The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is proud to announce the inaugural NPMA International Professional Women in Pest Management Leadership Forum sponsored by Bayer. This milestone event will take place May 13-15, 2020 at the Grand Hyatt Regency in San Diego, California. Designed specifically for women owners, and managers as well as men within the pest management industry, this program will provide attendees a unique experience while gaining insight into women’s issues in the workplace. Industry specific programming with a focus on leadership and modern-day workplace experiences will be addressed.
March 7, 2020, 6:00PM - 8:30PM
You’ve seen us at meetings and heard us on podcasts, but have you ever wanted to check out where the Association staff makes the magic happen? Join us for an Open House cocktail reception on Saturday, March 7 at the NPMA headquarters in Fairfax, VA before we kick-off Legislative Day. This reception is open to all Legislative Day attendees. Transportation will be provided to and from the Capital Hilton.
Hosted by NPMA's Diversity Council, Leadership Networking Community, PestVets Council, and Professional Women in Pest Management Council.
RSVP to Jillian Gardner if you can join us. Still need to register for Legislative Day? Click here.
Nominee submission deadline: March 15
Each year, NPMA works diligently to identify and recruit members to serve on our association’s standing committees and interest groups. In an effort to foster fresh ideas and allow all NPMA members to share their expertise, we are calling on you to submit your committee interest or pass this survey
along to an industry colleague to serve on an NPMA committee or interest group. Your involvement and leadership will help us chart a successful future for the association and the industry. Final decisions will be made by the end of May and communicated at the beginning of June in time for the committee cycle which begins July 1st.
Spring is waiting in the wings and talk is turning back to termites. Although more and more consumers are beginning to understand the threats these voracious pests pose, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), knows the importance of keeping consumers engaged in this important dialogue. During Termite Awareness Week, March 8th to 14th, 2020, PPMA is encouraging the industry to take part in the annual observance and use PPMA’s marketing materials to teach consumers about the importance of protecting against termites.
Honey Bee Foraging
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Averse Pest Control of Kuna, ID
Berrett Pest Control Co., LLC of Denver, CO
Candle Light Cont. EST. Pest & Termite Control of Al Khobar
U S Pest Control Company of Santa Fe, NM
ZONE45, LLC of North Platte, NE
Service technicians are the backbone of any successful pest management firm. For customers, technicians are the standard-bearers for your company’s reputation and its commitment to quality service. They are also your company’s frontline defense against safety and regulatory violations.
Given the vital role of technicians, NPMA has a New Hire Training Program for Service Technicians. This state-of-the art training program is a comprehensive, nine-part course designed to prepare new structural pest control technicians for a career in pest management. Course completion typically takes eight hours and will provide an overview of integrated pest management, federal laws that govern the pest management industry in the U.S., product labels, pesticide application, important pest groups, basic pest control equipment and OSHA/safety practices.
March 4, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST | REGISTER
Mike Weyman, PhD, Clemson University, Clemson, SC; Royan Teter, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC; Jim Fredericks, PhD, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Counterfeit pesticides are illegal but oftentimes are extremely hard to spot because they are produced and packaged to look identical to legal products. However, the contents in the package are not accurate and may have less active ingredients than advertised or even have different ingredients that are cheaper or may be more toxic. It’s important to be aware of these products to keep customers and the environment safe. This session will cover the signs of counterfeit products and how you can help protect your company from potentially using these harmful products.
View the 2020 webinar schedule.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available for NPMA’s webinars! Email Shane Holt for details.
LB 1159: NPMA, NSPCA, and SPARs Travis Lucas and Carl Braun have been hard at work over the past few months to reform the burdensome nature of licensing pesticide applicators in Nebraska. A headache for many companies is ensuring that a new hire earns his or her pesticide applicator license within 60 days. This requirement is burdensome for two reasons: 1. The time frame is too short & 2. If an employee fails the exam, they must stop working. Carl relayed NSCPA’s position to the Committee: “LB 1159 will greatly help our industry in our mission to protect public health and property by extending the 60-day time frame to 120 days and allow for an unlimited number of exam attempts within that time frame. We urge you to pass LB 1159, as these minor changes will greatly benefit our companies and employees in their mission to protect public health and property in Nebraska.” LB 1159 is viable and has broad support among applicator groups.
Trump didn’t elect himself; real actual voters saw him, liked him and cast a ballot for him. Many of them will do it again. And while he’s become a boogeyman for the Democrats, much like Obama was for the Republicans, the Dems need to grapple with those voters, and how they feel. Even if somehow a Democrat takes the White House, Trump gave a significant amount of people a figurehead and those opinions that elected him won’t dissipate….Read the rest of the commentary here.
Pest Management Systems Inc. has been a fixture in Greensboro for the past 35 years and owner Billy Tesh decided to transform his mid-town building with a mural from one of the most sought-after street artists on the east coast, Brian “Jeks” Lewis.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual Vector Sectors™ list of the top 10 U.S. cities with the greatest risk for increased pest pressure from vector pests for the remainder of winter and into spring.
A new report by the investment bank cites the expanding market around the alternative protein source and predicts the edible bug industry could be worth $8 billion by 2030, up from a little under $1 billion just last year.
It's a situation you hope you never have to deal with, but more and more of our neighbors are waking up to find evidence of bedbugs.
A study from the University of Maine says 38.8 percent of deer ticks in the state carry Lyme disease.
Mikail Stewart-Cannon visited his father, a patient at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, on Saturday. He took a nap in the recliner chair in his father's room and woke up to an itchy lower back.
John C. Maxwell
If you want to lead, you must make sure you never leave behind an empty chair. You must constantly develop other leaders to take your place.
Gratitude improves attitude, feelings of connection, and results. It is far more science than just a New Age trend.
Perfectionism leads to a lot of work with little impact. Here's how to overcome this mentality without lowering your standards.
Harvard Business Review
Organizations spend billions of dollars each year on leadership development. Yet research has shown that many of these programs don’t seem to work — they fail to help individuals develop the sorts of dynamic, collaborative leadership skills needed for today’s work.
Stating a powerful company purpose doesn't have to be intimidating. And you may be able to knock off another of your priorities at the same time.
Sometimes the beginning of the journey requires some tough questions you need to ask yourself to raise your own bar. Can you answer yes to any -- and hopefully all -- of these?
This winter, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is urging drivers to take preventative measures to protect themselves and their vehicles against the threats posed by rodents.
These bloodthirsty buggers repurposed a gene normally used to sense and avoid high temperatures into a heat-seeking molecular machine.