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presidential perspective UPDATES: Zika Virus and FPMA Management I hope all of you had a successful summer season. For this issue, I have a couple of important things to relay to you. The first is an update on the Zika virus response and the second is an update on the restructuring of the FPMA staff. As we made our way through the summer, and now are getting ready for the cooler weather to come, we find our state in the midst of an outbreak of the Zika virus in Southeast Florida. I am sure many of you are keeping aware of the current events in Miami, where two clusters of locally transmitted Zika have occurred. This event was supposed to have resulted in a response from the state to put out requests for proposals to the industry to provide mosquito abatement services to the affected community. In normal inefficient government fashion, the Florida Department of Health has assumed control over the states response to the Zika virus. This has resulted in a complete breakdown of the original intent. So far, all we have seen is a request to have pest control companies supply two entomologists and four full-time hourly employees that would work directly for the Miami Department of Health installing new experimental mosquito control devices and mosquito monitoring traps and doing other duties as assigned by the local DOH office. This RFP shows a complete lack of awareness of how a business operates and what should be done to enlist the help of the industry. As we all know and understand, our businesses do not have service technicians and staff entomologists just sitting around doing nothing that could be transferred to Miami for DOH's use. Our industry needs an RFP giving specific locations that need to receive mosquito abatement services. We need a purchase order, a name, address and phone number that we would then respond to and provide the services for the agreed upon price. Even though this was a clear mandate during our initial discussions with FDACS, this has not been the case so far. At this time our Government Affairs Committee Chairpersons, Sean Brantley and Suzanne Graham are working through the bureaucracy to try and get this accomplished. We will send updates to our members as things happen so that you are all in the loop on how to participate in the industry's response. I also want to announce that we have hired Leslie Herren as the Director of Member Services to work full time as an employee of FPMA. We have terminated our relationship with The Association Source and decided to bring Leslie on to manage our association. Additionally, we have hired Rachel Pantania Borgie as our event planner. Rachel was most recently employed by the National Pest Management Association, where she gained significant experience putting together meetings and events for our industry. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming both Leslie and Rachel to their new roles with FPMA. Adam W. Jones 2016 FPMA President Pest Perspectives welcomes comments, suggestions and contributions. Full manuscript submission guidelines are available at http://ow.ly/geqpK. On the go? Pest Perspectives is online any time at: www.pestperspectives.com. 6 September | October 2016 is a publication of the Florida Pest Management Association 407.292.0918 | f www.flpma.org info@flpma.org Issue Contributors Jeff Annis| Camp BugStopper Steven Bojan | HUB International Rieva Lesonsky | GrowBiz Media Sandy Smith | Freelance writer Published by 5950 NW 1st Pl Gainesville, FL 32607 800.369.6220 | p 352.332.1252 | f www.naylor.com Pam Blasetti | Publisher Lashonda Stinson Curry | Content Strategist Kevin Tran | Marketing Josh Abramowitz | Project Manager Shane Holt | Advertising Sales Director Norbert Musial, Christine Ricci, Matt Wooten | Advertising Sales Mahender Veer | Layout & Design ©2016 Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the publisher. Pest Perspectives is published six times a year by the Florida Pest Management Association, Inc. and is mailed to every member of the association. This publication provides articles of interest to FPMA members and is not to be considered a publication of standards or regulations. The views and statements expressed herein are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the decision-making process of FPMA with regard to advice or opinions on the merits of certain processes, procedures or equipment. Advertising is accepted at the discretion of FPMA staff and does not imply endorsement by FPMA or its officials. SEPTEMBER 2016 | FPM-S0516| 9338 www.pestperspectives.com | www.flpma.org http://www.flpma.org http://www.naylor.com http://www.ow.ly/geqpK http://www.pestperspectives.com http://www.pestperspectives.com http://www.flpma.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016

Presidential Perspective
FPMA in Paradise 2016 Highlights
Wearable Technology
Drivers and Your Fleet Safety Program
FPMA Corner
Controlling Virus-Spreading Mosquitoes
Operational Excellence
Marketing Matters
Advertiser Index
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 5
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Presidential Perspective
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 7
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - FPMA in Paradise 2016 Highlights
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 9
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Wearable Technology
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 11
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 12
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Drivers and Your Fleet Safety Program
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - FPMA Corner
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Controlling Virus-Spreading Mosquitoes
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 22
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Operational Excellence
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 25
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - 26
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Marketing Matters
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Pest Perspectives - September/October 2016 - Advertiser Index
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