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NEWS FROM NATIONAL


Penn Study Shows Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease
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The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas. More information on this topic will be distributed to NPMA members shortly.
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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
2014 Lawn Care Summit Mobile App is LIVE!
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The mobile app created for the 2014 Lawn Care Summit is now live! Once installed, you will have instant access to features such as the full event schedule and customizable agenda, detailed information about speakers, social sharing with fellow attendees, and more! Download the NPMA Events app for free to your iPhone, iPad, or Andriod device to get started today.
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Participate in the NPMA Gives Program
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Several companies have recently announced their participation in NPMA Gives, a program created by NPMA to provide its members with a way to recognize their contributions to their communities. The following companies will be donating one percent of their annual net profit in 2015 through either monetary, product or service contributions in an attempt to give back to our community:
  • ABC Home and Commercial Services - Austin, TX
  • Brock Lawn and Pest Control, Inc. - Lynn Haven, FL
  • Custom Care Pest Services – Boise, ID
  • Dayton's Pest Control Services – Knoxville, TN
  • EnviroPest – Loveland, CO
  • Impact Pest Elimination – Tarpon Springs, FL
  • Northwest Exterminating – Marietta, GA
  • RichPro Pest Management – Richmond, VA
  • Scherzinger Pest Control – Cincinnati, OH
Click here to learn how you can participate in the NPMA Gives Program.

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Reach Out to Your Customers This Winter Through Pest Gazette
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Winter is a time when many of your customers become frustrated with pests invading their home. The Pest Gazette is a newsletter NPMA created to help our members reach out to their customers. The Winter issue of the Pest Gazette will give your customers and prospects a description of the various types of pests that may take over their home during the season. The Pest Gazette is customizable with your logo and has a location to create your own article or use one written by NPMA. Click here to view the current issue. Click here to fill out an order form or contact us at pestgazette@pestworld.org.
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Register Today for the Global Bed Bug Summit and SAVE $30!
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Register by Dec. 13 to receive the early bird pricing.

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.

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Evaluation of Fungal Spores Against Bed Bugs
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Over the last decade there has been a growing interest in the use of biological control agents against structural insect pests. A group of scientists from University of Maryland-College Park and USDA, led by Kevin Ulrich, recently evaluated the use of fungal spores, Metarhizium anisopliae, against the bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, in the lab. The entomopathogenic spores, which have been effective against other true bugs, were introduced to the pyrethroid-susceptible bed bugs in a variety of ways, including feeding, contact, and by aerosol spray. Unless humidity levels were exceptionally high (98%), the only delivery method that effectively caused mortality was ingestion, when spores were mixed with a blood product and fed to bed bugs. Ambient humidities in structures are typically much lower than that so the authors of the study concluded that M. anisopliae is not an effective control strategy, at least not in the ways tested in these experiments. However, previous studies have shown another fungus (Beauveria bassiana) to be effective against bed bugs.

This research was published in the most recent volume of the Journal of Economic Entomology under the title, “Exposure of Bed Bugs to Metarhizium anisopliae at Different Humidities”.

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Get in the Game! Win a Trip to the 2015 Pro Bowl.
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Talk about a winning game plan! FedEx is giving NPMA members a chance to win fabulous prizes including an unforgettable trip to the 2015 Pro Bowl in Arizona. When you enroll in the NPMA Shipping Program, managed by PartnerShip, you’re automatically entered in the FedEx Advantage 2015 Pro Bowl Package sweepstakes. Then, every eligible shipment you make counts as an additional sweepstakes entry (up to 50 additional entries). If you’re already enrolled in the NPMA Shipping Program, simply click here to register. You could win:
  • Trip for 2 to the 2015 Pro Bowl
  • Flat screen TV with game console and more
  • 5 weekly prizes – per week

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Ants Tending Aphids

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 FROM THE HILL


Pollinator Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement - Please Join us Dec. 5.
NPMA
During the last several months we have seen an increase in the number of cities and municipalities that have proposed and in many cases taken action to ban neonics. In an effort to coordinate messaging, develop strategy and be proactive in our efforts at the local and state level we would like to invite you to participate on a stakeholder webinar Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. EST. NPMA staff have begun development of a "neonic ban playbook" which we plan to share a draft version of during this call. Please click here to register and reserve your space for this important meeting.
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Pest Management Records Modernization Act Introduced
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U.S. Congressmen Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania last week introduced the Pest Management Records Modernization Act, a measure permitting pest management professionals and other commercial applicators to retain and convey pesticide use records electronically. While most states allow PMPs to convey information electronically to customers as a way to comply with consumer information requirements, a few states still require that the information be provided in paper or hard copy format. NPMA worked closely with California PMPs to develop just enacted legislation amending longstanding consumer information requirements to allow for the required documentation to be provided electronically. More recently, the Kansas Secretary of Agriculture issued an administrative order allowing Kansas PMPs to pass along information to consumers electronically. Click here to read the bill.
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WEEKLY HEADLINES


Council Restricts Cannon Beach, Oregon's Neocotinoid Use
The Daily Astorian via Cannon Beach Gazette
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N. Stonington School Faults Connecticut Law for Bug-Infested Fields
The Day
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Bugging Out: Kennewick Homeowners Live With New Nuisance Insect
Tri-City Herald
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


8 Mistakes Leaders Make When Responding To Complaints
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Criminal Background Check Best Practices
Talent Management
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How to Find Your Next Super Star Employee
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Slug-A-Bug, Inc. Breaks Ground on New Facility
Slug-A-Bug, Inc.
Slug-A-Bug, Inc. announces the construction of a brand new 5,712 square ft. building that will house up to 16 vehicles as well as allow for additional product storage.
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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

  To view the calendar of events, click here.


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