October 2013
Thank You to Our KPMA Summer Meeting and Short Course Sponsors:

Bell Labs
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A Message from KPMA President

Donnie Blake, OPC, Louisville, KY


I am attending the NPMA PestWorld Convention
in Phoenix the week of October 21st. Hopefully there will be large group of folks from Kentucky in attendance to heckle Kevin Pass during his Presidential address. Seriously, I look forward to seeing a native Kentuckian on the national stage. The pest management industry in Kentucky should be proud of Kevin for his achievement in becoming NPMA President.

While I am in the mode of talking about the pest management industry in Kentucky, we should be extremely proud of our University of Kentucky Short Course. The program and attendance at this year's meeting was outstanding. Dr. Mike Potter, Gary Blankenship and the Short Course planning committee do a fabulous job every year in developing the program and selecting speakers. Kentucky is lucky to have someone with Dr. Potter's stature, reputation and commitment to the pest management industry.    

During the Short Course, KPMA donated $5,000 to the University of Kentucky for bed bug research. Additionally, over $13,000 was presented to the Kentucky Pest Control Education Fund (KPCEF) from the joint vendor sponsorship proceeds. These funds come from shared vendor sponsorships at the KPMA Summer Meeting and the UK Short Course. This would not happen without the continued support of our meeting sponsors, so please take the time to thank the sponsors for all of their support. Ray Hardebeck, Chris Christensen and Scott Underwood are diligent in working with our vendors and planning KPMA sponsored meetings. Our industry owes these folks a debt of gratitude for all their hard work.

Your KPMA Board is beginning to work on potential changes to the IPM in Schools regulation.  There continues to be some confusion within our industry and with our customers on some aspects of the regulation. If you have any comments regarding possible revisions, please contact me or any KPMA Board member.

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. That said, how about the routine KPMA newsletters you are receiving? Andrew Architect at NPMA is doing a great job in managing KPMA affairs. Thank you Andy for all of your hard work!  

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




Donnie Blake

KPMA President

News From National 
U.S. Hazard Communication Standard: What Managers Need To Know  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

1:00 p.m. ET




In order to be in compliance with the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, each person dealing with chemicals in your company must be verifiably trained by December 1, 2013. Attend this webinar to learn what you need to know to ensure your team's compliance.

Obamacare Notice Requirements in Effect 

Under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, starting October 1, 2013, pest management professionals and other employers are required to inform their workers that the new Obamacare health exchanges are available. Click here to read more about the issue. Click here to access the Department of Labor's guidance to employers regarding their notification requirements and here to see sample notices employers can use to provide to their employees.
What is the Buzz All About?
By Gene Harrington, Marcia Duke & Bob Rosenberg, NPMA

Without question, the hottest pest management regulatory issue these days is protecting bees from unintended exposure to pesticides. Recently adopted and future public policy will impact pesticide use patterns for all user groups including pest management professionals (PMPs). Click here to read more.

NEW!! PestWorld 2013 App
NPMA is pleased to present the official PestWorld 2013 app, which will serve as a great resource for all things PestWorld before, during and after the conference.

Use the app to navigate the exhibit hall, view the conference schedule & create your own personal schedule, download speaker presentations, rate educational sessions, network with other PestWorld attendees, and schedule appointments with exhibitors!

Mark Your Calendar for the 2014 Lawn Care Summit 

January 27-29

Omni Nashville Hotel, Nashville, TN 


Join the National Pest Management (NPMA) and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) for the Lawn Care Summit 2014, an educational program offering both technical and business management sessions for lawn care professionals, including owners, managers, and technicians.


Click here to download the educational program.  

News & Views
Stink Bugs Are Here to Stay
WAVE News, October 8, 2013  
Now that the weather is turning cooler stink bugs are looking for a warm spot to remain cozy for the winter and that just may be your home. Read more...


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