May 2013

Upcoming Events





A Message from KPMA President

Donnie Blake, OPC, Louisville, KY


Termite season has come to a close with the summer season upon us. Hopefully everyone had a good termite swarm season. Remember to mark your calendars for July 30th and 31st for the KPMA Annual Summer meeting at Wildwood Country Club in Louisville.


Every KPMA member is invited and encouraged to attend the KPMA Annual meeting and dinner on Tuesday evening July 30th. There is no charge for two people from each member company. There is a small charge, which includes dinner and entertainment, for additional attendees.


I realize this is a restatement from last month's newsletter but in years past some folks did not fully understand that the KPMA Annual meeting dinner was open for all KPMA members with no cost for two members from each member company. We will have good food and entertainment along with guests from NPMA and KDA. NPMA Executive Vice-President, Bob Rosenberg, will be a featured speaker and will provide an update on NPMA and government affairs issues facing our industry. KDA officials have been invited so stay tuned for additional information. We look forward to having a record number of KPMA members at the KPMA Annual meeting.


I have reserved a limited number of tee times for the Tuesday morning golf outing so it would be helpful if everyone playing would register as early as possible. If the golf course is notified soon enough there may be a possibility for additional tee times if needed. Ray Hardebeck, Chris Christensen and Scott Underwood have developed an outstanding educational session for Wednesday, July 30th. This will be a wonderful opportunity to receive valuable information and obtain recertification credit hours. See everyone in July!


Larry Cox has retired as Executive Director and Deputy Commissioner at KDA. We wish Larry a wonderful retirement! The new Executive Director is Benson Bell. Mr. Bell has been Director of the Division of Regulation and Inspection at KDA since Commissioner Comer assumed office as Commissioner of Agriculture. The KPMA looks forward to working with him in the future.


If anyone has any interesting news regarding their company for submission in the KPMA newsletter, please forward the information to me at 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
On-Site Registration Fees (For registrations received after May 24, 2013)
Members - $85
Non-Members - $95
Click here for registration and to view the full schedule.
News From National 
NPMA, USDA Reach Agreement on Wildlife Services Competition Related Issue


The National Pest Management Association and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services recently reached an agreement on the definition of the term "urban rodent control", which, for the first time, establishes meaningful parameters as to the work WS can and cannot perform.


A law passed in the late 1980s permits WS to perform wildlife management in non-agricultural settings. While the law was passed primarily to allow WS to manage birds at airports and engage in rabies vaccination activities, the language is very broad and authorizes almost any type of vertebrate work imaginable, except "urban rodent control." The term is not defined, however, so the exception is largely meaningless. NPMA has long sought to have an official, enforceable definition of the term.


Click here to view a letter WS wrote to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma outlining the agreement. NPMA will continue working with Members of Congress and Wildlife Services to codify and implement the definition.

Hazmat Registration Program Fees Reduced for 2013-2014


A final rule published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2013 lowered registration fees for the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Hazmat Registration Program for 2013-2014. The revised Fee Table from the Department of Transportation for the year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014 is provided here. After the 2013-2014 registration year, the fee schedule will return to previous levels.
PHMSA's Hazmat Registration Program requires certain carriers, shippers, and other offerors of hazmat to register and pay a fee for each registration year during which they engage in any of the covered activities. Please view the letter NPMA received from PHMSA for additional information on the fee reductions. Further information is also available on the Hazmat Registration Program's homepage. 
Academy 2013: Register Now and SAVE!

July 17-19

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

Phoenix, Arizona

Register today and SAVE $50!


Academy is THE industry conference dedicated to motivating and developing the pest management industry's leaders. Presented by NPMA's Leadership Development Group, Academy is focused on providing both company leaders and up-and-coming managers with professional and personal development - slanted to the needs of the pest management professional. You do not want to miss this year's nationally recognized speakers, so make plans to attend today!


Hotel Information

This year's event will be held at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Phoenix. To reserve a room at the group rate of $129/night, please visit The group rate is available until June 23, 2013 and is subject to availability.

News & Views
Cicadas Swarm East Coast; Not Here Til 2015
West Kentucky Star, May 16, 2013

With the national news media headquartered on the East Coast, you'll probably hear even more than usual about "Swarmageddon," as this year's cicada swarm emerges right in their backyard.

This month, billions of the noisy, red-eyed bugs are burrowing up from underground lairs where they've laid in wait for 17 years. From North Carolina to New York state, millions of cicadas per acre will screech their mating calls at a volume that can rival a rock concert.

Western Kentucky and southern Illinois are not included in the footprint of "Brood II," as this year's swarm is labeled by entomologists. In fact, this area isn't a significant home to 17-year cicadas. Instead, our region's cicada broods come out every 13 years, but otherwise are nearly identical to their "older" cousins. Read more... 

Snake Population Growing, Know How To Identify Poisonous
Surf KY, May 16, 2013

As summer approaches and more people are enjoying the outdoors, it is important to know what you are looking for, in case you come across a venomous snake.

According to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, of the 32 species that live in Kentucky, only four are venomous. Ranging in sizes, some are slender and masters of camouflaging themselves, while others display vibrant colors. These snakes can be found living anywhere, from your backyard to deep inside the woods. Read more... 



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