The numbers are in! NPMA reports that 3,700 pest management professionals navigated over 125,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing the products and services of over 200 companies during PestWorld 2017, held October 24-27 in Baltimore, Md. – making it the largest PestWorld in NPMA’s history!
Proving itself once again as the premier platform to conduct domestic and international business in the pest management industry, exhibitors and attendees alike reported PestWorld 2017 to be “the most cost-effective and efficient way to do business, shop for new products and services, and stay on the cutting edge of industry technology.”
With expert-led educational sessions, attendees discovered the latest business trends and earned valuable recertification credits. Highlights this year included Technicians’ Day the NPMA Thought Leader Program; and educational tracks on online marketing, integrated pest management, public health, food safety and wildlife control.
Join us for a webinar TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 8, at 1pm ET to learn all about the NPMA Health Insurance Exchange!
The NPMA Health Insurance Exchange partners with reputable insurance providers to offer members cost-effective benefit options that make sense in an increasingly unpredictable marketplace.
With a focus on flexibility, our Exchange does away with "all-or-nothing" packages and empowers members to select specific benefit offerings that best fit the size and requirements of their business. The Exchange will activate during the 2018 open enrollment period and will be available to all NPMA members and their employees.
Click here to learn more.
NPMA and Pest Control Technology magazine want to provide you with information that will help you and your company succeed. That is why we have asked Readex Research, an independent research company, to help us collect information regarding employee recruitment and retention practices in the pest control industry.
To show our appreciation for your time you may choose to enter a drawing for a chance to receive one of three $100 Visa gift cards once you have completed the survey. In addition, the survey results will be shared with you in an upcoming issue of Pest Control Technology.
To complete the online survey, please visit the following website address: http://www.readexsurvey.net/npma/survey.asp?10052JMT
Please be assured your answers will be kept confidential and reported only in aggregate with others. Thank you for participating in this important study!
Donate $100 and join our starting defense!
Text NPMA to 243725 and donate to benefit NPMA’s Issues Defense Fund’s mission of defending and advancing the pest management industry in extraordinary circumstances through legislative, regulatory, and legal advocacy and action. Business, corporate, and personal credit cards are gladly accepted!
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Alliance Environmental Group, Inc.
Berry and Yates Pest Control
Clancy Brothers Pest Control
Cyclone Pest Management
Eagleshield Pest Control
Fitzhugh Termite & Pest Control, Inc.
Genuine Pest Control
HomeTeam Pest Defense
Jerry McGuire Pest Control, LLC
Pestex Termite and Pest Control
Quality Pest Control, Inc.
Three Rivers Mosquito and Vector Control
There is only one episode left in NPMA’s engaging virtual conference series: Hire Smart & Manage Easy, and seats are limited! For more information about this conference or to register for the final episode, see below.
On December 4th at 9:00am EST, Kurt Scherzinger of Scherzinger Pest Control, Ken Stieren of Arrow Exterminators, and Mark DeGeare of Forshaw Inc. join forces in the final episode, Keeping the Best, to share their formulas for successfully keeping employees of all generations engaged. Register now for this episode.
If you missed the first two episodes or wish to view them again, click here to view Episode One: Recruiting the Best and here to view Episode Two: Qualifying the Best.
NPMA staff spent a few days last week at EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs Headquarters in Crystal City to participate in the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC), a Federal Advisory Committee Tasked to advise EPA on pesticide issues. Topics for discussion ranged from agricultural herbicides to resistance management. Of particular interest were discussion on Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) Metrics, PPDC’s new Public Health Workgroup and the Certification and Training Rule.
The MP3 Metrics workgroup, on which NPMA staff has participated since its inception last fall presented its proposal to the full PPDC for consideration. The proposal outlined a method through which EPA could identify if the plans developed by states were achieving their desired effect increasing communication and understanding between the various stakeholders involved in pollinator protection. The PPDC approved of the proposal and encouraged EPA to adopt the plan.
NPMA staff was appointed to the PPDC Public Health Workgroup and participated in the first workgroup meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The group developed its mission to read: This Public Health Workgroup, formed under the auspices of the EPA Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC), will focus on policy, advice, information and recommendations regarding pest management methods that control public health pests. The workgroup will provide recommendations to the PPDC for consideration and sharing with the Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, the workgroup identified three major work areas: 1. Communication, 2. Development of a National Strategy for Emerging Public Health Threats and Natural/Manmade Disasters, and 3. Resistance Management.
EPA staff reported on the status of the Certification and Training Rule, which is currently delayed due to a request from state lead agencies that more time was needed to updated regulations and statutes pertaining to pesticide applicator certification. The rule is currently slated for implementation in May 2018, but is currently being challenged in court.
Last week NPMA signed onto a letter sent by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) urging Congress to pass the Save Local Business Act, H.R. 3441. H.R. 3441 would overturn the 2015 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision in Browning-Ferris Indus. of California, et al v. Sanitary Truck Drivers. (Browning-Ferris) to redefine the “joint employer” standard, greatly expanding liability for franchisees and subcontractors. The coalition pleads:
“The Board replaced the predictable and clear “direct and immediate control” standard for determining joint employer status with a vague test based on “indirect” and “potential” control over workers’ terms and conditions of employment. The decision has created immense uncertainty and undermined the relationships between a brand company and local franchise business owners, contractors and subcontractors, and businesses and their suppliers and vendors”
The Trump administration has subsequently nominated NLRB board members that would most likely overturn the 2015 ruling if given the opportunity, but that doesn’t necessarily fix the problem without Congressional action. NPMA will continue to work with the CDW to limit unnecessary joint liability for NPMA members and those that work with and for them.
For further information on the NLRB and the Browning-Ferris decision please click here for a summary drafted by NPMA in 2015.
Pi Chi Omega (PCO), the national fraternity for pest control professionals, awards $9,000 in scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in urban and industrial pest management. Currently, two of the four annual scholarships pay tribute to our early founders and industry leaders; the Founders Endowment Scholarship and the John Osmun Scholarship. PCO members, at their annual meeting on October 24th, voted to name a third scholarship - the Austin Frishman scholarship - to honor him for his vast contributions to the pest management industry.
NWCOA is presenting the NWCOA Certified Basic Wildlife Control Operators course in Connecticut on November 9th and 10th. This two-day certification course provides training to new and current WCOs that perform wildlife management services in or on residential and commercial properties. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, the WCO will become a NWCOA Certified Basic Wildlife Control Operator, receive a certificate of completion, and use of the logo. Walk-ins welcome, but pre-registration by noon on Wednesday, November 8th is greatly appreciated!
The cooler temperatures of autumn may not be a cause for celebration if you prefer lounging on the beach to cuddling by the fire, but at least they provide a reprieve from summer’s most pernicious irritant – bugs.
Thanks to this year’s heat waves and heavy rainfall, a lot of pests that usually go away come fall and winter will still be around looking for a home – your home.
The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s program will take a new approach by improving the collaboration between the Housing Authority, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Health.
The Florida Department of Health on Friday confirmed the state’s first case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted.
The newfound katydids are also among the biggest, bulkiest insects on Earth, a new study says.
The most successful pest control businesses have three things in common: They offer a smooth scheduling process, friendly, knowledgeable and thorough technicians, and effective products that get results.
As a leader, do you ever feel like your habits automatically engage to turn a new experience into an old pattern of response? If so, you might consider using a surprising approach to personal and professional development: learning from experience.
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Strategy execution is still a relatively new topic in business and leaders struggle how to do it. They face many execution challenges and the top one is communicating the strategy. If you understand the most common pitfalls in communication, hopefully you can avoid them.
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Rather than befriending employees, leaders must make their expectations clear, even when it is uncomfortable.
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Are we facing insect Armageddon? A recent study found that German nature reserves have seen a 75% reduction in flying insects over the last 27 years..
The Washington Post
What has six legs, two antennae, four furry appendages sprouting from its backside — and a big chunk of the Internet freaked out? The world's most viral and terrifying moth.
Within the last few years, doctors have discovered that bed bugs may also cause severe anemia, especially in certain high-risk groups.