Join pest control professionals around the world in recognition and celebration of the impact the industry has on our everyday lives and well-being on World Pest Day, June 6th. The Professional Pest Management Alliance has developed an exclusive toolkit of turnkey materials including suggested social media content and a customizable press release for PPMA Mainframe subscribers to use in their own publicity efforts on the international awareness day. PPMA members can access the toolkit here.
Professionals agree that bed bugs will remain an issue this summer travel season
This June 7-13, 2020 is Bed Bug Awareness Week, an annual campaign in which the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), works to educate consumers about the prevalence of bed bugs through various media relations and social media tactics. The designation is recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events and is celebrated throughout the pest management industry. As stay-at-home orders are beginning to lift nationwide, people are eager for summer travel season to begin, but it’s important they do not forget that bed bugs are very much still a threat. To help industry professionals get involved with educating the public, for those who contribute to PPMA, PPMA is sharing a customizable press release, social posts and graphics and a series of exclusive videos, all of which are aimed at ensuring the public is educated on the threat of bed bugs and the importance of working with a licensed pest control professional.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 2:00 PM EDT– FREE to Members
Jimmy Pitzer, Ph.D., California State University, Sacramento, CA
They may be small, but flies can lead to big problems if left unchecked. Not only can they multiply quickly, but many species can contaminate food and spread disease making them an important public health pest that must be eliminated quickly. Discover the latest advancements in fly management and learn about call-back cures that deliver long-term results in this informative session as a leading fly researcher takes a scientific approach to fly control.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a statement warning that rats may become more aggressive as a result of restaurants closures that have decreased food supplies. Hear from top rodent experts during NPMA’s timely virtual rodent workshop examining the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on rodent behavior, rodent control and the pest management opportunities that have become available as a result of the “new normal” that our society is now operating in.
Earn credits! Continuing Education Credits have been approved in the following states: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, PA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, RI, SC, VT, VA, WA, WV, and WY. Click here to view detailed credit information.
Register early – space is limited!
Virtual workshop sponsored by Bell Laboratories, Inc., Earth Care Products, Liphatech, and SenesTech, Inc
Summer is almost in full swing! Use the Summer issue of Pest Gazette to show your current and future customers how your company can help them control the various types of pests that may take over their home during the season.
Pest Gazette is available in printed and digital format that is perfect for online marketing!
Click here to view the current issue. Click here to start customizing your Pest Gazette today!
QualityPro is pleased to announce the results of its annual Board of Directors election.
The QualityPro Executive Committee will consist of the following board members:
- Chair: Jen McCauley, McCauley Services
- Treasurer & Vice Chair: Andrew Feldstein, Assured Environments
- Secretary: Susan Hare, Thrasher Termite & Pest Control
Click here to view the 2020-2021 QualityPro board.
Smokybrown Cockroach Nymph
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Brickers Termite Control, Inc. of Lansdale, PA
Falls Pest Services of Idaho Falls, ID
Intrastate Pest Control Co., Inc. of Charlottesville, VA
Mosquito Squad Franchising, LLC of Macon, GA
Organic Solutions of Nampa, ID
Pest Mortem of Christoval, TX
Ritenour Custom Lawn Care Inc. of Butler, PA
Safe Solutions Plus Pest & Termite, LLC of Rainsville, AL
Scribner Pest & Wildlife Control of Brookfield, CT
United Phosphorus, Inc. of King of Prussia, PA
Valley Termite and Pest Control, LLC of Charlottesville, VA
Why-Not Pest Control of Glens Falls, NY
NPMA provides a number of model service contracts from bed bug inspections to termite treatments, all covering both the PMP's and the client's responsibilities. Here you can also find safety and service standards for food processing and handling facilities, bed bug management, QualityPro accreditation, LEED certification and OSHA.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 2:00pm EDT
The NPMA Recruitment & Retention committee has developed resources to help companies on-board and off-board employees. Join three HR experts on this webinar to go over the new resources at http://workforce.npmapestworld.org/ and discuss best practices and lessons-learned for the beginning and end of an employee’s time with your company.
Register today - All who register will receive a link to the NPMA On Demand recording.
The EPA re-opened the comment period for several neonicotinoid proposed interim decisions. The comment period will close on June 18, 2020. The Agency cited requests for extensions to the comment period due to the complexity of the materials and time/resource constraints experienced by stakeholders. NPMA submitted comments
on May 4. Additional comments on the Proposed Interim Decisions are being received to the docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0750
For the first time in its history, the U.S. EPA Pesticide Policy Dialogue Committee (PPDC)
was held as a remote, virtual meeting. The structural pest control industry is represented by NPMA’s V.P. of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Jim Fredericks. Topics included a detailed discussion of the Office of Pesticide Programs’ response to COVID-19 pandemic, the pesticide risk assessment process, emerging technologies, updates on ongoing hot topics (i.e. neonicotinoid, pollinator protection, certification and training, etc.). Meeting materials, including copies of presentations are available here
Massey Services is pleased to announce the acquisition of Island Pest Control on Hilton Head Island, SC.
The Washington Post
Experts worry the backlash over a rare and geographically isolated invasive hornet will lead to the indiscriminate killing of beneficial insects.
New York City is seeing fewer rodent complaints because of the coronavirus pandemic — and conducting about 80% less inspections despite warnings about ravenous rats.
Valdosta Daily Times
With summer fast approaching, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is warning the public about increased mosquito and tick activity across the country and the health threats associated with these biting pests.
A "brood" of big, red-eyed cicadas is slowly emerging in the eastern U.S. this month after patiently waiting 17 years underground.
It's "A Bug's Life" in the time of coronavirus. A Siberian artist, known for creating microscopically small artworks, is now making tiny face masks....for insects to remind people about nature.
Let's Grow Leaders
You wouldn’t have wished for this ridiculous, unprecedented disruption. But if you’re like many leaders I talk with, this stressful period has also been surprisingly energizing. Until it wasn’t.
There's a moral here for every entrepreneur who aspires to solve big problems.
There is a need to shift some of our agendas from the reactive “to-do” agendas that are set to deal with the urgencies of a particular week to the proactive “What if?” agendas that can help us reimagine the future for our ourselves, our customers and our organizations.
Those who do it well will be able to project a vision for the future and map out a practical path forward.
Here are three helpful ways to keep your team productive and relaxed by emailing with consideration and timeliness. First off, follow inbox decorum rules yourself.
Despite what you read, in reality, the Murder Hornet – also known as the Asian Giant Hornet – isn't deadly to humans at all, unless you are one already allergic to bee stings, etc. So, if it's not the Murder Hornet, what are the insects that are actual killers, the bugs that are the cause of thousands of human deaths every year?
Paleontologists in the state discovered a 151-million-year-old fossil of a giant bug called Morrisonnepa Jurassica, the Utah Department of Natural Resources wrote in a blog post.
Scientists say farmers should be prepared for the invasion, with up to 1.5 million of the insects emerging per acre, as they can pose a danger to crops.