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Senator Rand Paul to speak at NPMA Legislative Day
The National Pest Management Association is pleased to announce that U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY, has accepted NPMA's invitation to speak at NPMA Legislative Day. His talk will take place at 11:45 am on Tuesday, March 11.
Often mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, Dr. Rand Paul is one of the U.S. Senate's most outspoken champions for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility, and a warrior against government overreach.
Rand has also been a vocal advocate for term limits, a balanced-budget amendment, a Read the Bills Act, and an audit of the Federal Reserve. He has gained prominence for his independent positions on many political issues. Senator Paul serves on the Foreign Relations, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Small Business Committees. A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Rand was a practicing ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky., for 17 years before his election to the Senate in 2010. Click here to register for Legislative Day. Click here to view the full educational program.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Q&A: Getting ready for changes to neonicotinoid labels with outdoor foliar uses
NPMA's recent article about emerging pollinator issues, "What Is the Buzz About?" has generated some questions concerning the changes coming this spring to Neonicotinoid labels that have outdoor foliar uses on the product label. For quick reference, these new labels will have use directions that say: "Do not apply [insert name of product] while bees are foraging. Do not apply [insert name of product] to plants that are flowering. Only apply after all flower petals have fallen off." In this follow-up article, we attempt to address these changes.
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Reach out to your customers this winter through Pest Gazette
Winter is a time when many of your customers become frustrated with pests invading their home. The Pest Gazette is a newsletter NPMA created to help our members reach out to their customers. The Winter issue of the Pest Gazette will give your customers and prospects a description of the various types of pests that may take over their home during the season. The Pest Gazette is customizable with your logo and has a location to create your own article or use one written by NPMA. Click here to view the current issue. Click here to fill out an order form or contact Jessica Dominguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NPMA technical update: Turkestan cockroaches displacing Oriental cockroaches in SW USA
The Oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis, has been a fixture across North America, especially in cooler climates, for a long time. However, a much more recently introduced species, the Turkestan cockroach, Blatta lateralis, has been outcompeting Oriental cockroaches in the American Southwest. The Turkestan cockroach was first identified in California in 1978, but there has been some debate as to how it became established. Drs. Tina Kim and Mike Rust at UC Riverside believe this species was introduced with military personnel or equipment returning to the United States from overseas deployments in the Middle East and Central Asia. Additionally, Turkestan cockroaches are widely available online and a common food source for reptiles; a factor that may have accelerated their spread. The Turkestan cockroach develops much faster than the Oriental cockroach and produces more eggs per ootheca. The Turkestan cockroach prefers to live in and around the perimeter of structures and is susceptible to baiting programs. The full article can be found in the most recent issue of the
Journal of Economic Entomology.
Delaware finalizes pesticide rulemaking
The Delaware Department of Agriculture recently adopted rulemaking extending the period in which a pest management company must register an employee who handles pesticides and have them complete a training program from 30 to 45 days. The proposal also lengthens the time which a person who fails a commercial applicator exam must wait to retake the test from 30 to 45 days. Click here to read more about the rulemaking.
CDC, NIOSH develop smart phone ladder safety app
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health developed the ladder safety application using innovative research, existing information from safety regulations and consensus standards, and input from industry. The app features a multimodal indicator and a graphic-oriented guide for ladder selection, inspection, positioning, accessorizing, and safe use. The application is available for Apple iPhone/iPad and Google Android devices, and is also available in Spanish. The ladder safety application and additional information are available at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/falls.
Colorado Department of Agriculture proposes device rulemaking
The Colorado Department of Agriculture recently proposed rulemaking clarifying the procedures that must be used when operating a device that produces a pesticide, specifically carbon monoxide. The proposal requires a person using such a device on a for-hire basis to have a commercial pesticide applicator license and largely limits the use of regulated devices to specified burrowing rodents. The rulemaking also establishes additional use restrictions as well as recordkeeping and consumer information requirements. Click here to read the rulemaking proposal and the notice for the public hearing on the proposal, which will take place on Jan. 28, 2014.
Arkansas State Plant Board revises Circular 6
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture's State Plant Board recently finalized rulemaking revising regulations in Arkansas Pest Control Regulations Circular 6 clarifying which employees a pest control business must register as an agent and the type of work an agent trainee who has failed the agent registration exam can perform until such time the trainee re-takes and passes the exam. Click here to read the revised Circular 6.
FDA to revise sweeping food safety overhaul
The Obama administration announced Dec. 19 it would revise its plan to overhaul the nation's food safety system, saying that thinking has "evolved" on how the landmark regulations would affect farmers. The Food and Drug Administration's decision to re-propose draft regulations, required by the Food Safety Modernization Act, could spell more delays for the 2011 law's implementation.
Vermont to consider bill restricting use of neonicotinoid pesticides in 2014
A bill severely restricting the use of all uses of certain neonicotinoid pesticides in Vermont was recently pre-filed for the 2014 session of the Vermont General Assembly. Click here to read Senate Bill 232.
MDACS proposes termite rulemaking
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce recently proposed rulemaking establishing contractual requirements for operators performing exterior perimeter or localized interior termite treatments with certain products. The proposal also reduces the time a contract for a termite control system other than a soil barrier treatment must be in effect for from two years to one year. Click here to read the proposal.
Histoplasmosis outbreak associated with the renovation of an old house
State seeks pesticide case dismissal
Lima business owner still kicking at 93
NLRB backs down on pro-union posters
The Washington Free Beacon
Oregon home gardeners could face pesticide restrictions under proposed legislation
Firm fined $2,886 in bee die-offs
ChemTec Pest Control's 'Super George' marks 40 years of service
ChemTec Pest Control
ChemTec Pest Control is celebrating the 40-year service mark for George Hulme, affectionately known as 'Super George.' Hulme, ChemTec's most requested employee, has served as the company's termite expert for most of his career.
Bill Clark of Thomas Pest Services achieves Associate Certified Entomologist status
Thomas Pest Services
Bill Clark, Operations Manager of Thomas Pest Services, was recently certified as an Associate Entomologist by the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation. To achieve Associate Certified Entomologist (status, a pest-control operator must have a minimum of seven years of verifiable pest management experience, the knowledge and ability to pass a rigorous test on insect pest control, a current U.S. pesticide applicators license and a willingness to adhere to the ACE Code of Ethics.
Learn more here.
New year brings new pay plans
Seawright & Associates
Video: How to get (and act on) feedback about your business
Perfecting the social media balancing act in 2014
|Jan. 9-11, 2014
||2014 Wildlife Expo
||New Orleans, La.
|Jan. 21-23, 2014
||NPMA Eastern Conference
|Jan. 27-29, 2014
|| Lawn Care Summit 2014
|Jan. 29-30, 2014
NPMA Southwestern Conference
|Feb. 11-12, 2014
|| NPMA Southern Conference
|March 9-11, 2014
Legislative Day 2014
|July 17-19, 2014
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Here's why bed bugs are so hard to get rid of (Business Insider)
Couple sue state over pesticide contamination (Times Argus)
Pelham business owner's case in Georgia for pesticide misuse could involve 100-plus nursing homes (al.com)
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