February 2013

Upcoming Events



A Message from KPMA President

Donnie Blake, OPC, Louisville, KY


Spring is right around the corner! The winter has not been extremely bad but I hate cold weather!   I look forward to warmer weather and hopefully a great termite swarm season for everyone. It will be great to have conversations about something other than bed bugs.


The training session in Boone County on January 30th was well attended. Mark your calendars for May 30th for the next KPMA training meeting at Greenbo State Park in Greenup, Kentucky. Thanks to Ray Hardebeck, Chris Christensen, and Scott Underwood for all their hard work on arranging these meetings. Additionally, we cannot thank enough the speakers at the meetings for giving their time and energy to better the pest management industry.


Remember that NPMA Legislative Day is scheduled for March 17th thru 19th. Legislative Day is the most unique event held for the pest management industry each year. If you have never attended Legislative Day you are missing a wonderful opportunity to visit our Nation's Capital and meet with your elected officials. There is still time to make arrangements to attend this outstanding event.


The KPMA Board is not aware of any legislation in this legislative session in Frankfort that impacts the pest management industry. The KPMA Board continues to work with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to discuss and review possible changes and updates to the regulations. Additionally, the Pest Control Advisory Board met on the first of December to discuss any needed regulatory changes.


The KPMA Summer meeting date has officially been set for July 29th and 30th at Wildwood Country Club in Louisville. As before, there will be the annual golf tournament and the KPMA Annual meeting and dinner during the evening of July 29th. We look forward to an outstanding KPMA Summer meeting.


Thanks again for allowing me to serve as President of KPMA.



Donnie Blake

KPMA President

KPMA May Training Meeting 

Thursday, May 30, 2013
7:30am - 5:15pm
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
965 Lodge Rd., Greenup, KY 41144
Kentucky Credits  
applied for in 7-A, 7-B and 8   
Corresponding Credits  
applied for in IN, IL, MO, OH, TN, VA and WV
Kentucky Certification Exam
Examination for Kentucky certification in categories 8 (public health and private applicators) and 7-a (general pest and termite) and 7-b (integrated pest management) are available. Driver's license or other government issued photo ID must be presented to exam proctor. Exam fees are $25 (category 8 and 7-a) and $10 (for 7-b). Sorry, no cash accepted. An exam check or money order for the appropriate amount is to be made out to Kentucky State Treasurer. Checks that included the program fee and the exam fee will not be accepted and exam will not be administered.  
Registration Fees
Pre-Registration Fees (For registrations received by May 24, 2013)
Members - $65
Non-Members - $75
On-Site Registration Fees (For registrations received after May 24, 2013)
Members - $85
Non-Members - $95
Click here to view the full schedule.
Click here to register!
News From National 

Paul Ryan to Speak at NPMA Legislative Day

The National Pest Management Association recently announced that Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has accepted NPMA's invitation to speak at NPMA Legislative Day and that he will speak on Tuesday, March 19th from 11:30 a.m. until Noon.  
The chairman of the House Budget Committee and 2012 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, Paul Ryan is the intellectual leader of the House Republicans. In his role as chairman, Congressman Ryan has strived to bring fiscal discipline and accountability to the federal government. Chairman Ryan has proposed budgets that help spur job creation today, stop spending money the government doesn't have, and lift the crushing burden of debt. During his talk, Congressman Ryan will outline specific solutions to our nation's fiscal problems and the keys to stimulating the economy.

Click here to view the full program.

Hotel Information
This year, Legislative Day will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington.  To reserve your room, call (888) 421-1442 by February 15, 2013 and mention "NPMA" to receive the group rate of $259 per night (single)/$289 per night (double).  After February 15, rooms and the group rate are subject to availability.

Meet Your Members of Congress
When we receive your registration, we will contact your U.S. Senators to request an appointment between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Click here to see the current schedule. 

NPMA Online Learning Center 
Sign your team up to be tested and trained on Bed Bug Basics - the first training course from our Online Learning Center.

This five star course will provide extensive bed bug training for you and your staff and, upon successful completion, each individual will receive a certificate and a special patch for their uniform.

Get started today at www.pestworld.learningzen.com.

News & Views
White-Nose Syndrome Hits Bats at Cumberland Gap
The Associated Press, February 11, 2013

White-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to bats, has been confirmed at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Park Superintendent Mark Woods said laboratory tests on three bats from the park's more than 30 caves tested positive for the disease.

White-nose syndrome is known to be transmitted primarily from bat to bat, but it can be carried between caves by humans on clothing, footwear, and caving gear. Read more...
Bed Bugs Infest Frankfort Home, Sicken Woman
WKYT News, February 8, 2013

It's the kind of thing nobody ever wants to see...but experts say it's something we all should be able to recognize.

"This is what you want to look for on mattresses and box springs," said UK professor Dr. Michael Potter, pointing to black specks found inside a couch taken from a home on Sunset Dr. in Frankfort.


Inside that home....one of the worst bed bug infestations experts say they have ever seen. Read more... 



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