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NPMA released a consumer alert designed to help pest management businesses communicate how alterations to a structure could potential impact likelihood for termite infestation or negatively affect a termite warranty.  This two page document explains how even alterations that are intended to enhance the value of a home could put it at risk for termite infestation, and warns consumers to consult with a pest management firm before undertaking extensive landscape alterations, crawlspace renovations or spray foam insulation.  To view and download the bulletin, click here.


Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

The Pest Management Foundation is currently seeking applicants for their Student Scholarship. The Scholarship Program will award up to five scholarships, of up to $2,000 each, to outstanding students at accredited entomology programs at U.S. colleges or universities. In return, scholarship recipients will be asked to provide a letter explaining how the scholarship has helped them in their academic and research endeavors.

Click here to learn more about the scholarship eligibility and application process. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2018.

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The Pest Management Foundation is requesting research proposals for funding consideration. Eligible entities include, but are not limited to institutions of higher learning, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses.

Suggested research topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Bed bug surveillance and prevention
• Control methods for structural pests of public health importance including (but not limited to) cockroaches, flies, rodents, ticks and mosquitoes
• Structural pest exclusion practices
• Updated roof rat (Rattus rattus) distribution/range in North America

The deadline for submitting proposals is Thursday, March 8, 2018.

For details about the Pest Management Foundation research grant program, including details on how to apply click here.

Wednesday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Featuring Academy Learning Lab Presenter John Barnes

Does it sometimes seem impossible to get a handle on your life? Emails, meetings, budgeting your time…it can feel overwhelming at times.

What if you could get control of your life (at least more control)?

This webinar will provide you with specific actions that you and your company can take to bring some sanity to your work day and take control of your life. You will walk away from the session with tangible tools and ideas that you can implement immediately. Share these tools and ideas with your colleagues so that you all get better as a team when it comes to managing your email, your meetings and your time.

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Crawlspace Depot
LEDs Light Up Your Crawl Spaces
Lighting doesn’t have to be an issue during crawl space work. This string of five indoor/outdoor LED lights produces 5000 lumens, uses just 55 watts total and has an LED life of 40,000 hours. Lights are spaced 10' apart on a 50' cord. Connect up to 10 sets. Work safely!
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Q: I have a potential customer with a solid oak living room floor and it appears to have a powderpost beetle infestation. How can I tell if it is active and can I perform a topical treatment or do I have to ask them to strip the flooring?

A: It sounds like the floor has an infestation of Lyctid or Anobiid powderpost beetles. Lyctines prefer hardwoods while Anobiids will infest hardwoods or soft woods. The emergence holes look similar and if the frass and hole walls are light colored, that usually means that the wood particles have not oxidized into a darker color and thus would be considered fresh or active. You rarely see the actual insect. Pay careful attention, for if the holes appear to have any cross sections of galleries, that means that the damage was done by an insect prior to milling and then is not a concern. Some states do require determining if the infestation is active if this is a real estate transaction. If there is question or hesitance on the part of the homeowner, you can photo or mark the holes and return later in the season to see if there are new holes.

If you do decide to treat, most insecticides must penetrate the wood so the polyurethane must be removed for optimal effectiveness. Check the label and manufacturer’s information for more information on how to use specific products.

Email Brittany Campbell, NPMA’s staff entomologist, for answers to your most challenging questions. Include your name and company’s name to have your question potentially featured in the next ePestWorld!  

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Pest Pic of the Week



 As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of 
pest images at for use by NPMA members.

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Member Benefit Highlight

National Fit Testing Service offers you an easy economical way to achieve OSHA compliance. At your convenience, National Fit Testing Service's technicians come to your site and perform Qualitative or Quantitative fit testing of your employees in accordance with OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134. 

Help protect your valued employees health and well-being as well as comply with OSHA regulations, by scheduling your respirator fit testing and training session. Contact Linda Lane for special NPMA member pricing today! 

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NPMA Education and Events

Registration rates will increase after February 23

On March 18-20, hundreds of pest management professionals will climb Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress – providing opportunities to promote the pest management industry and advocate for issues important to us. Legislative Day also features a full program including keynote addresses by renowned political speakers. Register today and join us in making a difference in our industry. 

Members Make Headlines

Laura Simpson, President of Dugas Pest Control, was presented with the Paul Adams Award of Excellence at the annual banquet of the Louisiana Pest Management Association held in late January.

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Weekly Headlines

To clarify, it's not that California has a huge problem with run-of-the-mill rats, it's that the state has an emerging problem with jumbo-sized critters.

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Researchers fitted miniature eyewear to praying mantises with beeswax and discovered they had a unique type of vision.

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National Geographic
Researchers have identified which species are responsible for pollinating the carnivorous plants, but it's unclear why the plants don't eat them.

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Live Science
To stop the spread of disease, some species of ants are known for producing antimicrobials — chemical compounds that kill pathogens — and researchers recently questioned how common this strategy is among these insects.

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For your Business

Lead Change Group
Strategic planning is one of the main elements of successful leadership. A great leader has organizational skills that enable them to predict all the things their business can do and narrow down big goals to achievable milestones.

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Fast Company
Everything from your gut instinct to legions of disaffected employees might be telling you to move fast to fix what’s wrong. You should perhaps do the opposite.

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Strategy + Business
Freek Vermeulen explains why unhelpful practices go unnoticed and suggests how rooting them out can help innovation.

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Here are eight of the most essential qualities that make a great leader.

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Success is not about never messing up, but more about taking enough action so that success is unavoidable.

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