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October 2014 

Only a Few Weeks Left Until the United We Stand Meeting - Register Today!
Date: November 20 - 21

Location: Grandover Resort

1000 Club Road

Greensboro, NC 27407

The North Carolina Pest Management Association is pleased to offer you this special seminar on growing and nurturing your business. North Carolina is a state of small to medium-sized pest management companies. Realizing that many companies cannot travel to world-class management seminars, NCPMA is bringing world-class programming to you! Speakers for this years meeting will arm you with tools necessary for the health of your business. Working with the theme "United We Stand - United We Grow," this hands-on seminar will give you: 
  • A view of the cornerstones of the successful business infrastructure
  • People, customers, and internal analysis
  • Dedicated question and answer time with experts
  • Networking opportunities
  • A chance to informally share information and ideas

Building upon the time-honored NCPMA program United We Stand, you will experience the utmost level of education and experience camaraderie unique to this meeting.  Space is limited, so register today!

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 PCT Winter School Registration is Now Open!
The North Carolina Pest Management Association will be hosting our PCT Winter School in Durham, NC on January 26-29, 2015.

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Program for the PCT Winter School will be announced shortly.
 Billy Tesh Named Philanthropist of the Year for Greensboro, N.C.

William A. "Billy" Tesh has never met a problem he isn't willing to tackle. Whether it was a homeless shelter with major pest infestations or a tutoring program with a shortage of volunteers or our affordable housing program needing creative funding; Billy has been at the forefront of solving those issues. As a native of Greensboro, Billy has touched so many nonprofits, professional associations and businesses that the list would fill up this entire nomination, but recognition is not his motivator. His wife, Laurie, summed him up best when she said, "He is passionate about life, he is excited by his work, family and helping other people. Each morning, he bounces out of bed excited about the day." His boundless energy and innovation helped Habitat and the Greensboro Builders Association fund Raising Roofs, a builders blitz for the past eleven years.

Tropical Jersey Night at the Greensboro Grasshoppers was Billy's brainchild and has been underwritten by his company, Pest Management Systems (PMi) since the beginning in 2003. This event has raised $58,500 for Habitat and raised awareness of our program. To date Raising Roofs has built 50 homes for Habitat families in ten years, in large part due to Billy's financial, professional and personal support. Billy also donates services from his companies, including free pre-treats for all Habitat homes and drainage and hardscaping for build sites. He is always willing to help out Habitat families and has donated countless hours and over $75,000 in services to Habitat.  Billy has also been a connector for Habitat introducing new donors to our organization and sharing his love of our mission with others. He has earned the reputation as someone we can rely on to help us solve problems, make introductions and support our organization. Billy's impact on Habitat is like a meteor. Upon impact, a meteor scatters across the terrain leaving parts of it across the landscape. Billy is like that meteor making a huge impact through his financial contribution but his involvement and commitment spreads throughout our organization.

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 NCDACS Proposes Permitting Use of Mole Toxicants 

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently proposed rulemaking declaring the Eastern and Hairy-tailed Moles as pests and prescribing places pesticides registered by the North Carolina Pesticide Board may be applied in controlling the moles. The proposal sets the stage for reversal of a longstanding prohibition against the use of mole toxicants in North Carolina. NDACS is accepting comments on the proposal until Dec. 15. Click here to read the rulemaking. 

Modeling the Spread of Invasive Termites


Invasive species regularly arrive in the United States, but what happens next is less predictable. Some species die out before they are ever noticed while others are capable of becoming established and even thriving in their new environment. Two highly destructive and economically important invasive termite species, the Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus) and the Asian subterranean termite (Coptotermes gestroi), were recently analyzed for their likelihood of expansion into new territory. Both species are native to Asia but have been able to exploit several disparate regions after accidental introductions. Currently, the Formosan termite is restricted to southern and coastal regions of the United States, especially Hawaii and the southeast, while the Asian subterranean termite is not yet established in the U.S.

Francesco Tonini of the University of Florida led an international team of scientists to model future distribution of these species based on current climatic conditions and anticipated climate changes by using current occurrence records. Predicted expansion and population densities for both species was closely linked to urban development, while a warming climate indicates an increased likelihood of expansion into new areas compared to current conditions. This research was published in a paper titled, "Predicting the Geographical Distribution of Two Invasive Termite Species from Occurrence Data" and published in a recent volume of Environmental Entomology

Rutgers Researchers Publish Important Study on Efficacy of "Minimum-Risk" Products for Bed Bug Control

NPMA has been extremely concerned about the avalanche of minimum-risk or 25b pesticides marketed for bed bug control that have entered the market the last few years and the effectiveness of such products. These pesticides are exempt from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's normal registration requirements, largely because they are oil or plant based and deemed to pose no risk to human health or the environment and are seemingly free to make claims about the products' efficacy and toxicity that conventional pesticides may not make.

Newly published research by Rutgers University's Dr. Changlu Wang, Richard Cooper and Narinderpal Singh evaluates the efficacy of 11 minimum risk products marketed for bed bug control as well as two widely used synthetic pesticides including a relatively new combination neonicotinoid/synthetic pyrethroid product. While the results of the study were wide ranging, they do justify NPMA's concern about the EPA's lack of scrutiny of minimum risk products and raise significant public policy questions as we move in to the second half of the second decade of the bed bug resurgence in the United States. The research also underscores the value of the new combination products in controlling bed bug infestations and the importance of protecting those and other structural uses from local pesticide bans. Click here to read the study.