Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April School IPM 2015 eNewsletter

The April School IPM 2015 eNewsletter features the following articles: Canada Geese go to School, Thwarting Nuisance Pests, Don’t Let Bats Move Into Your School, and Get Involved in National Healthy Schools Day.

If you have not done so already, please consider signing up for the monthly School IPM 2015 newsletter mailing list to:
·         Learn how you  can reduce pesticide use and pest complaints by more than 70%!
·         Create a successful IPM program with no long-term increase in pest management costs.
·         Learn strategies for managing  pests all year:
o   Fall – stinging insects
o   Spring – ants
o   New pests – bed bugs
·         Improve your ability to educate and gain cooperation from key staff  including maintenance, custodial and food service.

Signing up is easy.  Email your name and contact information to: newsletter@schoolipm2015.com

Monday, April 22, 2013

US EPA Presents the Spring PESPWire

The Spring 2013 PESPWire is here! PESPWire is a quarterly electronic newsletter featuring news and information of interest to PestWise members, partners and pesticide community stakeholders.  This issue of the PESPWire covers a variety of topics, from honey bees to information on tick awareness. We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your ongoing support!

EPA News and Initiatives:
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Webinar: Bed Bug Awareness Week; EPA and NPMA Team Up!

April 16, 2013

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News from National  

NPMA and EPA Team Up To Offer Webinar for Bed Bug Awareness Week

With the continued prevalence of bed bugs in schools, it's important all schools and school systems are proactive in developing a bed bug plan. Join the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs and NPMA for a webinar on Thursday, April 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT that will address:
  • Proactive Approaches to Planning for Bed Bugs
  • Bed Bug Hot Spots in Schools
  • Bed Bug Management Strategies
  • Monitoring and Inspecting for Bed Bugs in Schools
  • School IPM and Bed Bugs
  • Communication to Families and Staff About Bed Bugs at School
  • What to Expect in Working with a Pest Management Professional 
This program is being offered as part of NPMA's Bed Bug Awareness Week.  Click here to register. 

Registration Now Open for Academy 2013   

Academy is THE industry conference dedicated to motivating and developing the pest management industry's leaders.  Presented by NPMA's Leadership Development Group, Academy is focused on providing both company leaders and up-and-coming managers with professional and personal development - slanted to the needs of the pest management professional.

You will not find this type of educational opportunity anywhere else. Make your plans today to attend!

Bed Bug Forum II - A Resounding Success 

The Bed Bug Forum II: the Future of the Bed Bug, held April 9 in Chicago, proved to be a significantly successful meeting. The conference, which featured top industry experts and vendors from across the country, was filled to capacity with over 200 attendees. The exhibit hall was packed, as vendors were showcasing the newest technology in bed bug control. Thank you to all who participated in this outstanding event.

Heard on the Hill   

Bipartisan Legislation Retain Sulfuryl Fluoride's Food Uses Dropped in U.S. House     

Bipartisan legislation the National Pest Management Association has been working on that retains the food uses for the fumigant sulfuryl fluoride was recently filed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Pest Free Food Supply Act (H.R. 1496) directs the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a January 2011 proposed order revoking sulfuryl fluoride's food uses.  The proposed order, which was driven by the threat of activist group litigation, was issued not because of any issue related to sulfuryl fluoride but rather because excessively high levels of naturally occurring fluoride in certain drinking water systems and fluoride in toothpaste pose an increased risk of fluorosis in children.  The Agency's inclusion of those and other non-pesticidal substances in the risk assessment for sulfuryl fluoride eliminated the mere consideration of sulfuryl fluoride's food uses.

NPMA applauds the leadership of Congressmen Tom Graves (R-GA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and the 13 other original cosponsors of the Pest Free Food Supply Act. Click here to read Congressman Graves' press release on the introduction of the bill. 

OR Gov. Signs Bed Bug Bill Into Law     

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently signed a bill into law shielding certain bed bug data from public records law in an effort to encourage voluntary reporting.

Under the bill, bed bug infestations reported by pest control operators to a public health authority would be kept confidential. The location of the infestation, identity of the property owner and information describing the infestation would be exempt from public records law.

Oregon becomes the first state in two years to pass bed bug specific legislation.  Since bed bug populations in the United States rebounded a decade ago Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois Maine, New York have also approved and enacted bed bug specific legislation and Kansas has implemented administrative rules.

Click here to read House Bill 2131.

AZ Legislature Clears Major Pest Management Legislation      

The Arizona House recently approved, on a 58-0 vote, comprehensive pest management legislation that makes significant changes to the state's current laws governing structural pest management. The bill will soon be forwarded to Governor Jan Brewer for her consideration.

The byproduct of the recommendations of the Task Force on Structural Pest Management, Senate Bill 1290 and accompanying rulemaking revise termite action reporting form and other fees as well as qualifying party requirements. The legislation also requires the Arizona Department of Agriculture to provide, through an interagency agreement, management and administrative services to the Office of Pest Management (OPM). Present law requires the Director of the Department to appoint an OPM Acting Director. Click here to read SB 1290 and related information.  

Import Changes to Pesticide Regulations
Saipan Tribune, April 17, 2013  

Saipan's Division of Environmental Quality has published the proposed Pesticide Management Regulations in the Commonwealth Registrar and the final date for comment submission is Friday, April 26, 2013. Read more...

News & Views  

Ants Lead the Way on Earthquake Prediction
Yahoo! News, April 12, 2013   

Ants with the world's worst taste in real estate seem to sense earthquakes before they strike, according to research presented recently at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna. Read more... 

For Your Business 

Effective Decision-Making in Management

One significant differentiator between effective and ineffective managers is the amount of information they require to make decisions. Some managers are shoot-from-the-hip, and make ill-advised decisions that lead to failure. On the other side is the person who requires far more information to make a decision than is appropriate for the situation. So which are you? Self-assess your decision making skills in this recent article.

You've Got To Be Green
By Gary Robertson, VirginiaBusiness.com 

Companies with green practices seem to have a leg up when searching for the best talent. If an employer meets other values that a skilled job seeker is looking for, then a company's green profile might be the tipping point. Read more... 

Members Make the Headlines 

Russ Ives Retires from Copesan Board of Directors

Copesan Services, Inc. announced recently that H. Russell Ives, President/CEO of Rose Pest Solutions, a Copesan Partner headquartered in Troy, MI, has retired from the Copesan Board of Directors after 24 years of service. 

Unveiling of the Wilson Center for Vocational Studies
PermaTreat Owner & CEO Joe Wilson and his wife Mary were recently honored with the ribbon cutting ceremony and the unveiling of the sign of the newly named Wilson Center for Vocational Studies. The Center, which will be used to teach culinary arts, will be part of The Gladys B. Oberle School located in Fredericksburg, VA. 

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