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By Gary D. Curl and Rich Kalik, Specialty Consultants LLC

The United States structural pest control industry is comprised of more than 20,000 pest control firms. An increase in insect pest and rodent pressure, and expanded service offerings for public health pests like mosquitoes, appear to have aided the professional pest control industry again this past year. The professional pest control industry generated an estimated $8.597 billion in total service revenue in 2017, a 5.2 percent increase from the $8.175 billion measured in 2016, according to the latest report A Strategic Analysis of the U.S. Structural Pest Control Industry from Specialty Consultants, LLC.

The amount of service revenue generated from controlling bed bugs surpassed the revenue generated from controlling spiders for the first time this past year. Nationwide, service revenue derived from controlling bed bugs increased to $644.7 million. “We estimate 1,046,440 bed bug jobs were completed in the U.S. this past year. This is an 15.3 percent increase from the estimated 907,875 jobs completed in 2016,” said Gary Curl, Founder and President. Six of ten (59.9%) respondents named bed bugs as the pest needing a better solution to control, followed by ants, which were named by more than one-quarter (27.6 %) of the respondents.

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.

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Deadline: April 30

The Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) needs your help choosing a charity for this year’s annual 5k Fun Run/Walk at PestWorld 2018. Click here and enter your favorite charity by April 30 for a chance to receive the proceeds.


Q: I recently found dozens of tiny (what I believe to be) wasps in an interior wall near a window in a residence.  What could these be and why did so many of them appear at once when I’ve never encountered them before?

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Pest Pic of the Week


Worker Size Variation in the Florida Carpenter Ant

 As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of 
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New Members

Above and Beyond Pest Control of Lake Worth, FL
Absolute Pest Management of Farmington, NM
Aspen Pest Control, Inc. of Happy Valley, OR
Barber's Termite and Pest of Tallahassee, FL
Buds Pest Control of Washington, DC
Bud's Pest Control of Palm Coast, FL
East Coast Sprayers of Boca Raton, FL
Elite Pest Solutions Inc. of Peabody, MA
Evolve, LLC of Charlotte, NC
K9 P.I., Inc. of Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Mosquito Joe of the First Coast of Jacksonville, FL
NOT1BUG of Lithia, FL
Panhandle Pestmaster Services of Tallahassee, FL
Pine Island Pest Control of Pineland, FL
Urban Pest Control Services, LLC of Allston, MA

Spearhead Pest Control of Venture, CA
Total Extermination LLC of Englewood, NJ
Truly Nolen Pest Control of Canal Winchester, OH
Zip Zap Termite & Pest Control of Liberty, MO

Total Extermination LLC of Englewood, NJ

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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

Pi Chi Omega gratefully announces the generous contribution of $6,590 by Copesan Services, Inc. to the Dr. Austin Frishman Scholarship Fund on March 19, 2018, bringing this fund to over $29,000. The contribution was made at NPMA's Legislative Day.

Levi Brody and Brody Brothers Pest Control, Inc. were recently certified as an Associate Entomologist by the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation.

Four extraordinary students have been selected as recipients of a total of $9,000 in scholarships from Pi Chi Omega – the national fraternity for pest control professionals. 

Jay Gunter Besheer, President of Gunter Pest and Lawn located in Kansas City, started working for his grandfather’s pest control company when he was only 13, and is now nearing his 50th year with the company. 

Weekly Headlines

Entomology Today
In 2017, researchers discovered that the oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) had developed resistance to the insecticide trichlorphon thanks to a species of symbiotic bacteria, Citrobacter freundii, in its gut that helps the fly degrade the chemical.

The mice living near us may carry genes that contribute to the looming threat of superbugs.

WSU Insider
Since mid-March, Washington State University researchers have been scrambling to keep up with a surge of inquiries from concerned property owners about stink bugs.

Children infected with malaria produce a smell which attracts mosquitoes, according to a new study. 

CBS New York
Researchers want to know if treating entire neighborhoods will mean fewer cases of Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses.

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Harvard Business Review
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Bed bugs have been found in a sitting area at the Kansas City International Airport in Missouri.

State experts have already begun testing ticks in Connecticut as we move into warmer weather.

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  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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