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PestWorld 2014 Call For Speakers 

The National Pest Management Association is looking for your help to identify the most innovative and exciting speakers for PestWorld 2014. PestWorld, the premier event in the professional pest management industry, will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, October 21-24, 2014.
Last year, over 3,200 pest management professionals - including a record number of international representatives - enthusiastically navigated over 100,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring more than 160 exhibitors and attended more than 60 educational sessions during PestWorld. With expert-led educational workshops, attendees discovered the latest business trends, learned about cutting-edge research in urban entomology and earned valuable continuing education credits toward recertification.
Complete the Speaker Recommendation/Application Today
Speaker suggestions may include, but are not limited to:
  • academics
  • business owners 
  • technical experts 
  • consultants from within and outside the industry 
  • subject matter experts in sales, marketing, information technology, and human resources 
  • other "outside of the box" ideas that no one has seen in the past 

Please feel free to provide multiple speaker names and topics.  NPMA welcomes both technical and business-related sessions.  The information gathered in the application will help identify speakers and make decisions regarding the content of the program. Self-nominations are welcome.
Please note, educational programs cannot be product or vendor specific.  Educational sessions proposed for PestWorld 2014 may focus on specific technology, methodology, or theory, but not on a sole manufacturer or product.
The deadline for submission is February 14, 2014. 

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News from Asia 

Bed Bug Infestations Are on the Rise - and the Pests Are Hard to Kill  
South China Morning Post, January 14, 2014 (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong's bed bug problem is growing. Statistics provided by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department show the number of complaints of bed bugs has been rising, from 29 in 2011, to 47 in 2012, and 79 in 2013 (as of November). Of those cases, 34% came from Sham Shui Po, and just 5% were from Hong Kong Island. Read more... 

Ruckus in Indian Train as Rat Bites Woman Passenger
Gulf News, January 10, 2014 (India)
Passengers on a train created a ruckus and pulled the chain seeking immediate medical attention after an elderly woman had her toe nibbled by a rat in a Kolkata-bound Rajdhani Express from New Delhi. Read more... 
News from Canada 

Serpent Slithers Into Richmond Cellphone Store
CBC News, January 23, 2014 (B.C.) 


Employees at a Richmond mall got a slithery surprise  when they discovered a serpent inside a cellphone store. The three-foot-long ball python was found in the backroom of a Wind Mobile store at Lansdowne Mall. 

It is not clear how the snake got into the store, but mall manager Jason Roberts says it is possible someone dumped it there or it escaped from its owner's possession. There is no pet shop in the mall. Read more...  

Toronto's Extreme Cold Not Enough to Freeze Out Invasive Bugs
Toronto Star, January 13, 2014 (Toronto) 


The emerald ash borer can easily survive the temperatures Toronto experienced the beginning of January. The mercury must go below -30C before they start to die off. Read more... 

News from the Mideast & Africa 

Biofuel Crops 'May Amplify Mosquito-Borne Disease', January 23, 2014 (Africa)

The expansion of the some biofuel crops may unwittingly increase the risk of mosquito-borne disease by altering the insects' life cycle, a study suggests. Leaves from different types of biofuel crops can affect the chemical properties of the water in which mosquitoes lay their eggs, as well as the mosquitoes' preference for where to lay eggs and the survival of those eggs. Read more... 

Man Finds Live Cockroach in His Sandwich
Gulf News, January 28, 2014 (Dubai) 

Mansour Hashim discovered a sandwich filling that filled him with disgust, not delight. He told Gulf News he was shocked to come face to face with the household pest in his shop-bought sandwich. Read more... 

News from the UK/Europe 

EU Allows More German Rodenticide Restrictions
By Jackie Bird, January 29, 2014 (Germany)

Germany has gained EU clearance to impose stricter conditions on more non-crop rodenticide products based on difenacoum and bromadiolone. Germany plans to restrict use of the products to trained or licensed professional users. It had to request permission under EU mutual recognition laws, because the same restriction was not imposed on the products' first EU approval. 


Official EU approval has been granted for the measure on four bromadiolone-based rodenticides, Control, Control Bloc, Control Pasta and Control Bar, from Belgian company Belgagri. The range gained its first EU approval from Ireland in 2012 and the company applied to Germany for mutual recognition of the Irish approvals in February 2013. Meanwhile, the EU Standing Committee on Biocidal Products has voted in favour of allowing the same measure on the difenacoum-based product, Murin Dife Pasta Girasole, from Italian company VEBI Istituto Biochimico. The company first gained EU approval of this product in Italy in 2012 and applied to Germany in February 2013.
In both cases, Germany argued that resistance against the two active ingredients in rats is thought to be developing in the country, and the European Commission accepted that the restriction was an appropriate risk mitigation measure. Germany has already taken the same action on difenacoum- and bromadiolone-based products from four other companies (Agrow passim). 

Strood Woman 'Can't Sleep in Bed' After False Widow Spider Bite
BBC News, January 21, 2014 (U.K.)

A woman says she has been left sleeping on her sofa after being bitten by a false widow spider. She needed hospital treatment to drain the venom from her left foot. No-one is reported to have died from a false widow bite in the UK, but victims report chest pains, tingling sensations and swelling. Read more...  

Scientists and Doctors Unite to Defeat Tick Bite Disease     
Herald Scotland, January 6, 2014 (Scotland)
Doctors and scientists are working to develop the first UK-wide campaign to tackle a chronic bacterial infection that has increased 1000% in Scotland over the past decade. GPs, infectious disease experts, microbiologists, neurologists and patient groups are to be involved in drawing up the first official clinical guidance for treatment. Read more... 
Members Make the Headlines 

Rollins, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the assets and operations of Allpest WA, an independent pest control provider in Western Australia. The acquisition is expected to close in February, and this is Rollins first business venture in Australia. Read more... 

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