Ashley Amidon joined the NPMA team last week as the VP of Public Policy. She comes from the Stone Sand and Gravel Association where she handled environmental policy with an emphasis on water and endangered species act issues. A native of Northern Virginia, she has a B.A. from George Mason University in History and International Affairs and an M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Hull in the U.K. Prior to NSSGA, she worked at the International Wood Products Association and was a fundraiser for multiple members of Congress.
Join us at the 2018 Global Bed Bug Summit and hear from Dini Miller, a world leading expert on bed bugs. This session will provide the biggest breakthroughs that happened in bed bug research over the last couple of years and provide you with valuable, new information that you can use in your bed bug program. Click here for more information and to register.
NPMA’s newest online training course, Using Pyrethroids Responsibly for Effective Pest Management, is now available in the NPMA Online Learning Center and is approved for credit in most states! This 1-hour course was designed in collaboration with the Pyrethroid Working Group to train PMPs on the responsible application of pyrethroid insecticides to promote effective pest management while mitigating the risk of non-target exposure.
Q: I have been servicing a home in West Hollywood, California, and have been having an issue with ants underneath the front steps for months. The sprinklers have been heavily watering the outside lawn, and the ants seem to be in areas with a lot of water. Any advice on this ant issue?
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Advanced Tree & Shrub Care, Inc. of Fairview, TX
A-Pest-Pro, Inc. of Arlington, TX
At Home Pest Solutions of Mesquite, TX
Blue Beetle Termite & Pest Management of Kansas City, MO
Buckaroo Pest Protection of McKinney, TX
Commercial Property Maintenance, Inc. of Albuquerque, NM
Contractor Nation's School of Entrepreneurship of Seymour, CT
EntoSmart Pest Control Services, LLC of The Woodlands, TX
Fumigadora La Ceiba of Guatemala
Gayle Pest & Termite of Fort Worth, TX
Gibson Pest Control, Inc. of Skyland, NC
Greenforce Pest Solutions of Houston, TX
Gruene Pest Management, LLC of San Antonio, TX
Kalson Pest Control, LLC of Kingwood, TX
Mosquito Authority of Austin TX
Oak Hills Pest Control, Inc. of Boerne, TX
PPG Pest Control, LLC of Santa Fe, NM
Pro Defense Pest Control of San Antonio, TX
PT. Etos Suryanusa of Indonesia
R. B. Pest Solutions of Chicago, IL
NPMA offers our members so much more than just medical coverage when it comes to benefits! It’s true that there is a level funded medical plan offering for 3 or more individuals that you can take advantage of through National General Benefits, but there is also dental and vision coverage available through Metlife. NPMA Members can take advantage of the Transamerica products such as guaranteed issue life insurance for members and family members, disability coverage, cancer care, hospital indemnity, and accident coverage. We can help you with health reimbursement accounts, flexible spending accounts, and health savings accounts. Additionally, there is a free phone application that members can download onto their smart phones and start taking advantage of prescription discounts through Myrxmedsaver. NPMA is constantly working to improve the benefits and services available to its members. If you have any questions, please reach out to JerriLynn Cobb at email@example.com for more information.
Last week, NPMA staff attended the first public meeting of the House and Senate conference committee on the Farm Bill. Composed of 56 members, including nine Senators and 47 Representatives, this group is responsible for working out the significant differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation. Opening statements provide a chance for members to outline their priorities; mention in an opening statement is a good indicator of what individual members are willing to fight hard for. Rep Davis (R-IL-13) spoke on the importance of “provisions which offer regulatory relief for my farmers. These provisions include my bill to extend the authorization for pesticide registrations, language to reduce duplicative permit requirements, and language to clarify the role of state agencies in pesticide regulation.” Rep Yoho (R-FL-3) echoed the importance of ensuring a “scientific basis for regulation of pesticides when used on farms or in homes.” Unfortunately, several members, including Rep. Grijalva (D-AZ-3) noted their opposition to anything pesticide related, ensuring that this discussion will be incredibly partisan. Also mentioned by multiple Republican members was the need to repeal the 2015 WOTUS Rule to allow EPA time to put forward a new rule.
Advance the Pest Management Industry for Future Generations! Pass Along to a Friend!
Right now, 47 House and 9 Senate Conferees are negotiating the final version of the Farm Bill. As you know, the Farm Bill is the vehicle in which our industry has the opportunity to amend FIFRA, the law that governs pesticide use. Unlike any other point in recent history, this Farm Bill includes proactive language to advance the ability of pest management professionals to defend public health and property from unwanted pests. It is imperative that you make your voice heard to the Farm Bill conferees, so we can bolster the pest management industry for generations to come. Let's do this and secure regulatory reform language in the final version!
Click here to send a message to your elected officials, and please pass on to colleagues and friends of the pest management industry.
The National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) is holding a wildlife control operator training event in Minneapolis, MN, September 21 - 24, 2018 that will include three training events.
Are you looking to receive a General Use Permit? Attend a General Use Pesticide Training session in New Hampshire this September or October. This educational program is designed to provide training so that pesticide applicators may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam.
The nation’s premiere pest management fraternity has revealed it’s new, user-friendly website.
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators is pleased to announce the conclusion of another successful year of educating the next generation on the pest control industry through our summer internship program.
New York Post
Animal control officials have removed more than 100 snakes and more than 400 rodents from a San Antonio home following concerns about the animals’ living conditions.
The New Jersey Health Department says the season for disease spreading ticks may be even longer because of the warm weather. New Jersey ranks in the top five states for tick-borne illnesses.
The Washington Post
Thieves made off with nearly 7,000 other insects, spiders and lizards — more than 80 percent of the institution’s collection.
Some unexpected visitors have overstayed their welcome at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: rats.
The bugs become more noticeable in the fall, when they move from woods and farm fields to backyards, parks and other green space in search of food.
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“One of the Facebook policy changes decreased my income from Facebook by 60 percent, overnight. No explanation," said one small business owner.
A highly venomous spider is one of 7,000 living insects and arachnids stolen from the Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion on Aug. 22.
US News & World Report
A high school in Tennessee that officials say closed this month due to a pest infestation is set to reopen.