February 27, 2017- Houston, TX
March 1, 2017- West Palm Beach, FL
In light of the recent concern about Zika and other mosquito-borne disease issues, NPMA is hosting two one-day workshops focused on public health pest control, with an emphasis on the structural pest management industry’s role in controlling mosquitoes that transmit disease-causing pathogens. These dual track meetings will feature a lineup of industry experts, federal and state government officials and public health professionals. Mark your calendars and save the date for these meetings. More details on the program and registration links will be available soon.
Sponsorships are available.
Applications due by Friday, December 9
The Executive Leadership Program was created to find passionate, committed, and engaged individuals from all parts of the country who want to enhance NPMA and the membership experience while connecting with industry leaders.
During this program, ELP candidates will participate in a two-year planned curriculum that prepares them for association leadership.
NPMA will appoint PMPs from across the country to participate in the ELP. NPMA will fund your participation and travel to Academy and PestWorld, so that you can be part of our board meeting, share your experiences and take advantage of networking and learning activities.
For more information on the program and eligibility criteria, click here
Join us for the 2017 Eastern Conference
, to be held January 18-20 in Atlantic City, and the 2017 Southern Conference
, to be held February 7-8 in Memphis to earn valuable recertification credits in your state! The conferences will focus on respective regional issues and will feature a mix of in-depth management sessions and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry. Click here
for more details and registration.
QualityPro is the mark of excellence in pest management. Companies must earn and maintain the certification in order to use the logo and other marketing benefits. Each winter, 10% of QualityPro certified companies are randomly selected and notified of the audit. Following the notification, companies work with QualityPro to provide evidence that the standards are being met. "When I tell individuals from other industries that there is a certification they can use to hire a pest management company that has proven its professionalism, their first question is usually about how we maintain the integrity of the program. The annual audit is key to the strength of the QualityPro certification program. It assures consumers that the companies we have certified are meeting the standards," says Allison Allen, Director of Certification for QualityPro. Certified companies are encouraged to do a self-audit each year by reviewing the current standards and audit procedures at www.qualityprotools.org
. To learn more about the QualityPro standards, visit www.npmaqualitypro.org
National Fit Testing Service offers you an easy economical way to achieve OSHA compliance. At your convenience, National Fit Testing Service's technicians come to your site and perform Qualitative or Quantitative fit testing of your employees in accordance with OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134.
Help protect your valued employees health and well-being as well as comply with OSHA regulations, by scheduling your respirator fit testing and training session. Contact Linda Lane
for special NPMA member pricing today!
• AATJ Pest Control, Inc.
• Bugged Out Pest Management
• Endless Pest Solutions
• Johns Custom Pest Control
• Ron Jaworski Golf
• Squash Exterminating
• Summit City Pest Control dba The Bug Slayer Inc.
• Tojo Enterprises, LLC dba Tetonpest
• Dirks Pest Management Specialist LLC of Royersford, PA
• Ecologic Entomology LLC of Boston, MA
• Spence’s Pest Control Co. of Richmond, VA
• Spence’s Pest Control Co. of Richmond, VA
• Witt Pest Management of Pittsburgh, PA
Last Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published draft human health and ecological risk assessments
for the registration review of several pesticides important to the structural pest management industry. The chemicals with draft human health and ecological risk assessments now open for public comment are: aliphatic esters, cyclanilide, cymoxanil, d-phenothrin, dimethomorph, fenpropathrin, imiprothrin, kresoxim-methyl, linuron, metalaxyl and mefenoxam, MGK-264, momfluorothrin, phosmet, prallethrin, tau-fluvalinate, tefluthrin, and tetramethrin. In addition, the following chemicals with only draft ecological risk assessments now open for public comment are: bifenthrin, cyfluthrins (& beta), cypermethrin (alpha & zeta), cyphenothrin, deltamethrin, esfenvalerate, etofenprox, flumethrin, gamma-cyhalothrin, lambda- cyhalothrin, permethrin, and pyrethrins.
As directed by FIFRA section 3(g), EPA is reviewing the pesticide registration for these pesticides to ensure that that these chemicals can still be used without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. NPMA is in the process of reviewing this information in conjunction with the Pyrethroid Working Group (PWG) and the Pesticide Policy Coalition (PPC). NPMA will be asking for an extension to submit comments past the proposed January 30, 2017 deadline and will be submitting comments to defend the use of important products for the structural pest management industry.
NPMA recently participated in a legal roundtable at CropLife America (CLA). It has been a busy couple of months on the legal front for pesticides. Updates were provided on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) litigation and Endangered Species Act (ESA) litigation. Two significant pesticide victories were highlighted. First, the Ninth Circuit struck down a local ordinance in Hawaii that attempted to regulate pesticides. The court stated "Hawaii Pesticides Law comprehensively regulates pesticides and creates a clear inference of legislative intent to preempt local regulations of pesticides." This is significant because Hawaii does not have express preemption. Second, in Anderson et al. v. McCarthy et al a challenge brought by beekeepers and environmental activists against the EPA for not properly regulating treating seeds as pesticides rather than a protected article failed on procedural grounds. NPMA appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with CLA and industry allies on emerging legal issues.
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators is pleased to announce the merger and acquisition of Action Termite and Pest Control of Tennessee, a full-service company specializing in residential and commercial pest and termite control located in Morristown, Tennessee.
NPMA Past President, Bill Ives, recently passed away after a year of failing health. Our thoughts are with the Ives family as they mourn their loss. The visitation and funeral will be held later this week in Michigan.