***Updated 5/24/2011: This article was updated to correct an error in the original press release.****
The New England Pest Management Association announced its 2011 Mark Weintraub Scholarship winners: Kayla Ramsden of Northampton, Mass and Benjamin Chianciola of Gloucester, Mass. Ramsden is a sophomore at Westfield Sate University majoring in Elementary Education.
The college scholarships are awarded annually to employees and immediate family members of NEPMA companies.
On May 6, 160 pest management professionals earned at total of eight hours of CEU credit for L&O, CORE, GHP and WDO at 14 IFAS extension office locations in two time zones. The program was a polycom broadcast from the University of Florida Gainesville campus and consisted of speakers from the recent Southeast Pest Management Conference. FPMA Regional Directors, Assistant Regional Directors, Allied members and staff joined University of Florida researchers and IFAS extension personnel to deliver a program created by Drs. Phil Koehler and Claude Thomas and the FPMA Education Committee Chair — a team of 50 spread across the Sunshine State.
Last Call CEUs followed FPMA’s Feb. 23 polycom broadcast of IPM Training from Pest Management University and reinforces the strong partnership between FPMA and the University of Florida IFAS.
Editor’s note: A peer-reviewed study published Wednesday in a journal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that bed bugs could play a role in disease transmission. In a tiny sample of bed bugs, collected from patients living in crowded conditions in an impoverished neighborhood in Canada, researchers found the drug-resistant bacteria known as MRSA. In response to this study, National Pest Management Association released the following overview and speaking points that were prepared by Professional Pest Management Alliance.
- Many pathogens have been found to be associated with bed bugs, however, no evidence has been uncovered (including the results found in this particular study) indicating that bed bugs can transmit disease to humans. This is why additional research continues to be a great priority.
- Only in recent years has research ramped up on this pest and there is still much work to be done regarding scientific research on the biology of bed bugs.
- More than 95% of pest professionals reported treating bed bugs last year; up from fewer than 25% of professionals in 2000.
- 76% of pest professionals believe bed bugs are the most challenging pest to control.
CRANFORD, N.J. — In recognition of the lost servicemen and servicewomen who have made the greatest sacrifice by giving their lives for our freedoms Residex will once again acknowledge May as Memorial Month with a Wall of Remembrance on its blog, www.spiderX.wordpress.com.
Residex encourages everyone to take a moment to post the name of a lost serviceman or servicewoman. If you do not have a personal connection, Residex encourages you to take a few minutes to research and honor a solider who fought for our freedom.
The Remembrance Wall will be updated daily with all posts honoring servicemen and women.
Residex encourages employees, customers or suppliers who knew of a lost serviceman or servicewoman, to post the name and era of their loss on the blog.