Hurricane Matthew left behind a path of devastation – most significantly in Haiti, the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Please don’t forget our friends in these areas. The Red Cross is currently accepting donations. Visit www.redcross.org
to learn more.
Additionally, as many NPMA members know, Past President Raleigh Jenkins established A Childs Hope in 2010 shortly after the earthquake devastated Haiti. Last week’s hurricane had a tragic impact on the country, which never fully recovered from the earthquake. If you would like to support A Childs Hope directly, please visit www.achildshope.org/donate
As we prepare for #PestWorld2016, we would like to announce that the official PestWorld app is now live! Download the NPMA Events app to stay up to date with the latest event news and the full conference schedule.
Explore exciting features to keep you engaged throughout the event, including a customized agenda, interactive maps, session and speaker profiles, chat with attendees, and much more!
Note: The NPMA Events app is new this year—if you have the old one already on your device, you will need to download the new version of the app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
NPMA has developed a two-part training course on rodenticide stewardship. This 60-minute course represents a proactive effort from the pest management industry to educate certified pest control applicators on the responsible use of anticoagulant rodenticides.
NPMA recognizes the need for a better understanding of the applicator’s responsibility to protect public health and the environment when applying anticoagulants. The strategies and methods provided in this training will instill knowledge above and beyond state and federal educational requirements for the handling and application of rodenticides.
Instructional topics include the importance of rodent management, commensal rodent biology and behavior, integrated rodent management, and the safe handling and application of anticoagulant rodenticides. To access this training, visit NPMA’s online resource center at www.NPMATraining.org
PestVets, with the support of FMC, is offering complimentary job listings on NPMA’s Career Center for any NPMA members who are looking to hire veterans. There are currently 630 job opportunities
posted on the NPMA Career Center
If you have any contacts within a veteran organization, please share this great hiring resource with them. Please contact Janay Rickwalder
with any questions.
QualityPro staff attended the US Green Building Council’s GreenBuild conference in Los Angeles, CA. QualityPro’s GreenPro service certification is referenced in the LEED standards and NPMA was present to promote professional pest management and answer questions about earning IPM credits.
Additionally, QualityPro welcomes Zachary Tanner, Certification Program Coordinator, to the team at NPMA!
Researchers at the University of Florida have identified a bed bug sample collected from Brevard County, Florida as the tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus. This species appears very similar to the closely related common bed bug (C. lectularius), making it difficult to differentiate between the two species. Much like the common bed bug, the tropical bed bug also feeds on blood and has been a pest of humans throughout recorded history.
Florida experiences the warmer conditions preferred by tropical bed bugs, but this is the first documentation of this species in the state since the 1940’s. Given the challenges in differentiating between the two species, researchers suggest that this sample could have originated from a population of tropical bed bugs that has gone overlooked. There is currently a lack of information on the ecology, biology, and insecticide resistance of tropical bed bugs.
The possibility of a lesser known bed bug species in Florida could present unique management challenges to the pest control industry. Although, finding a single specimen does not yet confirm that a population of tropical bed bugs is established in Florida. More information on this discovery in the original article can be found here
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Last week, NPMA signed onto a letter
as part of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO)
in support of the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (S. 3464
). S. 3464 was introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) right before Congress recessed for the elections. S. 3464 is very similar to the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (H.R.5813
), which NPMA strongly supports.
This reasonable legislation would phase-in the DOL’s new salary threshold in four stages over five years, starting with a substantial salary threshold increase to approximately $36,000 on December 1, 2016, followed by a "pause year" in 2017 to allow employers to review and adjust for the consequences of this new rule.
Further increases to the salary level would occur annually thereafter, until reaching the final rule’s new threshold of $47,476 on December 1, 2020. Equally important is that the bill prohibits the final rule’s automatic increases to the salary threshold, yet allows the DOL to propose changes to overtime regulations in the future through the customary notice and comment process.
It is significant that a Senate bill has been introduced in addition to the House bill, both aiming to "phase-in" the threshold. NPMA is working to ensure this legislation is addressed soon after the elections or even possibly in the December Omnibus. It is encouraging that we have bipartisan support and there is a better chance of movement on these bills after the elections.
The Canadian Pest Management Association (CPMA) expressed concerns over specific species not being included on labels and the difficulty associated with bringing new products into Canada. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has agreed to provide CPMA more information on both how to add species to labels and how to register new products in order for CPMA to provide this information to Canadian suppliers and encourage their participation in the registration/review process.
There was significant discussion concerning the proposed re-evaluation decisions for Cyfluthrin and Beta-cyfluthrin. CPMA and PMRA discussed the justification for 8-hour re-entry intervals, expanded definition of "residential use", removal of bed bug use patterns and the label mandated information sheet. PMRA and CPMA will continue discussions leading to the submission of thoughtful and justified comments that will hopefully change some of the proposed decisions.
Lastly, PMRA confirmed receipt of additional data with regards to the revised phosphine/phosphide labels and buffer zones. It is believed any label changes resulting from the new data will be published in early 2017.
The Virginia Pest Management Association announced that Jack R. Broome is the 2016 recipient of the VPMA Lifetime Industry Stewardship Award. Jack joins this prestigious group of 18 professionals in Virginia’s pest management industry who have been recognized for their outstanding service and dedication.
Pest Management Systems, Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of its new service center at 5050 NC 211, West End, NC. PMi welcomed members of the community to the new location and served lunch after holding a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Moore County Chamber of Commerce.