Preparedness can make OSHA compliance and handling a complaint as painless as possible. Register today for the Industry Safety Summit on May 6-7 and hear from Richard Spencer, Arrow Exterminators as he discusses how to respond to an OSHA complaint and what you need to have in place to help your company stay in business and meet all regulatory needs addressed by the complaint. Click here to view the program and register.
Deadline: May 1
Presented by NPMA's Leadership Networking Community, the NPMA Gives Award recognizes NPMA member companies that have demonstrated leadership through their dedication and contribution to the good of the community. As part of its mission, the Leadership Networking Community is committed to honoring those companies that have made a real contribution to their community. The winning company will be featured in the September/October issue of PestWorld magazine and recognized at Academy 2021 in Tucson, AZ. Click here to view judging criteria and to submit your application.
NPMA’s Workforce Development Program was created to address the increasing challenge of attracting and retaining qualified talent to the industry. With our concerted public relations campaign and launch of PestControlJobs.com, a website dedicated to promoting careers in professional pest control and encouraging job seekers to find employment opportunities on its job board, we are even better poised to meet this challenge head-on to help ensure industry growth.
All NPMA member companies are encouraged to take advantage of a complimentary 60-day job posting on Careers.PestControlJobs.com (a $150 value!) to advertise their open positions to qualified candidates.
Start training for the Academy 2021 Olympic Games and join us IN PERSON July 13-15 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona! If you haven't had the chance to attend in the past, Academy is a unique opportunity designed to advance the professional and business development of emerging industry leaders in a hands-on, interactive environment. This is an exciting team-based event with fantastic speakers that you will NOT want to miss!
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Apex Pest Control Solutions of Anchorage, AK
Keep Clean S de RL of Honduras
Mosquito Shield of Central CT of Glastonbury, CT
Pest Pros Termite & Pest Control of Brodnax, VA
Pro Shield Termite & Pest, LLC of Mobile, AL
Trueshield Pest Control of Riverton, UT
Valor Pest Solutions of Coon Rapids, MN
NPMA’s Pestology blog was created with the pest management professional in mind. The pest control industry is driven by science, but often the newest scientific discoveries are not easily digestible and not communicated to the end user (you!). With that in mind, NPMA’s three PhD entomologists on staff set off to read the latest pest management scientific articles and translate them into plain English for the non-scientist. Find not only the latest research, but a few pest control tips along the way in condensed articles.
We invite you to join us for the 2021 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 as we meet IN PERSON!
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, 2021. The PWIPM Council will select three of the nominees and let the industry vote on the winner.
The White House announced earlier this week that a tax credit would be available to small and mid-sized businesses to assist in getting the population vaccinated. NPMA staff participated in a small business call with White House and Treasury staff today, and top-line information on the credit is below.
What companies are eligible? Any company with 500 or less employees who offer paid leave to full and/or part time employees is eligible for this tax credit. The credit is only give between April 1 and September 30, 2021. Non-profits are eligible for this credit.
How much can an employer claim? Employers can receive a tax credit for up to 80 hours per employee, for one of two reasons:
- An employer may receive up to $511 per day, per employee with a total cap per employee of $5,110 for time related to a sick quarantined employee, time for the employee to receive a vaccination or to recover from a vaccination, and time for an employee to receive a COVID test.
- This employer can receive two-thirds of the employees regular wage, capped at $200 per day for time the employee spent caring for someone in quarantining or to provide care due to COVID school or child care related closures.
How can a business claim this credit? The credit can be claimed on a quarterly basis as a credit against form 941. For advance payments, file form 7200. Speak with your payroll provider for more information.
Are there any other limitations? Businesses can not double dip on this credit and PPP funding; if an organization has a PPP loan it can not double count employee hours for both PPP forgiveness and this credit. Both can be used, just not simultaneously.
Should I document this? Yes! Make sure to retain documentation noting the reason for providing leave for each employee.
Additional questions? The IRS has a help page available here for small and mid-sized employers.
CDC recently provided a new science brief indicating that the risk of contracting COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface is considered to be low. Based on the best science available, the primary way that people become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus is exposure to respiratory droplets carrying the infectious virus. The CDC science brief did not rule out the possibility of contracting the virus by contacting contaminated surfaces, but they categorized the risk as low. Accordingly, the CDC updated its best practices for cleaning and disinfecting during the COVID-19 pandemic to highlight the effectiveness of routine soap and water cleaning for most situations and registered disinfectant application to high touch areas.
Pest Management Systems, Inc. teamed up with their long-time partner Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro on One Community | One House to help a local family get their house back. They also sponsored and particiapted in the Westerwood 5k to support the Greensboro Urban Ministry and BackPack Beginnings and donated to Toys for Tots.
Researchers found as many ticks carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in coastal areas as they did in woodlands.
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Kosovar biologist Halil Ibrahimi believes the pandemic restrictions haven’t all been bad — as a result of them, he completed his research, raised public awareness of the pollution of river basins and named a newly discovered insect after the virus.
As many humans are excited to get out and enjoy the warm weather, snakes are just as ready to get out in the sun, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says.
Bed bug infestations continue to be one of the greatest challenges for the pest management industry. Here's how PMPs have gotten creative in the fight against these prevalent pests.
Three Star Leadership
Some leaders act like they’re superheroes, imagining themselves as superior beings, and others act like human beings doing important work, helping teams be more productive with higher morale.
How can you strengthen your company culture and onboarding practices while working remotely? Pest management companies weigh in on steps they took to remain productive and connected.
Being a leader is a challenge in itself. And every leadership role comes with its own set of specific challenges. Here are some of the most common situations that can give you the opportunity to bring out your best in your leadership and team.
Being proactive as a leader is one of the best things you can do for your team. The more leaders can stay current with their team, their business, and their competitors, the better they can help their employees plan and implement new strategies.
Your surroundings may lead to your own workplace exhaustion when a culture is low on a sense of control and social connection.
The National Pest Management Association shares what Americans need to know if you live in one of the states affected by this natural wonder.
A researcher at Piedmont University in Georgia determined that the four male spiders are members of a new species called the Pine Rockland trapdoor spider.
Also known as "crazy worms," the invasive insect can damage soil to the point that nothing will ever grow there again.