstrate that PPMA's educational voice to consumers – combined with the good work being done by industry companies – is impacting the value homeowners place on the work done by pest management professionals. This good news clearly demonstrates how a rising tide lifts all boats, an adage that exemplifies PPMA’s work for the industry. For more information on the data shared, including regional breakdowns, please contact Missy Henriksen at (703) 352-6762.
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Stored Product Beetles and Thiamethoxam Exposure
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Five of the most common stored product beetles (confused flour beetle, Tribolium confusum, larger grain borer, Prostephanus truncatus, lesser grain borer, Rhyzopertha dominica, sawtoothed grain beetle, Oryzaephilus surinamensis, and rice weevil, Sitophilus oryzae) were evaluated against a variety of concentrations of thiamethoxam to determine knockdown, mortality, and potential recovery. Thiamethoxam, a second-generation neonicotinoid, was applied to wheat or corn at rates of 0.1 ppm, 1 ppm, and 10 ppm and beetles were left in contact with the treated food source for 0 hours (control) up to 96 hours, with 7 time intervals in between. At each interval, mortality was determined and ‘dead’ beetles were moved to an untreated environment to determine if any beetles would recover. Mortality after exposure was low and recovery after short-term exposure was common except at higher doses and longer exposure times (72 hours, 96 hours). Across all treatments, the larger grain beetle was the most adversely affected by thiamethoxam exposure, while the sawtoothed grain beetle was the least affected.

This research, led by Dr. Fotoula C. Tsaganou, was conducted by scientists at the University of Thessaly in Greece and published in the Journal of Economic Entomology under the title, “Knockdown and Mortality of Five Stored Product Beetle Species After Short Exposures of Thiamethoxam.”

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Register Today for the 2014 Lawn Care Summit and SAVE $50!
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Time is running out to register at the discounted rate for the 2014 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.

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Squirrel Descending a Tree

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


Josephine County to Vote on Pesticide Ban
Capital Press
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Move to Ban Pesticides 'a Threat to UK Food Security,' Say Scientists
FoodBev.com
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Philadelphia Councilman Calls For Hearings on Bed Bug Infestations in City
KYW-TV
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Cockroach Climbs City Council Chambers as Pest Control Commissioner Testifies
Chicago Tribune
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Black Widow Spiders Invade Northern Utah
KUCW-TV
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Two Santa Cruz Bobcat Deaths Linked to Rat Poison
Santa Cruz Sentinel
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County Bill Would Prohibit Use of Certain Pesticides on Lawns
Montgomery Community Media
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


Nothing is More Powerful Than Trust
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Getting Past Gatekeepers to Reach High-Level Decision-Makers
By Marc Wayshak
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The One Word Successful People Never Say
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A Critical Debate: The Value, Costs and Benefits of I2P2
By Lauren Swan
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Mattress Safe, Inc. Celebrates 10 Years at PestWorld 2014
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During PestWorld 2014 Mattress Safe said thank you to its partners for ten years of success with a cake and Royal Caribbean cruise giveaway celebration.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
Dec. 3-5, 2014 Lawn Care Summit Tampa, Florida
Jan. 7-9, 2015 Global Bed Bug Summit Denver, Colorado

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