Welcome to the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association April 2019 edition.  Please read on below for more details below or visit our website for online version
QLD Branch Meeting Update
The QLD Branch meeting was held on Monday, 1 April 2019 at AEPMA National Office, in Brisbane. 

The meeting was productive and featured a valuable presentation and update from John Murray, about the Urban Pest Management Re-development Project. 

Click here to read the minutes and you can view the presentation, here

Bayer Award for Individual Excellence in Professional Pest Management Nominations Now Open!

Bayer is pleased to confirm it will again sponsor The Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) ‘Award for Individual Excellence in Professional Pest Management’.  

Initiated in 2018, the award allows the pest management industry to recognise the important contributions made by many individuals to the industry to its development and continued growth.
Mr Vasili Tsoutouras, President of AEPMA said “We are pleased Bayer is sponsoring this award again in 2019 as it presents an opportunity for industry to thank the many quiet achievers who have to date not received the full recognition that their services to the industry deserve.  It is an important initiative and we encourage members of the industry to nominate appropriate individuals to receive the award.”
Nominees will be required to meet the set criteria:
  1. Putting customers first through a commitment to excellence in customer focus, leadership, and service
  2. Fostering innovation in the Pest Management Industry; and 
  3. Individual Excellence.
Nominations open 30th April this year and close on 1st August, with winners being announced in September.  
Download the applicaiton form here.
For Further Information:
Daryle Swarz
(m) 0407 337 809
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Moth Invasion - Why Australian Homes are Being Plagued

A pantry moth invasion brought on by this year's sweltering summer is plaguing Australian homes.

One expert from the South Australian Research and Development Institute said the recent hot spell is sparking an explosion in their population.

'The warmer weather means they develop faster and this may be why they appear more prevalent,' said Dr Peter Taverner in the Adelaide Advertiser. 

Residents have been battling a particularly strong infestation in the cupboards of their kitchens.

One mother, Clair Kolokas, said: 'I keep thinking surely I've got them all, and the next morning they're back.'

'I have gone through the entire cupboard, and my children are scared to open it in case one flies out into their face,' she said. 

Read more here.

Flick Anticimex Acquires Sandgate Pest Control

Flick is excited to announce that they continue to expand Flick’s coverage with the recent acquisition of Sandgate Pest Control based out of Brighton, QLD.

Flick has proudly acquired Sandgate Pest Control; a commercial, residential and pre-construction pest control business with a strong base in Brisbane. Led by Louise Howarth, Sandgate has been servicing the pest control needs of predominantly commercial and residential customers, but also has a nice pre-construction portfolio.

The Sandgate business will merge with our Flick Brisbane branch.

Commenting on the acquisition, Robert Newby, Regional General Manager of Flick Anticimex’s North West Region:

For 50 Years, the Howarth Family and their amazing team have delivered high-quality pest control and personalized solutions to many residential and commercial properties in and around the Sandgate areas as well as more broadly in Brisbane area. The relationships formed over many years have contributed to the success of Sandgate Pest Control and we look forward to those continuing.

Commenting on the acquisition, Dallas Hall, Branch Manager of Brisbane’s Flick Anticimex:

We are excited to further enhance and extend our existing market-leading pest control services in Brisbane through the acquisition of Sandgate Pest Control. Louise Howarth and her team have built a strong reputation for delivering a quality service over many years, resulting in a long-term partnership with an extensive list of valuable clients. I believe the two businesses complement each other extremely well, and Sandgate is a welcomed addition to our branch. The entire Brisbane Team is motivated in merging our businesses successfully and making sure all our staff and customers remain a priority.

Why Employees Leave Their Jobs (and what you can do to make them stay)

Losing a good employee is never easy but knowing why people resign can help you recognise when an employee is disengaged, giving you the opportunity to address the issue. 

The top 3 reasons employees leave their jobs
There are several reasons why employees choose to resign, and these can be divided into factors that are internal (within a business’s control), and those that are external (outside of company control). SEEK research uncovered three main internal factors that drive people to leave:
  1. Work conditions / working environment – 41%
  2. Organisational changes / restructure – 35%
  3. Management / leadership in the business – 32%
In terms of factors within an organisation’s control, SEEK research found that salary and compensation (57%) were internal factors that influenced people to stay in their jobs, followed by flexible hours (38%) and work conditions / environment (30%).

Read more here.

Space Mice: NASA's Rodent Astronauts

NASA has sent mice to the ISS to learn more about the effects of microgravity and how humans would fare on long space trips like voyages to Mars. This most recent experiment is far from the first rodent space mission.

The International Space Station (ISS) has seen many interesting experiments. From growing lettuce in space to studying twins (one in space and one on Earth) to compare the different developments their bodies went through.

One study carried out by NASA doesn't involve human subjects, but animal ones: the researchers sent mice up to the ISS to see how organisms react to microgravity.

"Since the environment of space alters multiple, interacting biological systems — including bones, muscles, the heart, blood flow, and the immune system – sometimes it is better to study everything at once in the entire organism," NASA states on their "rodent research" site. "This can be achieved by working with research model organisms, such as mice and other rodents."

While it might not seem like it at first glance, humans and mice actually have quite a lot in common, which makes the little rodents perfect guinea pigs, so to speak. Another plus is mice's faster development, so effects of microgravity can be studied on a shorter timescale.

Click here to read more.

Notice of AEPMA Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting and Special General Meeting of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association is to be held at 2/247 Ingles Street Port Melbourne, on Thursday 20th June, 2019 at 9:00am AEST

For further information, including the Agenda and Proxy form (for members only), please visit the AEPMA website.

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  • NSW/ACT State Council Meeting - 13 May 2019
  • QLD Branch Meeting - 12 June 2019 
  • AEPMA Annual General Meeting - 20 June 2019
  • SAVE THE DATE! Rapid Solutions Conference (RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast) – 8-11 August 2019
  • FAOPMA Pest Summit 2019 (Daejeon, Korea) – 24-27 September 2019 

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