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Thank You for Participating in the NPMA Gives Program
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 recently committed to 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:
  • Arrow Exterminators - Atlanta, GA
  • Freedom Pest Control - Topsfield, MA
  • Gemtek Pest Control - Boise, ID
  • Rid-A-Bug Exterminating Co., Inc. - Hamptonville, NC
  • Spencer Pest Services - Roswell, GA
  • Steritech Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Click here to sign up for the NPMA Gives Program.

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News From NPMA's New HR Consultant, Sandy Seay
As the New Year approaches we have several states implementing hourly minimum wage increases effective Jan. 1, 2015. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the current federal minimum hourly wage is $7.25. If there is a state or local law offering a higher minimum wage, the employer is required to pay the higher rate. As of Jan. 1, 2015 the hourly minimum wage for federal contract workers will be $10.10. Additionally, there are requirements to display an updated state minimum wage poster. If you would like assistance in receiving an update of your state minimum wage poster at no charge, please contact Sandy Seay’s office at or call 888-245-2520.

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, any NPMA member is entitled to contact Seay Management Consultants to speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge regarding any employment issue that arises in your business. Click here for more details.
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Member Benefit Highlight: Prescription Discount Program & Telehealth Hotline
Did you know that according to the Wellness Council of America, over 70 percent of urgent care, and doctor office visits can be safely handled over the phone? Did you know that prescription drug discount cards beat co-pay fees 7 out of 10 times? With the significant impact that increasing health care and insurance costs have on your bottom line, you must learn about how NPMA's latest member benefits can save you, your family, your employees and their families time and money! Click here to learn about Prescrpt, a prescription discount card and here to learn about the Telehealth and Wellness Hotline, a virtual physician network.
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Spiders Commonly Found in International Cargo
A group of North American arachnologists, led by Dr. Richard Vetter of the University of California, Riverside, recently collected and published a set of spider identifications from specimens submitted by people working with international shipping cargo. Spiders found in bananas and other imported items, primarily from Central and South America, were often misidentified at the point of entry and mistakenly believed to be of medical importance. The spiders most commonly submitted were the pantropical hunstman spider, Heteropoda venatoria, and the redfaced banana spider, Cupiennius chiapanensis, both large but innocuous species. Of the 135 spiders identified in this study, 10 of them were medically important, including 3 widow spiders (Lactrodectus spp), and 7 Brazilian wandering spiders (Phoneutria spp). The authors of this study published a simple key to the most commonly encountered spiders in international cargo as part of this paper.

This research was published in the most recent volume of the Journal of Medical Entomology under the title, “Spiders (Araneae) Found in Bananas and Other International Cargo Submitted to North American Arachnologists for Identification”

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Smokeybrown Cockroach Nymph

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NJ Assembly Passes Bed Bug Bill
The New Jersey Assembly yesterday passed, by a 76-0 vote, legislation requiring the Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and the National Pest Management Association, to develop a fact sheet that provides information about bed bugs.

Under A 2583, the Commissioner of Education must post the fact sheet on the Department of Education's website and notify school districts of the availability of the information. Individual school districts may distribute the fact sheet to students and their parents and guardians. The measure now moves to the Senate for further consideration. Click here to read the bill.

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USFWS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Listing of West Coast Population of Fisher
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service yesterday announced that it is extending the comment period for its proposal to list the West Coast population of the fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. by 30 days. The new deadline for submitting comments in now Feb. 5.

USFWS believes that exposure to anti-coagulant rodenticides is one of the primary reasons for the decline of the fisher population in California, Oregon and Washington State. While USFWS officials acknowledge that the main source of exposure is the illicit use of rodenticides by illegal marijuana operators, they also question the adequacy of the regulatory mechanism of rodenticides. NPMA is working with PMPs in CA, OR and WA State to defend the professional use of these valuable products as aggressively as possible.

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1. Government Funding Legislation Contains Directive on Fumigation Tax Rulemaking
The explanatory statement accompanying the government funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2015 that Congress approved last week directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to meet with pest management professionals and other stakeholders impacted by a proposed rulemaking increasing and establishing new Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) fees including a $375 fee for overseeing import fumigations. Specifically, APHIS officials are directed to meet with stakeholders within 30 days of enactment of the funding legislation.

NPMA has joined with many other groups to push back against the AQI fee increase rulemaking including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, American Trucking Associations, Cruise Lines International Association, American Association of Port Authorities and about 20 other organizations. NPMA worked with these groups to include a provision about the rulemaking in the government funding legislation.

2. Tucson Advisory Committee Recommends IPM Policy Minus Pesticide Ban Provision
A committee that advises the Tucson City Council on landscaping issues last week recommended to the Council a resolution endorsing people and pollinator friendly landscape maintenance practices and development of a citywide integrated pest management program. Earlier versions of the measure contained language banning the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on city property but those provisions were removed after members of the Arizona Pest Professional Organization explained the problems with a ban. The resolution will be forwarded to and eventually taken up by the City Council, likely sometime in February. Click here to see the resolution.

3. Congress Approves Chemical Security Legislation
The House and Senate this week both approved and sent to President Obama for his signature legislation reauthorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for four years. Initial authorized in October of 2006 for a three year period, the program has since been authorized on an annual or ad hoc basis through annual or short term funding legislation. The four-year authorization will provide more certainty to both DHS and the regulated community. While the overwhelming majority of PMPs are not subject to CFATS, fumigators that possess certain amounts of phosphine or aluminum or magnesium phosphide are covered by the program and must submit Top-Screens and other information to DHS. President Obama is expected to sign H.R. 4007 into law.

4. Pollinator Protection at SFIREG Meeting
Pollinator Protection was a hot topic at the State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) meeting in Arlington, VA last week. NPMA Public Policy staff was in attendance and briefed by EPA on the Pollinator Health Task Force’s report to the President, which is due later this month. EPA representatives indicated that part of the recommendation would include pollinator protective language to be included on a wide range of pesticide products whose active ingredients are toxic to bees. This change along with references to State Managed Pollinator Protection Plans will be outlined in a EPA Policy Paper that should become available for public comment during the first part of 2016. Click here to read more about this issue.


Bedbug Ordinance Up for Vote
The News-Gazette
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Research Looks at Value of Neonicotinoids
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Bee Experts Dismantle Touted 'Harvard' Neonics-Colony Collapse Disorder Study As 'Activist Science'
The Huffington Post
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Still More Politicized Pseudo-Science? The Neonics and Honeybees Saga Takes Interesting, Potentially Fraudulent Turn
The Heartland Institute
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How To Double Your Salary In The Post-Recession Hiring Boom
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How Bad Managers Might Be Literally Killing Your Employees
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How Do Executives Learn the Vocabulary of Their Business?
By Carol Heiberger
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Malden High Schools Collaborate with Yankee Pest Control in Mural Contest
City of Malden
Mayor Gary Christenson joined Yankee Pest Control Proprietor Galvin Murphy recently to announce the winner of the Art Mural Contest which transformed the back side of Murphy’s building. Malden High School, Malden Catholic and the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School each painted a mural that combined covers a 120 by 30 foot “canvas” along the Bike Path.
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Cooper Pest Solutions Named NJBIZ Business of the Year
Cooper Pest Solutions
Cooper Pest Solutions has been named the winner in the NJBIZ Business of the Year 51-100 employee category.
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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

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