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The winning entry in this year’s PCT photo contest — an acorn weeveil snapped by Ed Freytag, senior entomologist at the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board — was not even Freytag’s intended target. Freytag took this photo in late August at the Rockbridge Rainbow Trout and Game Ranch in Rockbridge, Mo., in the afternoon while he was trying to capture photos of catalpa caterpillars using a macro setup.
“I spotted the weevil under the leaves of the catalpa tree and proceeded to poke it with a small stick to make it move on the top of the leaf for a better shot,” Freytag said. “It wasn't too happy about getting prodded but it finally settled down and gave me a few opportunity shots, this one being the best pose.”
Freytag said he was impressed most by “how the body was covered in scales and hairs, not easily seen until after I reviewed the picture on the camera's LCD screen.”
Here’s a sampling of what PCT’s judges had to say about the winning photo:
“The contrast of the brown insect against the rich green leaf creates a striking image.”
“Love the detail in this photo, from the grooves on its body to the drop of moisture on the leaf.”
Freytag has been with the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board for the last 27 years and his research and field work focuses on those “big 3” pests, as well as other problematic vermin in the city’s 300 facilities. As winner, Freytag receives $500 from PCT. His photo will be showcased in March PCT, along with photos of the 10 finalists (also online here).
Experts say that the Zika virus has never been totally eliminated 30 Caribbean islands and 18 countries in South America. And the disease seems to turn up in everywhere from Southeast Asia to the South Pacific. Zika stories are not heard lately, because during winter mosquitos do not thrive.
However, regardless of this, between the months of November and January, the CDC recorded almost 4000 cases of Zika virus. The Zika zones involved are US, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. The disease is more alarming than previously known. It is not similar to other diseases that are contained geographically. Other mosquito-borne diseases like malaria or dengue fever carry less blemish because they are curable.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Dr. Stuart Mitchell of Des Moines, Iowa, has been awarded Fellow status in the American Psychotherapy Association. Fellow status is reserved for individuals who meet the stringent requirements of the association in areas of knowledge, skill, education, training and experiences in the therapeutic process.
The American Psychotherapy Association is an international membership association developed to bring together professionals from a variety of disciples to advance the profession of psychotherapy and elevated standards of practice.
Learn more at http://www.americanpsychotherapy.com/
The NPMA Board of Directors has ratified the candidates recommended by the NPMA Nominating Committee for the national offices of the Board of Directors.
The following is a list of nominees for 2017-2018 Board of Directors.
The Secretary shall be responsible for the recording and distribution of all minutes of meetings of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Membership, and declaring a quorum for the respective meetings.
Scott Steckel, Varment Guard Environmental Services, Inc., Columbus, OH
REGIONAL DIRECTOR CANDIDATES
CT, DC, DE, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI
Sarah Thomas-Clark, Thomas Pest Services, Inc., Albany, NY
Brian Alonso, Columbus Pest Control, Inc., Columbus, OH
AR, AS, AZ, GU, LA, MH, MP, MS, NM, OK, TX
Fred Willey, Invader Pest Management, Inc., Glendale, AZ
Tommy Cantu, Bug Off Pest Control, Pharr, TX
Jerry Batzner, Batzner Pest Control, Inc., Waukesha, WI
Vic Charles, ServiceMaster, Memphis, TN
Chris Christensen, Truly Nolen of America, Inc., Lexington, AZ
Gary Gillen, Gillen Pest Control, Inc., Richmond, TX
Faye Golden, Cook's Pest Control, Inc., Decatur, AL
Suzanne Graham, Massey Services, Inc., Orlando, FL
Dayton Hylton, Dayton's Pest Control Services, Inc., Knoxville, TN
Kevin Lemasters, EnviroPest, Loveland, CO
Jason Payne, Payne Pest Management, Inc., San Diego, CA
Jim Steed, Neighborly Pest Management, Inc., Roserville, CA
PAST PRESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Laura Simpson, Dugas Pest Control of Baton Rouge, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA
The Board of Directors election will be held this Spring, via online voting. (To ensure you have the opportunity to vote, please make sure we have your proper email. Please take a moment to update and review your member profile at www.npmapestworld.org. Click here for instructions on how to update your profile.)
Additionally, any 25 Regular Members, not more than 10 of whom are within any one Region, may nominate any qualified Regular Member as a candidate for Secretary or At-Large Director. Such nominations shall be made by filing a written petition with the Chief Executive Officer no later than 15 days after the names of nominated candidates are announced. The name of any Regular Members so nominated shall be included together with the names of those nominated by the Nominating Committee and ratified by the Board in the report of nominations to the membership. Any 10 Regular Members within a Region, not more than six of whom are from any one state in the Region, may nominate any qualified candidate for a Regional Director position provided a written petition is filed with the Chief Executive Officer no later 15 days after the names of nominated candidates are announced.
Written petitions must be submitted by February 28 to:
Dominique Stumpf, Chief Executive Officer
10460 North Street Fairfax, VA 22030
For additional questions, contact NPMA at (703) 352-6762.