April 2013

Upcoming Events



A Message from KPMA President

Donnie Blake, OPC, Louisville, KY


Spring has been very elusive this year which has certainly impacted the termite swarming season. It seems we have a couple of nice warm days when termite swarm calls increase and then slow as the weather cools again. Let us hope for a warmer May!


Remember to mark your calendars for the KPMA Summer and Annual Meeting in Louisville on Tuesday, July 30th and Wednesday, July 31st. The Summer Meeting begins with golf on Tuesday and the KPMA Annual meeting Tuesday evening. We are planning on having special invited guests at the Annual meeting along with good food and entertainment. Every KPMA member is invited and encouraged to attend the KPMA Annual meeting on Tuesday evening. There is no charge for two people from each member company. There is a small charge, which includes dinner and entertainment, for additional attendees. The training meeting will be on Wednesday with informative educational sessions and recertification credits. Additionally, there is a KPMA training meeting on Thursday, May 30th at the Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup, Kentucky. Both of these meetings will be an excellent opportunity to receive valuable training and obtain recertification credits.


There have been discussions with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture regarding some revisions to our state statute and regulations. There seems to be a consensus within the pest management industry that some adjustments and clarifications are needed. Your KPMA Board will keep everyone informed as the process progresses.


On April 25th Dr. Mike Potter was honored as a recipient of the University of Kentucky Provost's Distinguished Service Professor Award. There is not a more deserving person! The entire pest management industry has long recognized Mike's significant contributions to our industry and this honor is a much deserved recognition of Mike's dedication and service to the pest management industry. I make these comments as a recipient of Mike's hard work and for a person I consider a dear friend. Congratulations to Mike!


Everyone who is a NPMA member should have received their NPMA Election Ballot. Kevin Pass, who is a KPMA Board member, is the current NPMA President-Elect and is slated to become NPMA President this coming year. We thank Kevin for his service to the pest management industry and congratulate Kevin on becoming NPMA President.


If anyone has any interesting news regarding their company for submission in the KPMA newsletter, please forward the information to me at donnieblake@opcpest.com and I will forward the information to NPMA for inclusion in the next newsletter.


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.
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News From National 
"Mega-Suit" Dismissed, Development Represents Huge Victory for NPMA, Entire Industry


Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed litigation filed by an activist group under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that threatened to undermine the continued use of more than 380 lawfully registered pesticides throughout the United States, including almost all rodenticides and termiticides. Click here to read the judge's decision. The action represents an enormous victory for NPMA and the entire pesticide user and manufacturing communities. Known as the "Mega-suit," the case had the potential to adversely impact almost every PMP.   
New Bed Bug Survey Shows Problem is Not Waning


The new 2013 Bugs Without Borders Survey conducted by NPMA and the University of Kentucky, found that bed bug infestations in the United States continue at high rates and the pest is as much, if not more of a problem than in years past. Read more... 

Registration Now Open for Academy 2013
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You will not find this type of educational opportunity anywhere else. Make your plans today to attend! 
News & Views
Invasive Beetle Reported in 21 Counties
Hazard Herald, April 2, 2013

One of Kentucky's most familiar trees may be in for the fight of its life with a recently discovered pest. These half-inch long, dark metallic green beetles are responsible for the loss of countless trees across the 17 states they have inhabited since their discovery in Michigan in 2002.   


The beetles were discovered in Kentucky in 2009 in the northern Franklin and Shelby County area and within three years researchers with the University of Kentucky have found them in most counties in northern Kentucky. Read more...
Members Make the Headlines
Michael Potter Receives Distinguished Service Professor Award
The University of Kentucky Provost's Distinguished Service Professors were recently honored during a recognition ceremony hosted by Interim Provost Timothy S. Tracy. Michael F. Potter, extension professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture, was among the recipients. Potter is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on the subject of bed bugs and how to deal with infestations of this age-old pest. Together with colleagues such as fellow UK entomologist Ken Haynes and others, Potter's research on bed bugs consistently garners local, statewide, national, and international news media attention. The professorship recognizes and honors professors for consistently high level of achievement in their contributions to their disciplines and the university.


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