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First M.I.S.T. Conference
Takes Place Next Week in Texas

M.I.S.T. – an acronym for Misting Insecticides Solutions & Technology – is an intensive one-day seminar, sponsored by MGK, that is devoted exclusively to the misting market. Dr. Jerome Goddard is the keynote speaker (click here to hear Goddard preview his presenation.) The first conference takes place next week (Feb. 9) in San Antonio, Texas at the San Antonio Hill Country Hotel (phone 210/509-9800). There is still time to register for the one-day seminar, which costs $30 per person and includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register, call 800/456-0707, visit www.mistconference.com, or e-mail conference@gie.net.


Rodent Infestation Closes Chicago Walgreens Mayor Daley's Dumpster Task Force last week closed the Walgreens at 11040 S. Michigan Ave., after finding 570 mouse droppings on the floor and shelves displaying snack foods and candy.

Orkin Establishes First Franchise in Jamaica The franchise will offer both residential and commercial pest control and termite services to the entire island of Jamaica.

Ontario Lawn Care Firms Seek Charges Against Health Officials
An individual representing Ontario lawn care companies is trying to have Criminal Code charges levied against doctors, public health officials and environmentalists who publicly lobbied the province to institute a ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides around homes.

Cook’s Announces New Board Members; Appoints Humphreys Training Director Brian Cook and Joey Harris were elected to the Cook's Pest Control Board of Directors. Robert Humphreys is filling the newly created position of director of training.

Pi Chi Omega to Award $2,000 Student Scholarships Pi Chi Omega, the international fraternity for pest management professionals, awards several scholarships each year to promising students majoring in urban or industrial pest management or closely related fields.


A All Animal Control Celebrates 15 years of Operation Mark E. Dotson, an Air Force Gulf War Veteran, founded the company in December 1995.

Anderson Creates Haitian Relief Fund Anderson Pest Solutions has donated $2,500 towards relief efforts in Haiti through the American Red Cross and is matching Anderson team-member contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $5,000.

Cooper Pest Solutions Becomes bedbugFREE The Lawrenceville, N.J.-based company serves both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Victory’s Oppenberg Recognized by New Jersey Purveyers Association Len Oppenberg, president of Victory Pest Solutions, has been elected the "2009 Purveyor of the Year."


Las Vegas Heads List of Metro Areas with Highest Foreclosure Rates for 2009 Sun Belt states accounted for all top 20 foreclosure rates in 2009 among metro areas with a population of 200,000 or more, according to a new report from RealtyTrac.

Obama Proposes Tax Credits Aimed at Small-Business Hiring The proposal would establish a $33 billion tax credit to encourage small businesses to hire more workers and increase wages.


BASF Introduces Ant Institute Web Site for Homeowners The Ant Institute site includes an “Expert” section with articles written by BASF ant specialists and includes the “Ask an Expert” section where homeowners can enter a question and one of BASF's specialists will respond.

Dow AgroSciences Receives Florida Commissioner’s Stewardship Award The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has named Dow AgroSciences the winner of its 2009 Commissioner’s Award for Pesticide Stewardship.

Therma-Stor to Exhibit at NPMA Southern Conference Therma-Stor, manufacturer of Santa Fe dehumidifiers, will be attending the annual NPMA Southern Conference, in Memphis, Feb. 3-4, 2010.

J.T. Eaton Sponsors Industry Scholarships The company once again sponsored two scholarships through the entomology department of Purdue University.


CPMA to Bring Bed Bug Symposium to Canada The Canadian Pest Management Association (CPMA), Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations (CFAA), and National Pest Management Association (NPMA) are partnering to present the first-ever Bed Bug Symposium on March 5, in Ottawa, Ontario.

Europest Scheduled for April 22-23 in Budapest, Hungary
The third Europest event, jointly organized by CEPA (the European Pest Management Industry Association) and the Hungarian Pest Control Association (MaKOSZ) will be held on April 22-23, 2010 at the Mercure Budapest Buda hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

Northwest Pest Management Conference Set for March 4-6, in Hood River, Oregon This year's theme is “Delivering Your Value Message” and the conference will include discussions on how pest management professionals can create quality service and "wow" their customers.

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