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Join NPMA in just 2 weeks, March 8-10 when hundreds of members will flood Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress – providing opportunities to promote the pest management industry and advocate for issues important to us. Join us in trumpeting the positive effect we have on public health and pushing for federal preemption. Click here to view the confirmed Senate appointments scheduled between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. We ask you to set up an appointment directly with your House member.
PestWorld magazine's March/April 2020 issue is on the way! The magazine delves into Team Development, with the following features:
The pest management industry is increasingly inclusive—in this article, PestWorld talks to several diverse industry professionals about their career journey.
Go Beyond Safety and Technical Training to Engage and Retain New Employees
Effective employee onboarding should include a solid company culture, progressive career paths and ongoing training and check-ins to ensure retention.
An employee referral program saves your company time and money in the long run, but you’ll also end up with higher quality workers and less turnover.
The Importance of Having a Technical Expert in Your Business
Having a technical specialist shows that professionalism and education are highly valued—they can enhance a company’s expertise, coach, train and act as problem solvers.
The issue also includes articles on Boosting Morale Through Strong Company Promotion, QualityPro Resources Support An Employee’s Career Path, and more.
Also, check out our PestWorld magazine website, where you'll find current and archived articles, as well as exclusive online-only content!
March 8, 2020 is International Women’s Day. Around the globe, people will celebrate women leaders and the amazing social, economic, cultural and political achievements they have made and continue to make every day as well as the strong influence and impact they have on the world around us.
If you are planning on celebrating, please let PWIPM know at firstname.lastname@example.org and share with us on social media by tagging @NationalPestMgt and using the official hashtags #EachforEqual and #IWD2020 and we will feature you in an industry press release following the event.
Zach Devries highlights exciting bed bug and cockroach research in NPMA’s BugBytes Podcast, available at www.npmabugbytes.org or wherever you listen to your favorite podcast! In this episode, discover exciting new research from one of the industries brightest new urban entomologists, Zach Devries, as he uncovers groundbreaking information impacting bed bug and German cockroach management.
Group of Alates
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
NPMA realizes that the costs associated with keeping a fleet of trucks and vehicles on the road is an expensive proposition, especially the fuel cost to keep the equipment running. To help NPMA members save money on this expense item we have established a relationship with Shell gas stations to offer participating members fuel discounts on their monthly fuel purchases. Click here for more information on this member service.
March 4, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST | REGISTER
Mike Weyman, PhD, Clemson University, Clemson, SC; Royan Teter, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC; Jim Fredericks, PhD, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Counterfeit pesticides are illegal but oftentimes are extremely hard to spot because they are produced and packaged to look identical to legal products. However, the contents in the package are not accurate and may have less active ingredients than advertised or even have different ingredients that are cheaper or may be more toxic. It’s important to be aware of these products to keep customers and the environment safe. This session will cover the signs of counterfeit products and how you can help protect your company from potentially using these harmful products.
View the 2020 webinar schedule.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available for NPMA’s webinars! Email Shane Holt for details.
Last week, NPMA submitted official comments on behalf of the structural pest management industry in response to the U.S. EPA’s response to their proposed document Pyrethroids and Pyrethrins Ecological Risk Mitigation Proposal for 23 Chemicals.
This proposal could negatively impact the way that members use the most common class of insecticides. NPMA provided alternative solutions to five of EPA’s recommendations, including spot treatment definitions, proposed rain-related application prohibitions, runoff statements, perimeter band treatments and crack and crevice language. To read NPMA’s comments, click here
. The full EPA proposal, click here
was introduced on 2/18/20 by Rep. Blanca Rubio (D) and requires a licensee for structural pest control to complete a training course of at least one hour on the ecological impact of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides on wildlife with respect to primary and secondary poisoning.
All pest management professionals are encouraged to submit a talk for the 2020 National Conference on Urban Entomology. Happening May 17-20, 2020 in Mobile, AL; NCUE brings together the top talent from academia, industry, and government to open channels of communication and information and to foster interest and research in the general area of urban and structural entomology. The deadline for paper submissions is March 1, 2020.
Salt Lake City residents, beware of rodents in your home -- they could be carrying infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
Bugs and insects follow temperatures, rather than the calendar when it comes to becoming more active after the winter. When temperatures reach above 50 degrees, that signals a lot of bugs—mistakenly—that spring is here. Locals have been spotting more bees, wasps, ladybugs and stink bugs.
Paris is back in the bed bug headlines but is the city really any different than other metropolitan areas in suffering an increase? As the city launches a hotline, here’s a run down on what you need to know and why it’s happening.
Nearly half of the adult ticks tested last season in Connecticut had Lyme disease, according to state scientists.
San Antonio Current
A recent study from the National Pest Management Association says San Antonio is among the top U.S. cities at risk for an increase in pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and cockroaches until the winter season ends on March 19.
Systemic social issues cannot be solved by a few people working in isolation. They can be better addressed by breaking out of traditional approaches and collaborating with others.
Left unchecked, an ego can be a destructive force. It may keep you from admitting you don’t know something you need to learn, or persuade you not to consider the areas you need to improve upon.
Rapid Start Leadership
‘No.’ It’s one of the shortest words in the English language, and possibly one of the most powerful. It’s also one of the hardest for many of us to say.
The challenge is to move beyond "brute force leadership" and build a team that utilizes the positive characteristics of leading in a crisis—but sets aside the dysfunction.
Lead Change Group
You can learn a lot about leadership by observing good leaders and watching what they do. You can spend time thinking about how you would handle leadership issues. You can read books and blog posts and articles about leadership. You’ll learn a lot. It’s not enough.
Sometimes the beginning of the journey requires some tough questions you need to ask yourself to raise your own bar. Can you answer yes to any -- and hopefully all -- of these?
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual Vector Sectors™ list of the top 10 U.S. cities with the greatest risk for increased pest pressure from vector pests for the remainder of winter and into spring.
It's a situation you hope you never have to deal with, but more and more of our neighbors are waking up to find evidence of bedbugs.