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Don’t miss the next presentation of NPMA’s technical webinar series – Workplace Safety: The latest OSHA updates, including Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Rules. This talk will be presented live on Wednesday, April 26 at 2:00pm EST.
 
Safety is one of the most important focuses of the workplace, but federal standards and regulations are constantly being updated. Are you up to speed on the latest OSHA rule changes? This technical webinar will provide an overview of the latest in regulations and safety standards set by OSHA. Specific topics will include a review of the final rule to update general industry walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards.
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Join us on July 27-29 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to earn valuable recertification credits and to hear industry experts speak on the latest in technical research. Additionally, you will not want to miss out on the social functions this year, including a beach bash, volleyball tournament and BBQ by the pool! More details to follow, click here for information.

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Cooper Pest Control
Nisus Corp
Zika virus and the disease spreading potential of mosquitoes have heightened public awareness of the importance of mosquito control. Specialty Consultants estimates that governmental agencies treated nearly 80 million acres in the U.S. to control mosquitoes in 2016, primarily those spreading diseases such as West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, as well as nuisance mosquitoes. More than 90 percent of these treated acres were sprayed with adulticides. Mosquito larvicides were applied to an estimated five million acres in 2016.

There are about 2,100 governmental agencies (city, county, state), including 950 Mosquito Abatement Districts (MADs) providing mosquito abatement services in the United States according to the latest report, A Strategic Analysis of the U.S. Mosquito Control Industry, from Specialty Consultants, LLC. Many mosquito control programs were started with seed money from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in the 1990’s, when West Nile virus began to spread in the United States.
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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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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. 
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American Cockroach
 
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
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Bug Armor
ChemTec Pest Control, LLC
Excel Pest Control
Gateway Pest & Termite
Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel/Greater Washington Township
Northwest Pest Management
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Select Exterminating of Franklin Square, NY
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Allergy Technologies LLC
Get Started with Bed Bug Prevention!
Pest Management Professionals are discovering they can be both more efficient and effective with their bed bug work by incorporating ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners into their control and preventive strategies. PMPs are no longer passively encasing bed bugs, hoping they don’t escape; ActiveGuard® kills them 24/7 for two years.
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Members Make Headlines
Dugas Pest Control of Baton Rouge was named a finalist for the Best Customer Service Award at the 2017 Business Excellence Awards, held in February in Houston, Texas.
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Pi Chi Omega, the national entomology fraternity is happy to announce the 2017 recipients of the Pi Chi Omega scholarships. Recognizing the need for college educated professionals in the field of urban and industrial pest management, Pi Chi Omega makes available scholarships each year to students majoring in urban and industrial pest management or some closely related plan of study. This year, four scholarships were awarded: 1 for $3,000 and 3 for $2,000 each. 
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Weekly Headlines
CBS News
Beyond its known links to birth defects and other problems, the Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants, warn experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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KTIC
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has designated April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.  According to USDA, each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems and expensive eradication and control efforts.
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CBS News
You can get bit and not even feel it ... at first. But be warned. That bedbug, the size of an apple seed, is now part of your life. It will hitch a ride home to live with you as an unwanted reminder of that expensive five-star hotel stay. And it will cost not only you, but the hospitality industry, insurers and cities nationwide a large sum of money.
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Entomology Today
The Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) has been an invasive pest in North America since 1996, when it arrived from China and Korea, probably through infested wood-packing material. Today, it’s been detected in the northeast United States, Canada, and Europe and at nearly every port in the U.S. Since its arrival, the beetle has caused significant economic and ecological impacts.
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Local 8
This summer, pest control companies in California plan to use a new technique to fight mosquitoes—drones. According to CBS affiliate KOVR, Placer County's Mosquito and Vector Control will target mosquitoes by flying drones over 400 feet into the air and spraying the area below. This technique will allow them to reach areas that they could not in the past.
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New Jersey Herald
Perched in trees and scampering down sidewalks, green iguanas have become so common across South Florida that many see them not as exotic invaders, but as reptilian squirrels.
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Garden Girls Repellents LLC
For your Business
Tanveer Naseer
Talking comes so naturally to us we tend to forget just how much skill is involved. Even when we’re speaking fast, every word is selected as the appropriate one, from a huge collection we have stored in our brains. We weren’t born with language; all the words, and the rules governing them, had to be learned.
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Lead Today
Courageous leaders don’t smooth things over. They don’t put band-aids on the symptoms of a problem. They don’t pretend "things" are okay when they know darn well they are not and they never ever expect that a problem will just fix itself. What courageous leaders do is make things right, even if sometimes that means plunging headfirst into conflict.
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Forbes
Some leaders take the "others first" approach too far. They are so entrenched in the mission, or even in the development and service of their own people, that they fail to adequately nurture themselves. In fact, sometimes in deference to others, their own leadership is weaker in the eyes of their followers. These leaders pride themselves in being "facilitative" leaders, or even servant leaders, both of which create tremendous value.
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Fast Company
As the academic semester ends and graduation approaches, the hiring season is in full swing. As there is more emphasis on mass hiring through recruiting agencies, there is a greater obsession with strong signals rather than weak signals. The alma mater, the grades, the activities, and the cookie-cutter elements that are easily measured and give some benign threshold of achievement, but may be predictive of very little. However, there are several weak signals that are never quite captured in the resume, interviews, or tests, but can be discovered with a comprehensive conversation with their mentors.
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Inc.
Say "mission statement" and most people think of a social mission company. But business mission statements have been around forever and, when crafted carefully, can be a powerful sales tool for nonsocial businesses.
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Switch and Shift
In our series, Raising Up Leaders, we have discussed that over 51 percent of a great leader’s job is to develop new leaders. This process of raising up leaders is vital to any organization’s long-term success.Here, we look at the importance of character as the foundation of all leadership. Character precedes everything else. Without character, you are building on a faulty foundation. Now we’ll focus on developing charismatic leaders.
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