In an effort to enhance our understanding of the pest management industry, NPMA and PCT Magazine have teamed up for the third year in a row to conduct an industry-wide survey of the structural pest control market. Made possible through the generous support of BASF, this survey gathered responses from 1,212 participants from across the country to gather opinions of pest management professionals in the United States and Canada regarding where the market is heading.
Conducted during the closing months of 2016, this 33-question survey was finalized with a ±2.6 percentage margin of error at the 95% confidence level. The executive summary exploring the survey results in depth has been published in the January 2017 issue of PCT
as the cover story, complete with analysis and interviews from industry experts. Additionally, NPMA has made available the complete 88 page report and full results free of charge to its member companies on our website
A special session conducted by Dan Moreland, publisher of PCT, will be hosted at the 2017 NPMA Legislative Day to present the results and offer analysis to those in attendance. Make sure to join us on Monday, March 13 from 8am – 9am to participate. Click here
for more details and to register for Legislative Day.
NPMA is pleased to announce several updates to the NPMA Field Guide App. Available for both iOS and Android devices, the Field Guide App, powered by eNex, offers users an easy way to access information on over 200 different structural pests, with high resolution photos and charts for confident identification.
The latest update of the NPMA Field Guide App includes three new pest entries: Asian Subterranean Termites, Conehead Termites, and Packrats/Woodrats. Additionally, the app features updated tick information and modernized taxonomic nomenclature for all species.
Users may download the app at the low rate of $4.99 via the App Store or Google Play Store by searching "NPMA Field Guide". Business owners may also set up business accounts with the App Store in order to make bulk purchases of the NPMA Mobile Field Guide app for their technicians.
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. Click here
for more details and registration.
Legislative Day Issues Update
February 22, 2:00 PM ET
Presented by the NPMA Public Policy Team
Work Smarter, Not Harder: The Importance of Initial Assessments in the Development of a Pest Management Strategy
March 22, 2:00 PM ET
Presented by Dr. Dini Miller, Department of Entomology, Virginia Polytechnic and State University
The second Global Summit of Pest Management Services for Public Health and Food Safety, presented by NPMA and the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA), will be held April 3-4, 2017 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Participants will address emerging issues and evaluate - with clients and other relevant stakeholders - which action steps are required to respond to these future needs. Click here
for more details and registration.
With almost 6,000 pest management professionals in its network, there’s almost certainly another NPMA member who’s faced the challenges you’re facing. Been there. Done that.
NPMA’s Mentor Match
program was designed to help you find those professionals and get great advice that will keep you sharp, current and (last but not least) ahead of the pack.
Check out a brief video on how to get started with Mentor Match!
Aspen Pest Control, Inc.
Pak Pansy Fumigation Services
The Halden Group
Western Pest Control
Alvin Pest Control of Alvin, TX
Earthwise Pest Management of Carmichael, CA
Last week, NPMA signed onto a letter that was sent to Senate Agriculture Committee Leadership endorsing Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture. President Donald Trump named Sonny Perdue as his choice to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on January 19, 2017. Sonny Perdue is the former Governor of Georgia with a background of growing up on a farm and being involved in several successful agribusinesses. We anticipate Sonny Perdue will be a strong advocate for agriculture and support sensible policies concerning pesticides.
While as an industry we work very closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency due to their statutory role in regulating pesticides, it is important to note that under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) USDA has an important role to play in consultation with the registration of pesticides. We anticipate this role to be highlighted in a Trump administration and look forward to working with a USDA led by Sonny Perdue. In addition to FIFRA issues, NPMA works closely with other departments within the USDA including the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) for import and export treatments and the Wildlife Services for nuisance wild life issues.
Sonny Perdue is expected to begin Senate confirmation hearings in mid to late February.
Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by a vote of 11-0 on party lines. Due to a Democratic boycott of the vote the Republicans suspended the rules governing a quorum (requiring two Democrats to be present) to approve Mr. Pruitt.
Mr. Pruitt is one of several Trump nominations that has been met with fierce opposition from Democrats and one of two nominees where rules were suspended to receive committee approval. Mr. Pruitt’s nomination will now be sent to the full Senate for a floor vote at a date not yet known. It appears Mr. Pruitt’s nomination is imminent with little signs of Republican defection with the 51 vote majority vote needed.
The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the consumer education and marketing arm of the National Pest Management Association, today announced that John Myers of Rentokil North America will join its board of directors. Michael Katz, most recently with Western Exterminator Co., a Rentokil company, is retiring.