Welcome to the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association January 2019 edition.  Please read on below for more details below or visit our website for online version
President's Message
Dear Members,
A new year well and truly begun and an abundance of fresh opportunities for us all – I hope that 2019 is a tremendous success for us all, in every sense.
In 2019 there are many developments to look forward to for our Association:
  • Our Code of Practice on Rodent Management is nearing completion – this document will be a valuable tool and resource for all of us
  • Our new Code of Practice for Training will be available in the later part of 2019 and we are anticipating that this will be a highly sought-after resource across the Industry
  • The Pest Manager of the Year award will once again be conducted later this year, together with BASF. The calibre of applications we received in 2018 was exceptional and we are expecting this level of quality again for 2019
  • The Bayer Individual Excellence in Professional Pest Management Award made an impressive debut at our conference in 2018 and we are looking forward to receive even more applications in 2019, for this prestigious award that recognises the hard work and devotion of individuals in our Industry
  • The Australian Competency Standards are also being reviewed, which will mean additional training resources will be available to our members and strengthen our presence in the Industry
  • FAOPMA Pest Summit 2019 will be held in Daejeon, Korea from 24-27 September and is shaping up to be another exciting event
With the new year upon us, it is also AEPMA renewal season and you will soon receive your renewal notice for the 2019-20 period. 
In addition to the exciting developments above, being an AEPMA member, gives you a competitive advantage in the pest management industry and gives consumers confidence that your company is backed by a credible and professional body.
AEPMA membership also offers you the distinct advantage of exposure via our website, which receives in excess of 10,000 hits per week. Consumers use the AEPMA website as a reliable source to find reputable pest management services, generating both qualitative and quantitate business leads.
With all this in mind…can you really afford not to be a member?
On behalf of the Board, I look forward to once again welcoming you as an AEPMA member for 2019 and to sharing further developments with you throughout the year.
Vasili Tsoutouras
AEPMA President
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New Packaging for Bayer's Maxforce Quantum Liquid Ant Bait

Maxforce Quantum Liquid Ant Bait from Bayer now comes in new packaging, and is available from distributor outlets.

The new packaging is a blister pack containing 3 x 30g tubes, plus plunger.  
Daryle Swarz, Pest Market Manager at Bayer, said “The new packaging will have a number of advantages including:
  • Ease of use -- applying the product will be more efficient and the use of gel guns will now be an option
  • Less product per tube -- this will allow for the carrying of less product in a sealed tube, minimising losses – also being able to keep tubes sealed for longer prior to use
  • Applying into tighter spaces will be easier, with less wastage.”
Daryle said these changes to the packaging were made after receiving feedback from customers.  “Customer feedback is invaluable and we greatly appreciate the close relationship we have with our customers.  Satisfying our customers’ needs and wants is a priority of ours”, Daryle said.
For Further Information:
Daryle Swarz
Mobile: 0407 337 809
New Snake Discovered in Another Snake's Belly

Scientists have discovered a species of snake unlike any seen before, but this special serpent wasn't found sliding through its forested habitat in tropical Mexico. The newfound animal made its scientific debut in a more unconventional place: inside another snake’s belly.

Newly described in a recent paper in the Journal of Herpetology, the creature has been dubbed Cenaspis aenigma, which translates to “mysterious dinner snake.” The name derives from the Latin cena (dinner), aspis (a snake variety), and enigma.

This species has unique features that separate it from its relatives, including the shape of its skull, the covering of its hemipenis—its reproductive structure—and the scales under its tail.

Based on certain features of its skeleton and teeth, scientists think Cenaspis is a burrowing snake that likely feeds on insects and spiders. Incredibly, however, the creature has never been found alive—so it’s hard to know precisely what it eats or how it lives, says Jonathan Campbell, a herpetologist at the University of Texas at Arlington who led the research team.

The snake, you see, has evaded detection for 42 years. In 1976, in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, palm-harvesters working deep in one of the region’s forests found a Central American coral snake—a vibrantly colored species with neurotoxic venom. When researchers obtained it, they found that its last meal was smaller serpent.

This ten-inch-long male snake was something special, as it didn’t match any known species, so the specimen was preserved in a museum collection. The research team returned to the area at least a dozen times over several decades, but came up empty handed.

“This provides evidence of just how secretive some snakes can be,” says Campbell. “Combine their elusive habits with restricted ranges and some snakes do not turn up often.”

Click here to read the full article.

Be Part of EduCON 2019

Rapid Solutions has announced details about its 2019 conference with loads of ways you and your business can be involved. 

Under the new name of EduCON, the 2019 conference will bring together more than 500 industry experts, business owners and operators, suppliers and supporters at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast from 8 to 11 August 2019.

Rapid Solutions CEO, Belinda Smith, said that conference was unique in the Asia Pacific region.

“EduCON provides the pest management and building industry with an exceptional opportunity to connect and learn through interactive sessions, a trade exhibit and social program,” she said.

“Rapid Solutions has also reviewed the partnership and sponsorship schedule to broaden the range of affordable and accessible ways to be involved with the event, promote your services to others and engage with the building and pest inspection sector,” she said.

Earlybird registrations open in March for delegates, with expressions of interest now being taken on an exciting range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities that have been designed for all levels of investment and exposure for your business.

Visit rapidsolutions.com.au/eduCON or call 1300 309 169 to find out more.

About: Rapid Solutions is based in Newcastle, NSW and is a leader in providing tailored insurance solutions for the pest management, building inspection, agricultural pest and weed control sectors. It also provides support from experienced industry advisors and accredited training solutions for this sector. The company employs nearly 40 people who support a client base of more than 2,500 customers across Australia and New Zealand.

For information: Belinda Smith 1300 309 169

Name a Cockroach After Your Ex for Valentine's Day

If the thought of a certain ex makes your skin crawl, an animal sanctuary in the U.K. has the perfect way to commemorate the relationship this Valentine’s Day.

The Hemsley Conservation Centre (HCC) is giving people the opportunity to name a cockroach after an ex — and it costs less than $3 (£1.50). The proceeds go to a support fund for the center’s projects.

If you decide to name a creepy crawly, you get a certificate — although your ex’s name (only a first name is required) won’t be printed on it as the HCC wants to avoid “fueling fires.”

The name, however, can be displayed at the exhibit at the Centre, on a board by the roach enclosure. This makes it easy to visit the cockroach version of your ex, in case you want to greet them on Valentine’s Day (or just say hello).

Hemsley Conservation Centre said: “For those that don’t quite require revenge, there’s another way to make you feel better about getting back at your ex this Valentine’s Day. The HCC is offering the chance to name a cockroach in honor of your friend’s worthless ex-‘someone’ on this special holiday of love.”

Read the article here.

Domestic Violence Leave Now in the NES

As expected, the parliament has enacted changes to the National Employment Standards to include five days per annum unpaid family and domestic violence leave.

This means that regardless of whether the work place is covered by a modern award or an enterprise agreement, provided the various preconditions are met, the entitlement applies to all national system workplaces. 

The entitlement is available in full at the beginning of each year but is not cumulative. It becomes ‘available’ at the commencement of the legislation (which should be shortly once the Bill receives royal assent) for all existing employees in a particular workplace as there is no qualifying period of employment.

Part timers and casuals are entitled to this leave in full as well. To work out the twelve-month periods for casuals, the legislation stipulates the first date the casual employee ever worked for the employer is the anniversary date for the purposes of this leave. 

Employees are entitled to access this leave if they are experiencing family and domestic violence and they need to take some particular action to deal with it, and they need to do that during their normal working hours. An example would be an employee who works the same hours as the magistrates’ courts, and has a matter set down during those hours. 

The leave can be taken in one continuous run of five days or one or more days separately. Any other combination (e.g. half a day) is subject to the employer’s agreement. Employees, if they are requested by their employer, must provide evidence of any claim for this leave. Once a claim has been made and, if required, evidence of entitlement provided, the employer is obliged to take steps to ensure the matter is treated confidentially. 

Some states have, or could have, legislation covering leave for victims of crime. This federal legislation makes clear that if that local leave applies, it does so in addition to the NES. This legislation also contains a special provision permitting applications to vary enterprise agreements, made before this legislation comes into effect, to remove any uncertainty or difficulty relating to the interaction between the enterprise agreement and this new Standard.

Visit First IR for more employment and industrial relations news.

Cockroach Milkshake Anyone?

Think milk, and you could soon be thinking of a brand-new ‘superfood’ — cockroach milk.

What, exactly, is cockroach milk? It is a highly nutritious protein with non-lactose sugars and fats as its other components.

This protein serves as complete food for little cockroach embryos growing inside their mother. A key feature of this milk protein is its ability to crystallize inside the embryos.

Ninety per cent of proteins in an organism exist in liquid state, which helps in cell activity. Crystallization of proteins inside any organism is usually associated with disease conditions — evolution exerts negative natural selection pressure on proteins for crystallization.

A small group of proteins like the cockroach milk protein are, however, favoured by evolution for crystallizing inside an organism. This occurs since the proteins carry out biological functions in an organism only in their crystalline form.

This cockroach protein could well be the stuff of nutritional revolution. Making it widely available could strengthen the fight against nutritional deficiencies and disorders. In additional to its high calorific value, roach milk’s property to crystallize on its own gives it a longer shelf life. Athletes, for instance, will be able to derive more energy over a longer period of time due to the crystalline nature of these proteins.

The protein can have equally useful benefits as part of a fortified food or even as food for astronauts.

Click here to read more.
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  • FAOPMA Pest Summit 2019 (Daejeon, Korea) – 24-27 September 2019 

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