Do you find yourself - or your team - continually distracted by technology? Join us during Academy 2017
, July 19-21 in Scottsdale, AZ, and learn from Curt Steinhorst on how to win the battle against digital distractions.
Academy, the annual summer conference hosted by NPMA, will be held at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. The Academy is a unique opportunity designed to advance the professional and business development of the industry's leaders and emerging leaders in a hands-on, interactive environment. Register
Don’t miss the next presentation of NPMA’s technical webinar series - Tick Management Update: A Report on Tick Research, Resistance and Control. This webinar will be presented live on Wednesday, May 31 at 2:00pm ET.
Due to an unseasonably warm winter, tick populations are predicted to be much higher this summer than previous years. This has generated wide-spread concern because ticks can spread multiple diseases including Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. In this highly informative seminar, Dr. Amanda Eiden provides a comprehensive update on tick resistance, biology and control strategies to help you better manage this challenging pest.
With peak vacation season almost here, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA)
, which serves as NPMA’s public outreach arm, is building consumer awareness about protecting against bed bugs during Bed Bug Awareness Week, June 4-10, 2017. NPMA members are encouraged to devote their social media pages to bed bugs and tweet using the hashtag #BedBugWeek.
PPMA has also developed an exclusive toolkit for Mainframe subscribers to utilize as a resource in their own publicity efforts. The toolkit, available for download on PPMAMainframe.org
, contains a customizable press release, suggested social media content, Bed Bug Awareness Week logos, high resolution photography, media training documents and a list of video content that can be directly embedded on a company’s website. For more information about PPMA and its marketing programs or to subscribe to Mainframe, please visit http://www.NPMApestworld.org/PPMA
Why stop at one? Below are links to some of the most popular NPMA membership benefits!
• Coming Soon: Health Insurance Exchange
Questions on any of these programs? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information or visit the online member center at npmapestworld.org.
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Trying to navigate through and view a website that doesn’t present well on a mobile device frustrates users and can create miss opportunities for your business.
If you’re unsure if your website is mobile friendly or not, you can run this quick test
to determine that. If your website is not yet mobile friendly, you’re probably wondering about your options for making it so.
Here are three ways you can turn your website into one that will play well with mobile devices:
Develop a mobile version of your desktop website.
By using a conversion platform, your website developer can create a separate version of your website that will appear when someone views your site on a mobile device. This is a relatively quick way to make your website mobile friendly, but it has some drawbacks; you’ll need to maintain and update content on two separate websites and visitors on mobile devices may get frustrated because your website’s mobile version will likely not have the breadth of information that your desktop site has.
Use a mobile plugin for your site.
Popular website content management systems like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla) have plugins you can install to make your website mobile friendly without creating a version separate from your desktop website. For more information about how you might make your existing site mobile friendly using plugins, visit Google’s Mobile Guide
, which provides links to software available for various website platforms.
Recreate your website using a responsive web design.
Responsive design takes a mobile-first approach and provides a solution that gives you one website with design and features that adapt to screens of various sizes (smartphones, tablets, etc.). From the start, it takes into account how design, content, features, and functionality must be incorporated to ensure a positive user experience regardless of whether your website is accessed from a mobile device or desktop computer.
Typically, the separate mobile version of a desktop site and the plugin options are viewed as temporary fixes while responsive design is considered a more permanent solution. Each solution has some pros and cons, so consider talking with a website design professional to determine what makes sense for you in the short- and long-term. Not sure where to turn? Contact your local SCORE chapter for guidance and resources to help you with all aspects of starting and growing your small business.
Since 1964, SCORE "Mentors to America’s Small Business" has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through mentoring and business workshops. More than 11,000 volunteer business mentors in over 320 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800-634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org.
Joel Nolasco, ACE became the president of New York Pest Management Association on May 12th at its installation dinner dance. Nolasco is co-owner of NuBorn Pest Control in Mamaroneck, NY. Prior to becoming president Nolasco served as vice president, secretary and regional director of this association. Joel is a member of the NPMA P3 Steering Committee.
The nickname given to the insects that spread Chagas disease is somewhat bittersweet: kissing bugs. Their name stems from the fact that they like biting humans around their lips and faces as they sleep, after which they defecate into the wound with feces that harbor an infectious parasite, Trypanasoma cruzi.
A new compound could serve as basis for drugs to prevent neurological complications of Zika, report researchers.
Bobcats are less elusive now as their numbers rise and they become more comfortable around humans. Joining the likes of foxes, coyotes and even mountain lions in rare cases, bobcats are making a home in small towns and suburbs — and realizing there is plenty to eat in the cities.
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A study has developed a cheap and environmental-friendly home remedy that would help homeowners and farmers control the invasive Argentine ant populations that have been pestering them. The remedy is based from seaweed that could be a bait for ants.
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Perhaps it’s global warming or climate confusion. Maybe it’s just really hard for a 17-year cicada to count down the years while he’s buried underground. Why this is happening is a total question mark, but a small fraction of the 17-year cicadas — the ones we’re supposed to see in 2021 — are creeping out of their zombie caskets this week, four years early.
Under most existing regulations, employers have the right to require a drug test whenever, in the opinion of management, this is necessary. In most cases, this means that employers have reasonable suspicion that an employee is coming to work under the influence of illegal drugs.
Should you ditch that to-do list app for a paper planner—or scrap both entirely? Here’s how 10 execs stay organized day in and day out.
Today, with the evolution of technology and social media, there are constantly new tools available for marketers to take advantage of. As pest control marketers in a technology-driven world with new and exciting marketing trends at your fingertips every day, it’s easy to forget about basic marketing tactics that remain effective and should not be ignored.
One of the most challenging times to lead others comes during a tough phase of transition or change. Uncertainty creates an atmosphere of fear, low morale, and brings out the worst in people. On the other hand, leaders who successfully address organizational change--immediately and tactfully--can minimize its negative effects on the workforce.
Transcendent leadership was introduced as a global imperative at the 2007 World Economic Forum in Davos. Over the last 10 years, two threads have appeared defining what a transcendent leader is.
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You don't have to run a huge enterprise to benefit from the experience and wisdom of the heads of these outstanding companies. Here are five leadership lessons from these exceptionally successful CEOs that are applicable to leaders of organizations of all sizes.
Last week, 20 industry leaders met to discuss current and future trends, their impact on the pest management industry, and how NPMA can proactively respond to the industry’s emerging needs.
It sounds like a scene out of a horror movie: A Minnesota mom and her kids unsuspectingly move into a house full of snakes. While it may sound hard to believe, it’s the frightening reality for a family left with few options after buying what they once considered the perfect home.
Entomologists call it the windshield phenomenon. "If you talk to people, they have a gut feeling. They remember how insects used to smash on your windscreen," says Wolfgang Wägele, director of the Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity in Bonn, Germany. Today, drivers spend less time scraping and scrubbing.