National Pest Management Month, an annual observance recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events each April, highlights the professional pest control industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, property and food from the diseases and dangers posed by pests. And this year, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is calling attention to just how important pest control professionals are to our daily lives.
“Pest control professionals play a key role in today’s society, working year-round to protect our homes, families and businesses from the many threats associated with pests,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at NPMA. “While the tireless work these men and women perform should be recognized every day, National Pest Management Month is the perfect time of year to remind homeowners and business owners to be vigilant in pest-proofing their properties at the start of spring, and of the importance of working with a licensed pest control professional before an infestation gets out of hand.”
In an effort to best gauge what the biggest challenges and opportunities are in our industry, the NPMA M2M committee conducted a survey to evaluate what types of existing benefits are being utilized most and how members interact with the association via print and electronic newsletters and through the website at www.npmapestworld.org. Results of this survey demonstrated that:
- The industry’s biggest challenge is Employee Recruitment & Retention
- Most utilized member benefits:
- The preferred form of communication is via email, with ePestWorld being a popular source to receive industry news.
“The most important value of being a member of NPMA is the Networking. You are not alone in trying to run a pest control business. There are always resources available on nearly every topic. I have used NPMA as a resource for Technical Questions, Advertising Resources, Model Contracts, Human Resources, Training and more. I would not be able to do what I do without the support and resources of NPMA.”
-Mike Bullert, Big Time Pest Control
is now accepting applications from accredited companies looking to certify their mosquito and rodent services through the new QualityPro Public Health certification program. QualityPro Public Health is designed to equip pest management companies with the resources they need to build science-based, effective and commercially-viable services that control pests of public health significance. The certification also includes access to national exams and study resources that ensure that technicians have the demonstrated knowledge to perform those services with the highest level of professionalism and excellence.
U.S. regions that had increased rain & snow may see an influx of ticks this year. Stay safe and be aware of a new invasive species in the U.S.: the Asian Longhorned tick. Click here to learn more and protect yourself and customers.
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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Do you want to offer health coverage for your employees but can’t afford the cost or qualify? A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is a perfect alternative! An HRA offers small employers, 50 employees or less, an innovative and cost-effective way to provider benefits to employees and their families. Learn more through the NPMA Exchange.
AB 1788 was amended last week to now be an all-out ban on Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) without an exemption for use of these products during a public health emergency. PCOC’s Chris Reardon, Jim Steed and their association lobbyist has met with numerous offices over the last several days in addition to ongoing communication with the committee consultant.
The Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials convened there annual mid-year board meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week. NPMA staff and members attended the board meeting as well as the three committee meetings that were held on site.
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