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LIVINGSTONE, N.J. — Founded in 1941, the New Jersey Pest Management Association (NJPMA) has grown to more than 600 firms.
Leonard Douglen, executive director, NJPMA, reflected back to the founding years when his predecessors began to make the association into a leader among the states. “From the very beginning, the association’s founders put an emphasis on educating members by calling on entomologists and other scientists to address its monthly meetings regarding the variety of insect and rodent pests with which they had to contend.”
In those days, as the industry’s veterans recall, having a pest problem in one’s home was widely believed to be because it was not kept clean. “It was a source of embarrassment to have a pest control professional treat for cockroaches and other pests,” said Douglen, “and they were often asked to park their cars or trucks around the corner so the neighbors would not see it.”
As the emphasis on educating members grew, the Association established an annual, day-long conference of seminars. Aug. 18 will mark the 64th year of the conference, held for many years on the Cook College campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
In past years, to entertain attendees, the Association sponsored a “Cockroach Derby” that pitted two or more Madagascar hissing roaches, the largest of the roach species, against one another. This year the association will pit a team of bed bug sniffing dogs against technicians in a race to determine who can find them first. It’s being called the Doggone Bed Bug Contest.
“There have been many changes in the pest management industry over the years,” said Douglen. “The public has recognized its essential function in protecting their health against the insect and rodent species that spread disease, and in exterminating wood-destroying insects such as termites and Carpenter ants that can cause thousands of dollars in damage to a home or other structure.”
The loss of former, widely-used pesticides that were effective against termites and other insect species has been a challenge to the industry and Douglen cites the lack of a pesticide registered for use against bed bugs has been largely responsible for their rapid spread. “The industry, out of necessity, has developed a variety of other treatments.”
“The industry has come a very long way from 1941 and earlier years when no licensing and no annual certification was necessary to be a pest control operator,” said Douglen. “Not only have we welcomed regulations and standards, we have worked closely with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to develop them.” Douglen cited DEP rules regarding the protection of schools against infestations as an example.
In contrast to 1941, today’s pest management professionals have a wide array of products and technologies with which to combat insect and rodent pests, as well as feral animals that pose problems. One of the more recent additions has been specially trained dogs that can sniff out the presence of termites and bed bugs.
“Today’s consumer can count on being services by highly trained, licensed and certified technicians,” said Douglen. “Pest control has a long history reaching back to Medieval times when rat-catchers made their living in modest homes and the castles of royalty.”
For more information about NJPMA visit http://www.NJPMA.com
Fred Lawler, senior vice president of global field services at Level 3, said that "squirrel chews" account for a whopping 17 percent of the company's damage repairs this year, across 57,000 miles of intercity and 27,000 miles of metropolitan fiber.
Lawler noted, "Of all the animals in the whole world, almost all of our animal damage comes from this furry little nut eater. Squirrel chews account for a whopping 17% of our damages so far this year! But let me add that it is down from 28% just last year and it continues to decrease since we added cable guards to our plant. Honestly, I don’t understand what the big attraction is or why they feel compelled to gnaw through cables. Our guys in the field have given this some thought and jokingly suspect the cable manufacturers of using peanut oil in the sheathing. If you have any new ideas on how we can combat these wayward rodents, I’d love to hear from you. We are always looking for ways to improve."
AMBLER, Pa. – Allergy Technologies, manufacturer of ActiveGuard mattress liners, is sponsoring a new bed bug research program at The Ohio State University through an initial $100,000+ grant provided by the company.
This new endeavor will examine the importance and effects of specific products, protocols and strategies relating to innovative bed bug treatment applications. The dramatic rise in bed bug infestations throughout the country in the last ten years has created a need for more research to improve and expand pest management practices. Based on mutual agreement between The Ohio State University and Allergy Technologies, this grant provides a second-year renewal opportunity for an additional $100,000+ in funding.
According to Susan Jones, Ph.D., entomologist, at The Ohio State University, the grant provided by Allergy Technologies will allow Jones and her urban entomology team to pursue sorely needed bed bug-related research leading to implementation of new and improved strategies for controlling bed bugs.
“This grant will enable us to embark upon important and in-depth research on product efficacy, treatment protocols, and application methods as we work to control bed bugs,” said Dr. Jones. “With the current emergence of bed bug infestations, Allergy Technologies' sponsorship will allow us to pursue fundamental lab and applied field research. This programmatic research is geared toward investigating novel strategies in bed bug treatment leading to improved and effective solutions.”
“We are proud to be able to support this university research. This grant evidences Allergy Technologies' continued commitment to developing bona fide research-based treatments aimed directly toward the bed bug scourge that is blanketing our country," said Gus Carey, managing director of Allergy Technologies.
ActiveGuard by Allergy Technologies LLC, are thin and breathable liners easily installed onto mattresses and box springs, which kill bed bugs and dust mites continuously for up to two years.
According to Joseph Latino, Director of Technical Services for Allergy Technologies, “We are highly optimistic that the findings from these studies will benefit the entire pest management industry toward reaching a common goal - establishing rigorous scientifically supported treatment options for controlling bed bugs.”
Originally developed as a natural extension of the globally used mosquito nets by a team of research entomologists for use against dust mites, ActiveGuard has been extensively lab and field tested for use in both active and preventative bed bug control strategies.
FAIRFAX, Va. — The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced its intent to develop a future-oriented Strategic Plan that will ensure the association is best prepared to meet the needs of pest professionals and the industry as a whole in the years ahead .
The Strategic Plan process will begin later this week with a comprehensive survey being disseminated to pest management professionals around the world. Pest professionals and other industry stakeholders, including manufacturers and distributors, will participate in facilitated focus group sessions at PestWorld and then, based on input collected, the association’s leadership will articulate priority objectives and strategies in February. Once the framework for the future is developed, NPMA’s committees and divisions will identify the tactics essential to meet the directions established.
In an open letter to the association’s membership, NPMA Executive Vice President Rob Lederer explained, “we know that the education, regulatory and consumer advocacy, and array of tangible benefits we offer positively affect our members’ businesses; however, like all forward-thinking organizations, we are not prone to rest in a successful status quo. NPMA’s Board of Directors and staff want to ensure that the value we offer the industry as a whole, and our members’ businesses in particular, continues to be relevant and dynamic.”
“NPMA has become the valuable industry leader it is because of the visionary stewardship put forth by industry professionals for nearly eight decades," said NPMA President Ray Johnson. “As we look to the future for the professional pest control industry and the association that represents us, learning from the experiences, needs, and beliefs of our members is paramount.”
NPMA expects to receive input into the strategic plan from hundreds of member companies throughout the world. The initial phase of gathering input will begin with the NPMA Member Survey which asks members to evaluate current programs and services and provide open-ended commentary about their beliefs for their businesses and the industry in the future. All attendees at PestWorld will be given the chance to participate in structured focus groups guided by an independent facilitator. NPMA plans to unveil the completed Strategic Plan in the spring.