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NPMA has received information indicating that certain personal protective equipment (PPE) items are in short supply. With the critical need for N95 respirators in the health care field, there are few if any “dust/mist” type respirators or particulate filters (N, P, or HE) available in the marketplace, as of April 2020. Some distribution outlets are predicting back-orders with delivery-dates in June, July, or later. 

  • Pesticides may not be applied without the label-required PPE. 

  • Home-made masks are not sufficient substitutes for label-required respirators/masks. 

  • No exemption or relaxation of the requirements has been made by EPA. 

  • Users may need to select alternative products or practices, if required PPE is not available. For example, re-usable gloves can be washed and re-used in the absence of disposable gloves. 


  • Review product labels to identify key products that require respiratory protection. 

  • Evaluate existing inventory and/or availability of PPE. 

  • Seek alternative products or practices if PPE is not obtainable. There may be a very similar product available with different label requirements. 

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The United States structural pest control industry is comprised of more than 19,000 pest control firms.  The professional pest control industry generated an estimated $9.359 billion in total service revenue in 2019, a 4.3 percent increase from the $8.971 billion measured in 2018, according to the latest report A Strategic Analysis of the U.S. Structural Pest Control Industry from Specialty Consultants, LLC.  The percentage increase this past year was more than twice the 2019 U.S. GDP increase of 2.1 percent. Recurring revenue accounted for 81.6 percent of the residential pest control service revenue.

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We are aware there are questions about PestWorld 2020 slated for Nashville in October. We believe in our industry and our ability to survive and thrive, especially during difficult times. We understand the importance of events like PestWorld in bringing the industry together to create opportunities for advancement in education, business successes and networking, all of which make us stronger as an industry. Currently, we are moving forward with PestWorld 2020 as planned. We as a nation are taking it one day at a time, NPMA is closely monitoring the situation and adapting as needed. The safety of our members is of the utmost importance to us and we will make any future decisions with this in mind. So for now, please mark your calendar for October 13-16 and plan to join us for PestWorld 2020 as we bring the industry back together. Registration and program information will be available soon, stay tuned!

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Join Zach Devries from the University of Kentucky this Friday, April 24 at 4:00 PM EST as he cover the habits of some of the most common cockroaches you may encounter as well as the public health threat posed from cockroaches so that you can give your customers the best service and knowledge for proper protection. Register today for the Controlling Cockroach Infestations webinar.

Each webinar is one hour and costs $10 to attend as this series is an opportunity to get CEU credits without leaving your home or office. Credits have been approved in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, MA, MD, MI, MS, MT, NC, NM, OK, RI, SC, TN, WA, WV, and WYClick here to view the full webinar series and full credit details.

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We look forward to seeing our super PMPs July 14-16 in Orlando, Florida for team building, networking and professional development opportunities at Academy 2020!

Check out the highlights from 2019, stay tuned for program updates and Register Today!

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Fast Company

The ongoing threat of vector-borne disease is reshaping our understanding of the dangers of a warming climate.

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Richmond Register

Our early spring was welcomed during this mentally challenging time, but the fast warm-up brought ticks out a little earlier than normal. These bloodsuckers don’t practice social distancing.

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Mosquitoes start becoming more active again once air temperatures regularly hit above 50-55 degrees. This week, we’re a little cooler, but temperatures in May will be much warmer than this, indicating a significant increase in activity levels.

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Fox News

In parts of some U.S. cities, starving rats have been taking to deserted streets amid the coronavirus lockdown. Some have even resorted to cannibalism in their desperate search for food.

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Los Angeles Times

As forensic virologists search to uncover the origins of COVID-19, bats have been fingered as a likely source. But some bat lovers and chiropterologists — scientists who study the flying mammals — are adamant there is no proof.

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During a crisis, leaders tend to hyperfocus on managing the threat and neglect long-range thinking. That’s a mistake because vision is critical both for evaluating short-term decisions and for creating a better future.

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No one saw this coming. Performance has nothing to do with it. The humans you are laying off are in the midst of one of the most stressful times in their lives. So are you. Each person’s story is heart-wrenching. Here’s the best advice I have for this challenging time.

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In a recent Inc. webinar, 12-time Inc. 5000 honoree Tom Gimbel explained the unconventional strategies that have helped boost his company's productivity and morale during the pandemic.

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