Why do consumers use professional pest control services? Perhaps more importantly, why don’t they? These and other questions were answered in a national survey commissioned by the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as NPMA's consumer education and public outreach arm. The group sought to measure the attitudes that motivate the use and non-use of professional pest control by American homeowners.
As you are all certainly aware, today is Election Day. This seemingly endless Presidential campaign cycle will finally come to a conclusion, but there are also important Congressional races that will determine the majority in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. NPMA strongly encourages everyone to be engaged and to vote. Many of you may already know your polling information or even possibly voted (this morning, early or absentee) but for those who need to "double check" please confirm your polling information by clicking here
NPMA will provide analysis following the elections on how we anticipate the results will impact our industry. Again, make sure you get out and vote!
It’s not too late! Register today for the Global Bedbug Summit, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Indianapolis, to join your fellow PMPs in learning the latest on bed bug control strategies and technologies. If you offer bed bug services, this is the one conference you do not want to miss. Register now
PestVets, with the support of FMC, is offering complimentary job listings on NPMA’s Career Center for any NPMA members who are looking to hire veterans. There are currently 600 job opportunities
posted on the NPMA Career Center
If you have any contacts within a veteran organization, please share this great hiring resource with them. Please contact Janay Rickwalder
with any questions.
We invite you to join us for the 2017 Eastern Conference, to be held January 18-20 in Atlantic City, and the 2017 Southern Conference, to be held February 7-8 in Memphis. The conferences will focus on respective regional issues and will feature a mix of in-depth management sessions and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry. For more details, visit http://www.npmapestworld.org
With almost 6,000 pest management professionals in its network, there’s almost certainly another NPMA member who’s faced the challenges you’re facing. Been there. Done that.
NPMA’s new Mentor Match program
was designed to help you find those professionals and get great advice that will keep you sharp, current and (last but not least) ahead of the pack.
Have a human resources problem? Question? Crisis? Do you simply need to brainstorm a problem or a particular employee situation? NPMA members can call, email or text Seay Management Consultants to speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge regarding any employment issue that arises in your business. The comprehensive menu of services provided can be found here
Sandy Seay and his associates are very familiar with the pest management industry, having represented and advised pest management companies for nearly 50 years. For more information about Seay Management Consultants, click here
. To contact Sandy Seay, call 407-426-9484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Last week, NPMA staff participated in the EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) at Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) in Crystal City. The PPDC is a federal advisory committee to EPA on pesticide-related issues. Of particular interest was a Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) Evaluation Metric workgroup meeting that occurred before the start of the full PPDC. This group has been tasked with making recommendations to EPA about how to best evaluate MP3s developed by states to protect managed pollinators from acute exposure to pesticides in situations not associated with applications made to fields in bloom when managed pollinators are present.
The full committee met on Wednesday and Thursday. Topics ranged from EPA’s role in the federal government’s Zika efforts, pollinator protection, neonicotinoid risk assessment, to an update on the proposed certification and training rule. Despite expectations, the final certification and training rule has not yet been released. The rule is still under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We anticipate that the final rule will be released in mid to late November. Another topic of particular interest was a report on the Agency’s Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products that was released in May of 2015. The policy laid the groundwork for the development of managed pollinator protection plans and outlined label restrictions on insecticides labeled for foliar applications of products toxic to bees when crops are in bloom and managed pollinators are on site. The proposed policy received over 113,000 comments, of which approximately 450 were unique comments. A final rule is scheduled for release in December 2016 or January 2017.
NPMA recently participated in a Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) meeting to discuss strategy after the elections and during the lame duck Congressional session. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the sponsor of S. 3464, The Overtime Reform and Review Act, joined the meeting as the group continued to discuss the path forward with legislation. Following the elections, we will need your assistance again as we mobilize the NPMA grassroots network.
Since previously reported, the two federal court challenges to the overtime rule have been consolidated into one case. The case brought by several states and industry groups survived an initial challenge by the Department of Labor to stay a preliminary injunction and summary judgment until after December 1, 2016. The court will review the Department of Labor’s response and if necessary, will hold a hearing November 28th.
On October 24, the District of Columbia City Council held a hearing on a bill titled, DC - B580 Pesticide Education and Control Amendment Act of 2016
. This bill proposes to amend the definition of a "District restricted use pesticide" by using a different methodology than the EPA currently uses and would require an exemption or emergency exemption when applying a "District restricted use pesticide" to certain designated areas. We are in the process of activating our grassroots base of member companies in the DC metro area as a part of our advocacy strategy.
NPMA is developing a response to submit to the council and will be following up with council members prior to a potential vote in early December. If you are an NPMA member company who operates in Washington DC, and curious about the specifics of this bill and/or would like to assist in the efforts, please don’t hesitate to contact Andrew Bray
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators is pleased to announce the merger and acquisition of Whitco Pest Management Inc.
The Virginia Pest Management Association (VPMA) hosted over 200 PMPs, suppliers and industry expert speakers at its 11th annual State Technical Meeting in September. Held in Richmond, September 20 – 22, 107 companies were represented at this largest gathering of PMPs in Virginia!