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The Pest Management Foundation is requesting research proposals for funding consideration. Eligible entities include, but are not limited to institutions of higher learning, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses.

Suggested research topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Bed bug surveillance and prevention
• Control methods for structural pests of public health importance including (but not limited to) cockroaches, flies, rodents, ticks and mosquitoes
• Structural pest exclusion practices
• Updated roof rat (Rattus rattus) distribution/range in North America

The deadline for submitting proposals is Thursday, March 8, 2018.

For details about the Pest Management Foundation research grant program, including details on how to apply click here.

Last week, NPMA confirmed that Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) will be the Honorable guest speaker at NPMA’s Annual Legislative Day Headquarters on the Hill, sponsored by MGK. Rep. Davis is the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research which is the subcommittee of original jurisdiction for any legislation related to the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Rep. Davis has been a staunch supporter and advocate for our industry since he entered Congress.

Rep. Davis has a primary and influential role in pesticide legislation and can provide updates and insight into progress with the 2018 Farm Bill. Rep. Davis knows NPMA members and knows pesticide issues because he has, and is continuing to advocate for the pesticide regulatory reform.

Rep. Rodney Davis is currently in his third term in Congress serving the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of Central and Southwestern Illinois.

NPMA invites all Legislative Day attendees to join us at NPMA’s Legislative Day Headquarters on the Hill, sponsored by MGK to listen to Rep. Davis’s remarks. The event will take place on Tuesday March 20th from 11:00 – 2:00 in the Rayburn House Office Building Room 2043/44/45. Rep. Davis is expected to address attendees at 11:45, lunch will be provided during the event.

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Submission Deadline: April 1

Each year, NPMA works diligently to identify and recruit members to serve on our association’s standing committees. In an effort to foster fresh ideas and allow all NPMA members to share their expertise, we are calling on you to nominate yourself or an industry colleague to serve on an NPMA committee during the 2018-2019 membership year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Your involvement and leadership will help us chart a successful future for the association and the industry.  Please take a moment to view the list of standing NPMA committees and complete an application.

The majority of NPMA committees meet face-to-face three times per year in conjunction with NPMA's Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., NPMA Academy and PestWorld. Committee Conference calls are scheduled as needed but don’t typically exceed once per month.

Please note: Committee appointments are for a 2 year term. We ask that all committee members attend at least two thirds of face-to-face meetings and teleconferences per year. Additionally, the incoming NPMA President makes final appointments of individuals to all NPMA committees.

NPMA, PCT Magazine, and BASF have teamed up once again to bring you the latest data on industry recruitment practices in the 2017 Recruitment and Retention Survey. This comprehensive report provides insights on how your company stacks up on hiring, retention, turnover rates and more. Stop wondering if your using the right resources to attract top talent and start making informed recruitment decisions today. To view the full report, click here.

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NPMA is excited to offer the new must-have reference book on bed bugs, Advances in the Biology and Management of Modern Bed Bugs. This comprehensive text provides the latest in technical and practical information on both the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius L., and the tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus (F). It incorporates the newest cutting-edge research, and thoroughly reviews the legal, medical and regulatory impacts of bed bugs. Covering bed bug management in hotels, homes, hospitals and more, this book serves as a one-stop source for PMPs. This book will be released in April 2018. Pre-order your copy before March 31, 2018 and save 20% off the suggested retail price of $200!

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 As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of 
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New Members

Angelo Termite & Construction of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Barrier Pest Services of Charleston, SC
Bay Pest Solutions of San Jose, CA
Blackwater Consulting Services of Orangeburg, SC
Hart's Extermination of Dana Point, CA
Hemmingway Pest Control of Latta, SC
Kingsway Inspections of Hayward, CA
Santa Ynez Valley Pest Control of Solvang, CA
Stockman Pest Control, LLC of Lugoff, SC

JEM Pest Solutions, Inc. of Camden, DE

Member Benefit Highlight

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.

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NPMA Education and Events

Service technicians are the backbone of any successful pest management firm. For customers, technicians are the standard-bearers for your company’s reputation and its commitment to quality service. They are also your company’s frontline defense against safety and regulatory violations.

Given the vital role of technicians, NPMA has created a New Hire Training Program for Service Technicians. This state-of-the art training program is a comprehensive, nine-part course designed to prepare new structural pest control technicians for a career in pest management. Course completion typically takes eight hours and will provide an overview of integrated pest management, federal laws that govern the pest management industry in the U.S., product labels, pesticide application, important pest groups, basic pest control equipment and OSHA/safety practices.

Click here to view an excerpt from Module 1.

Monday, March 12, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
2018 Termite Forecast: A Crystal-Ball Approach to Controlling Termites
Ed Freytag, Research Entomologist, New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board

Monday, June 4, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Preparing for the Unexpected: A Lesson Learned from the Tropical Bed Bug
Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., Staff Entomologist, National Pest Management Association

Monday, September 10, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Understanding the Disease Potential of Urban Rodents
Matt Frye, Ph.D., Community IPM Extension Area Educator, Cornell University

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Advanced Control Techniques for Domestic and Peridomestic Cockroaches
Chad Gore, Entomologist/Market Technical Director, Rentokil North America

Members Make Headlines

ServiceMaster announced on Feb. 27 that it had entered into an agreement to purchase and combine its Terminix national account pest control operations with Copesan Services.

Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplace honor by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Arrow was recognized as the fourth ranked business in their first year participating in the survey.

Weekly Headlines

Add another invader to the list of destructive insects that have infiltrated Pennsylvania: The spotted lanternfly has joined the ranks of emerald ash borers and brown marmorated stink bugs.

How did a tick that's native to East Asia make it to rural New Jersey? That's the question puzzling researchers.

Medical entomology—the study of insects and arthropods that impact human health—has been a shrinking field for at least two decades, and the lack of bug scientists is now interfering with the nation’s ability to respond to infectious disease outbreaks. 

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An Arizona woman who thought she had the flu turned out to have an infection caused by a rare, rodent-carried virus called hantavirus, according to news reports.

Entomology Today
First encountered in the United States in Pennsylvania in 2014, the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) had spread to New York, Delaware, and Virginia by early 2018.

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Poisonous baits are designed to smell and taste like foods that pest insects might want to consume, with varying degrees of success in controlling the pests. But a Purdue University entomologist has found a better way — giving the insects exactly what they want rather than a knock-off.

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  Date Event Location
  March 18-20, 2018  Legislative Day 2018 Washington, DC 
  June 4-6, 2018  Global Summit of Pest Management Services Portugal
  July 18-20, 2018  Academy Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  July 26-28, 2018 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference Wrightsville Beach, NC
  October 23-26, 2018  PestWorld Orlando, FL



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