As July comes to a close I’m excited to report that we’ve just completed another successful summer conference series. Two weeks ago, myself and the NPMA team traveled down to Palm Beach, FL for our annual Academy meeting. This event, the brainchild of the Leadership Development Group (LDG), brought together 200 emerging leaders in our industry for a week of topics focused on how to work on your business (not just in it)! The program culminated with the Academy Olympics, which provided a fun forum for attendees to network and build long lasting relationships with their peers to share in ideas and successes over the next 365 days and beyond.
Following the Academy, I had the opportunity to travel down to North Carolina to attend the Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference. This meeting brings together pest professionals from across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia. Ahead of the official start, I joined the South Carolina Pest Control Association for their Board of Directors meeting and then sat in on the North Carolina General Membership Meeting as they inducted their new executive Committee and Board for the 2018-2019 membership year. I also had the opportunity to spend time with NPMA Past President Billy Tesh, NCPMA Past President Steve Taylor and several other industry colleagues throughout the conference and during the exhibit hall time.
This week I’ll be traveling with NPMA President Dennis Jenkins, as we join leaders of the Canadian Pest Management Association for two days of meetings in Toronto, to discuss the future of our industry and how to best position our associations for success and growth.
Finally, as we begin to make final arrangements for PestWorld Orlando, taking place October 23-26, I’d like to thank all of our members for your tremendous work in protecting public health and property this summer. From keeping homes safe from termites to controlling mosquitoes in backyards, I can confidently say the services we provide both during the busy season and throughout the whole year are instrumental in allowing our customers to have peace of mind when enjoying family vacations, summer camps and outdoor BBQs. I wish you a productive next couple of months and look forward to seeing everyone soon in Orlando.
Dominique Stumpf, CMP, CAE
NPMA Chief Executive Officer
Join us for the 2018 Global Bed Bug Summit, sponsored by BedBug Central, on November 27-29 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The conference will feature a mixture of in-depth management sessions and technical courses highlighting the latest research in the pest management industry. The Global Bed Bug Summit is designed to provide you with the information you need from a technical, business, and customer-oriented perspective so that you can not only eliminate the bed bug problem, but also create an environment of trust between you and your customer. Click here for more details and registration.
The Associate Certified Entomologist application has moved from a PDF to an online form. The launch of the online application culminates several years of work and streamlines the process for anyone considering attaining the certification. While paper applications will continue to be accepted, applicants are encouraged to use the online form. More detailed instructions can be found here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Young Entrepreneur Award presented by Rentokil-Steritech. This award recognizes young entrepreneurs (40 years of age or less) working in the professional pest management industry who have helped create or develop an industry business and/or those who have stewarded a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Click here for more information and to nominate a candidate. All nominations must be received by August 29.
Women of Excellence Award sponsored by Target Specialty Products. This award is open to women across the pest management industry who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession, their business, and other women in the industry. Click here for more information and to nominate a candidate. All nominations must be received by August 31.
Find your next employees on the NPMA Career Center, an online job posting board providing pest management companies with a targeted approach to promote their talent needs. Whether you have a job to fill or are seeking employment, NPMA’s Career Center can support you! Click here to post a job today!
Q: I have had a hard time getting control of German cockroaches in a new account. I have tried bait, but they don’t seem to be eating it. Could the cockroaches be bait-averse?
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
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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.
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
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators is pleased to announce a series of internal promotions to the company’s Executive Committee.
Plunkett’s Pest Control, Inc., recently announced their acquisition of Bugeaters Pest Control, based in Lincoln, NE and L&S Termite and Pest Control, based in Columbus, OH.
Pest control company Orkin recently released its Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list, compiled with data of the places where Orkin performed the most treatments for bed bugs from December of 2016 to November of 2017.
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