June 2013

Upcoming Events





A Message from KPMA President

Donnie Blake, OPC, Louisville, KY


Summer has officially arrived and so has the hot weather. Travel plans are being made with many people traveling for fun and recreation while others are attending the various meeting opportunities around the region and country. When making your summer meeting plans, make sure you remember to mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31 for the KPMA Annual and Summer meeting.


The meeting is once again being held at Wildwood Country Club in Louisville. Everyone seems to enjoy this venue for the meeting, golf and the Annual dinner on the evening of Tuesday, July 30. Watch for the registration information to arrive at your office or home and make arrangements to attend this annual event. I look forward to seeing everyone the end of July!


Remember: 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 covers costs for dinner and entertainment, for additional attendees.


Another great meeting opportunity is the NPMA Academy. The Academy will be held in Phoenix, Arizona July 17 - July 19. This is a fabulous meeting at a great resort and is a wonderful educational and networking experience. For the up and coming people in your company, the Academy is an opportunity for them to form lifelong relationships. Consider placing the Academy on your summer meeting schedule and possibly build a vacation around the meeting.


The University of Kentucky Short Course is scheduled for October 1 - October 3. The NPMA PestWorld Convention and Meeting is scheduled for October 22 - October 25 in Phoenix. Mark your calendars for these annual events.


Well, it is official, Kevin Pass in now President of NPMA. We wish Kevin good luck as NPMA President and a successful term of office. Congratulations Kevin!


Your KPMA Board will be discussing some potential regulation and Statute revisions with KDA. Any suggested changes are just now being formulated and it is too early to outline any recommendations. We should be able to provide an initial outline of possible revisions at the KPMA Annual Meeting and dinner the evening of July 30. We look forward to working with KDA and the Industry on developing some needed revisions. Stay tuned!


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

Register Today and Earn Credits at the KPMA Summer Meeting


July 30-31, 2013
Wildwood Country Club
5000 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40291 
Tuesday, July 30
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Golf Tournament (Prizes will be awarded - Limited Availability)
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  
Member Banquet & President's Reception - RSVP dinner to include guest speaker & KPMA general membership meeting. (2 persons per company included with registration)
Wednesday, July 31
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Continuing Education Recertification Training
(Continuing education state approvals applied for: IL, IN, KY, OH, TN, VA, WV)

Click here to view the full schedule.
Hotel Information
Marriott East, 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., Louisville, KY 40299
Call 502-491-1184 and mention "KPMA" or click here to make your reservations before July 8th to receive the group rate of $97 per night.

Registration Fees
KPMA Members - $75
KPMA Non-Members - $100

Click here to register!
Click here for exhibitor registration.
News From National 

NPMA Accepting Nominations for Young Entrepreneur Award  


NPMA recently announced a call for nominations for the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Rentokil.

This is the second year the NPMA will recognize young entrepreneurs 40 years or younger working in the professional pest management industry. Applicants will have demonstrated an ability to create or develop an industry innovation or brought a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Nominations may be submitted online. Self-nominations will be accepted as well. All nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 15, 2013.
Applicants will be evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on:
  • Notable contributions made to his or her company in a management level capacity
  • Contributions to the pest management industry 
  • Personal leadership and community involvement   
The panel of judges will select one award recipient who will be announced during PestWorld 2013, October 22-25 in Phoenix.

Submit Your Nominations for the 2013 Women of Excellence Award 


The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is currently accepting nominations for NPMA's Women of Excellence Award, presented by Orkin. This is the fifth year the NPMA will recognize women who advance the pest management industry every day, in every way. Nominations may be submitted online no later than August 15. Self-nominations will be accepted. Click here to view the nomination guidelines.


The award recipient will be announced at a special award presentation during PestWorld 2013, Oct. 22-25 in Phoenix.


For more information about the NPMA Women of Excellence Award, please click here or contact Dominique Stumpf at dstumpf@pestworld.org or 703-352-6762.

Early Bird Deadline Nearing - Send Your Team to Academy 2013 

Register today and send your team to Academy 2013, July 17-19 in Phoenix, Arizona - it could be the best staff development decision you make all year.

The NPMA Academy is focused on developing not only the emerging leaders in the industry - it's also focused on creating future leaders for your company. And this year's program features renowned business leaders who will impart information and knowledge that cannot be found in a single setting anywhere else.

In addition to the nationally-recognized speakers, your team will have the ability to work with other industry leaders and develop relationships that they can bring back to the office to help your business succeed 365 days a year.


Register today! Early bird registration ends June 26. 

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News & Views
Mosquitoes Bother and Bite
WPSD Local, June 10, 2013
They are out in full force and some people say the state's efforts to stop them are not working. Mosquitoes are biting and bothering just about everyone who lives near bodies of water, and a doctor warns they could be carrying diseases.

Despite eradication efforts, the bugs aren't going away and many say the problem is only getting worse. In fact, Kentucky Director of Public Health Grayson Brown says Western Kentucky is close to an emergency declaration. Read more...
Emerald Ash Borer Still a Threat to Louisville's Trees, But City Response is Piecemeal
WFPL News, June 7, 2013
As Louisville begins to confront an urban tree canopy decimated by drought and storms, another hazard is poised to do even more damage. Emerald ash borers are invasive beetles that attack ash trees; if the trees aren't treated, the pest could wipe out most or all of Louisville's ash trees. But the city still lacks a comprehensive plan to combat the insect. Read more... 


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