On March 18-20, hundreds of pest management professionals will climb Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress – providing opportunities to promote the pest management industry and advocate for issues important to us.
There are significant battles emerging, in particular with preemption laws in several states and the revisions to the 2018 Farm Bill. Any changes to existing legislative and regulations have the possibility to significantly impact your pest management business. And we must ensure that lawmakers know us, hear us, and respond to us. Click here to register online and join us on Capitol Hill!
Start your new year off right by downloading NPMA’s Mobile Field Guide for only $4.99 before the introductory price expires on January 31! After that, the price will increase to $8.99.
The NPMA Mobile Field Guide is the most advanced pest management tool available on a smartphone or tablet, and is available on both android and iOS devices. This powerful tool gives you access to up-to-date information and high-resolution images for over 200 different structural pests. In addition, you can submit questions and images directly to NPMA experts for assistance, create individual notes, take photos, reference the glossary or browse saved files.
Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase this essential pest management tool before the $4.99 introductory price expires January 31. Download today!
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Agrim Pest Control of East Elmhurst, NY
Anderson Pest Control of Tampa, FL
Brick City Pest Control of Ocala, FL
Bugs By Brian of Melbourne Beach, FL
City of Albuquerque Solid Waste of Albuquerque, NM
Command Pest Control, Inc. of Pompano Beach, FL
Cragoe Pest Services Inc. of Moorpark, CA
Dave's Pest Control of Port Orange, FL
Deen Pest Control of East Elmhurst, NY
Drake Termite & Pest Control of Winter Park, FL
Heat Elite LLC of Tamaqua, PA
HP Pest Solutions of Glenarden, MD
Insecta Exterminating of Jacksonville, FL
Integrity Turf Solutions, LLC of Spring Hill, FL
Nextgen Pest Solutions of Tampa, FL
Nicomite Termite Control, Inc. of Monrovia, CA
Paladin Pest Control of Colorado Springs, CO
Paske Pest Control & Wildlife Solutions of Saint Louis, MO
Salt City Pest Elimination of Cicero, NY
Tri State Pest Control Service of Aberdeen, NJ
Are past due accounts bugging your business? Has the economy put you in the unfortunate position of "bill collector" instead of service provider? As a benefit of membership, NPMA Members have access to discounted collection services from A.R.M. Solutions.
For over a decade, A.R.M. Solutions has delivered cost effective and diplomatic programs to maximize recovery rates, retain valued customers, and lower the overall cost of collecting on past due accounts. Click here for more information about this member benefit.
The Southern Conference is just around the corner! To reserve your room at the Hilton Memphis, please call (901) 684-6664 by January 19, and mention “National Pest Management” to receive the group rate of $139 per night. After January 19, rooms and rates are subject to change.
Submit your speaker recommendations by Friday, January 19.
NPMA is seeking your assistance to help identify the most innovative and exciting speakers for PestWorld 2018. This year's event will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL on October 23-26.
Please submit your speaker suggestions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to provide multiple speaker names and topics. NPMA welcomes both technical and business-related sessions, click here for some suggestions. Thank you for your help and we will see you in Orlando!
The 2018 legislative year is underway, and legislation that threatens the industry continues to multiply in state legislatures. The NPMA Public Policy team has analyzed over 1,000 pieces of legislation this week, and we’ve never been more ready for the challenges that lie ahead. The structural pest management industry has positioned itself well because we have an army of State Policy Affairs Representatives (SPARs) and Vice-SPARs who are already advocating on behalf of the industry in state capitols across the country. NPMA SPARs understand those who are involved in politics the least, lose the most. Their steadfast dedication to the industry and eagerness to engage lawmakers is arguably the industry’s greatest public policy weapon. Stay tuned and don’t be afraid to engage your SPAR and Vice-SPAR to find out what is happening in your state capitol.
NPMA and the sulfuryl fluoride registrants met last week with EPA staff to discuss registrant stewardship opportunities. Last year, the NPMA Fumigation Committee identified a set of critical elements for registrant stewardship and training to EPA to help inform their response to the 2016 Office of Inspector General (OIG) report entitled, “Additional Measures Can Be Taken to Prevent Deaths and Serious Injuries From Residential Fumigations.” EPA responded to NPMA’s initial suggestions with comments and questions. At that time, NPMA decided that registrants should be included in discussions with industry and EPA regarding potential changes to their stewardship programs, resulting in the meeting held this week. NPMA and the registrants are continuing to work together to settle on a stewardship training model that makes good sense, is not duplicative, and achieves the goal of fumigant stewardship. NPMA will continue to work closely with EPA and registrants throughout the registration review process which is expected to wrap up in 2019 or 2020.
Last week, NPMA attended a meeting of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), of which NPMA is a member. The CDW is composed of hundreds of organizations representing millions of businesses that employ tens of millions of workers nationwide in nearly every industry. CDW members are joined by their mutual concern over actions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which threaten entrepreneurs, other employers, employees and economic growth. During the meeting the CDW discussed the December decision by the NLRB to overturn the onerous “joint-employer” standard decided in Browning-Ferris, by the NLRB, under the Obama Administration. This is a positive development by the NLRB under a Republican administration and a 3 – 2 Republican control.
The Republican majority was unfortunately short-lived as NLRB Chairman Phil Miscimarra (R) was forced to step down under term limitations. The Trump administration is moving closer to replacing Miscimarra. Miscimarra was at the CDW meeting this week and provided valuable insight into recent decisions while he was still the NLRB Chairman, and also forecasted NLRB activity with a Republican majority.
CDW and NPMA, while pleased with the new direction of the NLRB, are still advocating for legislative fixes to the joint employer standard and will look for opportunities to move H.R. 3441, the “Save Local Businesses Act” in 2018.
Scientists from the University of Oslo modeled the three transmission routes for the disease, and model outcomes suggest the spread of the plague was mainly attributable to human fleas and body lice.
The spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect, was found for the first time in New York State on Nov. 29, 2017.
The New York Times
The “bomb cyclone” – the cold spell that froze much of the United States – didn’t affect bugs.
New York Daily News
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has hired a dog to sniff out moths, termites, beetles and other bugs that can maul masterpieces.
Here are some tips for upping your productivity and getting back in the work game.
Harvard Business Review
You can build a truer confidence by more intentionally focusing on cultivating many different parts of your leadership voice each day.
The Grossman Group
Recognition can be a powerful tool – by specifically communicating a job well done, you can motivate employees and enhance team performance.
Let’s Grow Leaders
When your people can’t unify in pursuit of a common, clearly established goal, remember to clarify results, and also relationships.
The best leaders understand the not-so-subtle difference between leading and managing.
Entomologists from Penn State have developed a revolutionary bed bug prevention concoction.
Here’s a look at five pests and how they’ve evolved to withstand whatever Mother Nature may throw at them this winter.
Washington is wielding its newest weapon in its never-ending war on rats: dry ice.