The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), announces its latest research project, the Tiny Termite House, designed to show the destructive nature of termites in a controlled home environment. The group is set to dump 500,000 Formosan termites into a custom, built-to-scale, miniature dream home and capture them at work utilizing a mix of high-definition video footage and photography.
“This project is a really exciting one for our industry because we will be using sophisticated equipment to obtain never-before-seen footage of termites and glean more insight into the important roles that termite castes play in eating their way through homes,” said Cindy Mannes, executive director of PPMA. “The consumer education aspect of this project is huge. Our goal is to physically demonstrate the hidden dangers that these wood-destroying insects pose to consumers’ biggest investments, and hit home the importance of regular prevention and professional inspection.”
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently updated the rule for worker exposure to respirable silica. For information regarding the rule and termite treatment drilling in the pest management industry, click here.
In light of the new rule, NPMA is reviewing potential options for conducting standardized laboratory testing of respirable silica exposure over an averaged 8-hour workday for termite technicians. This standardized data may then be used to determine the maximum amount of exposure of silica particles. The results of the study could determine whether implementation of new protocols are necessary for the pest management industry to limit exposure to silica particles exceeding the action level set by OSHA. For any questions regarding the new rule or laboratory testing of silica exposure, email Brittany Campbell at email@example.com.
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. Legislative Day also features a full program including keynote addresses by renowned political speakers. Register today and join us in making a difference in our industry.
Q: Our company just invested in a bed bug detection dog. How do I get our canine certified?
A: Scent detection canine certification testing can be performed by an organized body or an individual evaluator. When choosing who will perform the certification testing and provide the credential for your canine team, there are many factors to consider, not the least of which are the qualifications of the evaluators and the testing protocols and procedures employed. Check to make sure that the evaluator meets the qualifications set forth in the NPMA Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs (BMPs) and the certification test meets the minimum standards outlined in the BMPs.
A common misconception is the idea that a canine can be individually certified. The BMPs note that only canine teams (the handler and the canine) can be certified. Without human handlers interpreting the behavioral changes in their canine counterparts, canines have little value as bed bug detectors. If multiple handlers are assigned to perform inspections with a single canine, each combination of canine and handler must be tested individually. If a single handler works with multiple canines, the same rule applies. The reason for this requirement is that each canine has unique, often subtle, behavioral cues that indicate that it has detected a target odor, so handlers need to be trained and tested for work with each canine. In the same way that the BMPs do not provide for certification of individual handlers or canines, individual companies are not able to be certified either.
Email Brittany Campbell, NPMA’s staff entomologist, for answers to your most challenging questions. Include your name and company’s name to have your question potentially featured in the next ePestWorld!
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The Southern Conference is just around the corner! Join us February 6-7 in Memphis, TN to hear the latest research updates from industry experts, network with PMPs from your region and earn valuable recertification credits. Recertification credits have been applied for in the following states: AL, AR, GA, KY, MS, MO, NC, SC, TN and VA. Register today!
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Last week, NPMA joined manufacturers and applicators urging the inclusion of, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R. 953), in the 2018 Farm Bill. H.R. 953, would eliminate the unnecessary and duplicative need for Pesticide applicators to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) when applying pesticides into or near water. H.R. 953 has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives, but its counterpart (S. 340) remains stalled in the Senate. We have urged the Senate to pass S. 340 and held a hearing for Senate staffers in December. Requesting H.R. 953’s inclusion into the Farm Bill is a fall-back plan in the event S. 340 cannot move in the Senate. The NPDES issue has been a critical issue for NPMA since the court-mandated EPA created the NPDES general permit, and inclusion in the Farm Bill is aligned with our overall farm bill strategy for pesticide regulatory reform.
NPMA recently joined pesticide manufacturers and applicators in urging the Senate to pass (HR 1029). H.R 1029 will reauthorize the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). Failure to reauthorize PRIA will hamper efforts to address new and emerging pest threats, reduce funding for pesticide worker training programs and severely damage the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ability to oversee and review the safety of products and evaluate potential impacts on the environment. Additionally, failure to reauthorize PRIA, EPA stands to lose over $40 million annually in fees and over 200 scientists and regulatory experts from the Office of Pesticide Programs, which puts important processes and safeguards for public and environmental health in jeopardy. Lastly, it’s important to note that these are “user fees” essentially being paid by those registering pesticides to ensure a timely and predictable registration of pesticides.
As part of its ongoing focus to better support the pest control market across the country, Syngenta has enhanced its Professional Pest Management (PPM) team to include new marketing, sales and technical managers.
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