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PPMA Online Classes

Occasional Invaders/Label Review: Jonathan Davis with Syngenta
November 12, 2020 | 7:00 PM

00 - Core: 1
11 - Household/Health Related: 2
18 - Demonstration and Research: 2
23 - Park/School Pest Control: 2

Cost: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

To receive continuing education credits, attendees must be present for the entirety of the call and participate in questions asked by the moderator.

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Spiders/Occasional Invaders and Label Review - Richard Spigler, Amvac Environmental Products
December 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM

Credits: TBD

Cost: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

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December 2-3, 2020 | Virtual Event
Register early! Rates increase after November 15!
If you are in the bed bug business, or thinking of adding on this service, you will NOT want to miss the 2020 Global Bed Bug Summit!
What can you expect from this virtual conference? This is much more than a collection of webinars or Zoom meetings! From interactive discussions with industry experts, networking opportunities with like-minded peers, and 24/7 access to EXPO Central, attendees will walk away from this virtual experience with a greater understanding of the latest technology and research covering all-things bed bugs. 
2020 Platinum Partners
PWIPM Kickoff Event on November 17, 2020!!
Anyone is invited to attend the First meeting of this group and discuss Leaving behind 2020 and redesigning 2021 for a better YOU!

Date: November 17th, 2020
Time: 4:00pm EST
Speaker: Janice Campbell
Topic: Psychological First Aid—Leaving behind 2020 and redesigning 2021 for a better YOU!

New England PMA PWIPM Event
Description: Why a SEO Friendly Website Matters, Before Navigating the World of Creepy Targeted Ads

Hear from 16 year digital marketing expert Kelly Decollibus-Fillion of Reachlocal as she discusses why a SEO friendly website matters, before navigating the world of creepy targeted ads! Topics that will be discussed include the ins and outs of social media, google searches, ad words, facebook ads, and search engine optimization (SEO). Click here to learn more!

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Time: Nov 12, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Silver Partners
Now Accepting Applications for NPMA's 2021 Executive Leadership Program
The National Pest Management Association’s success is contingent on our ability to work in the best interests of our membership which includes companies of all sizes. In order to accomplish this, we seek guidance from our Board of Directors and committees which are made up of member volunteers.
NPMA is committed to encouraging its membership to embrace diversity and inclusion as an integral part in nurturing winning workplace cultures throughout our industry. Hearing from different voices plays an important role in accomplishing NPMA’s goals. However, limited resources often make it difficult for aspiring leaders to become involved in association leadership.
The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) identifies and trains aspiring association leaders to establish a pipeline of engaged members that represents NPMA’s diverse membership.
Each year, NPMA selects 10 participants to go through a two-year curriculum with monthly meetings that prepares them for association leadership. NPMA pairs participants with mentors, sets up monthly conference calls with participants, and helps fund participation in industry events. Participants are expected to attend NPMA board meetings, participate in committees, take advantage of networking and learning activities, work with a mentor and be an ambassador for NPMA throughout the industry.

Applications close at 11:59 pm ET, November 22, 2020
PestVets Looking for Interested Members!
If you are a veteran, employ a veteran, or are interested in joining the PestVets group, please let us know! Contact Bridget Cole Whitman at

The group's purpose is to support and uplift Pennsylvania's Veterans and Pest Management Professionals. If you have a technician in your business that may be interested, please share the word!
Bronze Partners
Pests In the News
Cockroach Mating Habits and Developmental Features Help Uncover Insect Evolution
Often associated with dirty living conditions and the spread of disease, cockroaches understandably have a bad reputation. But of the 4,600 cockroach species alive today, only a few are considered pests, with most choosing to live in leaf litter, rotten logs, or caves, well away from human habitation.

Despite the discovery of fossils dating to the Carboniferous period ~320 million years ago, the evolution of modern cockroaches from these prehistoric ancestors remains a little hazy. To better understand the relationships among modern cockroaches and potentially shed light on their evolutionary history, researchers led by the University of Tsukuba turned to an often-overlooked group of predominantly cave-dwelling cockroaches called the Nocticolidae.

"Previous work indicated that Nocticolidae are a sister group to Corydiidae (sand-dwelling cockroaches), and that these two families, together with Lamproblattidae, are the most basal subgroups of the order Blattodea, which comprises cockroaches and termites," explains senior author of the study Professor Ryuichiro Machida. "Interestingly, similarities in wing design suggest that Nocticolidae species may also be the closest relatives of the extinct insect order Miomoptera, which is often thought to be the common ancestor of many present-day insects."

Somewhat unusually, mating habits and embryonic development can be used to classify and distinguish the various cockroach families. The researchers therefore examined the mating behavior, ootheca (egg sac) handling, and embryonic development of Nocticola sp. cockroaches, which belong to the family Nocticolidae.

Publishing their findings in a recent issue of Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny, the researchers observed that short-winged male Nocticola sp. cockroaches rapidly flapped their wings near females before entering into end-to-end copulation. After copulation, females produced an ootheca, which they carried for several days before depositing on the ground. Although such a unique wing-flapping behavior has not previously been observed in cockroaches, the other observed behaviors are consistent with the mating and ootheca handling of Corydiidae species, suggesting a close evolutionary relationship.

Notably though, symbiotic bacteria, which are common to other cockroach families, were not observed in Nocticola sp. However, the egg shape and embryonic development, with the embryo's orientation remaining unchanged, in Nocticola sp. were again consistent with Corydiidae.

"Given the consistencies in mating behavior, egg structure, ootheca handing, and embryonic development between Nocticola sp. and Corydiidae, we predict that there is a close association between Nocticolidae and Corydiidae, supporting a shared common ancestor," says Professor Machida. "Furthering our understanding of the phylogenetic position of Nocticolidae within Blattodea is essential for inferring the higher phylogeny and evolution of insects."
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Pest World for Kids!
Kids grade K through 8 might want to check out Pest World for Kids! There are ebooks, crafts, games and more to educate and entice a young learner, especially the kids that love creepy crawlies! Check it out now!