We could write an article on the awesomeness that was Academy last week, but – as they say – pictures speak louder than words! Congratulations to ALL of the attendees for their participation and complete commitment to the program.
Click here for a wrap up video.
Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) grants can advance a career in the pest management industry or help to reduce the costs related to education. Grants are a minimum of $1,000 and include free registration and additional $1000 towards travel expenses to attend the National Pest Management Association’s PestWorld. Successful recipient(s) are notified by September 1 each year.
The deadline is August 1st – apply today!
For more information, click here.
Brown Widow Egg Sac
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
The Entomological Society of America announced new ACEs and BCEs – the following earned their certification since Mid-June:
• Mr. Lorenzo Jackson Llamas, ACE, (Western Exterminators), Anaheim, CA USA. Certified on 6/20/2017
• Mr. Kenneth O. Howard, ACE, (Allgood Pest Solutions), Dublin, GA USA. Certified on 5/22/2017
• Mr. Steven Matthew Swope, ACE, (Presto X), Springfield, MO USA. Certified on 5/21/2017
• Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE, (Rockwell Labs LTD), Mc Louth, KS USA. Certified on 6/27/2017
• Mr. David Lawrence Bradt III, BCE, (Oklahoma State University), Stillwater, OK USA. Certified on 6/18/2017
NPMA offers an inexpensive marketing vehicle for you to market your company and your services. Pest Gazette is a quarterly promotional newsletter that can be personalized to include your company information, highlight seasonal pests and help educate your customers about what they can do the help you manage pest problems. Learn more here.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
2:00 – 3:00pm EDT
Overwintering pests are an unrelated group of insects that enter homes in the fall to seek shelter against the cold. This webinar will discuss the biology of overwintering pests, including the brown marmorated stink bug, and describe research sponsored by the Pest Management Foundation that asked: how effective is exclusion at keeping overwintering pests out of structures?
In case you missed it – download our recent webinar on tick management!
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday, July 18, denied a petition by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), Earthjustice, and Natural Resources Defense Council to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban chlorpyrifos. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals told the NGOs that they have to go through the agency process to challenge it before going to court, which is mandated by statute. EPA spokeswoman Amy Graham supported the Court’s decision stating, “This victory affords EPA the necessary time to conduct a proper evaluation under the law of the science and the studies on chlorpyrifos and provide clarity about the pesticide's safety to the American people.” It is reassuring to industry that the rule of law was upheld and that decisions on valuable products will be based on sound science.
On Wednesday, July 19, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on five Republican sponsored bills aimed at modernizing the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Since ESA modernization was a 2017 NPMA Legislative Day issue, members of the NPMA Public Policy Team attended this most important hearing. This issue is critical because activists are using the ESA as a mechanism to ban or restrict pesticides, and only one percent of endangered species have been delisted or recovered; therefore the need to reform this broken law is urgent. While all five pieces of legislation that were discussed at the hearing are relevant and important, HR 717 and HR 1274 are the most impactful regarding the structural pest management industry.
NPMA member Matt Eisenberg of Univar in Plainview, N.Y. recently suffered a stroke. Matt has been in the industry for many years, and is liked by his customers, always trying to help them in any way he can.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Matt – if you’d like to help, click here.
More than 44,000 people took their own lives in 2015. The paper's author, New Jersey-based psychiatrist Dr. Robert Bransfield, estimates that as many as 1,200 of those suicides — as well as more than 14,000 incidents of self-harm and 31,000 suicide attempts — may be attributed to Lyme and associated diseases each year.
In the last week, there have been six additional cases of the Zika virus confirmed in the state, bringing the total to 113 in 2017. Of the tally, 85 cases were classified as “travel related” — meaning people were infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus elsewhere and brought it into the state.
Fox 21 News
Colorado is seeing an infestation of bed bugs, and one local exterminator says it’s due to the state’s growing population and Colorado’s popularity as a tourist destination.
After halting the use of dry ice to kill rats last winter, city officials said Chicago has been given the green light to start up again, and the Department of Streets and Sanitation also has started trying a new non-lethal method to fight Chicago’s rodent problem.
If you think you’ve seen more spiders this summer, you’re not wrong. They’re a lot more active this year, according to pest control experts.
Having uncomfortable conversations at work is never easy, whether it’s with subordinates or co-workers. This is especially true for people who are afraid of conflict and would do anything possible to avoid it.
Sometimes the most valuable advice comes from your fellow entrepreneurs, not the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Here are a few of my favorite tips directly from the Small Business Council members past and present.
Often introverted leaders exercise their quiet influence in ways that prompt new ways of thinking, challenge the status quo and inspire others to move forward. Here’s how some CEOs have borrowed from the introvert’s playbook to elevate their effectiveness.
When it comes to success in leadership, there has never been just one playbook. Some leaders are extroverts, natural mentors, and charismatic speakers; others prefer to lead by example and take a more hands-off approach. There is, however, one simple fact that leaders ignore at their peril: those who demonstrate high levels of "interpersonal warmth" have a better chance at long-term success.
Many small business owners miss or misunderstand the power of tax credits to build their businesses. Here are two common tax credits that many entrepreneurs simply don't know about that can save thousands of dollars.
Chip Bergh, chief executive of Levi Strauss & Co., shares some great insights on his leadership style. But one trait really stands out.
For cities plagued with rat infestations, there is another weapon to help in the fight to freeze the vermin out: dry ice. With New York City inundated by thousands of complaints each year about the furry critters, the Environmental Protection Agency recently approved New York state's access to this solid form of carbon dioxide — typically used to preserve food — as a way to suffocate them inside their holes.
Verily, the life sciences arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has hatched a plan to release about 20 million lab-made, bacteria-infected mosquitoes upon Fresno, California — and that’s a good thing!