In times of crisis, an overabundance of news, opinions, facts and myths starts to circulate, leading to a heightened level of panic and uncertainty.
“The amount of information people are receiving right now, whether fact or fiction, is enough to make anyone’s head spin,” said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist for the NPMA. “At this time, there is currently no evidence to suggest that pests like mosquitoes and ticks can be implicated in the transmission of COVID-19. They are, however, able to transmit other serious diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. With summer right around the corner and people spending more time outdoors than ever before, vigilant pest prevention efforts will be paramount to public safety.”
To help Americans decipher the true threats associated with pests, NPMA is breaking down the most common culprits of disease transmission and how to protect against them. Read more.
Join Faith Oi from the University of Florida this Friday, April 17 at 4:00 PM EST as she talks through how a typical day in the life of two PMP’s can make a lasting impact on their community. Additionally, this session will dive deep into the biology and behavior of many structure infesting pests. Register today for the PMPs as Protectors of Public Health webinar.
Each webinar is one hour and costs $10 to attend as this series is an opportunity to get CEU credits without leaving your home or office. Credits have been approved in AK, AR, AZ, CO, DC, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MS, MT, NC, NM, OH, SC, TN, WA, WV, and WY. Click here to view the full webinar series and credit details.
Public health exams now available from QualityPro at NPMATraining.org ensure your staff are trained to a national level to manage public health pests. These exams can be used in your company’s training program and will help your company earn the prestigious QualityPro Public Health service certifications.
As National Pest Management Month 2020 continues, QualityPro would like to recognize the industry for the role it plays in protecting the public health. Now more than ever the public is turning to pest management personnel to protect safety and property, and now more than ever pest management companies must be equipped with the resources necessary to build science-based, effective, and commercially-viable services provided by technicians who have been trained to the highest industry standards.
Formosan Termite Soldiers
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Alder Pest Control of Centerton, AR
B & E Pest Control of Jordan, MN
Dixon's Pest Control, Inc. of Lanham, MD
Holler Service of Severna Park, MD
Mosquito Joe of North Shore Long Island of Melville, NY
Mosquito Mary's of Plainville, MA
Pestout of Newport News, VA
Planet Friendly Pest Control of Owings, MD
Precision Pest Control of Brewerton, NY
Radius Pest Management, LLC of Somers, NY
Stratex Pest Control of Mendon, MI
The Pest Professionals, Inc. of South El Monte, CA
Wildlife Management Services of Texarkana, AR
Congratulations to the following companies for earning national credentials: Three Rivers Mosquito and Vector Control of Klamath Falls, OR, and Tri-County Pest Control, Inc. of Aston, PA have earned QualityPro Accreditation.
Check out the new BugBytes podcast Welcome to the Future: How Genetic Research is Reshaping Pest Control. Discover how scientists are using breakthroughs in genetic research to control some of the most challenging urban pests in this episode with guest Ed Vargo, Professor and Endowed Chair in Urban and Structural Entomology at Texas A&M University.
The podcast is available at www.npmabugbytes.org or wherever you listen to your favorite podcast!
As of now, we are planning to proceed with our summer meetings, but we are obviously monitoring the situation and exploring contingency plans. NPMA very much hopes that we will get to see many of your smiling faces soon.
We invite you to join us for the 2020 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In addition to the quality education sessions featuring the latest in technical research, we are excited for an array of social functions!
Register today and stay tuned for program information coming soon.
Join us October 13-16 in Nashville, TN for PestWorld 2020! Every year, NPMA gathers thousands of pest management professionals from across the globe to offer opportunities for information sharing, provide access to the latest products, services, and technologies in the 100,000 square foot exhibit hall, and generate critical thinking in world-class educational sessions.
Book your room at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center today and take advantage of discounted rates!
The 2021 International IPM Achievement Awards recognize people who have made outstanding achievements in IPM adoption, implementation, and sustainability. The nomination deadline is June 12, 2020, and winners will be notified in August 2020. To apply or learn about the specific criteria for each award, click here.
Humans aren’t the only ones fighting over the last morsels of food these days. For us, we’re duking it out at the grocery store in the bread aisle. But for New Jersey’s rodent population, it’s happening in the streets.
Boston 25 News
The early spike in tick bites could be attributed to the mild winter, but also because people are taking breaks from quarantining at home, to go on walks and hikes outside.
Spring brings beautiful flowers and plants back out, but it also brings bugs.
Ticks are out. That reminder from the staff at the UMaine Tick lab. They say a warmer winter has allowed ticks to survive and be active earlier.
Strategy + Business
The former chief of defense of the armed forces of the Netherlands explains the challenges of leading in a crisis and why those who do must have the confidence to act.
We're all carrying more fear than normal, but you owe it to your team and clients to show up for them.
How will behaviors shift in your industry? Many customer behavior changes will require new or modified products and services. New market leaders will emerge while some past leaders falter. Many companies will struggle post COVID-19.
The coronavirus has caused a seismic shift in industries across the board—changes that may be here to stay.
Leaders need to build trust with their employees in order to help them do their best.
As urban rats face a growing food scarcity, we ask an expert what that could mean for your household.
An experimental program led by Google parent Alphabet Inc. to wipe out disease-causing mosquitoes succeeded in nearly eliminating them from three test sites in California’s Central Valley.
The Miami Herald
The coronavirus is spreading just in time for spring, which means growing numbers of mosquitoes and ticks will be violating our social distancing guidelines. Do we need to fear these blood-sucking pests will spread the virus?