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Earlier today, NPMA’s annual Legislative Day event kicked off with the Association Leadership Forum sponsored by Corteva, with record-setting attendance of nearly 140 joint state leaders participating in the virtual Forum. 

This year’s session was moderated by Bonnie Rabe of Rollins and focused on a panel discussion lead by Andrea Coron (VPMA), Ted Brayton (NEPMA) and Bill Welsh (MPMA). The topic of conversation centered around advocating for the structural pest management industry amid COVID-19 and specific issues and solutions states have developed to connect with state legislators during these trying times.

Following the Forum, attendees heard from our first keynote speaker, sponsored by Corteva, Nathan Gonzales, as he provided a great perspective on the current political landscape. The afternoon concluded with an interactive Legislative briefing update sponsored by Control Solutions, Inc., and a caucus networking event to connect and prepare attendees for their virtual Hill visits occurring tomorrow, sponsored by FMC, BASF, Bayer, Corteva, and Syngenta.

Thank you to all who participated today, your voice is essential in making an enormous impact on the future of pest management. We wish you good luck on your Hill visits tomorrow!

If anyone not currently registered is interested in joining us tomorrow, please email Ashley Amidon at


Join us 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!


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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

Pest control companies urged to help spread consumer awareness of the dangers associated with ticks

The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is calling on the industry to help educate consumers about the health threats posed by ticks during its inaugural Tick Awareness Week—recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events—May 10-16, 2021. According to research recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human cases of Lyme disease are more common in the U.S. than previously thought at an estimated 476,000 per yeara staggering 44% increase compared to the previous annual estimate of roughly 329,000.

Learn more.

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Special guest Dennis Jenkins of ABC Home and Commercial Services joins us this episode to cover the latest research on dung beetles, fruit fly pheromones, and termite cannibalism!

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Deadline: April 30

The Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) needs your help choosing a charity for this year’s annual 5k Fun Run/Walk at PestWorld 2021

Proceeds from the PWIPM 5K Fun Run/Walk will benefit a charity nominated by you. Submit your nomination by April 30, 2020. The PWIPM Council will select three of the nominees and let the industry vote on the winner. 

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

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Member Benefit Highlight

Did you know that Nissan offers an exclusive program for NPMA members looking to purchase a new Nissan or Infiniti fleet vehicle? With this program, NPMA members can save up to $7,400 on a 2021 vehicle!

Learn more.

NPMA Education and Events
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.

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 EDT 

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.

Heard From the Hill
Last week, the Senate voted 66-34 in favor of confirming Michael Regan as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  Previously Regan served as the top regulator at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, a position he held since 2017.  On Thursday NPMA reached out to Administrator Regan with a letter of welcome which highlighted the structural pest control industry’s important work protecting public health, food and property. To read the letter, click here
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A virtual presentation of the VPMA WDI Inspector program will be held on March 24th, from 8:00 to 4:00 pm. Get your tech VPMA WDI Certified, plus earn VA recertification credits in 7B and 60 (also available in DC, MD, NC and WV). Ensure your techs are able to carefully detect conducive conditions, know the habits and damage of wood destroying organisms and are able to accurately pinpoint and report signs of infestations.

The Virginia Wildlife Damage Management Association (VWDMA) will be holding a virtual Spring Conference for the wildlife management industry in Virginia! But the nice part of a virtual event is anyone can attend from anywhere! On March 31st join us for a full day of education and earn up to 8 CEUs for a Virginia Commercial Nuisance Animal Permit (CNAP).

Anyone working in the Wildlife Damage Management Industry is welcome! For more information or to register, click here.

Every year, the Entomological Society of America seek the finest specimens of insect photography for inclusion in the calendar. ESA invites photographers of all backgrounds, areas of expertise, career stage, and geographic location to submit photos. No entomological training or expertise is required, and you do not need to be an ESA member to enter.

New this year: ESA also plans to launch a weekly “insect photo of the week” feature on social media, for which submitted photos may also be considered.

Submissions are due May 5, 2021, and all entry instructions and criteria can be found here.

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The recent winter weather brought a chill to the Mid-South, but it could also mean another headache: an earlier onset of mosquitos.
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The Navy Times reports that sailors about the USS Connecticut attack submarine have complained of a bedbug infestation for the past years in the metal tube they call home.
Scientists have identified a new species of mosquito in Florida -- it's called Aedes scapularis.
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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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