November 2013
Upcoming Events






A Message from KPMA President

Donnie Blake, OPC, Louisville, KY


Fall is coming to a close with the holidays and winter season fast approaching. During these "calmer" times in our businesses we can begin to focus on training and preparing for the spring. KPMA has already developed recertification programs for 2014 with the first training program scheduled for January 30 in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Watch for upcoming information on these important meetings. Additionally, our members in the Bowling Green area are providing a training session on January 23 in Bowling Green. Information for this meeting is included in this newsletter. The KPMA Annual Summer meeting has already been scheduled for the last week of July 2014. Mark your calendars for these on-going training and networking opportunities.


NPMA's PestWorld Convention in Phoenix was a resounding success. Our fellow KPMA member, Kevin Pass, provided an eloquent and inspirational Presidential address to the attendees. Several of our members from Kentucky attended the event with everyone having an enjoyable trip.  


On November 15 Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, James Comer, held a news conference to announce the Kentucky Department of Agriculture was returning $1.65 million dollars to the state of Kentucky from the proceeds of the sale of the state fuel lab. Congratulations to Commissioner Comer and we thank him for his leadership as Commissioner of Agriculture!


KPMA continues to work with KDA in revising the IPM in Schools regulation. The goal is to make the regulation easier to understand with more options for both the structural pest management industry and the schools we service. This is an important initiative and we hope to have a finished product by January 1. I have appointed a committee, chaired by Tony Bohnert, to work on this important issue. The other committee members are Erich Hardebeck, Chris Christensen, Shawn Rich and myself. Please contact any one of these folks if you have any suggestions or concerns.  


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

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

Wednesday, November 27, 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.

Register Today for KPMA's January Recertification Meeting


The Kentucky Pest Management Association (KPMA) in cooperation with the Kentucky Department Of Agriculture Environmental Services and the University of Kentucky Entomology Department are proud to present the first regional recertification meeting of 2014. Join us on January 30 and earn credits in Kentucky and surrounding states. Credits have been applied for from KY, IN, MO, IL, VA, OH, WV, & TN. 


University of Kentucky - Campbell County Extension Office

3500 Alexandria Pike

Highland Heights, KY 41076

Registration Fees
KPMA State or National Joint Members - $15.00
Non KPMA, Joint Members - $85.00
Topics include:
  • Bed Bugs and the Prevention of Reoccurring Infestations
  • ABC's of Mosquito Management
  • The Stink Bug Plague
  • Termite Management Options and Solutions
  • A Different Approach to Vertebrate Management
  • And more! 

Click here to view the full program. 


For information on the certification exam and fees please contact Steve Sims, Structural Branch Manager, with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at 502-564-7274 or by email at

Bowling Green Area PCO School

January 23, 2014
WKU Ag Expo Center
406 Elrod Road, Bowling Green, KY

On Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 8am - 4pm KPMA members will be hosting a training class at the WKU Ag Expo Center. If you would like to sign up for this great educational opportunity please click here

Register Today for the Redesigned Eastern Conference 

NPMA invites you to join us January 21-23 for the redesigned 2014 Eastern Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown in Tarrytown, NY. Conference highlights include a new day pattern, improved social functions, an enhanced educational program, more quality time with exhibitors and a Wednesday night networking party open to both exhibitors and attendees. This is an event you won't want to miss!

Click here to view the educational program.

News & Views
New Albany School Corp. Denies Bed Bug 'Infestation' at High School
WDRB News, November 18, 2013  
The New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation says there is not an infestation of bed bugs at New Albany High School, contrary to unsubstantiated claims rampant on social media and in complaints to local news outlets. Read more...
Fall Season Brings Unwanted Pests
WYMT News, November 6, 2013  
The fall season is in full swing and with it comes some unwanted pests! Brown marmorated stink bugs came into Kentucky back in 2011 and every fall, we seem to see a rise in these pests. Read more...


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