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Termites are one of the most destructive insect species to impact homeowners here in the U.S. In fact, termite infestations cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. every year — costs that are not typically covered by home insurance policies. NPMA is working to spread awareness about these silent destroyers during Termite Awareness Week, March 11-17, by educating consumers about the structural dangers of termites and providing tips to help prevent infestations.

“Termites are tiny, but the damage they cause if left to their own devices sure is mighty. With spring approaching and termite activity increasing, it’s important to take the proper precautions to protect your greatest investment from these wood-destroying insects,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at NPMA. “Consider adding pest-proofing tasks to your spring-cleaning list, such as remediating sources of excess moisture around the home and having a licensed pest control professional assess your property annually for potential termite issues.”

New this year, NPMA commissioned a first of its-kind research project to visually show homeowners the destructive nature of termites in a controlled environment. The group designed a custom, built-to-scale, miniature dream house, dumped nearly half a million termites into it and has been watching them work together as a colony and wreak havoc behind the home’s walls through a mix of high-definition video and photography. Mud tubes — used by termites to reach a food source and a common sign of termite trouble — quickly formed around the house’s foundation and a full reveal of the damage done by the colony is expected in the coming weeks.

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Presented by Vic Charles, VP Human Resources, Franchise Services Group & Diversity & Inclusion, Terminix

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How can you ensure your business promotes a sense of equality for everyone? In this webinar, Vic Charles will cover the fundamentals of unconscious bias and how it can impact your bottom line. Attendees will learn how to identify the different types of bias, how to prevent it, and will leave with a better understanding of how unconscious bias can truly affect your business and employee engagement.

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.

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Q: I recently got called out to a major small fly infestation in a first floor apartment and figured out that phorid flies are the problem.  What’s the easiest way to determine the source?

A: Phorid flies breed in moist organic matter, which can be plentiful and available in numerous locations in and around an apartment building.  The fact that only one apartment appears to be infested will help narrow it down, unless neighboring units are empty, non-responsive to such issues, or the apartment in question just happens to be the easiest way for the flies to surface.  If you put fly boards around the unit, you can probably narrow down the general point of entry.

Consider all possible breeding sources and try to tick them off the list starting with the most likely and easiest to determine.  Are there any obvious sources of decaying organic matter in or around the unit like visibly dirty drains, compost containers, overwatered plants, animal carcasses, dumpsters, garbage and recycling cans, grass clippings, organic debris under or around appliances, or a downspout causing an abundance of water outside the unit?  The most difficult phorid fly problems are associated with plumbing problems like broken drains pipes under slab floors.  Of course, these aren’t easy to check but there are a couple of tricks that can help you determine if that’s the source of the breeding material.  Put pieces of clear tape sticky side down over drain openings or floor cracks while leaving some space in between them so air can still flow.  This will catch adult flies as they are traveling between the breeding source and the rest of the apartment to help you pin point what is sustaining the infestation.

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We are excited to announce that NPMA members can now take advantage of dental quotes through MetLife Dental.  MetLife is offering transitional dental care that will ease the transition of moving from one dental carrier to another. Through this offering there is continued dental care for dental treatment already in progress. With these “Transition of Care” guidelines, as well as support and guidance from our experts, you can be confident in your decision to choose MetLife to deliver your dental benefits.

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NPMA Education and Events

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
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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
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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
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Calendar of Events
       
  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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