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January 2015 
 PCT Winter School Was a Success!
Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, vendors, and board members for making the 2015 PCT School a successful event! This year's event featured speakers Mike Rust, Bennett Jordan, Dan Suiter, and Scott McNeely. There were over 800 attendees present at this year's event. We are already looking forward to next year's PCT School!
NCPMA Gives Back  

To kick off this year's PCT School, NCPMA Board Members and volunteers donated and delivered food to a local food bank. Thank you to all of those who donated to the food bank!

Each individual that donated an item was given a raffle ticket to win free registration for next year's PCT School. This year's winner is Chris Miller! Congratulations!

Education Foundation Past President's Scholarship

The pest management industry is often a family business, which is handed down from generation to generation, and we are proud of that. So, in 2004, The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) designed a scholarship program to help encourage and build the next generation of pest management professionals.

Each year, NCPMA proudly awards scholarships worth up to $10,000 to students with preference given to those who demonstrate an interest in pursuing careers in the pest management industry. Winners of these scholarships must be owners, spouses, employees or children or grandchildren of NCPMA member companies that have been in good standing with the organization for the past two years.

For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please click here.

Technician of the Year 2015

The NCPMA Technician of the Year Award is designed to recognize an individual who exemplifies those qualities that best define an outstanding service technician in the pest management industry of North Carolina. Click here to submit an application for a technician you want to be considered for this prestigious award!

Improved Rodenticide Labels Coming Soon 

In a Jan. 21 letter to the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to lift the target pest restriction on rodenticides that removed the ability of applicators to control pest rodents other than house mice, Norway rats and roof rats in and around homes and other man-made structures. NPMA voiced concerns about the lack of rodenticide products available for professional use against important pests like white footed mice, pack rats, and voles, which prompted the ASPCRO inquiry. According to ASPCRO President John Scott, "this is an important step to ensure professionals have the tools they need to manage rodents that pose a significant public health risk, while still meeting the intent of EPA's rodenticide mitigation decision to ensure rodenticides do not pose a significant risk to children and non-target wildlife." Click here to read more.

Identifying Pollen Sources from Foraging Honey Bees 

Honey bees are of vital importance to our agricultural system and have multiple threats facing them, including a loss of foraging land and poor diet. Foraging honey bees may travel several miles in search of pollen and nectar and it is very difficult to track great numbers of bees over such distances. To address this question, a team of scientists from Ohio State University led by Dr. Rodney T. Richardson recently published a research paper exploring honey bees and their foraging patterns with the intention of being able to identify the sources of pollen brought by worker bees back to the hive. The researchers engaged in melissopalynology, the study of bee-collected pollen, by using a new molecular technique (metabarcoding) to determine the plants frequented by managed hives in Madison County, Ohio. 19 families of plants were identified via pollen samples and trees (maple, ash, and others), dandelion, and mustard made up the bulk of the foraged pollen.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of Applications in Plant Sciences under the title, "Application of ITS2 Metabarcoding to Determine the Provenance of Pollen Collected by Honey Bees in an Agroecosystem"

Identification of Bed Bug Pheromones 

A team of entomologists and chemists from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, led by Dr. Regine Gries, recently published a bed bug research paper that has been several years in the making. Gries and her coauthors investigated the complex of chemicals that can potentially be used to lure and trap bed bugs in the field. The aggregation pheromones that bed bugs use to attract one another are comprised of several unique chemicals that have long been studied, but never completely isolated and identified until now. Chemical analyses of bed bug cast-skins and feces led to the identification of five volatile components and one not-so-volatile one (histamine). When the proper blend of all six chemicals is present, the research team had great success in luring bed bugs to a desired location and keeping them there (the histamine appears to act as an arrestant).

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the journal Angewandte Chemie under the title, "Bed Bug Aggregation Pheromone Finally Identified".
 Majority Leader McCarthy to Speak at NPMA Legislative Day 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy - the second highest-ranking member of the 435-member body - will be the special guest speaker at the Tuesday lunch at NPMA Legislative Day on Tuesday, March 17. A small business owner before he was elected to Congress in 2006 to represent a Bakersfield, CA area district, Leader McCarthy is deeply committed to eliminating unnecessary paperwork requirements and other government regulation and increasing government efficiency. He will discuss the House Republican agenda for the 114th Congress. Click here to read more about Leader McCarthy and here to register for NPMA Legislative Day.
NPMA and PCT Release Business Profile Survey

One of NPMA's most important objectives is to support our members by providing information to help them become more knowledgeable and profitable. Our most recent initiative in support of this objective is the creation of a business profile study that we conducted in partnership with PCT magazine. Based on nearly 600 responses, the survey results provide insight into how your finances compare to those of similar companies. With a focus on key expense areas such as wage and benefits, operating costs, vehicle costs, and material costs, NPMA members have exclusive access to crucial industry specific information to compare their business operations with other companies of similar size. The preview of the report will be available in this month's issue of PCT Magazine. The full survey report can be accessed by clicking here.