November 2015


Grants 30 Day Extension on Certification and Training Rule

On Tuesday, November 10th, NPMA was made aware by EPA that a 30 day extension had been granted for public comments on the proposed changes to the certification and training rule. In the note received by NPMA's Public Policy Staff, EPA explained that they have received and considered a number of requests to extend the public comment and therefore have prolonged the submission date to December 23, 2015. NPMA along with our coalition members submitted a request for extension shortly after the proposed rule was released.
NPMA's Public Policy Committee will be hosting a final webinar in the coming weeks to discuss and solicit input to for the final comments that NPMA will submit to the agency prior to the closing date.
How Ants and Ketchup Are Alike: Both Solid-Like and Liquid-Like
Science Daily, October 26, 2015

Collections of ants have a remarkable ability to change shapes and tasks based on the demands of their environment. When floodwaters hit, they self-assemble and form rafts to stay alive. They can also use their bodies to build bridges and span gaps. What are the properties of these ant aggregations that allow for this wide range of abilities? New research from the Georgia Institute of Technology says it's because the insects are actually liquid-like and solid-like simultaneously. Read the entire article here.

Lighting the Path to Improved Pest Management

CFM&D, October 21, 2015

It's a well-known fact that light attracts pests, and yet, most facility managers don't consider pest management when designing and installing lighting systems in and around their properties.
Many nocturnal flying insects are drawn to exterior lighting around buildings - pests such as moths, flies and beetles. Why? There is no definitive answer, but one theory is that they evolved to use the natural light of the sun or moon to navigate. Keeping this natural light on one side of their body helps maintain a straight, steady flight path. When they come across artificial light, they mistake it for the sun or moon and try to use it as navigational aid, but because it emits light in multiple directions, they become confused. Now, keeping light on one side of their body leads them to fly endlessly around the light source.
When lighting attracts insects to a building, there's a greater chance they will find a way inside through unscreened windows, doors, cracks and crevices. What's more, insects can attract other pests to a property: insect predators including rodents, birds, bats and raccoons.
The good news is that proper lighting systems at strategic locations can be used to minimize pest problems.
Here are some tips to keep pests from creating more pest pressure on a property.
Have You Logged Into the New NPMA Website?

The NPMA website,  has gotten a facelift and is more user friendly than ever! Here are the top five things you can do as of today...we'll be adding a lot more features over the next few months!
  1. You can update your own member profile
  2. You can tell us what you want to hear about
  3. You can print your membership certificate (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)
  4. You can add new staff to your membership listing (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)
  5. You can update your company information (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)
You should have received an email in the last few weeks which included your login information. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact NPMA at 800.678.6722 or
January 2016 Regional Continuing Education Workshop
The Kentucky Pest Management Association (KPMA) in cooperation with the Boone County Extension Office have designed a workshop with both educational and regulatory sessions of interest to pest professionals. Attendees will earn credits in Kentucky and surrounding states.

Workshop Details:
Boone County Extension Office
6028 Camp Ernst Road
Burlington, KY 41005
Thursday, January 21, 2016 7:30 am - 5:15 pm

A complete list of the session topics to be covered at the workshop is here.
We Want to Hear from You

We are always looking for fun and interesting articles to include and would love to hear your suggestions for articles for this newsletter.  If you've seen an article you would like for us to include, please submit it via email to Jessica Dominguez at
QualityPro: Making the Most of Certification 

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PesTech3.0, Wildlife Expo and Regional Conferences
This winter NPMA will pull together professionals from throughout the country for a series of meetings to keep you current on the latest in the industry.  Join us at PesTech3.0 2016 
from January 5-7 in in San Jose, CA for a mix of business management sessions and interactive breakout groups featuring up-and-coming information/digital technologies for the pest management industry. "The changes in technology in the past five years have been extraordinary," stated NPMA CEO Bob Rosenberg. "During PesTech3.0 2016  companies will have the opportunity to learn about advances in mobile technologies, business automation, big data, security and other technologies on the horizon that will improve their efficiencies and create opportunities for financial growth."

The conference will feature technology thought leaders and provide a forum for attendees to learn from each other about their technology experiences as well as the current technologies used to enhance daily practices within their pest management businesses. Hotel information and registration forms for the conference are available on NPMA's website

Professionals who are involved in wildlife management or are considering offering this valuable add-on service  will want to join the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) for the Wildlife Expo 2016, January 15-17, Las Vegas, NV. The educational program will provide both technical and business-related information. Hotel information for Wildlife Expo 2016 is available here

Also upcoming in January, regional conferences bring together members for the opportunity to network and learn.  The Eastern Conference this year takes place at the Kalahari Resort, Poconos, PA from January 13-15.  At the end of the month, TheSouthwestern Conference will be held at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel from January 26-28. The Southern Conference 2016 follows from February 9-10 at the Hilton Memphis, Memphis, TN. 


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