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Join NPMA in just 2 weeks, March 8-10 when hundreds of members will flood Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress – providing opportunities to promote the pest management industry and advocate for issues important to us. Join us in trumpeting the positive effect we have on public health and pushing for federal preemption. Click here to view the confirmed Senate appointments scheduled between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. We ask you to set up an appointment directly with your House member. 

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March 8, 2020 is International Women’s Day. Around the globe, people will celebrate women leaders and the amazing social, economic, cultural and political achievements they have made and continue to make every day as well as the strong influence and impact they have on the world around us.

If you are planning on celebrating, please let PWIPM know at and share with us on social media by tagging @NationalPestMgt and using the official hashtags #EachforEqual and #IWD2020 and we will feature you in an industry press release following the event.

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Vapor barriers for crawlspaces
Crawlspace Depot offers reinforced poly liners in different lengths and thicknesses that provide essential and effective vapor barriers against moisture wicking up from the ground. Our translucent wall liners wrap easily around walls and piers. Also check our fasteners and adhesives as well as economy and non-reinforced liners.
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Zach Devries highlights exciting bed bug and cockroach research in NPMA’s BugBytes Podcast, available at or wherever you listen to your favorite podcast! In this episode, discover exciting new research from one of the industries brightest new urban entomologists, Zach Devries, as he uncovers groundbreaking information impacting bed bug and German cockroach management. 

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Member Benefit Highlight

NPMA realizes that the costs associated with keeping a fleet of trucks and vehicles on the road is an expensive proposition, especially the fuel cost to keep the equipment running. To help NPMA members save money on this expense item we have established a relationship with Shell gas stations to offer participating members fuel discounts on their monthly fuel purchases. Click here for more information on this member service.

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How to attract Millennial Drivers – Recruitment Guide
Millennials account for more than one-third of the U.S. employee population and more are entering the workforce every day, making this generation the biggest opportunity for growth in fleets.
A successful driver recruitment strategy will attract a new pool of dynamic employees who are wholeheartedly engaged in the company. Here are five ideas on how to recruit millennial drivers:
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NPMA Education and Events

March 4, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST | REGISTER

Mike Weyman, PhD, Clemson University, Clemson, SC; Royan Teter, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC; Jim Fredericks, PhD, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA

Counterfeit pesticides are illegal but oftentimes are extremely hard to spot because they are produced and packaged to look identical to legal products. However, the contents in the package are not accurate and may have less active ingredients than advertised or even have different ingredients that are cheaper or may be more toxic. It’s important to be aware of these products to keep customers and the environment safe. This session will cover the signs of counterfeit products and how you can help protect your company from potentially using these harmful products.

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Sponsorship opportunities are now available for NPMA’s webinars! Email Shane Holt for details.

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Heard From the Hill
Members Make Headlines
All pest management professionals are encouraged to submit a talk for the 2020 National Conference on Urban Entomology. Happening May 17-20, 2020 in Mobile, AL; NCUE brings together the top talent from academia, industry, and government to open channels of communication and information and to foster interest and research in the general area of urban and structural entomology. The deadline for paper submissions is March 1, 2020.

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Weekly Headlines


Salt Lake City residents, beware of rodents in your home -- they could be carrying infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

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Bugs and insects follow temperatures, rather than the calendar when it comes to becoming more active after the winter. When temperatures reach above 50 degrees, that signals a lot of bugs—mistakenly—that spring is here. Locals have been spotting more bees, wasps, ladybugs and stink bugs.

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Paris is back in the bed bug headlines but is the city really any different than other metropolitan areas in suffering an increase? As the city launches a hotline, here’s a run down on what you need to know and why it’s happening.

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Nearly half of the adult ticks tested last season in Connecticut had Lyme disease, according to state scientists.

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San Antonio Current

A recent study from the National Pest Management Association says San Antonio is among the top U.S. cities at risk for an increase in pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and cockroaches until the winter season ends on March 19.

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Leadership Now

Systemic social issues cannot be solved by a few people working in isolation. They can be better addressed by breaking out of traditional approaches and collaborating with others.

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Lolly Daskal

Left unchecked, an ego can be a destructive force. It may keep you from admitting you don’t know something you need to learn, or persuade you not to consider the areas you need to improve upon.

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Rapid Start Leadership

‘No.’ It’s one of the shortest words in the English language, and possibly one of the most powerful.  It’s also one of the hardest for many of us to say.

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Chief Executive

The challenge is to move beyond "brute force leadership" and build a team that utilizes the positive characteristics of leading in a crisis—but sets aside the dysfunction.

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Lead Change Group

You can learn a lot about leadership by observing good leaders and watching what they do. You can spend time thinking about how you would handle leadership issues. You can read books and blog posts and articles about leadership. You’ll learn a lot. It’s not enough.

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