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3/20/14 - 3/22/14
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Mont Tremblant, Quebec
The Pest Management Professional's Role in Protecting Public Health
By Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., National Pest Management Association
Since 1900, the life expectancy in North America has increased dramatically from an average of 48 years to almost 80 years. Many public health professionals attribute this increase to three things: improved sanitation practices, better medical care and the development of modern pest management practices. The pest management professional's role as a protector of public health is often understated, but it's important to understand the significant role that our industry plays in helping people live healthy lives.
Protecting the public from pathogens and allergens are important parts of what modern pest professionals do. Cockroach suppression and eradication is vital to health care facilities, homes, and sites where food is prepared or served. Cockroaches contaminate food and spread filth by walking through contaminated areas. They commonly carry pathogens like staphylococci, streptococcus, molds, salmonella, yeasts, and clostridia. Additionally, seven to eight percent of the general population is allergic to cockroaches. Studies of inner city children with chronic wheezing and runny noses revealed that more than 40 percent of them were allergic to cockroaches. Recent surveys have determined that cockroach allergens are the number three contributor to children's asthma. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, more than two million people in North America are allergic to stinging insects, more than 500,000 enter hospital emergency rooms every year suffering from insect stings, and between 40-150 people a year die as a result of these stings.
Peace of mind is another benefit that pest management professionals provide. In a recent consumer survey, 93 percent of people expressed concern over finding insects within their home. According to another survey, insects and bugs rank as the public's third most common fear, behind public speaking and heights. Arachnophobia, the unreasonable fear of spiders, is one of the most commonly reported phobias related to animals. It is not clear why spiders are the most commonly feared animal, especially when other animals are more dangerous.
Pest management professionals play an important role in protecting the health and well-being of the public. So the next time someone asks what you do for a living, say with pride: "I'm a protector of public health!"
Registration is Now Open for NPMA's PestWorld 2013!
Desert character. Phoenix still has cowboys, red-rock buttes, and the kind of cacti most people see only in cartoons...not to mention spends 85 percent of its daylight hours basking in the sun. What better place to host PestWorld 2013 than the gateway to the Grand Canyon?
At PestWorld 2013, You Will:
- Discover the latest business trends and learn how to apply these innovative ideas into your business no matter where you are on the globe.
- Network with more than 3,000 other pest management professionals, researchers and vendors from around the world.
- Receive focused education in hard-hitting topics such as Canine Scent Detection, Staff Motivation, Improving Your Company, and Marketing Strategy in our extended Thought Leaders sessions.
- Hear from globally-recognized speakers Stephen Dubner and Jordan Belfort (a.k.a., the Wolf of Wall Street)
- Find solutions for your business in the largest pest management industry trade show in the world, showcasing the newest products, services, and technologies in pest management.
- Understand the emerging issues that will shape and influence the industry.
You will have the tried-and-true experience of PestWorld -- a mix of education, networking, and research designed to complement your individual business model. We'll help you make the connections you need and find the answers you want in order to increase your profits. Make your plans today to attend PestWorld 2013.
PWIPM Annual Scholarship Deadline Extended to Aug. 1
The Professional Women in Pest Management is accepting submissions for their Annual Scholarship for one female interested in advancing or securing a career in the pest management industry. This scholarship may be used by the recipient to defer costs related to advancing their education and/or career in the pest management industry. The scholarship will be a minimum of $1000. It also includes $500 towards travel expenses to attend the National Pest Management Association's PestWorld 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2013. The scholarship will be awarded there at the Professional Women In Pest Management reception on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The successful recipient(s) will be notified by August 15, 2013.
Deadline for submission: August 1, 2013
- Female currently employed in pest management industry
- Minimum of 2 years experience in the industry
To be submitted:
- Resume with work experience outlined in the pest management industry
- Essay (to be no more than 2 pages long (500-1000 words, see below)
- 2 letters of recommendation (sealed and signed by author)
- What future changes as a female do you anticipate in the pest management industry?
- How does your practical experience or interest in advancing your career in the pest management industry qualify you for this scholarship and how will the scholarship money enable you to further your career?
Letters of recommendation should comment on the student's goals and motivation and answer the following questions:
- Does the applicant have a strong interest in the pest management industry?
- What steps has the applicant taken to prepare/advance her career in the pest management industry?
Scholarship recipient will be required to submit an article (no more than 500 words) to PWIPM within 90 days of receipt outlining the benefit of the scholarship, how the funds will be used and progress being made in her career objectives.
Submit all required documents in one envelope by the August 1, 2013 deadline to:
Dominique Stumpf, CMP
Professional Women in Pest Management
10460 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
NPMA Accepting Nominations for Young Entrepreneur Award
Submit your nominations for the Young Entrepreneur Award which recognizes young entrepreneurs 40 years or younger working in the professional pest management industry. Applicants will have demonstrated an ability to create or develop an industry innovation or brought a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Nominations may be submitted online
. Self-nominations will be accepted as well. All nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 15, 2013.
Applicants will be evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on:
- Notable contributions made to his or her company in a management level capacity
- Contributions to the pest management industry
- Personal leadership and community involvement
The panel of judges will select one award recipient who will be announced during PestWorld 2013, October 22-25 in Phoenix.
Submit Your Nominations for the 2013 Women of Excellence Award
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is currently accepting nominations for NPMA's Women of Excellence Award, presented by Orkin. This is the fifth year the NPMA will recognize women who advance the pest management industry every day, in every way. Nominations may be submitted online no later than August 15. Self-nominations will be accepted. Click here to view the nomination guidelines.
The award recipient will be announced at a special award presentation during PestWorld 2013, Oct. 22-25 in Phoenix.
For more information about the NPMA Women of Excellence Award, please click here or contact Dominique Stumpf at [email protected] or (703) 352-6762.
Manitoba To Join Most Other Provinces With Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
Mondaq, July 14, 2013 (Manitoba)
Manitoba has announced that it will join most other provinces and 170 Canadian municipalities in banning most synthetic chemical lawn pesticides with legislation this fall. The ban follows three notable warnings this year about the risk of synthetic chemical pesticides. Read more...
Family of Brain-Injured Child Files Lawsuit Against Bug Extermination Company
Edmonton Journal, July 12, 2013 (Edmonton)
The family of an Edmonton toddler who suffered severe brain damage after a 2011 condominium fire that was sparked by a bedbug extermination in a neighbouring suite has filed a $7-million lawsuit. Read more...
Questions Arise on Municipal Power Over Pesticides
The Guardian, July 11, 2013 (Stratford)
It's unclear whether a change in the provincial municipalities act would be required for town council to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides. Approximately 80 individuals from across the province voiced their support for a pesticides ban during a panel at town hall recently. Read more...
Ontario Calls in Experts in Bid to Prevent Bee Deaths
The Canadian Press, July 9, 2013 (Ontario)
All the buzz about dead bees is prompting Ontario to seek help from a group of experts. A bee health working group is being formed to make recommendations on how to mitigate the potential risk of a certain pesticide to honey bees, the governing Liberals said Tuesday. Read more...
Hay Swamp Chosen as Research Site into Control of Emerald Ash Borer
Huron News, July 8, 2013 (South Huron)
Two Ausable Bayfield properties near Exeter are the first sites in Canada to be chosen for new research into biological control of an invasive beetle species that is killing ash trees. Read more...
Controlling The swarm: Mosquito Fogging Program Begins in Winnipeg
Metro News, July 7, 2013 (Winnipeg)
As many as 300 Winnipeggers scrambled to the city's Insect Control Branch recently to have buffer zones registered around their homes before mosquito fogging trucks hit the streets for the first time this year. Read more...
Weeds Take Over in Sudbury After Pesticide Ban
CBC News, July 1, 2013 (Ontario)
It's been four years since Ontario brought in a ban on cosmetic pesticide use, and some in Sudbury say a growing number of lawns are being replaced because weeds have taken over. Read more...