The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published draft human health and ecological risk assessments
for the registration review of several pesticides important to the structural pest management industry including pyrethroids. As directed by FIFRA section 3(g), EPA is reviewing the pesticide registration for these pesticides to ensure that that these chemicals can still be used without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. NPMA is in the process of reviewing this information in conjunction with the Pyrethroid Working Group (PWG) and the Pesticide Policy Coalition (PPC).
In addition to submitting comments and requesting and extension past the proposed January 30, 2017 deadline, NPMA will be hosting a workshop for nearly 30 federal and state regulators today. Understanding that those tasked with reviewing these products should have the most up to date information, NPMA and ASPCRO have teamed up to provide in-field training, demonstrating use patterns and application techniques of pyrethroids. This workshop will provide a good opportunity for regulators to ask questions and generate dialogue around these products as they undergo review. Thank you to American Pest Management for assisting us with the mock treatment demonstration, and to the Virginia Department of Agriculture for providing inspectors to demonstrate how State Lead Agencies (SLAs) oversee PMP applications in a real world setting.
The PRSA Pepperpot Awards are a staple in the Philadelphia region, recognizing best-in-class PR campaigns, tactics and professionals. The event honors public relations campaigns and tactics submitted by chapter members across the Greater Philadelphia region.
The Professional Pest Management Alliance’s "Pests Without Borders" PSA won first place for the "Public Service Announcement – TV" category for productions of two minutes or less.
PPMA’s TV PSA focused on vector-borne diseases as a global concern and the quality of life professional pest control preserves here in the U.S. That being said, Lyme disease, West Nile virus and Dengue are prevalent in the U.S., spread by infected ticks and mosquitoes. When Zika virus and its alarming connection to birth defects was confirmed in America, effects that could negatively impact future generations of unborn children, the PPMA tasked Vault Communications and Center City Film and Video with ensuring its PSA campaign would effectively educate the American public, and cut through a competitive landscape due to the Olympics and U.S. general election taking airtime. Together we developed "Pests Without Borders
," a campaign that by the end of November, secured 10,464 TV airings, making 82.1 million impressions worth $2.9 million in ad value.
What does the new administration and political landscape mean for you? Join NPMA and hundreds of pest management professionals on March 12-14 and make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. Nothing makes a bigger impression on your legislators than a visit from YOU. Click here to learn more.
Make plans to join NPMA and the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) on February 4-6 in Memphis. This program provides the most current technical and business-related information to professionals who are involved in wildlife management or are considering offering this valuable add-on service. Click here
to view the full program and registration.
NPMA recently released the 2016 Pest Management Standards for Food Processing and Handling Facilities
. Since 2007, NPMA guidance on pest management in food facilities has been the cornerstone of NPMA’s commercial activities. These standards were last updated in 2013, and this 2016 version provides updates and improvements to better address changing regulatory requirements, new technologies, and better-integrated pest management practices.
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 530 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.
Available for $4.99 for both iOS and Android devices, the Field Guide App, powered by eNex, offers users an easy way to access information on over 200 different structural pests, with high resolution photos and charts for confident identification. Download yours today! Just visit the App Store or Google Play and search for "NPMA Mobile Field Guide."
Optimizing your fleet with graphics that continuously build and reinforce your brand is the most cost-effective marketing available and choosing a graphics manufacturer is no easy task. When it comes to selecting a partner able to uphold your brand standards ensuring your professional appearance, nobody manages the execution of graphic programs better than SignZoo. As an NPMA member, you'll leverage your buying power, getting the best product and warranty available, for the best price.
Here are just some of the benefits to using SignZoo:
• Discounts for NPMA Members
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Last week, NPMA signed onto a letter sent by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) urging the new administration to return balance to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by nominating members that will interpret the National Labor Relations Act in a more balanced and fair approach to employees and unions. NLRB has appointed members and acts as a quasi-judicial body deciding cases in labor issues dealing with the National Labor Relations Act. The letter highlights NLRBs departure over the last 8 years from being a neutral arbiter in favor of policies and activities that hindered businesses. Specifically the letter states:
"Over the last eight years, the NLRB has overturned an astounding total of 4,559 years’ worth of long-standing precedent, blurred numerous bright-line tests, and dramatically overhauled the union election process – all in an effort to benefit organized labor. The Board embarked upon this campaign with little regard as to the negative impact these policy decisions would have on workers, employers and the economy in general. CDW has opposed this regulatory overreach through litigation; both by directly challenging Board rules and through amicus briefs challenging Board decisions. We have also advocated for legislation, policy riders and Congressional Review Act Resolutions to rein in the Board. Despite our efforts, the Board has continued with its radical agenda at the expense of worker and employer rights and our economy."
Lastly, the letter encourages the Trump administration to immediately designate the sole Republican member as Chairman of NLRB.
Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Association (EPA) published the final Certification & Training (C&T) rule amending 40 CFR part 171. The rule will raise the Federal standards for applicator competency, including testing, certification and continuing education, in an effort to provide assurances that certified applicators and noncertified applicators under their direct supervision are competent to use pesticides in a manner that will not cause unreasonable adverse effects. The rule will go into effect on February 12, 2017, but there will be a lengthy implementation period.
For a detailed comparison between the proposed rule and the final rule, click here
James P. McHale Sr., founder of JP McHale Pest Management, Inc., recently passed away at the age of 80. Click here
to view the obituary.
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators has been entertaining spectators in downtown Atlanta for over 19 years by sponsoring and participating in the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta® (CHOA) Christmas Parade. This year over 200 team members and their families braved the cold to walk in the parade and expertly maneuver the two-story character balloons, the Three Blind Mice, down the route.
American Pest acquires GreenStar Termite & Pest Control.