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The NPMA office will close at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22 and reopen at Noon on Tuesday, December 26.

We wish you and your families a warm and happy holiday!

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NPMA has released a consumer alert designed to help pest management businesses communicate how alterations to a structure could potential impact likelihood for termite infestation or negatively affect a termite warranty. This two page document explains how even alterations that are intended to enhance the value of a home could put it at risk for termite infestation and warns consumers to consult with a pest management firm before undertaking extensive landscape alterations, crawlspace renovations or spray foam insulation. To view and download the bulletin, click here.

  

The January/February 2018 issue of PestWorld, NPMA's bi-monthly magazine, is now available! This issue focuses on Legislative Issues, and includes features on:

Farm Bill 101
Gearing Up for Legislative Day
Preemption 101
Two Prerequisites to Managing Small Business Growth

Other articles cover safety, updating your website, health insurance, and more. 

Also, check out our PestWorld magazine website, where you'll find current and archived articles, as well as exclusive online-only content!

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In September, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Three months later, much of the island is still without power and the needs are great. In an effort to spread holiday cheer, the Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) has raised $1,000 for the families of NPMA member companies in Puerto Rico! Thank you to all who donated and for being a part of the caring community that is NPMA.

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 As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of 
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Masters Pest Control  of Milton, DE
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Pillar to Post of Rockwood, MI
Thompson Pest Management, LLC of Jasper, AL

Member Benefit Highlight
  

Focused on providing small and mid-sized employers with benefit options previously only made available to larger employers, the NPMA Health Insurance Exchange offers cost effective benefit solutions that make sense in today’s unpredictable marketplace.

NPMA Education and Events

Register by January 5 to SAVE $50

Join us January 30 - February 1 in New Orleans for the largest tradeshow dedicated to wildlife and nuisance bird management! The 2018 Wildlife Expo, hosted by NPMA and the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA), also provides professional training and certification for those involved in wildlife management. Click here for more details and registration.

 

On March 18-20, hundreds of pest management professionals will climb Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress – providing opportunities to promote the pest management industry and advocate for issues important to us.

Make your plans to attend today and click here for pre-registration details.

 
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Heard from the Hill

Last week, NPMA staff and members held a full day workshop for 55 employees of EPA, at the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) in Crystal City, VA. The focus of this meeting was to provide education on pyrethroid use patterns in structural settings to those tasked with performing registration review as well as EPA reps from EFED, BEED, PRD and RD. Sessions focused on application types, target pests, hands-on equipment demonstrations, and necessity of this class of products to protect public health and property from pests and the diseases they vector. We feel that based on the open discussion at the end of the meeting, the staff at EPA now have a more in-depth understanding of Pyrethroids to assist them as they go through the product review.

Last week, the Pesticide Policy Coalition facilitated a briefing for Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works staff on National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. The briefing included testimony from a variety of applicators and regulators all of whom agreed that the permits are unnecessary, burdensome and duplicative. One applicator testified to the fact that he no longer applies pesticides in certain areas, due to the possibility of civil liability. It is our hope that the briefing will help in advancing the Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2017 (S. 340) out of committee and then to the Senate Floor. The House version H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act passed the House in May.

Members Make Headlines

Univar Environmental Sciences, a business unit of Univar USA Inc., announces that Nathan “Nate” Tamialis has been promoted to the position of Director of the Western Region.

At its quarterly meeting in Brussels on 13 December 2017, CEPA (Confederation of European Pest Management Associations) confirmed the appointment of the consultancy Darwin Associates to take charge of running the CEPA secretariat in Brussels as of 1 January 2018.

Weekly Headlines

Time
Scientists say babies born with Zika-related microcephaly experience health complications, including seizures, motor impairments and hearing problems.

The Guardian
Scientists have identified 2 million species of living things. No one knows how many more are out there, and tens of thousands may be vanishing before we have even had a chance to encounter them.

CBS Pittsburgh
Entomologists from Penn State have developed a revolutionary bed bug prevention concoction.

WTOP
DC is addressing a growing rodent problem by using dry ice as the District’s newest weapon in the city’s war on rats.

WKRN
Florida wildlife managers are increasing efforts to control the state’s booming population of iguanas.

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Fast Company
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The Washington Post
A woman accidentally started a fire inside a multifamily building while trying to kill bed bugs with alcohol, causing three people to be hospitalized and several others to lose their homes.

Leadership Now
Many leaders might be hesitant to gauge their staff’s true feelings towards the company, but asking these questions makes the team stronger and lets all voices be heard.

Calendar of Events
       
  Date Event Location
  Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2018 Wildlife Expo 2018 New Orleans, LA
  January 18-19, 2018 Eastern Conference Mashantucket, CT
  February 5-7, 2018 Southern Conference Memphis, TN
  March 18-20, 2018  Legislative Day 2018 Washington, DC 
       
 

 

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