As the dangerous flooding continues in Texas and parts of Louisiana, this is a time for our industry to come together and support our peers in the path of Hurricane Harvey. The American Red Cross is working hard to provide shelter and assistance to the hundreds of thousands who have been impacted by this disaster. Please consider donating to their efforts.
Our thoughts are with our members and colleagues in the affected area. We hope you are staying safe and dry, and urge you to listen to the advice of emergency officials. People in life-threatening situations that need rescue should call 9-1-1 or the U.S. Coast Guard at 281-464-4851.
For other ways to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, click here.
Fall is right around the corner and this issue of Pest Gazette will help you give your customers and prospects a description of the various types of pests that may take over their home during the season.
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Carpenter Ant in Damaged Wood
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Have a human resources problem? Question? Crisis? Do you simply need to brainstorm a problem or a particular employee situation? NPMA members can call, email or text Seay Management Consultants to speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge regarding any employment issue that arises in your business. The comprehensive menu of services provided can be found here.
Sandy Seay and his associates are very familiar with the pest management industry, having represented and advised pest management companies for nearly 50 years. For more information about Seay Management Consultants, click here. To contact Sandy Seay, call 407-426-9484 or email email@example.com.
Join us November 28-30 in Salt Lake City to learn about new technologies to enhance your business and keep you one step ahead of the competition!
The conference will feature technology thought leaders and provide a forum for attendees to learn from each other about their technology experiences as well as the current technologies used to enhance daily practices within their pest management businesses. Click here for more details and registration.
Don’t miss the next presentation of NPMA’s technical webinar series live on Wednesday, August 30th at 2:00pm ET
Fly Management in the 21st Century
Presented by Judy Black, Vice President of Technical Services, Rentokil Steritech
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.
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Episode One: Recruiting the Best
Presented by Phil Cooper of Cooper Pest Control and Tim Wong of Rollins Inc.
Employees are the life-blood of any business. They can fuel production, improve customer satisfaction, and drive company growth. But, finding and keeping employees that positively impact your business can often feel like an uphill battle. Stop the cycle of high turnover and low employee retention, and start hiring employees that last with NPMA’s latest virtual conference series: Hire Smart & Manage Easy. In this engaging three-part series, industry icons come together to deliver an innovative approach to employee recruitment.
On October 3 at 9:00 a.m. ET, business leaders Phil Cooper of Cooper Pest Control and Tim Wong of Rollins Inc. come together in episode one, Recruiting the Best, to share winning strategies for avoiding common pitfalls when recruiting new employees.
Limited seats are available for each episode, so sign up today!
Last week, NPMA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the proposed Boric Acid/Sodium Salts Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision. The primary purpose of the comments question the basis for EPA’s newly proposed respirator requirements for structural pest management professionals when applying borates to commercial and residential structures. The occupational handler inhalation exposure rates used by EPA are flawed based on inaccurate inhalation exposures modeled on EPA standard assumptions that far exceed actual structural use patterns.
Safety is of paramount importance in the structural pest management industry, and if more stringent respirators are needed we would fully embrace their use, but we want to ensure that safety precautions are justified, rational and based on sound science and accurate data. Data collected by NPMA members who participated in our borates survey this past month was used to refute the actual amount of borates being handled by applicators on a daily basis.
NPMA is urging EPA to conduct another analysis to justify the need for structural pest management professionals to wear PF5 and PF10 respirators when using borates and has offered to assist in data collection efforts and demonstrations of how borate products are actually used.
On August 18, EPA released Pest Control in the School Environment: Implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This publication is an update to the previous version introduced in 1993. It’s safe to say that IPM has evolved over the past 24 years, and this publication takes into account the contemporary environments and structures found in countless school districts across the country. With the advancement in technology, the updated publication expounds on notifying parents and stakeholders of pesticide applications with email, texting, and website posting. Additionally, the updated version elaborates on the best practices when engaging stakeholders such as IPM coordinators, IPM committees, parents, and others. We encourage members engaged in school IPM to review this document.
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators is pleased to announce the conclusion of another successful year of educating our next generation on the pest control industry through our summer internship program. The internship program was designed to introduce students and recent graduates to all facets of the pest control industry as well as corporate support roles within the company. This year’s program consisted of 13 interns who worked across a number of departments including Customer Care, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Fleet and Safety and more.
San Francisco Chronicle
A new state law designed to battle bedbugs requires California landlords to provide tenants with written information about these blood-sucking, tenacious pests and how to report suspected infestations to the landlord.
Male bugs with time bomb gene could sire sterile females in a possible alternative to chemical pesticides.
Asian tiger mosquitos, which can carry the Zika virus, were found recently in Wayne County, public health officials said.
Warmer weather is fueling a rodent surge, straining public health systems and the economy. It's time for the federal government to step in.
A computer model estimates that gene-drive technology could wipe out populations of an invasive mammal on islands.
Some lessons can be learned only by failing, teaching you things you can't learn any way other than through experience. Here are my top three lessons learned the hard way.
The Grossman Group
No matter where you are on the spectrum of awareness, an enhanced understanding of body language can positively impact your business and interpersonal success.
According to a recent Deloitte study, millennials describe diversity and inclusion much differently than the generations that came before, and as a result, once millennials are in a position of greater power, we’ll likely see these changes in workplace diversity.
Harvard Business Review
Over the past few years, I’ve had in-depth, one-on-one conversations with hundreds of top business leaders, and questions like these frequently come up. I’ve identified several common themes in our talks, which I’ll share here.
Starting a business is almost worth it just for what it teaches you about life, and yourself.
As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, Penn State researchers have found a potential solution to those unwanted guests that can turn a relaxing vacation into a skin-crawling nightmare.
Most people think of fire ants as a mere annoyance, another persistent pest that's an inescapable part of living in the South. But it wasn't always so. The fire ants that terrorize us today are not native to this area, and they can cause real damage too.
A white-letter hairstreak was seen feeding in a field in Berwickshire, Scotland earlier in August, according to The Guardian.