2017 WPCA SPRING TRAINING YOUR SEASON STARTS HERE!

WPCA’s annual Spring Training continues to grow and attract more attendees and exhibitors each year. This year’s two-day educational event in mid February attracted more than 150 attendees and nearly 30 industry exhibitors to showcase their latest products and services.

Special thanks to this year’s Spring Training sponsors:

Platinum Lunch Sponsor
West Bend Insurance

Speaker Sponsor
Univar Environmental Sciences

Silver Sponsors
Bayer Environmental Science
Bell Laboratories
Ensystex
JT Eaton

Bronze Sponsors
Nisus Corporation
Target Specialty Products
Tomahawk Live Trap

Name Badge Sponsor
Pest Management Supply

Soda Break Sponsor
Contree Sprayer & Equipment Company

WPCA Spring Training
“Your Season Starts Here”

Mark your calendars for February 13-14, 2018

WPCA SPRING TRAINING FEBRUARY 14-15, 2017
YOUR SEASON STARTS HERE!

The WPCA Board of Directors has assembled a top-notch group of industry-leading speakers for Spring Training. It’s a two-day event that you don’t want to miss!

Topics for the 2017 conference include:

  • WDATCP compliance update and case studies
  • Stored product pests
  • Pests and blood borne diseases
  • Stinging and biting insects
  • Roaches: biology and management strategies
  • Critical insect info for PMPs
  • An in-depth look at pesticide labels
  • Insect trends
  • PMPs and forensic entomology
  • Fall invaders

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Mosquito-Awareness.com Launched as Educational and Disease Prevention Resource for Mosquito Control Professionals

Central Life Sciences, whose founders invented insect growth regulator (IGR) technology more than 35 years ago, has announced the launch of www.mosquito-awareness.com, a site created to raise visibility of the potentially deadly diseases mosquitoes can spread, and educate visitors about preventing exposure and transmission.

As part of an overall public education campaign focused on the “World’s Deadliest” insect, the website supports the nationwide work of Mosquito Abatement Districts (MADs), Public Health Officials (PHOs) and mosquito control professionals in providing timely information about mosquitoes and their effects.

“One of the best ways for the public to approach the upcoming warmer months is by being educated about issues that can affect their health. Many people throughout the U.S. are familiar with West Nile virus or the more recent advent of the Zika virus,” said John Neberz, Business Manager, Vector Division at Central Life Sciences.

He continued, “In addition to these, there are several other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes that can be harmful to health and even deadly, and this site serves as a comprehensive and educational resource where people can learn more about mosquitoes and the harm they are capable of inflicting.”

“By arming both the public and agencies, such as MADs and PHOs that work to protect them, with helpful information, we hope to increase the level of knowledge about mosquito-borne illnesses and how we can best protect ourselves,” he concluded.

Mosquitoes pick up and carry disease pathogens and can transmit them from person to person through their bites. Individuals including the very young, elderly and those with chronic diseases could be at higher risk of side effects from these diseases. Mosquito-awareness.com provides information on arboviruses including:

• West Nile virus
• Dengue
• Zika virus
• St. Louis Encephalitis virus
• Chikungunya
• Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEEV)

The site provides information about what families can do to help protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases and what to look for to minimize exposure. It also offers a custom section where visitors enter their ZIP code to receive contact information for the nearest Mosquito Abatement District and Public Health Department in their community, which they can contact to learn about local control efforts.

Specifically for mosquito abatement professionals, mosquito-awareness.com offers free outreach materials, ordered online, to support the “World’s Deadliest” campaign. This public education and awareness program communicates the critical nature of professionals’ work. Through the distribution of customizable posters, door hangers and informational brochures, MADs and PHOs can augment their work in local communities. More information can be found here: http://mosquito-awareness.com/for-abatement-pros.

There is also a link to the “World’s Deadliest” Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TheWorldsDeadliest which provides daily content relevant to mosquito disease control and prevention.

PROFESSIONAL PEST CONTROL’S FRASER NAMED STATE POLICY AFFAIRS REP

Tom Fraser, general manager of the Madison-based Professional Pest Control, and WPCA President, has recently been appointed the Wisconsin State Policy Affairs Representative (SPAR) by the WPCA. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has re-imagined the SPAR program to increase its influence and footprint on state legislative and regulatory bodies throughout the nation through stronger organization, experience, communication and participation.

“As the SPAR I will be coordinating and communicating efforts between the WPCA membership and NPMA on public policy issues that affect the structural pest management industry,” Fraser says.

As the 2016 state legislative and regulatory cycle nears, he asks that all of you sign-up to send pre-drafted letters to federal and statewide decision makers. NPMA provides a grassroots service that makes this process easy by simply clicking a button and filling out your name and address. This is a great opportunity for the pest management industry in Wisconsin to be heard on issues that impact our industry at the federal and state level.

Please click here to sign-up to be part of the NPMA & WPCA grassroots program.

Lastly, Fraser emphasizes that we are in a volatile legislative and regulatory landscape and the need for better organization and communication will greatly increase our ability to affect legislative and regulatory outcomes that favor the structural pest control industry. For these reasons, he asks that you participate in the process with us. Please feel free to contact Fraser directly with ideas, suggestions or to volunteer your time when important issues arise. “I look forward to representing our interests here in Wisconsin,” he adds.

Fraser can be reached via email at tfraser@profpestcontrol.com, or via phone at (608) 258-3136.

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