NPMA joined its counterparts around the globe today to celebrate World Pest Day and create awareness of the important role the professional pest management industry plays in protecting public health and keeping people and property pest and disease-free.
NPMA CEO Dominique Stumpf represented the association and was
invited to remark on the global perspective on the state of the
industry. During her remarks, she provided detail on the newly-formed Global Pest Management Coalition and NPMA’s strategic planning initiative, however her primary message was focused on the pest management industry’s role across the globe.
She stated, "If there are three things you take away from me today they are these: We are protectors of public health and property. We work hard to improve quality of life and we will continue to make this world a healthier place each and every day."
In observance of Bed Bug Awareness Week, PPMA will be hosting its third Facebook Live Chat this Tuesday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m. EST on the PestWorld Facebook page. Chief Entomologist Dr. Jim Fredericks will speak to consumer audiences about the importance of bed bug prevention and control, especially during the busy travel season when reports of bed bug encounters can increase.
Other Bed Bug Awareness Week Activities
PPMA is also be running a fun bed bug "Can You Find It" contest on its Facebook page
this week, so be sure to keep an eye out!
Additionally, PPMA released a new infographic
discussing bed bug encounters while traveling that you can feel free to share with your customers.
Mainframe subscribers also have access to a toolkit of exclusive bed bug-related materials, including a customizable press release and suggested social media posts, to utilize as a resource in their own publicity efforts. The toolkit is currently available for download on PPMAMainframe.org. If you are not a Mainframe subscriber, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to get your company started.
Hope you’ll join us in our bed bug awareness efforts this week!
As part of its mission, NPMA’s Leadership Development Group is committed to honoring those companies that have made a real contribution to their community – which is why they established the NPMA Gives program four years ago. NPMA Gives is a business recognition program designed to showcase the charitable donations, programs and time contributed by our member companies to their communities. As part of the program, NPMA members commit to donating one percent of their annual net profit to charitable causes (through monetary donations, donated products or services or volunteerism).
We are once again soliciting nominations for the NPMA Gives Award to recognize an NPMA member company that has demonstrated leadership through their dedication and contribution to the good of their community. Such contributions are demonstrated through carrying out and/or participating in community service projects. These projects may be industry related (complimentary pest control for at risk environments, etc.), or non-industry related (walk/run, raising funds for the community, blood drives). The entry must demonstrate the company's consistency over a minimum of a three-year period.
If you know of any companies that should receive this award, please complete the nomination form
Nominations are due June 30, 2017 and will be awarded at NPMA’s Academy
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
American Pest Services, Inc.
Brussell Exterminating Service
SPLAT! Pest Inc.
The Termite Company, LLC
The Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) is an NPMA committee that attracts, develops and supports women in the pest management industry through educational programs, resources and peer networking. One of the latest efforts of PWIPM is to start local networks so that women can get together outside of the three national NPMA conferences: Academy, Legislative Day, and PestWorld. Interested in joining or hosting a PWIPM Local Network event? E-mail email@example.com
More than 80 professionals who work in affordable housing joined together last week in Lantham, NY for the New York State IPM Program’s StopPests in Housing Conference. Attendees included pest management professionals, social workers, property managers, and procurement specialists. Staff from QualityPro spoke about the importance of hiring a professional and how agencies can require QualityPro Accreditation to ensure they are hiring a qualified, proven-professional company.
June 28, 2017
2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Presented by Mark Beavers, Ph.D., Managing Director for Technical Services, Rollins and Janet McAllister, Ph.D., Research Entomologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
An abnormally warm, wet spring is predicted to boost mosquito activity this year. With the risk of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases on the rise in the U.S., more and more consumers are turning to their pest control provider for answers to managing this dangerous insect. Join our presenters, as they provide an update on everything from mosquito-borne diseases in the US to the latest in mosquito surveillance and control. Don’t miss this engaging webinar to learn all aspects of urban and suburban mosquito management, what your options are, and how to assess what methods should be used.
On Wednesday, July 19, in Scottsdale, AZ, the Professional Women in Pest Management will hold their 15th Summer Workshop: an ACE Exam Prep Class. Trainer Laurie Jo Jensen, BCE will lead the group through her engaging and proven review materials.
To earn your ACE:
November 28-30, 2017
Marriott Salt Lake Downtown City Creek
Salt Lake City, Utah
More information coming soon!
Anticimex announced its continued expansion into the US with the acquisition of R&K Pest Control. R&K Pest Control provides pest control and termite control solutions for residential and commercial properties in and around Westchester County, New York. The acquisition was made by Anticimex’s subsidiary Bug Doctor. The acquisition follows on Anticimex acquisition of GreenStar.
Journal of Economic Entomology
It may be possible to detect bed bugs using fewer passive monitoring devices that previously thought. The bed bug, Cimex lectularius, can be a difficult and costly pest to manage, especially in high-rise housing where the bugs can quickly spread to multiple units. Early detection of an infestation is critical to slowing their spread and improving management. Passive monitoring devices can offer a cost-effective means of early bed bug detection for PMPs, but the total number of monitors needed to do the job has been debatable.
To determine the minimum number of monitors needed to detect low-level infestations in high-rise housing, entomologists from the University of Tennessee tested three different brands of passive monitor.
In each apartment, they placed one, two or four monitors of a single brand and measured if the devices could detect bed bugs over an 8-week period. Researchers found that the two top-performing monitor brands could detect bed bugs with between 80-90% accuracy, regardless of how many monitors were placed in an apartment. Additionally, monitors placed near a bed or other furniture where a tenant slept were more likely to detect bed bugs. Overall, these findings may help improve bed bug detection while reducing the cost of surveillance programs in high-rise apartments.
A man in Augusta, Maine who was angry with the service at a government office released hundreds of live bed bugs as payback.
The Daily Record
The kudzu bug, an invasive species from Asia, has been found in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Saint Mary’s and Talbot counties, state officials announced Tuesday.
The Washington Post
Puerto Rico’s Zika epidemic has ended, officials said Monday, noting substantially fewer new cases this spring. Only 10 cases have been reported in each four-week period since April, a dramatic decrease from the more than 8,000 cases reported in a four-week period at the peak of the epidemic last August, according to a health ministry statement.
Scientists successfully melded technology and dragonflies to make living micro-drones controlled by humans.
Honda and Toyota are facing lawsuits alleging their wiring is insulated with a soy-based material that attracts rodents and rodent damage.