PestWorld 2017 is fast approaching! Join us in Baltimore, Maryland on October 24-27.
Every year, NPMA gathers thousands of pest management professionals from across the globe to offer opportunities for information sharing, provide access to the latest products, services, and technologies in the 100,000 square foot exhibit hall, and generate critical thinking in world-class educational sessions.
Keynote speakers for PestWorld include Doc Hendley, who started raising money to fight the water epidemic by pouring wine and playing music, and Commander Kirk Lippold, who takes his experiences from the military to the boardroom as he reveals the lessons he learned while leading the crew aboard the USS Cole following a devastating terrorist attack.
Register today and ensure you take full advantage of the early bird discount rates.
Women of Excellence Award
NPMA is now accepting nominations for the annual Women of Excellence Award, sponsored by Target Specialty Products. This award is open to women across the pest management industry - pest control companies, manufacturers, research organizations, etc. - who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession, their business, and other women in the industry. Click here for more information and to nominate a candidate. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 29, 2017.
Young Entrepreneur Award
Do you know a young entrepreneur in the pest management industry? NPMA is currently accepting nominations for the annual Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Rentokil-Steritech, recognizing young entrepreneurs working in the professional pest management industry who have helped create or develop an industry business and/or those who have stewarded a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Click here for more information and to nominate a candidate. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 29, 2017.
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As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Members of NPMA can now save up to 85% on prescription costs using myRxMedSaver! This free discount prescription drug card provides NPMA members with discounts on prescription drugs at more than 65,000 participating pharmacies. Download the app to save 10%-85% immediately on the cost of both brand-name and generic drugs.
Please note, this link must be clicked from your cell phone, where it can direct you to either the Apple app store or the Google Play store. It cannot be accessed through your desktop.
Save the date! The 2017 NPMA Technology Summit will be held on November 28-30 in Salt Lake City, UT. More details to come soon.
Don’t miss the next presentation of NPMA’s technical webinar series live on Wednesday, August 30th at 2:00pm EST – Fly Management in the 21st Century.
So many pest fly species, so little time to talk about all them! In this webinar, Judy Black, Rentokil Steritech’s Vice President of Technical Services, discusses what actions our industry can take to prevent both large and small flies from becoming issues in our client’s facilities. While the primary focus of this webinar will be on commercial properties, this session will also highlight flies as pests of residences, and will conclude with a candid look into what the future of fly control might look like 5 or 10 years from now.
To register for this webinar, click here.
In case you missed them, the following previously held NPMA webinars are available online:
• Mosquito Control, PMP’s and Public Health
• Overwintering Pests: A Tale of Home Invasion
To view other NPMA OnDemand webinars, please click here.
On Monday, July 24, 2017, NPMA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) regarding the registration review of neonicotinoids. NPMA understands that EPA is examining non-agricultural use patterns of neonicotinoid pesticides and our industry would like to use this opportunity to provide details, facts, and examples as to how the structural pest management industry protects public health and property with these imperative tools, while also highlighting that the structural pest management industry’s use patterns do not pose a risk to pollinators and other non-target organisms. Click here to view comments.
This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule to replace the Obama Administration’s 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule which redefined and vastly expanded the definition of what constitutes a WOTUS pursuant to the Clean Water Act. The expanded definition of WOTUS promulgated by the Obama Administration is currently stayed pending Federal Court action.
The rule proposed this week will replace the expansive Obama Administration WOTUS rule and revert to the prior definition of WOTUS informed by Supreme Court jurisprudence and Agency guidance from 2006 and 2008 respectively. The proposal to revert back to the prior WOTUS definition by the Trump Administration is the first step in a two-step process to re-write the WOTUS rule. The first step initiated this week is a procedural step while the second step will involve re-writing the WOTUS rule and will require substantive input from stakeholders like NPMA.
NPMA will continue to monitor all WOTUS developments and will work with member companies and industry allies to provide thoughtful and substantive comments to protect structural pest management use patterns in and around water.
This week the Trump Administration moved forward with revoking or revising the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rule promulgated by the Obama administration. On Tuesday the DOL published a Request for Information in the Federal Register to gather information to aid in formulating a proposal to revise regulations pertaining to the 2016 update to overtime rules under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The DOL’s final overtime rule was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016 and would raise the minimum overtime eligibility threshold more than 50% to $47,476, annually, but a Federal Court granted a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by two groups of plaintiffs that consist of 21 states and a combination of industry groups lead by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Businesses. The case remains pending final adjudication in Federal Court.
Many aspects of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as “Obamacare” are of particular concern; however, the most important aspect of repealing Obamacare to the structural pest management industry is the employer mandate. The employer mandate requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide health insurance to all employees working 30 hours a week or more. In every effort to repeal Obamacare thus far, the employer mandate has been continuously targeted. Unfortunately, every repeal vote in the Senate to date has failed.
In May, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which would repeal and replace Obamacare. Much like the House, the Senate has held several attempts on repealing the controversial seven-year law. Despite the first few failed efforts, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the Senate voted in favor of beginning debate on repealing Obamacare by a 50-50 vote with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie, in favor of beginning debate.
There is no other event in the world that can match the International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) for its strength and depth of urban pest management expertise. Held every three years the 2017 event, which came to Birmingham, UK from 9 to 12 July, attracted some 250 pest management academics and service professionals from 37 different countries including over 30 from the U.S. including NPMA’s own Dr Jim Fredericks, Vice President, Technical and Regulatory Affairs.
Global climate change the opening theme
Insects and how to combat the threat they pose dominated the programme. The opening plenary session, introduced by Dr Matthew Davies, chair of the ICUP 2017 organising committee, included global issues such as climate change and the unintended consequences of regulation.
In 2015, Puerto Rico reported at least 35,000 cases of Zika, the mosquito-borne disease that can cause devastating congenital birth defects, including microcephaly. This year, however, the territory has reported only 474 cases as of Jul 26, a mere drop in the proverbial bucket.
Australian-led research could help save the world's farmers more than $6 billion lost every year to its most voracious caterpillars.
Experts say the reddish-brown bedbug, which is about the size and shape of an apple seed, has made an extraordinary comeback after a roller coaster of a century.
Tick season is in full swing, and with it comes Lyme disease. More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease, a bacteria spread by a family of hard-bodied ticks such as the deer tick, are reported to the Centers for Disease Control every year, though two recent studies put the actual number of cases closer to 300,000.
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, noted that this is the best time to spot the round, drill-like holes made by the Asian longhorned beetle—an invasive pest that destroys trees. Suffolk County residents are among those especially urged to be watchful, along with residents of Kings, Queens and Nassau counties. The four counties are fighting an active beetle infestation that has resulted in the loss of 23,753 trees in the area to date, according to the USDA.
With the summer travel season in high gear, the country's largest pest control company is warning about an unwelcome visitor that could affect locals and tourists.
Lead Change Group
Imagine a world in which you wouldn’t experience any emotion whatsoever. What would your life look like? Drab? No, it wouldn’t be drab, as that’s an emotion. Nor boring, peaceful or any other state of mind which implies an emotion is being experienced. This means, therefore, that emotions are necessary for you to be able to experience anything at all. It goes a step further: Emotions are adaptive, they increase your chances for survival.
The Grossman Group
Whether you need to leverage new technology, engage employees to deliver better for customers, or just keep meeting your business goals, good communication is critical to any success strategy. Strong leadercommunicators know that when it’s effective, communication does much more than make people feel good. It is directly linked to business results.
A common issue for entrepreneurs is finding, attracting, and retaining millennials, now the biggest generation in the workforce. Companies have to learn how to hire and keep millennials because they don’t really have another choice.
College president and executive coach Tom Perez is often asked by colleagues, to what he attributes his success. Here, he lists those points that are most critical in assisting a leader to be successful and to nurture the growth and success of those around him or her.
You’ve been offered your first leadership job. Congratulations! Will you—and should you—take it? It’s likely that you are interested in becoming a leader because in most cases, it offers higher pay, more prestige, and puts you on the path to an even better career. Seriously, why would anyone turn down these perks? The reality is that leadership isn’t for everyone.
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.
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.
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