Women of Excellence Award
NPMA is now accepting nominations for the annual Women of Excellence Award, sponsored by Target Specialty Products. This award is open to women across the pest management industry - pest control companies, manufacturers, research organizations, etc. - who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession, their business, and other women in the industry. Click here for more information and to nominate a candidate. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 29, 2017.
Young Entrepreneur Award
Do you know a young entrepreneur in the pest management industry? NPMA is currently accepting nominations for the annual Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Rentokil-Steritech, recognizing young entrepreneurs working in the professional pest management industry who have helped create or develop an industry business and/or those who have stewarded a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Click here for more information and to nominate a candidate. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 29, 2017.
NPMA Gives: Caring for Our Community
NPMA is 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 a company that should receive this award, please complete the nomination form. All nominations are due June 30, 2017 and will be awarded at NPMA’s Academy in July.
The latest update of the NPMA Field Guide App includes three new pest entries: Asian Subterranean Termites, Conehead Termites, and Packrats/Woodrats. Additionally, the app features updated tick information and modernized taxonomic nomenclature for all species.
Users may download the app at the low rate of $4.99 via the App Store or Google Play Store by searching "NPMA Field Guide". Business owners may also set up business accounts with the App Store in order to make bulk purchases of the NPMA Mobile Field Guide app for their technicians. Visit http://www.apple.com/business/vpp/
to sign up today!
Female Black-Legged Ticks
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
Grove Pest Control
Innovative Pest Solutions
Johns Custom Pest Control
Mantis Pest Solutions
Positive Solutions Pest Control
Raven Termite & Pest Control
Are past due accounts bugging your business? Has the economy put you in the unfortunate position of "bill collector" instead of service provider? As a benefit of membership, NPMA Members have access to discounted collection services from A.R.M. Solutions.
For over a decade, A.R.M. Solutions has delivered 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.
Earlier this year - and after the extensive work of our Commercial Committee and the relationships they developed with third party auditors - NPMA launched revised food safety standards. These standards provide our members with a more cohesive understanding of what auditors expect to see when they audit an account.
Not stopping there, the committee is currently revising the food safety standards study guide and accompanying test questions for the NPMA Food Safety online test for a July 2017 release. If your company services commercial accounts, especially Food Processing and Handling Facilities, please check out the 2016 Food Safety Standards
and the other tremendous resources available as you begin, expand and excel in the commercial arena in your communities.
How would $1,000 and a trip to PestWorld 2017 help your career? Tell us at npmapestworld.org/pwipm-grant
The Professional Women in Pest Management are now accepting applications for the Professional Empowerment Grant. Details and a .pdf flyer you can post in your office or send to your employees are at the link above.
QualityPro sets the standards of excellence for professional pest management companies and their employees through education, training and certification, providing consumers protection and confidence when selecting a nationally accredited company. In addition to using the branding to impress customers, accredited companies use the QualityPro resources to grow their workforce and foster pride in their office. Read about why your industry colleagues pursued this prestigious credential at www.npmaqualitypro.org
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.
In case you missed it – download our recent webinar on tick management!
Academy 2017 will be here before you know it! To be held July 19-21 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, Academy is a unique opportunity designed to advance the professional and business development of the industry's current and future leaders in a fun, interactive environment. Click here
for more details and registration.
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 GA, MD, NC, SC, TN and VA. Additionally, you will not want to miss the array of social functions scheduled, including a Summer Conference Beach Bash and a BBQ by the pool!
for more details and registration.
Last week, NPMA met with EPA to discuss ideas developed by structural fumigant registrants regarding minimum fumigant stewardship and applicator training program elements. Additionally, NPMA shared an inventory of fumigant clearance device information compiled by the NPMA Fumigation Committee. NPMA will continue to be a resource for EPA as they work on responding to the recommendations found in the EPA Office of Inspector General’s report
released on December 12, 2016. The NPMA Fumigation committee is continuing to work on developing new approaches regarding fumigation security and safety measures, as well as fumigation safety and compliance documentation that will help to ensure that label directions are adhered to, and appropriate procedures are documented. Additional conversations and meetings are planned with EPA over the coming weeks and months.
Last week, the Prior Approval Coalition (PARC), of which NPMA is a member, sent a letter to Congressional offices
urging their support for the Prior Approval Reform Act (H.R. 2101), introduced by Rep. Amodei (R-NV). H.R. 2101 would repeal the Federal Election Campaign Act’s "prior approval" requirement when trade associations solicit PAC contributions. This onerous FEC requirement unfairly discriminates against trade association by making trade associations the only political committee that must first obtain "prior approval," which is not required of corporations and labor unions. In the wake of Citizens United
, the FEC’s rationale for prior approval by trade associations is dated, unfair and unnecessary.
Last week, seven states challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the decision earlier this year not to ban the use of chlorpyrifos. The seven states include: New York, Washington, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland and Vermont.
In March, Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order denying a petition to ban the uses of chlorpyrifos, which is a valuable pesticide for agriculture use. Administrator Pruitt stated, "By reversing the previous Administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making – rather than predetermined results."
The administrative objection submitted by the seven states requests immediate agency action to vacate the March order and to take final action on EPA’s proposed rule to revoke food tolerances for chlorpyrifos.
One of the most common challenges for many small business owners is keeping their cash flow on an even keel. In fact, according to a U.S. Bank study, 82% of business failures can be attributed to poor cash flow management. When a customer doesn’t pay on time or your sales projections end up being lower than anticipated, that can put a major pinch on your ability to cover day to day expenses.
Douglas Products has acquired the Master Fume® specialty fumigant labels from Drexel Chemical Company. Based on sulfuryl fluoride as the active ingredient, Master Fume is labeled to manage pests in structural and postharvest markets.
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators recently hosted their first ever field trip at Arrow’s National Training Center located in Woodstock, GA. Over 160 second grade students from Avery Elementary School in Cherokee County attended and participated in unique labs focused on entomology, science, and math.
Roughly 5 percent of women in U.S. territories and associated states with a confirmed Zika infection during a pregnancy last year had a baby with a birth defect associated with the virus, according to a new CDC report.
Journal of Economic Entomology
New research out of Hamamatsu University and Okayama University in Japan may improve our ability to monitor the cigarette beetle (Lasioderma serricorne) and the drugstore beetle (Stegobium paniceum). Both beetle species are globally important stored-product pests that damage a wide range of dried foods, causing severe economic damage. In the past, various types of adhesive light traps have been used to monitor for these pests in food warehouses and production facilities. A previous study showed that cigarette beetles were more attracted to UV and blue light, suggesting that altering the wavelength of light used could improve trap counts. Similar studies using the drugstore beetle were not conducted, until now. To investigate the attraction of cigarette and drugstore beetles to light, entomologists in Japan compared capture rates of these beetles to either UV- or blue-light traps. Importantly, they measured attraction in both the laboratory and in a real food storehouse. Their results showed that beetles were significantly more attracted to UV- than blue-light LED traps, suggesting that traps fitted with UV-light may provide a more powerful tool to monitor these stored-product pests.
Bed bugs were rare in the United States from 1930 to about 1980. Since 1980, most U.S. cities and even many small towns have become infested with bed bugs with the rate of bedbugs doubling every five years or so.
NBC Los Angeles
Vector control workers this week set traps at an elementary school campus in the city of Orange after reports that students and staff were bitten by rodent mites that have infested some of the campus buildings during a pending demolition.
Rabid Start Leadership
Whether it’s your first leadership position or your fifty-first, taking over can be a challenging business. One key to success? Don’t start out by answering questions; start by asking them.
Leadership is intertwined with communication. It’s a critical skill and it’s becoming more and more important in a world of social media and constant news cycles. If you want to be an excellent leader, you simply must become an excellent communicator.
Lead On Purpose
I’ve recently had several experiences that required me to get out of my comfort zone. The subject of courage has becoming particularly important and meaningful to me in recent weeks and months.
One of the most challenging aspects of leadership development is consistently and effectively identifying the next wave of leaders.
You are juggling a full slate of work, coaching your team, and driving to tight deadlines. Then you get the call. It’s yet another request for your help from an important collaborator — your boss, a critical cross-functional partner, or an internal or external customer. The request is, as usual, urgent and important. It’s also a meaningful amount of work and the quality matters. Now what?
A man in Augusta, Maine who was angry with the service at a government office released hundreds of live bed bugs as payback.
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.