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Join CPCA members in March for the Train-A-Tech meeting and earn three credits in the Wood Destroying Insect category (WDI).

Date: March 8, 2016
Registration: 8:30 am with Free Continental Breakfast
Seminar: 9:00 am - 12:15 pm 
Speaker: Shawn Mullen, Bayer Environmental Sciences
Location: CT Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT

The topic for the March Train-A-Tech is termites, carpenter ants and wood boring beetles. Please click here to see the flyer  and contact Joe Giamo at 203-468-1444 to register for the event. The event is  free to current CPCA members. The charge for non-members is $35 per person. All registrations must be received by March 4.
Bees and Butterflies Could Soon Be on Legislative Agenda
AP, January 25, 2016

Connecticut could soon join the ranks of states seeking to boost the health of bees and butterflies.

The effort comes as federal officials work on a national strategy to restore honeybee colony health to sustainable levels by 2025, increase Eastern monarch butterfly populations by 2020 and eventually restore millions of acres of land for pollinators.

State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late U.S. senator from Massachusetts and co-chairman of the General Assembly's Environment Committee, sees the issue as an economic one in Connecticut, where several bumblebee species have declined. Click here to read the entire article.

Legislative Day: 
March 13-15, 2016 

Join us for Legislative Day 2016, March 13-15 in Washington DC, featuring keynote speakers including Paul Begala, Political Commentator, CNN, Ari Fleischer, Author and Former White House Press Secretary, and Nicolle Wallace, Political Analyst, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Former White House Director of Communications, and SE Cupp, Political Commentator and Writer.
In addition to the fantastic line-up of speakers and educational sessions, this is our annual opportunity to storm Capitol Hill and speak face-to-face with your Federal elected officials.  The reality is that no single voice carries more weight with your elected official than your own.  While NPMA provides the strength, the vision and the infrastructure to move the industry forward on public policy issues, the biggest part of our collective success is you.

Please click here to view the program and register today!

 Deadline for Submission: Feb. 26, 2016

NPMA is looking for your assistance to help identify the most innovative and exciting speakers for PestWorld 2016, scheduled for Oct. 18-21 at the Washington Convention Center/Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA.

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. 
There's a New Clue About What's Killing Honeybees Around the World
CBS News, February 5, 2016

One question that has had scientists buzzing in recent years is, "What is killing the bees?" Many reports have documented the mysterious decline in honeybee populations around the world, with research focusing on possible causes including parasites, a type of pesticide called neonicotinoids, and other factors. Now, research out of the University of Exeter in the UK and the University of California, Berkeley, reveals another explanation: the spread of a viral disease, inadvertently helped along by humans.

The study, published in the journal Science, found that European honeybees are the main source of Deformed Wing Virus, which has spread through bee hives around the world. The researchers determined that the spread of this insect pandemic is largely fueled by human trade and transportation of 

As concern over Zika virus, an emerging mosquito-borne disease, continues to grow, NPMA is urging the public to take precautions now to help curb problems during the warmer months when biting mosquito populations tend to increase.

"We recognize that local vector transmission of Zika virus has yet to be confirmed in the continental U.S., but the number of reported travel-related cases continues to increase," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. "We are monitoring the situation closely and working to help educate the public on ways to not only avoid contact with mosquitoes when traveling to regions where the disease is present, but also how they can eliminate breeding grounds at home as spring and summer approaches. Read more here
April Is Pest Management Month

The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), NPMA's consumer and media outreach arm, created National Pest Management Month (April), Termite Awareness Week (March 13-19), Bed Bug Awareness Week (June 5-11), and Rodent Awareness Week (Oct. 23-29) to enable the public to learn more about the work industry professionals do to protect health, food, and property from the dangers and diseases of pests - and learn more about the insects and rodents themselves. This year these occasions will once again be recognized by Chase's Calendar of Events, the world's foremost authority on observances and celebrations. 

With all these wheels in motion bringing attention to the industry, how will you capitalize on the added business focus? Unfortunately, for many busy offices, the important task of connecting to these marketing-oriented events is often overshadowed by urgent priorities that surface. If your company hasn't yet identified how to jump on the marketing bandwagon provided by these events, click here for some ideas to jumpstart your brainstorming.
Model Employment 

In the past few months, more states have "banned the box." Companies in certain cities and states may no longer ask about criminal convictions on employment applications. In an ongoing effort to keep certified companies on the cutting edge of professionalism in pest management, QualityPro has updated its employment application guidelines at www.qualityprotools.org.

"The regulations around asking criminal convictions questions are constantly changing right now. My recommendation is for all companies to use the QualityPro model application that does not ask criminal conviction questions. Criminal history will come out through the pre-employment background check and can be dealt with fairly at that stage in the hiring process," says Sandy Seay, PhD. As an NPMA member benefit, you can contact Sandy Seay  to discuss this and any other employment concerns.
Have You Updated Your Member Profile?  

The NPMA website, www.npmapestworld.org, has gotten a facelift. You will find it easier than ever to access your benefits online using your member login. Here are the top five things you can do as of today...we'll be adding a lot more features over the next few months!
  1. You can update your own member profile
  2. You can tell us what you want to hear about
  3. You can print your membership certificate (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)
  4. You can add new staff to your membership listing (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)
  5. You can update your company information (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)

You should have received an email in the last few weeks which included your login information. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact NPMA at 800.678.6722 or [email protected]. 
Coming in March: NPMA's New Field Guide App  

The printed NPMA Field Guide is the industry's leading resource for pest professionals.  Now thanks to NPMA's new Field Guide App buyers will have access to hundreds of pest photos, biology, behavior and control methods right on their tablet or phone for just $4.99.

Technology has irrevocably changed the way a business works. Today most pest control companies expect employees to use mobile devices to respond to customers quickly. With the Field Guide App, technicians will be able to use a phone or tablet to email a staff entomologist at NPMA directly with pest identification questions or send a fast email to clients that includes photos of pests. A notes section within the App makes adding protocols, notes and standard operating procedures used for clients simple and efficient.  Users can also add their own photos for use as future reference or sales tools.
The NPMA Field Guide App can be downloaded by anyone with a need for identifying pests and researching pest problems.  Look for more detailed information on purchasing the app in March.
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