Study on Organophosphates & ADHD in Pediatrics Overview - NPMA's Response and Talking Points

On May 17, 2010, Pediatrics, the official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, published a new study detailing a recent study of 1,139 American children, aged 8 - 15 years, examining the link between organophosphates and the incidence of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). 

While organophosphates are not a class of pesticides used by the pest management industry, we have prepared a talking point guide in case you receive questions from customers or members of your community.

Click here, enter your user name and password, and then click on "Response to Study on Organophosphates & ADHD in Pediatrics Overview and Speaking Points" to access a copy of NPMA's response and talking points. 

Pulling Back the Sheets on the Bed Bug Controversy

In the April 1, 2009, issue of the Journal of American Medicine, an article authored by Jerome Goddard, Ph.D., of Mississippi State University, and Richard deShazo, M.D., of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, reviewed 53 previously published articles on the topic of bed bugs. In their analysis of the existing research, Drs. Goddard and deShazo conclude that bed bugs do not transmit communicable diseases, translating into little to no serious health risks to humans. Similar parasites, like ticks, carry pathogens that can be transferred to hosts. According to Goddard and deShazo, previous research strongly suggested that bed bugs do not exhibit the same characteristic.

Though they may not carry pathogens, bed bugs' bites can be a source of serious irritation for some. For those who experience a reaction, the researchers noted the lack of an effective treatment for the bites, which typically cause minor to complex skin reactions and, in rare cases, systemic reactions. Treatments ranging from antibiotics and topical corticosteroids and epinephrine have had varying degrees of impact on the reaction.
The authors also conclude that the management and treatment of bed bugs is extremely difficult. The paper cites a lack of evidenced-based interventions that prevented an infestation or eradicated a population. Drs. Goddard and deShazo essentially positioned bed bugs to be less of a concern to the medical field and squarely in the jurisdiction of pest management.

PCT Launches 2010 Technician of the Year Awards


PCT announces the launch of its annual Technician of the Year Awards program, sponsored by BASF. The annual awards recognize a trio of standout service professionals in the residential, commercial and termite categories. Winners are profiled in PCT magazine and will be recognized at a special ceremony held during an industry event in 2011. Nominations are now being accepted at Deadline is July 16. If you have any additional questions contact PCT's Brad Harbison at (800) 456-0707 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VDACS CLRT Unit Experiencing Delays

The Office of Pesticide Services is in the process of filling key vacancies in the Certification, License, Registration and Training Unit.  Until those vacancies are filled, we will face longer than usual processing times for all applications, as well as delays in the issuance of letters of authorization to test.   Although we have hired temporary employees to help reduce the impact of these vacancies, the processing time for completed applications is currently 30 days.  We fully anticipate that processing times will return to previous levels once we are fully staffed.  Should you have questions or wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at or 804-371-6559.  We appreciate your understanding during this period of transition.  

Make a Difference in Your Indstry: Volunteer

No organization can survive and thrive without the efforts of its volunteers. Because NPMA committees, divisions, and affiliate organizations are so important to our operations, making sure they are populated each year with quality, dedicated volunteers is a critical job.

TPCA Brings Awareness to Builders About Inpecting Encapsulated Crawlspaces

TPCA has been working dilegently to bring awareness to builders and building code officials about the challenges of inspecting for termites when a crawl space has been encapsulated to control moisture issues. Click here to read an article to read an article that outlines recommended strategies that builders can use to avoid problems and provide quality assurance in conditioned crawlspaces.

New Core Manuals & Exam Released

Working with VTPP, VDACS has set the release date for the new General Pest Control (2006) and Forest Pest Control (2005) manuals for November 15, 2009. A new manual order form, with the newly dated manuals (along with a price increase of $2 for the Core manual) will be available on the VTPP site as of 11/15/09. On Monday, November 16, 2009 VDACS will ensure that the OPS web site links to the new order form, and we will have paper copies available here to take the place of the October 1, 2009 manual order form.

The revised exams based on these two new manuals are set to be released at DMV and at VDACS testing sites January 6, 2010.

Those who order the new manuals from VT between now and January 2010 will receive both the new manual and a free copy of the older manual, along with information on when the exams will change. Applicants for these two exams will receive a note explaining the manual and exam changes, along with a copy of the new manual order form, starting Monday, November 16, 2009.

If you have any questions please contact me of Vickie Rengers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fire ants: Hampton Roads is Placed in Agricultural Quarantine

Hampton Roads is under a temporary quarantine over the movement of nursery stock, sod and soil due to a significant infestationof imported fire ants.

The quarantine was announced Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which treated 642 sites in Hampton Roads for fire ants in the last six months of 2008. The agency treated an average of 33 sites in Hampton Roads between 1989 and 2007. Department officials called the spike in fire ants a natural spread caused by an explosion in reproduction.