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National observance celebrates the critical role of pest professionals in protecting our health, homes and property

The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the consumer marketing and public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is working to spread awareness about the importance of partnering with a licensed pest control professional during National Pest Management Month in April. For more than 40 years, this annual designation has acknowledged the pest management industry’s ongoing commitment to the protection of health, food and property from common pest threats. PPMA will spend the month educating consumers about the essential role pest professionals play in protecting the quality of life here in the U.S. while also promoting the importance of proactively protecting homes from pests all year long.

“Pest control professionals don’t just get rid of pests, they work to keep us safe from all the potential health and property risks that pests bring along with them. Informing the public about these threats is critical and it shows the real value pest control services provide well beyond just removing an infestation,” said Cindy Mannes, executive director of PPMA. “PPMA works to share these important messages with consumer audiences all year long, but we also hold this observance every April to urge the industry to join the conversation and to participate in this special awareness initiative.”

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Uniting the Globe to Protect Health Through Technology, Innovation and Public/Private Partnerships in Professional Pest Management 

The third Global Summit of Pest Management Services for Public Health and Food Safety, presented by NPMA and the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA), will be held June 4-6, 2018 at the Hotel Cascais Miragem in Portugal. Participants will address emerging issues and evaluate - with clients and other relevant stakeholders - which action steps are required to respond to these future needs. Click here to view the full program and register online.

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NPMA is excited to offer the new must-have reference book on bed bugs, Advances in the Biology and Management of Modern Bed Bugs. This comprehensive text provides the latest in technical and practical information on both the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius L., and the tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus (F). It incorporates the newest cutting-edge research, and thoroughly reviews the legal, medical and regulatory impacts of bed bugs. Covering bed bug management in hotels, homes, hospitals and more, this book serves as a one-stop source for PMPs. This book will be released in April 2018. Pre-order your copy before March 31, 2018 and save 20% off the suggested retail price of $200!

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Submission Deadline: April 1

Each year, NPMA works diligently to identify and recruit members to serve on our association’s standing committees. 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 an industry colleague to serve on an NPMA committee during the 2018-2019 membership year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Your involvement and leadership will help us chart a successful future for the association and the industry. Please take a moment to view the list of standing NPMA committees and complete an application.

The majority of NPMA committees meet face-to-face three times per year in conjunction with NPMA's Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., NPMA Academy and PestWorld. Committee Conference calls are scheduled as needed but don’t typically exceed once per month.

Please note: Committee appointments are for a 2 year term. We ask that all committee members attend at least two thirds of face-to-face meetings and teleconferences per year. Additionally, the incoming NPMA President makes final appointments of individuals to all NPMA committees.

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Subterranean Termites and Eggs in Wood

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Member Benefit Highlight

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NPMA Education and Events

Monday, June 4, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Preparing for the Unexpected: A Lesson Learned from the Tropical Bed Bug
Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., Staff Entomologist, National Pest Management Association

Monday, September 10, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Understanding the Disease Potential of Urban Rodents
Matt Frye, Ph.D., Community IPM Extension Area Educator, Cornell University

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Advanced Control Techniques for Domestic and Peridomestic Cockroaches
Chad Gore, Entomologist/Market Technical Director, Rentokil North America

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In Memoriam

Thomas James Nay Sr., 59, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away on March 20, 2018. Tom Nay worked in the pest control industry for over 35 years. In lieu of flowers, the Nay family would like all donations to go into a fund to help cover medical and family related expenses. To donate, please go to

Members Make Headlines

NPMA is pleased to announce that Robert Kunst, president of Fischer Environmental Services in Mandeville, LA, was nominated and approved by the Board of Directors to be an Honorary Member of NPMA. Kunst has worked in the pest management industry since 1974 for both Orkin Pest Control and Terminix prior to purchasing Fischer Environmental Services in 1981. Kunst is well-deserving of this recognition as he has served as Past President of the Greater New Orleans Pest Control Association, Past President of the Louisiana Pest Control Association, and Past President of the National Pest Management Association. To view a complete list of NPMA Honorary Members, click here.

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Environmental Pest Control is pleased to announce that it has acquired Advance Pest Control Services, located in Orangeville, Ontario.

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Copesan Services, Inc. is pleased to announce its $11,180 contribution to two key charitable organizations providing scholarship funds and research support to the pest management industry.

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Weekly Headlines

Washington Business Journal
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recently released its bi-annual Bug Barometer™, an indicator of the pest pressure and activity that Americans can expect to see in their respective regions of the country based on weather patterns and long-term predictions, as well as pest biological behaviors.

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How ticks latch on — and stay on — is a feat of engineering that scientists have been piecing together.

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Tech Times
Cockroaches are one of the most unwanted and persistent home pests, but findings of a new DNA analysis have shown why these bugs are so hard to get rid of.

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