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Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing for the Global Bed Bug Summit
Register by Dec. 13 and SAVE!

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There are only a few days left to register at the discounted price for the Global Bed Bug Summit, Jan. 7-9 in Denver, Colorado. Attend this conference 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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THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
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 begin your order. Questions? Contact us at pestgazette@pestworld.org.
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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:
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Effect of Aerosol Droplet Size on Confused Flour Beetle Mortality
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Scientists from the USDA and MRI Global, led by Dr. Frank H. Arthur, recently evaluated how effective different droplet sizes of a pyrethrin aerosol were against adult confused flour beetles (Tribolium confusum). Confused flour beetles are scavengers but can be a significant pest of flour, cereals, and grains, and are quite common in the northern United States. Initial experiments subjected beetles to 2 ml/min of the aerosol insecticide (1% pyrethrins, 5% piperonyl butoxide) for up to 45 minutes and all beetles were knocked down during their exposure, even those that were only exposed for 150 seconds. However, recovery from knockdown was greater in lower exposure intervals. The results of two subsequent experiments showed that, for this insecticide and this stored product beetle, particle size was more of a determining factor in beetle mortality than concentration or number of particles.

This research was published in the most recent volume of the Journal of Economic Entomology under the title, “Susceptibility of Tribolium confusum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) to Pyrethrin Aerosol: Effects of Aerosol Particle Size, Concentration, and Exposure Conditions”

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PEST PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Crane Fly

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


State Regulators Finalizing Recommendations on State Pollinator Protection Plans
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In response to the President’s pollinator protection directive this summer, EPA is working towards developing language that may be placed on every pesticide that is toxic to bees—not just neonics. We believe that the language that will be added to labels will include instructions to “use the product in accordance with EPA-approved state pollinator protection plans.” While that is a little speculative and could change, it means that each state will need to develop a pollinator protection plan fairly quickly, or risk losing the use of many products.

As part of the initiative, EPA has asked state regulator organizations (the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials [AAPCO] and the State FIFIRA Issues Research and Development Group [SFIREG]) to assist with the development of recommendations to EPA and model state plans. NPMA participated in another AAPCO committee meeting last week and will participate in the semi-annual SFIREG meeting this month to ensure that the state pollinator plan requirements recommended by the state regulators take into account and exempt uses that do not have the potential to impact pollinators, like termite jobs or perimeter treatments.

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WEEKLY HEADLINES


BeeGate: Science Scandal Or Smear Campaign?
Forbes
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Scientists 'Fixed Evidence' to Ban Pesticides, Note Reveals
The Australian
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FOR YOUR BUSINESS


Develop Attainable Business Resolutions to Resonate Year-Round
By Ellyn Caruso
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How to Be a More Inclusive Leader
The Guardian
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Managing Accountability
LinkedIn
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6 Steps to Patient Leadership
By Betty Boyd
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MEMBERS MAKE HEADLINES


Fantasy Football Expert Matthew Berry Hosts First-Ever Terminix Fantasy Exterminator League
Yahoo Finance
If you're among the millions of fantasy football team owners who missed the playoffs, Terminix is giving you another shot at winning. Click here for details.
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Arrow Exterminators Donates to Help Rebuild Ferguson
Arrow Exterminators
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators has made donations to a variety of small businesses to help rebuild Ferguson, Missouri.
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TPCA Announces the 2014 Technician of the Year
BugMaster Termite & Pest Control
The Texas Pest Control Association named Andrew White, a 27-year-old service professional with BugMaster Termite & Pest Control based in Humble, Texas as its 2014 Technician of the Year.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Location
Jan. 7-9, 2015 Global Bed Bug Summit Denver, Colorado
Jan. 14-15, 2015 Eastern Conference Newport RI
Jan. 28-29, 2015 SouthWestern Conference Albuquerque, NM

  To view the calendar of events, click here.


TRENDING ARTICLES
Pest Problems Rise in the Winter as Insects, Rodents Move Indoors (Daily Record)
Lawsuit Seeks Better Pesticide Warnings (U-T San Diego)
Facebook is Killing Small Business Entrepreneurs with New Policy Rule (Tech Times)
Applying Integrated Pest Management to Wild Turkeys (Entomology Today)
Bed Bugs Can Lead to Mental Health Problems, Health Officials Say (CBC News)

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