Pest Perspectives - March /April 2013 - (Page 4)
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Springing Into Success
is a publication of the
Florida Pest Management Association
As yet another warm Florida winter draws to a close, many people’s
thoughts have already turned to spring. While for most people the
season conjures up thoughts of rejuvenation and renewal, PMPs
know that springtime means increased pest activity is on its way.
Fortunately, FPMA is well-placed to provide continued support
for the pest and lawn care industries and to help you “spring into
FPMA kicked off 2013 with its Expo in January, which brought
attendees and exhibitors from Florida and beyond together to enjoy
a week ﬁlled with networking, education and companionship at the beautiful Wyndham
Bonnet Creek in Orlando. The Expo was a chance to recognize the achievements of the
key players in the industry from the past year and to welcome the
new board, including incoming President John Cooksey. Relive the high notes of the
event and browse photos of the exhibit hall, product ﬁeld day and more on page 14.
FPMA has also been keeping its ﬁnger on the pulse of some breaking research
developments and advocacy issues impacting the industry.
L&O operators: here’s a reason to smile. Recently published research by the turfgrass
science team at the University of Florida suggests that properly applied fertilizer does
not pose the nutrient leaching threats claimed by some environmental and other interest
groups. With proper measurement, timing and application to established sod, nitrate
leaching can be mitigated (to learn more, see page 6). In addition, FPMA is supporting
the Florida Turfgrass Association’s Environmental Research & Education Fund initiative,
a voluntary assessment on fertilizer sales to help fund environmental research and
educational outreach (page 17).
For more than a decade, south Florida has been subject to the appetites of the invasive
Conehead Termite Nasutitermes corniger (formerly referred to as the Tree Termite). On
page 8 Dr. Barbara Thorne, an instrumental part of the eradication efforts for this species,
discusses Coneheads and why we have reason to believe we can get rid of them for good.
Finally, whether you have trouble collecting from overdue customers or simply want
to improve your business acumen, on page 19 American Proﬁt Recovery’s Matt Moskowitz
reviews how you can take the pain out of the collections process and strengthen your
As we move toward the peak of the busy season, stay tuned for a preview of FPMA
in Paradise our next issue. We are also planning a focus on ﬂying insects, as well as
herbicide use for tree and shrub ornamental applications. Contact me if you have a
success story you’d like to share.
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contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - March /April 2013
from the editor's desk
The Lawn Care Dilemma
Rebooting Florida's Effort to Crush the Invasive "Conehead Termite," Nasutitermes corniger
Florida Pest & Lawn Care Expo Makes Members FPMA Proud
Florida Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education Fund
Now is the Perfect Time to Improve Cash Flow for Your Business
Pest Perspectives - March /April 2013