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CURRENT ISSUE ONLINE EXTRAS PCT PODCASTS MESSAGE BOARD APRIL 5, 2010
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HEADLINE NEWS

New York City to Cut Half of its Pest Control Jobs The health department plans to get rid of 57 out of 84 full-time pest control aide positions.

Odorous House Ants 'Go Wild' in the Big City As part of his research on odorous house ants, Purdue's Grzegorz Buczkowski reported that the ants form supercolonies and prosper in urban settings.

Service Sector Growing at Fastest Clip in Four Years The Institute for Supply Management reported that its service index grew in March for a third straight month, jumping to 55.4, its strongest reading since May 2006.

Bed Bug Conference for Hospitality Sector Generates Media Coverage In late March, the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association hosted an educational bed bug conference for Pennsylvania hospitality leaders titled, “Bed Bugs and the Hospitality Industry: Little Bugs, Big Problem.”

E.O. Wilson Tries His Hand at Fiction Pulitzer Prize-winning author E.O. Wilson has a new book out titled “Anthill.”

Obama Seeks to Reassure Small Business on Health Care Under the new health care law, companies with more than 50 employees will be required to pay a fee of $2,000 per worker if they do not provide coverage and any employee receives federal health care subsidies.

MULTIMEDIA

Video: A Historical Look at the Harrison Experimental Forest in Gulfport, Miss. In a video segment from David Fincannon, A-All Pest Termite Exterminators, the history of the Harrison Experimental Forest Termiticide Research Station in Gulfport, Miss., is reviewed.

Video: Arrow Exterminators’ Jeff Hope Interviewed About Spring Pests Atlanta television station WGCL-46 (CBS Atlanta) recently broadcast a segment titled “Spring Pests,” which reviewed how wet weather is bringing pests indoors.

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INTERNATIONAL

Fire Ants Threaten Parts of Australia The pests now are on the verge of raiding the Southeast's food bowl and holiday playgrounds.


EVENTS

BedBug Central Presents the 2010 North American Summit The two-day summit will be held Sept. 21-22, in Chicago.


SUPPLIER NEWS

Abatem Introduces Mobile Heat Treatment Unit The Vermont-based company is using its new mobile heat treatment truck for bed bug treatments.

Fumigation Service & Supply Adds Two New Managers Curt Lilleodden is now the regional manager of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa office, while Ryan Yutzy joins FS&S as a safety coordinator.

Kness Names Jessica Bassman Director of Sales and Marketing Bassman is responsible for leading the company’s sales and marketing efforts both domestically and internationally.

Bluestone Lighting Offers Professional LED Flashlight The 957 LED Pro Light is a fully rechargeable flashlight with a 1000 lumen output.


TECHNICAL

New Web Site Filled with Information About European Fire Ants A new Web site developed by Eleanor Groden (University of Maine) contains basic information about the ant, as well as data from research funded by the Northeast Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program.

Mosquito Research Shows ‘Your Worst Enemy Could be Your Best Friend’ Asian tiger mosquitoes are being saved by the very predator that usually eats them — and how that helps protect humans from diseases like dengue fever.

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