January 2016


Register Today! Regional Continuing Education Workshop January 21, 2016
The Kentucky Pest Management Association (KPMA) has cooperated with the Boone County Extension Office to design a workshop with both educational and regulatory sessions of interest to pest professionals. Attendees will earn credits in Kentucky and credits have been applied for in surrounding states including IL, OH, TN, VA and WV.

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.
NPMA Submits Comments to EPA on Proposed Certification and Training Rule 

On Jan. 6, NPMA submitted formal comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the proposed certification and training rule. The proposed rule was introduced in August of 2015 and, if finalized as introduced, will have a profound impact on the structural pest management industry.
Initially, the comment period for the proposed rule was scheduled to end on November 24. This deadline was extended to Dec. 23 and then, less than a week before the deadline, another 30 day extension was provided by EPA until Jan. 23, 2016.
Since August, NPMA has engaged our membership in multiple webinars and in-depth conversations about the impact of this rule for our members. In addition to communicating with members, NPMA has also consistently communicated our concerns with EPA about the proposed rule, and plans to continue to meet with EPA before and after the comment period closes.
Considering the impact of this rule, NPMA thanks those members that participated in the constructive conversations that resulted in these comments. We have additionally provided a draft template
for state associations to submit comments to EPA. If you have additional questions please contact the NPMA Public Policy Team at 800-678-6722.

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Preliminary Pollinator Assessment to Support the Registration Review of Imidacloprid. This document evaluates the risk of the registered agricultural uses of imidacloprid to bees. According to the EPA, it plans to issue a revised Preliminary Ecological Risk Assessment at the end of 2016 that will consider any comments or information submitted in response to this bee-only preliminary risk assessment; incorporate additional data EPA receives that is relevant to bees; and assess the potential risks of all registered uses of imidacloprid to all taxa.

NPMA has been at the forefront of the pollinator health issue, working with EPA, Members of Congress, and also the general public about pollinators. We will remain engaged with EPA regarding structural pest control uses for all active ingredients, including imidacloprid, and we continue to stress the industry position that structural use patterns pose little risk to bees because pollinator exposure is extremely rare when used in accordance with labeled structural application patterns.

The complete preliminary risk assessment is available by clicking here.

NPMA will offer two webinars on January 22, 2016. The first webinar will focus on residential fumigations and the second will address commodity and food processing fumigations. The two webinars explain NPMA's process around fumigation stewardship efforts and solicit feedback from a broad group of industry representatives. If you have a vested interest in this issue please click on the link(s) below to register and save your seat for the webinars.
The fumigation webinars will take place on January 22, 2016 during the times below:
Coming in March: NPMA's New Field Guide App

The printed NPMA Field Guide is the industry's leading resource for pest professionals.  Now thanks to NPMA's new Field Guide App buyers will have access to hundreds of pest photos, biology, behavior and control methods right on their tablet or phone for just $4.99.

Technology has irrevocably changed the way a business works. Today most pest control companies expect employees to use mobile devices to respond to customers quickly. With the Field Guide App, technicians will be able to use a phone or tablet to email a staff entomologist at NPMA directly with pest identification questions or send a fast email to clients that includes photos of pests. A notes section within the App makes adding protocols, notes and standard operating procedures used for clients simple and efficient.  Users can also add their own photos for use as future reference or sales tools.

The App can be downloaded by anyone with a need for identifying pests and researching pest problems.  Look for more detailed information on purchasing the App in coming months!

The Southern Conference will be held February 9-10, 2016 at the Hilton Memphis, Memphis, TN.  A mix of in-depth management sessions, interactive hands-on training and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry, the confeence promises something for everyone. 

This is a great opportunity to network with over 200 management professionals from your region, visit the exhibitor showcase featuring more than 25 suppliers and take advantage of educational tools to grow your business. The Hilton Memphis is located in the heart of the business district with easy access to popular Memphis attractions.  Registration information is here.
Have a Human Resource Issue? 
Have a human resources problem? Question? Crisis? Do you simply need to brainstorm a problem or a particular employee situation? NPMA members can now call, email or text Seay Management Consultants to speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge regarding any employment issue that arises in your business. The comprehensive menu of services provided include:
  • Telephone and email advice, guidance and direction.
  • Writing and Revising Employee Handbooks.
  • Writing, Developing and Implementing Affirmative Action Plans, where required by Federal regulations.
  • Managing OFCCP Affirmative Action Audits.
  • Compliance with all of the Employment Regulations that cover pest management companies.
  • And MORE!
Click here to learn more about this benefit and to view the full list of services provided.
Bed Bugs Top List of Most Searched Pest 2015 

When it comes to the most searched pests in 2015, it's a bloodsucker that takes the cake. NPMA recently announced its list of the Top 10 Pests of the Year, and bed bugs ranked #1. Spiders and stinging insects were also at the top of the list. Click here to see the whole list.

Register for Legislative Day: March 13-15, 2016 

Mark your calendars for Legislative Day 2016, March 13-15 in Washington DC, featuring keynote speakers Paul Begala, Political Commentator, CNN, Ari Fleischer, Author and Former White House Press Secretary, and Nicolle Wallace, Political Analyst, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Former White House Director of Communications, and SE Cupp, Political Commentator and Writer.
In addition to the fantastic line-up of speakers and educational sessions, this is our annual opportunity to storm Capitol Hill and speak face-to-face with you Federal elected officials.  The reality is that no single voice carries more weight with your elected official than your own.  While NPMA provides the strength, the vision and the infrastructure to move the industry forward on public policy issues, the biggest part of our collective success is you.

Please click here to view the program and register today!


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