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NPMA members met with their elected officials today on Capitol Hill to convey the following critical issues concerning the structural pest management industry.  

Bring Clarity to the FIFRA/ESA Intersection, Fix the Broken Pesticide Consultation Process

Pesticides, NPDES Permits and Waters of the United States

Relationship Between EPA and State Lead Agencies Regarding Pesticide Regulation

NPMA would like to thank everyone who participated in Legislative Day 2018. In-person visits have the most impact on a Senator or Representative who is undecided on an issue, and with your help we were able to make a difference in our industry today. If you were unable to join us for Legislative Day this year, you can still participate in our efforts by sending a letter to your legislators communicating your concerns. Click here to find your legislators and take action. We hope to see you on Capitol Hill for Legislative Day 2019, February 24-26. 


Friday, March 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Presented by Vic Charles, VP Human Resources, Franchise Services Group & Diversity & Inclusion, Terminix


How can you ensure your business promotes a sense of equality for everyone? In this webinar, Vic Charles will cover the fundamentals of unconscious bias and how it can impact your bottom line. Attendees will learn how to identify the different types of bias, how to prevent it, and will leave with a better understanding of how unconscious bias can truly affect your business and employee engagement.

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NPMA is pleased to provide the pest management industry with valuable resources on implementing safety in the workplace. Check out the NPMA OSHA toolbox for information on ladder safety including an example ladder safety program that can be downloaded and tailored to fit your individual company needs. Additionally, NPMA has three short safety videos available on ladder inspections, ladder setup, and how to properly use a ladder. Share safety information throughout your company and social media outlets using the hashtag #NPMASafe.

Submission Deadline: April 1

Each year, NPMA works diligently to identify and recruit members to serve on our association’s standing committees. In an effort to foster fresh ideas and allow all NPMA members to share their expertise, we are calling on you to nominate yourself or an industry colleague to serve on an NPMA committee during the 2018-2019 membership year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Your involvement and leadership will help us chart a successful future for the association and the industry.  Please take a moment to view the list of standing NPMA committees and complete an application.

The majority of NPMA committees meet face-to-face three times per year in conjunction with NPMA's Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., NPMA Academy and PestWorld. Committee Conference calls are scheduled as needed but don’t typically exceed once per month.

Please note: Committee appointments are for a 2 year term. We ask that all committee members attend at least two thirds of face-to-face meetings and teleconferences per year. Additionally, the incoming NPMA President makes final appointments of individuals to all NPMA committees.

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Q: I have a potential customer with a solid oak living room floor and it appears to have a powderpost beetle infestation. How can I tell if it is active and can I perform a topical treatment or do I have to ask them to strip the flooring?

A: It sounds like the floor has an infestation of Lyctid or Anobiid powderpost beetles. Lyctines prefer hardwoods while Anobiids will infest hardwoods or soft woods. The emergence holes look similar and if the frass and hole walls are light colored, that usually means that the wood particles have not oxidized into a darker color and thus would be considered fresh or active. You rarely see the actual insect. Pay careful attention, for if the holes appear to have any cross sections of galleries, that means that the damage was done by an insect prior to milling and then is not a concern. Some states do require determining if the infestation is active if this is a real estate transaction. If there is question or hesitance on the part of the homeowner, you can photo or mark the holes and return later in the season to see if there are new holes.

If you do decide to treat, most insecticides must penetrate the wood so the polyurethane must be removed for optimal effectiveness. Check the label and manufacturer’s information for more information on how to use specific products.

Pest Pic of the Week


Blacklegged Female Tick

 As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of 
pest images at for use by NPMA members.

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New Members

Andrade Premium Pest Control of Fresno, CA
Eastern Pine, Inc. of Lynnfield , MA
Eco Friends, LLC of Fairfield, CT
Eudaimonia Pest Control of East Elmhurst, NY
Evolve Pest Control of Bunkerville, NV
Lahara Pest Termite & Wildlife Services, LLC of Clifton, NJ
MNR Pest Solutions, Inc. of Poughkeepsie, NY
Mr. Pest Control of Shelby, NC
South Shore IPM of East Weymouth, MA
Texas Bug Team of Little Elm, TX
The Bug Man, Inc. of Des Moines, IA
The Pest Authority of Knoxville, TN
TL Jump, Inc. dba Four Seasons Pest Control of Chesapeake, VA

Member Benefit Highlight

Do you want to offer health coverage for your employees but can’t afford to? A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is a perfect alternative! An HRA offers small employers, 50 employee lives or less, an innovative and cost-effective way to provide benefits to employees and their families. Learn more how through the NPMA Exchange.

Offering a small employer HRA to employees allows them to use account dollars to pay their individual healthcare premiums and to reimburse any out-of-pocket cost they or their dependents may incur. In 2018 you, as an employer, can contribute up to $5,050 for an individual and $10,250 for a family. For employees to be eligible, they must have completed 90 days of service, be full-time employees over the age of 25, and residents of the U.S. Participating employees must maintain minimum essential health coverage to realize the tax advantage of the HRA, or the funds could be included as taxable income during any lapse in coverage. HRA funding amounts are reported on W-2s, and a Form 1095B is required.

For employers with over 50 lives, an HRA benefit is also a viable option and there are no contribution limitations.

With an HRA benefit, the employer is not allowed to offer any other type of health coverage such as dental or vision. Voluntary products such as those offered through Transamerica for NPMA members are still available options.

For more information, please contact JerriLynn Cobb at

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NPMA Education and Events

Monday, June 4, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Preparing for the Unexpected: A Lesson Learned from the Tropical Bed Bug
Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., Staff Entomologist, National Pest Management Association

Monday, September 10, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Understanding the Disease Potential of Urban Rodents
Matt Frye, Ph.D., Community IPM Extension Area Educator, Cornell University

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Advanced Control Techniques for Domestic and Peridomestic Cockroaches
Chad Gore, Entomologist/Market Technical Director, Rentokil North America

Members Make Headlines

BedBug Central’s Bed Bug Activity Survey May Indicate an Early Start to Bed Bug Season

Despite the traditional seasonal slowdown in bed bug activity for some regions, BedBug Central’s January Bed Bug Activity Survey may indicate an early start to the season for some of the country.

Laura Simpson, President of Dugas Pest Control, has been named President of LIPCA, Inc. and Louisiana Pest Control Insurance, a Louisiana-based pest/lawn control insurance group that provides insurance to thousands of pest/lawn control companies throughout the United States since 1985.

The Northwest team came together on March 8th and 9th to support the “From Hope to Hunger” initiative with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)! Northwest packed over 3,000 meals, which will be provided to children across the world to help combat hunger.

Weekly Headlines

Colorado Public Radio
The Western Governors' Association released a compilation of 50 pests, ranging from weeds and wild boars to insects and amphibians. Others may be surprises, including feral cats.

Seattle Magazine
Seattle’s hyper construction is causing more than traffic issues.

The Olympian
Washington State University researchers say brown marmorated stink bugs are starting to show up in Western Washington. The invasive species has caused millions of dollars in damage to crops in Mid-Atlantic states.

ABC 15
Scorpions are on the move around this time of year. Pest control companies are now getting more calls to fight the pests.

Fox 29
It’s almost spring time 2018, and even though the weather is not very warm yet, ticks are already a problem for many people.

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Insead Knowledge
The four essential roles of a CEO are envisioning; nominating; enabling and managing crisis.

Harvard Business Review
High-performing organizations might have something distinctive going on in their leadership behaviors, and not just their marketplace offerings.

What your team members would tell you if you just stopped talking.

Every penny counts when you are running a small business. Minimizing taxes may be the difference between a profitable business and one that is just scraping by.

The Globe and Mail
It’s important for leaders to recognize the signs and act decisively to break the cycle.

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A beetle known to be one of the world's most destructive pests of grain products and seeds made its way to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
City Council lawmakers are considering a group of bills aimed at stopping New Yorkers from setting out a smorgasboard for the city's rodent residents.

Calendar of Events
  Date Event Location
  June 4-6, 2018  Global Summit of Pest Management Services Portugal
  July 18-20, 2018  Academy Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  July 26-28, 2018 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference Wrightsville Beach, NC
  October 23-26, 2018  PestWorld Orlando, FL



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