As 2019 comes to a close, I would like to wish our members, partners and industry professionals a wonderful and prosperous New Year.
The NPMA staff is working hard to plan an outstanding line-up of conferences in 2020 that are geared towards enhancing your business and personal career goals.
Here is a snapshot of our upcoming events, we hope to see you often in 2020!
Dominique Stumpf, CMP, CAE
NPMA Chief Executive Officer
The NPMA office will be closed for the New Year holiday starting at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 31 through Wednesday, January 1 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Nissan Fleet Program: Nissan presents NPMA members with an exclusive program that allows members to purchase a new Nissan or Infiniti vehicle using incentives established by Nissan. This is another outstanding cost-saving benefit offered to you as a result of your affiliation with NPMA. All you need to do is visit the link below and follow a few simple steps to qualify for instant savings! These savings can result in up to $9500 off on 2019 models. Click here for program details and to apply for your certification number.
NPMA – 33 Form: NPMA released a revised version of the NPMA-33 Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Form this year. The revised NPMA-33 form is available for purchase as a hard copy through NPMA’s BugStore, or as a digital form on the newly redesigned forms website: www.npmaforms.com. The previous edition of this form will become obsolete after December 31, 2019.
Field Guide Pro App: The new NPMA Field Guide PRO app was launched this year for all android and iOS devices! Get it today for the low annual subscription of only $8.99, users get instant access to a library of advanced biology and control methods for over 200 different structural pests, with high-resolution photos and charts for confident identification and a detailed terms glossary.
Informational Leave-Behind Brochures for Your Customers: NPMA has designed new informational leave-behind brochures that can effectively market the dangers of pests to your clients. These trifold brochures for ticks, termites and bed bugs detail what homeowners should look for regarding the dangers these pests pose and why every home should be protected by a pest control company. The brochures are fully customizable, allowing you to add your company logo and contact information on the back page. Click here to start your customized order.
Our team is committed to providing you with member benefits and resources that will help your company succeed. We look forward to helping you take advantage of these and new resources in 2020.
The technical team recently put together a customizable template letter intended to educate realtors on the revisions to the NPMA-33 WDI Inspection report. Companies can add their own contact information to the letter and submit it as their own. Click here to download the Realtor Template Letter.
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Bucksworth Services, LLC of Mesa, AZ
Butler Pest Control Services of Jackson, TN
Cayan Facility Management, LLC of Qatar
Greatfully Dead Pest Control of North Las Vegas, NV
Kiddy's Exterminating Co. of Selmer, TN
Pro-Force Pest Solutions of North Babylon, NY
Wood Hills Pest Control of Mount Pocono, PA
2019 positioned NPMA to take advantage of our industry’s hard work. We laid the right groundwork in 2018 to take advantage of whatever 2019 threw our way. We took a strategic plan and made real, significant progress in every area. Our staff and industry have united to pursue strategic and well understood goals to advance where we go in every aspect of public policy. We can measure our progress in tangible ways and ensure that our industry understands where public policy is headed.
In 2019, NPMA dominated at the state-level thanks to the cooperation, energy, and execution of our state pest control associations and State Policy Affairs Representatives (SPARs). It was the busiest legislative year in recent memory as almost 900 bills were introduced that could affect our industry. It is essential that we prepare for 2020, and operate with a sense of urgency, as it will be another relentless year of legislative activity. Neonicotinoids, rodenticides, pesticide preemption, occupational licensing reform, service taxes, and landlord-tenant bed bug legislation will likely be the top issues facing us in 2020.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is warning people who bought evergreens this holiday to check for an invasive pest called Elongate Hemlock Scale (EHS) and properly dispose of any holiday greenery that may show signs of infestation.
The Tucson Wildlife Center says a skunk is recovering from burns on her face after she tried to make a home for herself in the hood of a man’s vehicle.
Miami-Dade County is reporting two new cases of dengue fever. The county said these cases of mosquito-borne illness are geographically linked to a travel-related case.
How many Christmas beetles have you seen this year? The insects – a genus containing some 35 separate species – traditionally appear in summer. Many settlers saw the scarabs, shimmering in festive red and green, as embodying the European holiday tradition.
The Asian giant hornet, a 2-inch menace that feasts on honeybees, has invaded Washington state. It might've migrated from Canada, where a colony was discovered nesting in the ground.
Strategy + Business
Leaders can gain clarity by using January to simplify operations and focus on desired outcomes for the coming year.
Smart leaders understand that they are never done learning, because learning is a lifelong process. They treat learning as an investment in themselves. Here are some of the forms that investment takes.
Teamwork is critically important. In fact, research shows that 97 percent of employees and executives believe lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project. So what can you do? Simply focus more on making sure your teams are effective. Here are six tools for building effective teams.
Let’s Grow Leaders
It’s that time of year. All around the world teams are being handed stretch goals that feel more like a delusion than a challenge. If this is happening to you, and you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, don’t give up hope.
If you’re a top-level business manager, admitting that you don’t know something can be difficult. After all, anyone who has clambered to the top of the corporate food chain is expected to exude certainty and self-confidence. But thinking of yourself that way can be a mistake.
Pest controller Arnold Sciberras recently discovered the white-eyed mutation of the American cockroach which are more aggressive and dominant.
The Bismarck Tribune
Federal health officials are warning of a new emerging health threat, a relatively unknown, mosquito-carried virus that causes an illness for which there's no known cure.
A Bourbon Street restaurant has temporarily closed its doors after a video showed a pack of rats running through the kitchen and counter.