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NPMA recently hosted a webinar to announce our issues for Legislative Day 2017. This year, NPMA members will be conveying four critical issues to the legislators concerning the structural pest management industry.  

1.) Eliminate unnecessary and burdensome NPDES permits.

2.) Modernize the Endangered Species Act to better protect species and maintain the availability of valuable pesticides to protect public health.

3.) Ensure adequate funding for EPA Office of Pesticide Programs to perform statutory mandated registration and review of pesticides.

4.) Lower corporate tax rates and allow these companies to reinvest in themselves and their employees. 

NPMA will cover these issues in depth during the Monday afternoon issues briefing and the Public Policy committee meeting at Legislative Day. We hope to see you there!

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The second Global Summit of Pest Management Services for Public Health and Food Safety, presented by NPMA and the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA), will be held April 3-4, 2017 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Participants will address emerging issues and evaluate - with clients and other relevant stakeholders - which action steps are required to respond to these future needs. Click here for more details and registration.
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Cooper Pest Control
Nisus Corp
NPMA is excited to announce that the Rodenticide Stewardship training course is now available for educational credits in nine states: Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming. This new training course focuses on the responsible use of anticoagulant rodenticides. 


Commensal rodents are among the most significant public health pests that transmit disease, contaminate foods and damage infrastructure. Second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) are an advanced and indispensable tool that require educated and trained professionals who have the knowledge and expertise to apply these products. In an effort to mitigate rodenticide exposure to non-target wildlife, several states have moved to limit the use of SGARs to professionals only, or to ban them entirely. To further our industry’s dedication to stewardship of rodenticides, NPMA has developed a two-part training course. This 60-minute course focuses on strategies and methods that will instill knowledge above and beyond state and federal educational requirements for the handling and application of rodenticides. Instructional topics include the importance of rodent management, commensal rodent biology and behavior, integrated rodent management, and the safe handling and application of anticoagulant rodenticides. 
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Spring is right around the corner and the Spring issue of Pest Gazette will help you give your customers and prospects a description of the various types of pests that may take over their home during the season.

The Pest Gazette is customizable – you can add your logo, contact information and an article of your choice.

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Click here to fill out the order form or contact us at pestgazette@pestworld.org.
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Nisus Corp
Fireback's dual "spray & straw" applicator
Fireback’s new double-strike applicator targets both visible and hidden pests. The permanently attached hinged flip-up straw reaches listed pests hiding in cracks and crevices. Flip it down to expose the opening for a normal spray. Fireback kills on contact and provides a 3-month residual. Use it for 29 listed pests.
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Scientists are one step closer to predicting the non-native range of the tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva. Native to South America, this ant has invaded most southeastern US states where its large colonies have displaced native species and have become a major disturbance to homeowners. 
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Amcan Inc.
Bugging Out Termite & Pest Control
Lawn Dawg, Inc.
Trugreen
US Limited, LLC dba EJ's Pest Control
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Eco-Max Environmental Services of Columbus, IN 
Nature First Pest Control of Portland, Oregon
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Eco-Max Environmental Services of Columbus, IN
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Heard from the Hill
Last week, President Trump signed an executive order that will begin the process of redeveloping the controversial Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS).  The order instructs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin the process of re-writing the rule and redefining a WOTUS.  It is important to note that the executive order does not rescind the rule but restarts the timely rule making process of redefining WOTUS by promulgating a new rule. The executive order suggests that the two agencies should "consider interpreting the term ‘navigable waters,'" as defined in 33 U.S.C. 1362(7), in a manner consistent with the opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia in Rapanos v. United States, which would be a favorable interpretation for the pest management industry.

The WOTUS rule remains stayed by a court order as jurisdictional litigation is on going in the 6th Circuit.  This is a promising development for the pest management industry in the ongoing WOTUS saga.
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NPMA has submitted comments to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning the draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (Draft PEA) for mosquito control activities funded by HHS/CDC funds to combat Zika virus transmission in the United States.

The draft PEA details how the CDD will support in these efforts either directly or through technical and/or financial assistance mosquito control activities of territorial, tribal, state and local governments.   The focus of efforts will include: (1) Conducting mosquito surveillance; (2) Removing habitats where mosquitoes lay eggs; (3) Controlling the aquatic immature life stages; (4) Controlling adult mosquitoes; (5) Monitoring control programs; and (6) Supporting public outreach and risk communication efforts.  CDC specifically discusses entering into contract with private industry to support states and territories in need of mosquito abatement services.
 
NPMA emphasized that the structural pest management industry is uniquely prepared and equipped to partner with those states and territories that need assistance with mosquito control services and offered assistance in several areas of the program and requested additional information to make the process of partnering with private industry more efficient.
 
Click here to read the comments submitted to CDC. 
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In Memoriam
John Bourgeois, NPMA member sand owner of East Texas Exterminating Company, recently passed away.
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Weekly Headlines
USA Today
Despite this past weekend's chill, a freakishly warm February across much of the U.S. has caused flowers, trees and plants to bloom weeks early and also threatens to bring a whopper of an allergy season.
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Science Daily
A new study sheds light on the acquisition and features of Zika virus in Canadian travelers, indicating it was as commonly confirmed as dengue in people returning from the Americas and the Caribbean but more severe than expected, according to a new study.
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NPR
The number of critters scampering around the forest in the summer correlates to the Lyme cases the following summer, and explanation is simple: Mice are highly efficient transmitters of Lyme. 
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KSAT
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is calling it the worst bed bug infestation it’s ever seen.
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Entomology Today
In the effort to control the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), agricultural and urban pest management professionals may have a new tool to add to collection: long-lasting insecticide nets.
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Garden Girls Repellents LLC
For your Business
Fast Company
When you declare, "We have great, great people," you miss the better way to sell their greatness–and your own.
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PestWorld
How can you ensure you have a solid workforce for the future? Experts share their strategies for attracting the best and brightest.
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Entrepreneur
No, "servant" leaders aren't slaves to their employers, or even pushovers. They just aren't authoritarians who boss employees around.
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Inc.
If you subscribe to the notion that establishing power over and control of your people is the way to go in producing results, I ask you to reconsider.
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The Purposeful Culture Group
I believe that leaders’ plans, decisions, and actions are heavily influenced by three things: their social style or personality type, the culture in which they operate, and their role models (past and present).
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Forbes
What is leadership? What makes a leader, and how do you improve your own ability to lead?
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Calendar of Events



Date Event Location

March 12-14 Legislative Day Washington, DC
April 2-4 2017 Global Summit of Pest Management Services New York, NY
April 10-11 PestWorld East Dubai

July 19-21 Academy 2017 Scottsdale, AZ
October 24-27 PestWorld 2017 Baltimore, MD




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