Pest control business owners and upper managers are encouraged to join us virtually this Thursday for a conversation with Rick Bell, Bonnie Rabe, and Bill Welsh on potential policy impacts and challenges your business may face in 2021. Staying up to date on current policies has never been more important. Sign up for the full Adapt & Accelerate package including all 4 sessions or take advantage of the new a-la-carte registration option to attend the sessions most meaningful to you.
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Join us on March 16-17 as we trumpet the positive effect we have on public health and pushing back against arbitrary pesticide regulations. Your voice as a constituent is what amplifies the work NPMA staff does year-round. Attending Legislative Day will give you an opportunity to hear the issues, talk with your state and federal representatives, and make a difference.
The second edition to NPMA’s top-selling training handbook, The Service Technician’s Training Manual, is available now! This revised and expanded second edition is loaded with new content including updated pest biology and control information, the latest advances in pest control technology, a revised overview of federal regulations, new full-color images, a comprehensive Q&A section and much more!
To celebrate this special release, NPMA is offering the second edition for only $19.99 through February 26th or until copies are sold out. After the promo, prices will return to $29.99 for NPMA members and $34.99 for nonmembers. Purchase your copy today while supplies last!
Pest management professionals are naturally philanthropic in their efforts to protect the communities they serve, and we’ve heard many stories of how our members have positively impacted their local communities during the pandemic. NPMA is working on compiling an industry feel-good video to showcase during Legislative Day next month. If you have any videos or photos of your team giving back to the community over the past year we’d be happy to include them in this project. Please submit them to Rachel Dittman (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than February 25.
Three entomologists, five minutes, and one guest judge. Check out the latest episode as we introduce new co-hosts and a new format with our first guest judge Jill-Morgan Aubert, Education Coordinator for NPMA. This may be the most competitive and entertaining science-news program of 2021!
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 nominate yourself 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.
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Boland Pest Control of Pekin, IL
Cedar Valley Pest Control, LLC of Maple City, MI
WarZone Pest Control of Piedmont, AL
Can you require your employees to be vaccinated? Do employers have any liability? Seay Management Consultants has created a helpful resource on this subject. If you need additional assistance on this or other HR issues, you may contact Seay Management Consultants and speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge as a benefit of your NPMA membership. View the comprehensive menu of services provided.
This training series is designed to prepare managers, office staff and technicians to hit the ground running in 2021. The second webinar Back to Bugs: Rodents takes place on February 26, with sessions sponsored by LiphaTech, Workwave and Bell Labs. This webinar will cover topics on roof rats, commercial accounts and managing house mice. Sign up for one more of these trainings and get ready to elevate your business and earn valuable CEU credits! Click here to register and learn more.
EPISODE 3 – Establishing A Company Culture | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | 3:00-4:00 PM EST
Ashley Morrison, City Wide Exterminating, Locust, NC; Kyle Varona, Fahey Pest & Lawn Solutions, Sarasota, FL; Megan Thomas, Thomas Pest Services, Schenectady, NY
At what point does culture become important to a small pest management company? As soon as you hire your first employee! Culture is often seen as fluffy, time-consuming, and expensive but it does not have to be! In this third segment of the Small Business Toolbox Series, hear from culture experts and industry leaders, Megan Thomas of Thomas Pest Services in Albany, New York, and Kyle Varona of Fahey Pest and Lawn in Sarasota, Florida. Learn why culture matters from the first hire, how to quickly identify culture, and how to inexpensively make it part of everyday work life. From their experiences, Megan will share how Thomas Pest built a culture from scratch and how Kyle adjusted his culture as a third-generation leader. Click here to register.
Text was released late in the evening on 2/8, and committees began marking up a new COVID package on 2/10. Democrats have indicated they want this package done prior to March 14th, as that is when some programs expire. The bill is widely expected to pass, although some provisions may be added or removed. This bill is not final, and significant changes can be made in either the House or Senate, or during the conference process.
It is also important to note that text has been released piecemeal, so additional tranches of text may be forthcoming. Read the full breakdown.
Delegates can now register for the very first free-of-charge International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) on-line webinar to be held on 9 March 2021. To accommodate as many delegates as possible from different time zones around the world, the webinar will commence on 9 March at 10:00 EST, 7:00 AM PST and 3:00 PM GMT. It will last for up to three hours maximum and will consist of five carefully selected presentations, covering a variety of urban pest problems, from leading urban research scientists.
The Aust Group is pleased to announce the most recent acquisition of their client, Connecticut Pest Elimination Inc. known as CT Pest Elimination to Orkin.
The Washington Post
South Florida appears to be home to yet another new invasive species — this one a mosquito that was last officially documented in the Florida Keys 75 years ago.
Researchers have identified an unexpected reason the northeastern United States is home to far more cases of Lyme disease than anywhere else: lizards.
The New York Times
Males and females of a species that mates monogamously complete their bond by gnawing off each other’s wings, a new study found.
If you want people to thrive and excel, you have to figure out what motivates them. Here are six of the most common employee languages.
It may seem ludicrous to make a connection between running and business, but the two run closer than you might think.
To put yourself in control of your career, you’ll need to learn how to “manage up.” Leveraging your virtual performance review is a good place to start.
Frank Sonnenberg Online
One of the most valuable skills you can have is the ability to think clearly and rationally — to process information, exhibit good judgment, engage in intelligent problem solving, and make smart decisions.
How do we know if the image we have of ourselves is aligned to how we are showing up? We look in the mirror.
As state governments struggle to provide the coronavirus vaccine for the people who want it — no easy task given a shortage of vaccines and red tape preventing millions of people from accessing it — the conversation is quickly moving to the next step: Will employers have the legal power to require employees to get the shot?
One of the largest broods of periodical cicadas in the nation, Brood X will emerge this spring in 15 states.
Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl last night. In the process, he emphatically answered the most important question any leader has to address.
New research and videos show how spiders in the Theridiidae family hoist up prey 50 times their size.