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Join us next week on March 16-17 as we host the first virtual Legislative Day. You will have the opportunity to hear from Washington insiders, discuss the current issues affecting our industry with your state and federal representatives, and make a difference.

View the program and register today!


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PPMA, the consumer outreach arm of NPMA has released it’s 2020 Annual Report.  PPMA’s mission is to grow, promote, protect and defend your livelihood, our industry.   Supported with 100% voluntary contributions, PPMA HAS grown the industry and your businesses.   Check out the industry leaders who support PPMA listed in the Annual Report.  If you would like to see “first hand” what we do for you, join us as a guest for the upcoming PPMA Board of Directors meeting on March 11 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm EST via zoom.  To join online, please click here.

If you are not currently contributing, please contact Cindy Mannes at and she will help you get set up!   It’s your industry.  Contribute to your business growth and industry growth today!


On March 8, people around the globe celebrated women leaders during International Women’s Day, and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is proud to have seen the pest management industry participate in this year’s initiative.

While there are women represented in all job roles across pest management businesses, they are an anomaly in our mostly male-dominated industry. NPMA strongly believes that sharing examples of successful women in pest management roles could inspire other women to join this changing industry and help close the gap. Click here for a snapshot of the pest management companies who participated in celebrating #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge.

The Professional Pest Management Alliance is encouraging members to spread awareness about these hitchhiking pests during Bed Bug Awareness Week.

This June 6-12, 2021 is Bed Bug Awareness Week, an annual designation recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events to remind consumers to remain alert for bed bugs while traveling. The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is observing this week by educating the public through various media relations and social media tactics on the signs of an infestation and the importance of working with a licensed pest control professional.

Learn more.

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This month we will hear from an experienced professional who has lived through the transition to going paperless. The presentation will cover what it actually means to go paperless, what the benefits to it are, as well as some tips for helping your company go through this process.

Register today to join us on the 23rd at 3:00 PM EST.

Pest Pic of the Week



 As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of 
pest images at for use by NPMA members.

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New Members

Alts Pest Control of Oklahoma City, OK
Done Right Pest Solutions of Lakeland, MN
Hobbs Pest Control of Mustang, OK

Member Benefit Highlight

The professional pest control industry has many job opportunities and career paths. Visit to see how NPMA's Workforce Development Initiative is highlighting growth potential in a variety of job positions.

NPMA members, don't miss your opportunity to post your current job openings at no cost on the live job board at through the end of March.

NPMA Education and Events

PCT and NPMA have teamed up again this year thanks to a sponsorship from BASF to gather data on the generational shift in the pest management industry. The survey collected data on topics such as retirement, mentoring, succession planning, employee development, training and more. Join us on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM EST for a complimentary webinar and hear from PCT Magazine publisher Dan Moreland as he discusses how PMPs are managing multiple generations in the workplace and transitioning to the next generation of leadership.

Join the Zoom Meeting


This training series is designed to prepare technicians to hit the ground running in 2021. The third webinar Back to Bugs: Wood Destroying Organisms takes place on March 26. This webinar will cover topics on carpenter bees, termites and wood destroying beetles. 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! Learn why culture matters from the first hire, how to quickly identify culture, and how to inexpensively make it part of everyday work life. Click here to register.

Join us for virtually on May 6-7 for the 2021 Industry Safety Summit. This workshop-style meeting will bring safety experts together with companies of all sizes to talk safety in the pest management industry. Topics covered will include safe driving, pesticide safety, and tips on implementing a safety program in your business.

View the program and register today!

CPCA Spring Conference March 10-12, 2021 Virtual Event
IPCA 2021 Spring Conference March 11-12, 2021 Virtual Event
CTPCA Train-a-Tech Workshop March 17, 2021 Virtual Event
Heard From the Hill
Last week, EPA published multiple fact sheets alerting the public about concerns regarding unregistered and illegal importations of liquid dichlorvos (DDVP) through commercial airline flights.  The fact sheets, which can be accessed here, include information designed to educate the public, building managers, airline flight personnel, and Customs and Border Protection Agents of the concern.  DDVP is an insecticide that is no longer registered in the United States in its liquid form.  Some formulations are currently registered for professional use and when used according to label instructions are an important part of the structural pest control toolbox.  Liquid forms are still used in other countries and brought into the United States illegally for sale and distribution. Pest management professionals are urged to confirm that the products they use bear an EPA Registration number.  Illegal or unregistered pesticide products should be reported to your state lead agency (SLA). Find contact for your SLA here.  Additionally, always read and follow all label instructions. 
Members Make Headlines
On Tuesday March 2, 2021, the PWIPM of New England awarded the 2nd Annual Women of Excellence Award.  The winner was Courtney Carace, ACE of Pest-End Inc. in Plaistow, New Hampshire.

Massey Services is pleased to announce two operational changes in their Florida markets. Frank Oliva has been promoted to Regional Manager of the West Florida Region, and Ronnie Rachels has been transferred from the West Florida Region to the South Central Region.  

K2 Insurance Services, LLC. has announced that Xterminator Pro is now a division of its subsidiary Aegis General Insurance Agency, Inc. 
Weekly Headlines
Penn Live
As outdoorspeople across Pennsylvania have been sharing on social media their surprise at finding ticks active even when there is snow on the ground, the National Pest Management Association warns that pests like ticks and rodents still pose a serious threat to public health.
Lexington Herald Leader
After 17 years underground, cicadas are expected to emerge with a loud buzz this spring and summer — and they may wind up in Kentucky.
An entomologist explains how the freeze will impact insects, and also bees looking for food.
The Salt Lake Tribune
Pest-control officials see free use of the C-130 as a way to rein in the insects and save money, but environmentalists warn of health dangers from the spraying.
The National Pest Management Association is Educating Homeowners During Termite Awareness Week
Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S., which is not typically covered by homeowners insurance.
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Fast Company
It’s up to leaders to help workers manage the accompanying stress of so much disruption, says this CEO of an employee communications platform.
Texas CEO
What CEO or business owner doesn’t want their company to be known as a thought leader in their space? Yet, with the noisy world we live in today, this can be challenging.
Navigating what lies ahead can become simpler by following guidance from some well-known motivational figures.
Company leaders often feel pressure to know the answer to every question that crosses their desks. When they don’t, fear being seen as unfit or unworthy of their title may lead them to respond in ways that diminish credibility instead of building trust.
The Business Journals
LinkedIn, like any social media platform, can be a fantastic marketing tool. Here’s how to know if LinkedIn can be a robust marketing tool that’s right for your company.
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Trending Articles
Valdosta Times
The National Pest Management Association 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.
Popular Science
Insects can get killed off by frigid temperatures, but some are hardier than others.
Live Science
The Mediterranean recluse spider recently showed up in buildings at the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus, likely because of pandemic-related vacancies.
Calendar of Events
  Date Event Location
  March 16-17, 2021 Legislative Day 2021 Virtual Event
  March 26, 2021 Back to Bugs: Wood Destroying Organisms    Webinar
  April 23, 2021 Back to Bugs: Flies, Ants, and Spiders Webinar
  May 6-7  Industry Safety Summit Virtual Event
  November 2-5, 2021 PestWorld 2021 Las Vegas, NV

View our master calendar for a full list of industry events.






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