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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. When we receive your registration, we will contact your U.S. Senators to request an appointment between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. We ask you to set up an appointment directly with your House member. Remember, the sooner you register, the more likely you are to see your elected officials. Click here to view the current Senate appointment schedule.
Wednesday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Featuring Academy Learning Lab Presenter John Barnes
Does it sometimes seem impossible to get a handle on your life? Emails, meetings, budgeting your time…it can feel overwhelming at times.
What if you could get control of your life (at least more control)?
This webinar will provide you with specific actions that you and your company can take to bring some sanity to your work day and take control of your life. You will walk away from the session with tangible tools and ideas that you can implement immediately. Share these tools and ideas with your colleagues so that you all get better as a team when it comes to managing your email, your meetings and your time.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
The Pest Management Foundation is currently seeking applicants for their Student Scholarship. The Scholarship Program will award up to five scholarships, of up to $2,000 each, to outstanding students at accredited entomology programs at U.S. colleges or universities. In return, scholarship recipients will be asked to provide a letter explaining how the scholarship has helped them in their academic and research endeavors.
Click here to learn more about the scholarship eligibility and application process. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2018.
Q: How can I tell the difference between a German cockroach and an Asian cockroach?
A: The German cockroach (Blattella germanica) is one of the most ubiquitous pests on earth. Originally thought to have originated in Europe, then Africa, the most recent theories surrounding its indigenous range trace it to Asia. Today, it can be found on nearly every continent on earth (except Antarctica) and is almost always associated with human dwellings.
The species’ predilection for warm, humid environments make human structures, particularly areas where food is prepared, the perfect habitat for infestation. Anywhere that humans are found, cockroaches are probably present too. The Asian cockroach (Blattella asahinai), not to be confused with the Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis), has a more recent history of association with humans compared to German cockroaches. To the casual observer, and even the seasoned pest management professional, the Asian cockroach looks nearly identical to the German cockroach. They are closely related, but there are some key differences in behavior that make management methods different for the two species.
Asian cockroaches have longer and narrower wings compared to German cockroaches, along with a few other minor morphological differences. The most obvious difference is the ability of Asian cockroaches to fly. They are often attracted to lights and are most commonly found outdoors. In North America, the Asian cockroach is currently known to be established in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, but has the potential to spread further throughout the United States because it can be established indoors.
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!
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
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Are past due accounts bugging your business? Has the economy put you in the unfortunate position of "bill collector" instead of service provider? As a benefit of membership, NPMA members have access to discounted collection services from A.R.M. Solutions.
A.R.M. Solutions delivers cost effective and diplomatic programs to maximize recovery rates, retain valued customers, and lower the overall cost of collecting on past due accounts. Click here for more information about this member benefit.
Webinar presented by Ed Freytag, Research Entomologist, New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board
Monday, March 12 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
In 2017, subterranean termites swarmed earlier than expected across many parts of the county thanks to a mild winter and early spring. With the 2018 termite season right around the corner, what do this year’s unexpected weather conditions mean for subterranean termite pressures? Find out in this outside-the-box webinar led by entomologist and termite expert Ed Freytag as he walks through expectations for the 2018 swarm season. Learn how weather conditions influence termites, and how you can use this information to improve your termite management program in this must-see training.
The National Wildlife Control Operators Association is conducting training in conjunction with the Vertebrate Pest Conference in Rohnert Park, California on March 2 - 3, 2018. The NWCOA Certified Basic Wildlife Control Operator course is a 2-day, comprehensive training on animal exclusion and control methods, animal handling, safety and disease awareness and prevention for a wide array of wildlife species typically encountered when performing wildlife control services. Click here for a brochure and printed registration form, or click here to register online. In addition, the Virginia Wildlife Damage Management Association is offering the same training in Richmond on March 23-24, 2018. Please call NWCOA for details - 877-466-9262.
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