As a member of NPMA, you are encouraged to join us in Orlando on Thursday, October 25 from 8:00-8:30 a.m. for the NPMA Annual Membership Meeting during PestWorld 2018. At this meeting, a vote will take place to adopt proposed changes to the association by-laws. It is important, if you are able, to attend this meeting in person. However, if you are unable to attend, you are welcome to submit a proxy vote online or via mail. If you have any questions in regard to the by-laws, please contact the By-laws Staff Committee Liaison, Allie Allen at email@example.com.
Chris Alford, President of the Board of Directors and owner of St. Albans-based Alford Home Solutions announced last week the re-rebranding of the organization which serves the pest control industry in West Virginia. The Pest Control Operators Association of West Virginia will now be called the West Virginia Pest Management Association (WVPMA).
Join NPMA on Tuesday, October 23 to kick off PestWorld with some time on the links. The tournament will support NPMA's Issues Defense Fund. Click here to register.
The NPMA Issues Defense Fund is an investment to defend and advance the pest management industry in extraordinary circumstances through legislative, regulatory, and legal advocacy and action. This year alone we have spent over $50,000 on significant efforts to further much needed pesticide regulatory reforms on Capitol Hill and within the Executive Branch.
Q: My client emailed me photos of what appear to be insect bites on their legs. They believe the bites are from bed bugs, but I am not sure exactly what caused the bites. How should I proceed?
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
A Reliable Pest Control of San Jose, CA
A-Action Pest Control of Cynthiana, KY
CroppMetcalf Services of Fairfax, VA
Edge The Service Company of Orem, UT
Navy Entomology Center of Excellence of Gainesville, FL
Pest Catchers Pest Control of Antioch, CA
Placer Pest and Termite of Lincoln, CA
ProSource Pest Solutions of Wolcott, CT
Smith's GTS, Inc. of Santa Cruz, CA
Tri-State Exterminating Company of Wheeling, WV
Wingman Pest Control of Brighton, MI
Ecogran SRL de CV of Mexico
Pest Control Bahamas of Bahamas
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Starting a pest control company isn’t easy. It takes time, hard work, and the drive to turn a vision into a thriving business. But, once you’ve launched your start-up, where do you go from there? When is it time to start hiring? How far out should you be forecasting revenue and expenses? Is there a right and a wrong way to develop and implement a business plan? Take control of business’s growth and success with NPMA’s three-part virtual conference series: Working on Your Business, Not in It.
EPISODE 1: Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan - October 9th at 2:30 PM EST
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EPISODE 2: Bridging the Gap – Scheduled November 2018
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EPISODE 3: Learning to Let Go – Scheduled December 2018
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With Congress in session only a few more weeks, the possibility of a Farm Bill passing prior to midterm elections is increasingly unlikely. Nevertheless, NPMA continues to keep the pressure on members of Congress to not only pass the bill but to include NPMA priorities in the final version. NPMA has reached out to the office of the so called “Big 4”; these four members are the Chair and ranking member on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and they are currently working out an agreement on what will be included in the Farm Bill, as there are many differences between the House and Senate version. Senator Pat Robert (R-KS), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN-7) and Representative Michael Conaway (R-TX-11) all received a letter from NPMA clarifying the pesticide pre-emption issue, as a counter to incorrect press reports. NPMA also sent this letter and one from Minnesota NPMA members to those in the Minnesota delegation involved in farm bill negotiations.
NPMA continues to pressure Congress to pass a Farm Bill and to include provisions NPMA favors. Staff met with House Agriculture Committee staff and the offices of Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) to discuss our key issues. Additionally, NPMA supported a letter Representative Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7) sent to the Big 4, outlining the need for the pesticide preemption language, and specifically focusing on the West Nile Virus outbreak in Ohio.
Charles Clark, founder of Clark Pest Control, recently passed away surrounded by his family.
“Our industry has a noble purpose—we protect people’s health and property,” Misenheimer said. “We have a very disciplined approach to what we do, and that is a great match for someone transitioning out of the military.”
The Weather Channel
Scientists are worried the good bugs — native bees, ladybugs, mayflies, fireflies, and yes, even lovebugs — are less abundant than in summers past.
Flying insects are contaminating new environments by eating microplastics in polluted waters and carrying them through the air, a new study has found.
Young mosquitoes who eat even small pieces of plastic could be contaminating other insects and mammals, according to new research.
The mosquitoes, cicadas and katydids of summer may be gone, but here come the fall bugs, eyeing your home for a warm place to spend the cool days and raise a family.
Known to take down animals as large as birds, mantises have now been spotted fishing for the first time outside captivity.
One of the most important leadership skills you can develop is the capacity to objectively diagnose your counterproductive preferences and tendencies.
Hearing employee views on how you are doing is essential for eliminating mistakes, putting in place more effective behaviors and habits and learning new skills.
There is an incredible and immeasurable cost of important feedback never given.
Work does not only represent a means to earn money. Work means to have purpose, to do good and to contribute to society.
Try these seven simple habits (one habit per day for one week), some which can be done in just a few minutes.
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.
A woman in Paulding County, Ga., says dozens of venomous brown recluse spiders have invaded her home and she doesn’t know how to get rid of them.
Harvard Business Review
Many organizations view learning as something extra, something to fit in on top of the regular work. But to create a culture that encourages employee growth, managers need to make learning an expectation — not an option.