The National Pest Management Association Continues to Build its Leadership Team with the appointment of Rachel Dittman to Director of Marketing and Communications and Kelly Harris to Director of Membership
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is pleased to announce that Rachel Dittman, current NPMA marketing manager has been promoted to Director of Marketing and Communications and Kelly Harris, Director of Membership will now oversee all membership initiatives and activities.
“In an effort to better serve the membership and take advantage of NPMA’s staff assets, we are very pleased to be able to ‘promote from within’,” said Dominique Stumpf, chief executive officer for NPMA. “Serving the industry is of the utmost importance to NPMA, and we are fortunate to have passionate and talented team members who will lead our marketing, communications and membership teams.”
April is National Pest Management Month, and once again the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the consumer marketing and public outreach arm of NPMA, has partnered with renowned home improvement expert, Bob Vila, to promote the importance of proactively protecting homes from pests.
Bob Vila hit the airwaves today for a satellite media tour with over 30 interviews across the country, including a live Facebook interview with Fox Business, offering advice to homeowners on ways they can prepare their homes to defend against spring and summer pests such as termites, stinging insects, mosquitoes, ants and more!
Industry members can join in the month-long celebration by devoting their social media pages to National Pest Management Month and using the hashtag #NPMM in all posts and interactions on social properties including Facebook and Twitter.
NPMA recently released its bi-annual Bug BarometerTM, an indicator of the pest pressure and activity that Americans can expect to see in their respective regions of the country based on weather patterns and long-term predictions, as well as pest biological behaviors. According to the group’s team of entomologists, pest activity will generally be in full force thanks in large part to both leftover moisture and mild conditions in various parts of the country.
“This year’s La Niña brought unusual moisture, sleet and snow to southern areas that are typically much warmer and drier this time of year, while conversely, areas like the Northwest that are usually colder in the winter had much milder weather,” said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D. “Residual moisture is a prime attraction for pests, especially home-damaging termites and mosquitoes known for transmitting disease, and conditions are ideal for when these pests typically flourish in the springtime.”
Meanwhile, areas that experienced drier, hotter conditions than normal have paved the way for other pests. “Tick populations will continue to boom with the onset of even warmer weather ahead,” said Fredericks.
Based on this analysis, the NPMA’s Bug BarometerTM is forecasting a busy spring and summer for pests.
A tiny wasp native to the Southeastern US has recently been identified in a home, stinging the resident – a first record of this species being a nuisance indoors in the US. The wasp, Sclerodermus macrogaster, are tiny wasps no longer than 5mm and are rarely found indoors. However, there have been instances of closely related species coming indoors and stinging people in Italy. The rare occurrence of these wasps indoors in the US is probably due to air conditioning and window screens commonly found in residential settings excluding the wasps. For more information, click here.
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As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Essential Pest Management of Albuquerque, NM
Integrity Pest Management of Bellevue, MI
RamVacBags.com of Johns Creek, GA
Smart Pest Solutions, LLC of Tempe, AZ
The British Rat Trap Company LLC of Syracuse, NY
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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
Uniting the Globe to Protect Health Through Technology, Innovation and Public/Private Partnerships in Professional Pest Management
The third 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 June 4-6, 2018 at the Hotel Cascais Miragem in Portugal. 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 to view the full program and register online.
Brody Brothers Pest Control, Inc. is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.
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