NPMA recently joined 21 pest management associations from around the world to form the Global Pest Management Coalition.
NPMA recently met with pest management associations from around the world and formed the "Global Pest Management Coalition". The mission is to provide a unified voice across the globe promoting the value of pest management in ensuring the protection of health, home, food and businesses.
"The Zika outbreak was a game changer for the pest management industry, as it marked the first public health crisis the industry has faced impacting countries from around the world – and the first that emerged in the information age" said NPMA CEO Dominique Stumpf. "This coalition was formed to ensure that there is a sharing of information and consistency among the members in messaging to the public and elevating professionalism."
Stumpf went on to say, "during the Coalition’s think tank session, it became clear that we all share some common goals particularly as it relates to protecting public health and property."
For more information on the Global Pest Management Coalition, contact Dominique Stumpf at email@example.com
Mark your calendar for June 6 for World Pest Day – a multinational event created to raise the status of the pest management industry among the public. NPMA joins the Federation of Asian & Oceania Pest Managements Association (FAOPMA), Chinese Pest Control Association and the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) in support of this event.
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.
Download the NPMA Field Guide app to ensure you and your team are prepared for the busy season!
Available for only $4.99 for both iOS and Android devices, the Field Guide App, powered by eNex, offers users an easy way to access information on over 200 different structural pests, with high resolution photos and charts for confident identification.
Ready to get started? Visit the App Store or Google Play Store and search for "NPMA Field Guide."
You can also set up business accounts with the App Store in order to make bulk purchases of the NPMA Mobile Field Guide app for your techs! Visit http://www.apple.com/business/vpp
to sign up today!
With Memorial Day weekend over, summer has officially begun! Use the Summer issue of Pest Gazette to show your current and future customers how your company can help them control 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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NPMA and Nissan have worked together to provide another valuable benefit to NPMA members. The NPMA PestFleet program provides deep discounts on ALL Nissan Vehicles to NPMA members and, access to the cost-efficient PestFleet System. Click here
for more details about the PestFleet Package or call 866-218-8047.
Join us July 27-29 for the 2017 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC for a quality educational program covering both management and technical topics relevant to the Mid-Atlantic region. NPMA has requested recertification credits from NC, SC, GA, TN and VA. Additionally, you will not want to miss the array of social functions scheduled, including a beach bash and a BBQ by the pool! Click here
for more details and registration.
Make plans to join NPMA for Academy 2017
! The annual summer conference will be held July 19-21 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. This is an exciting team-based event with fantastic speakers that you will NOT want to miss! Click here
for more details and registration.
On Wednesday, May 24, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R. 953). H.R. 953 amends the Clean Water Act (CWA) to suspend the requirement to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits when applying pesticides directly to Waters of the U.S.
During debate on the House floor, several letters in support of H.R. 953 were entered into the Congressional record including letters from NPMA and the Pesticide Policy Coalition. While the bill remained predominantly partisan, NPMA is pleased that some of our strongest allies on both sides of the aisle supported the bill.
Last year, the bill passed the House with 23 Democratic representatives supporting the bill and, despite the fact that three of those supporters lost reelection in 2016, H.R. 953 had 25 Democrat supporters in 2017. Click here
to see the official roll call.
Next up will be the U.S. Senate, which will remain the largest hurdle for NPDES legislation. We will need all of your grassroots support as the legislation moves forward. Click here to see voter voice statistics
and Congressional heat map
On Thursday, May 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of the aquatic ecological assessment for imidacloprid, the combined preliminary pollinator risk assessment for clothianidin and thiamethoxam, and the draft bee assessment for dinotefuran, and opened a public comment period on these three assessment documents. The notice also announced the availability of EPA's Registration Review Update for Four Neonicotinoid Insecticides. The Registration Review Update describes the next steps and information needs for the Agency's registration review of the neonicotinoids.
Included in the announcement is a summary document that responds to certain comments received on the Preliminary Pollinator Assessment for imidacloprid, issued in January 2016. Of note in the summary document is that the Agency expects to use available residential and ornamental exposure data and available toxicity data to assess the non-agricultural uses of the neonicotinoids in the final pollinator risk assessments expected in 2018.
This registration review information was previously published in January, but due to the Regulatory Freeze the publication has now been reissued with a July 24, 2017 comment deadline. NPMA will be working on comments that demonstrate NPMA’s BMPs and the minimal impact structural use patterns have on pollinator health.
On Friday, May 19, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos Del Noroeste, Farm Workers Association of Florida, United Farm Workers and the Pesticide Action Network North America filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, challenging the EPA’s delay of the Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators final rule. The petitioners state that EPA failed "to comply with Administrative Procedures Act, 5 U.S.C. 553, and the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 U.S.C. 136 et. Seq. when on three separate occasions it modified the effective date of the final rule."
The petition appears to be procedural without any substantive claims, but acknowledges that a second petition will soon be filed in district court. A successful challenge to the delayed implementation date of May 22, 2018 could make that date earlier, but that depends on the length of the court proceedings and the success of the petitioners’ challenge. NPMA will continue to closely monitor the court challenge(s) and will remain ready and flexible to work with NPMA members, state lead regulatory agencies and the EPA to ensure a smooth transition and compliance with the final rule.
On May 18, longtime PCOC Executive Vice President Harvey Logan passed away.
A celebration of Harvey’s life will be held on June 2, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the VFW Post 87862, 905 Drever Street,West Sacramento, CA. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Sarah Clements at firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, ADEPAP (The Pest Management Association of Catalunya), hosted the Barcelona Pest Management Innovation Forum. This meeting brought together pest professionals from across Spain and around the world to listen to experts in biotechnology, robotics, systematic innovation, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. Attendees spent time participating in breakout groups to discuss how the application of these fields will lead to future and possibility disruptive change to current industry practices.
Researchers in a New York cabbage patch are planning the first release on American soil of insects genetically engineered to die before they can reproduce. It's a pesticide-free attempt to control invasive diamondback moths, a voracious consumer of cabbage, broccoli and other cruciferous crops that's notorious for its ability to shrug off every new poison in the agricultural arsenal.
Nova Scotians are being asked to stay on the lookout for an agricultural pest called the brown marmorated stink bug that's known to turn perfectly good fruit "into a smoothie."
Nicholas Burgess with CJB Pest & Mosquito Control in Farmington Hills says they’re getting flooded with calls about ticks. In the last week they’ve had more than 30 calls, he says.
Alexander Wild is a bug photographer, selling his images of fire ants, bed bugs and other critters to pest control companies, board game developers and publications ranging from Nature to National Geographic. But Wild also has to deal with his own pests: Companies, government agencies and others that use his photos in their own advertising without permission and without paying a fee.
Harvard Business Review
One of the most interesting findings of a recent HBR article on team chemistry is that the types of people who become leaders within organizations are about 30% less likely than their coworkers to feel stressed out.
Done poorly, compassion prolongs weakness, propagates irresponsibility, and validates destructive behaviors. Compassion, like all great virtues, requires insight to be practiced skillfully.
Those flare-ups of smug self-righteousness are your mind’s attempt to spare you from feeling vulnerable.
You'll need it. By the year 2020, expect emotional intelligence to be one of the top 10 job skills.
In the traditional corporate model, strong leaders pursued a singular vision through the strong command of an organization. Today, we live in a time of rapid change, when products and services often become obsolete overnight, and competition includes startups and companies in adjacent industries–the traditional leadership archetypes need not apply.
Random Acts of Leadership
The conditions for trusting someone are very personal. In fact, despite how logical your assessments regarding trustworthiness may seem to you, it’s important to remember that not everyone takes the same approach. Some of us grant trust and take it away when someone does not live up to our standards or expectations. Others believe trust must be earned. Many of us fall somewhere in between.
The Science Times
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.
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.
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.