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As 2014 comes to a close, NPMA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of NPMA's ePestWorld a look at the most accessed articles for this quarter. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 6.




New Jersey Department Fines Neptune City Company $495,000 for Misapplying Pesticides, Revokes Firms Applicator License
NPMA
From Feb. 11, 2014: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) recently fined a Neptune City pest control business $495,000 for misapplying pesticides at numerous locations including multifamily housing and various restaurants. The NJ DEP has also revoked the firm's pesticide applicator business license and the business owner's commercial pesticide applicator license. Violations include repeatedly misusing fipronil by applying the product in indoors areas that the label specifically prohibits. Click here to see NJ DEP's enforcement order.

NPMA reminds you that the use of fipronil indoors is prohibited, except for label-specified applications for termite control, foam applications to wall voids for control of listed pests and labeled bait applications. The misuse of this product could be extremely costly for you and your company and could lead to restrictions on its use or even imperil its continued availability. Always read and follow all label instructions.

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Rutgers Researchers Publish Important Study on Efficacy of "Minimum-Risk" Products for Bed Bug Control
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From Oct. 14, 2014: NPMA has been extremely concerned about the avalanche of minimum-risk or 25b pesticides marketed for bed bug control that have entered the market the last few years and the effectiveness of such products. These pesticides are exempt from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's normal registration requirements, largely because they are oil or plant based and deemed to pose no risk to human health or the environment and are seemingly free to make claims about the products' efficacy and toxicity that conventional pesticides may not make.

Newly published research by Rutgers University's Dr. Changlu Wang, Richard Cooper and Narinderpal Singh evaluates the efficacy of 11 minimum risk products marketed for bed bug control as well as two widely used synthetic pesticides including a relatively new combination neonicotinoid/synthetic pyrethroid product. While the results of the study were wide ranging, they do justify NPMA's concern about the EPA's lack of scrutiny of minimum risk products and raise significant public policy questions as we move in to the second half of the second decade of the bed bug resurgence in the United States. The research also underscores the value of the new combination products in controlling bed bug infestations and the importance of protecting those and other structural uses from local pesticide bans. Click here to read the study.

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Reach Out to Your Customers This Winter Through Pest Gazette
NPMA
From Nov. 18, 2014: 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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EPA Denies Ohio Emergency Exemption for Bed Bugs
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From April 18, 2014: While EPA acknowledges the difficult challenges facing PMPs, propoxur will not be approved under a Section 18 emergency exemption requested by the Ohio Department of Agriculture for control of bed bugs. In an explanation of this determination, EPA states in a March 14, 2014 letter to ODA Director David Daniels that even with a refined risk assessment based on more recent data submitted by Wellmark, EPA could not make the necessary safety finding to grant Ohio’s Section 18 request. Find a link to the EPA’s letter here.
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'Exterminator' Sprayed Customer
The Star Press
From June 17, 2014: An unlicensed pesticide applicator has been fined $10,000 for spraying a customer and other violations. The customers included The Players Club golf course, Jokers Wild topless night club and homeowner and renters in Muncie, Yorktown, Marion and Anderson.
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3 Employees You Should Fire Immediately
Inc.
From July 29, 2014: As a business owner, your time is limited; you hired a team of capable professionals because there's no way you can do it all. Even if your organization runs like a well-oiled machine, there's usually at least one team member who causes you more stress than the others. You may not even realize it, but these "time-suckers" hurt your business by drawing your attention away from the tasks you need to do each day.
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Costco Agrees to Fine for Selling Banned Insecticide
Newsday
From Feb. 11, 2014: Big-box retailer Costco has agreed to pay a $60,000 fine for selling an insecticide product banned on Long Island, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. The company also has been ordered to remove the product from its Long Island stores and to issue a recall notice to its members, said Joe Martens, commissioner for the state agency.
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Important Note Regarding HUD Forms
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From Sept. 30, 2014: Certain U.S. States have historically used their own forms due to state regulations or laws. For the states listed here, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the state mandated form, not the NPMA-33, be used for wood destroying inspections. Click here for more information.
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Senators Urge EPA to Protect Pollinators from Pesticide Exposure
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From Nov. 25, 2014: Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and nine other Senators last week wrote the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to urge the Agency to quickly address the risks that pesticides pose to the health of bees and other pollinators. Click here to read the letter.
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TDA Adopts Changes to Pesticide Use Regulations
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From April 8, 2014: The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently adopted revisions to Regulations Governing Use of Pesticides including changes to definitions; certification requirements; recertification requirements; record keeping; use of restricted use pesticides; civil fine schedule; and pesticide management and disposal. Click here to read the rulemaking, which goes into effect on June 29.
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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
Reach Out to Your Customers This Winter Through Pest Gazette (NPMA)
Scientists 'Fixed Evidence' to Ban Pesticides, Note Reveals (The Australian)
BeeGate: Science Scandal Or Smear Campaign? (Forbes)
TPCA Announces the 2014 Technician of the Year (BugMaster Termite & Pest Control)
POTW (NPMA)

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