COMING SOON!

renewalpacketsRenewal Packets

The WSPMA office has been working to create this years renewal packets and they should hit your mailboxes by next week! Included in this years mailing is the renewal form (due June 30), Leavenworth registration and Fall Seminar flyer. To make things smooth all of these forms can be completed and paid for online.

It is important to note that there will be a vote on changes to the WSPMA Bylaws at the Leavenworth General Membership meeting this year. Proposed changes will be posted on the website in the coming weeks and proxy ballots will be mailed prior to the meeting. If you have any input on additions or changes please email them so we can get them out to the Membership.

  Renew your Membership today!
fallseminarFall Seminar 2018
SCHEDULE CHANGE!
Eastern Washington: Thursday, November 29
Western Washington: Saturday, December 1
In order to accommodate our world class speakers schedule, we have reschedule our Fall Seminar to late November.
 
We are proud to host Dr. Bobby Corrigan, Dr. Stuart Mitchell and the King County Health Department to talk about all things rats. It is not often you can gather some of the most trusted and well-known minds together in one place. So join us as we spend the day talking about how rats impact our industry (including a live necropsy)! 


$135 - Members                    $175 - Non-Members
leavenworthLeavenworth 2018
August 23 - 25, 2018

Let's get excited! As we do every year, the WSPMA will meet in Leavenworth, WA for our General Membership Meeting. There are many family friendly events throughout the weekend so mark your calendar and bring your family!

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Whitworth Pest Solutions


Kudos to our technician Brandon--

Brandon was performing a service for one of our customers when a neighbor stopped by and wanted to ask some questions about rodent control for their whole community. Brandon spoke with the neighbor, and then mentioned he would stop by her house with a business card before he left the neighborhood. After he finished the service, he went to her house and knocked on her screen door to give her his card. When she answered the door, she seemed distraught and was acting strangely. After he handed her his card, she closed her door, took a few steps, stumbled, lost her balance and fell to the floor. He asked if she was okay and if she wanted him to call 9-1-1. Although not being able to move, she refused the 9-1-1 call but asked Brandon to call a family member. Brandon called and texted, and when the family member answered, he let them know what happened and that he was staying with her until they arrived. While waiting, he asked her simple questions to make sure she was coherent and okay. When family arrived, Brandon asked if they needed more help and eventually they did call an ambulance. He left his number with them in case they needed it. When the ambulance arrived soon after, he left the rest to the EMT team.

Thank you Brandon. We are proud to have you on our team!

Eastside Exterminators & Rambo Total Pest Control 

Looking through Facebook, I stumbled across two Member companies who fully embraced
Take Your Child to Work Day this past week. Rambo Total Pest Control and Eastside Exterminators had several children join them in the office and in the field for the day. It is events like this that help create interest in our industry from youngsters. I hope we can see some of these kids join the Pest Control industry in the future!

Legislative Days Recap
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 Thank you to Larry Treleven, Billy Olesen and other WSPMA Members who represented our Association during Legislative Days this year. Below you can read a recap provided by Billy Olesen.

Washington, D.C., NPMA Legislative Day 2018
  
  This legislative day Larry Treleven, Alfie Treleven, and myself from our state met with law makers to focused on these three key issues affecting the pest control industry, Bring Clarity to the FIFRA/ESA Intersection, Fix the Broken Pesticide Consultation Process, Pesticides, NPDES Permits and Waters of the United States, and Relationship Between EPA and State Lead Agencies Regarding Pesticide Regulation. 

   Bringing clarity to the FIFRA/ESA intersections just makes sense as it sits now both the EPA and Fish and Wildlife Service both conduct separate independent reviews of a product that "may" affect an endangered species. Furthermore, the ESA unlike the EPA doesn't consider the public health benefits of the product. We have two agencies doing pretty much the same thing using similar science but interpreting it differently. We'd like them to get on the same page and streamline the process to give us quicker access to the new tools to serve our customers and communities in the most effective way.

  Pesticides, NPDES permits and waters of the United States. NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permits are permits that must be obtained pursuant to the Clean Water Act, before applying any pesticide to or near waters of the United States. Our view is that if the EPA has already cleared the product for application in such a way, why should there have to be an additional permit to apply the product according to the pesticide label. This to us seems like a waste of time and resources that could be better spent out getting the job done.

  EPA and State Lead agencies regarding pesticide regulations or as we like to refer to it preemption. As it sits right now Washington State has preemption, meaning that local voting districts can't come in and further rules on pesticide applications to private property. Oregon has preemption as well and its currently being challenged. Our fear is that if the battle is lost in Oregon preemption could start to fall in other states such as Washington. We already have a complex sales tax code that can very from one side of the street to the other. If we had to try and figure out district lines to see where we could apply one product but not another this would deeply affect how we do business. We pushed and are pushing for preemption to be made on a federal scale so that only one state lead agency could regulate the rules for the entire state. 
  
  In closing We met with staff from Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, before heading over to the House office's taking about the issues. The preemption issue is currently addressed in the House Farm Bill but stalled before Easter due to some issues about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). We are hopeful that in the coming weeks we may see some movement with the bill. All in all it was great Legislative day and it always reinforces to me the importance of being active and informed nationally and locally because the anti-pesticide/rodenticide activists are out there talking about everything wrong with pesticides but they never see or fail to recognize the peoples whose lives are made healthier and homes are kept safer because of the work we due and the tools we utilize.

Thank you,

Billy Olesen, A.C.E.
Operations Manager and
Associate Certified Entomologist 

Chuck Sullivan Exterminators, Inc.
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fraudNPMA Fraud Alert

Dear NPMA Members,

 

By now many of you may be aware of an organization that is soliciting NPMA members under the name "National Pest Management Professional Association" or "NPMPA". I wanted to take a moment to provide an update on this entity's fraudulent activities and the proactive steps we are currently taking to remedy the situation.

 

The "National Pest Management Association®" is a registered trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and we therefore are entitled certain proprietary rights and protections under federal and state laws. Specifically, NPMA is entitled to restrict the use of the trademark, or a confusingly similar trademark, in connection with confusingly similar products or services.

 

The "National Pest Management Professional Association" or "NPMPA" is not associated with NPMA in any way, and it is our belief that this entity/website is a fraudulent scam and a violation of NPMA's federally registered trademark. We assert that the slight addition of the word "professional" is a calculated attempt to create confusion among NPMA members and potential consumers. In the last few months we have several well documented incidents of actual confusion among our members, which directly supports our assertion and legal trademark rights.

 

Additionally, this fraudulent entity claims to provide a certification for a fee but provides no further information or standards upon what this certification is based. This so called "certification" for pay, creates consumer confusion with NPMA's own rigorous certification program "QualityPro®", which is additional evidence of trademark infringement.

 

NPMA was made aware of this issue in February and promptly sent notices to all NPMA members via an email alert followed by inclusion in our ePestworld newsletter. We began to monitor this entity's activities and website. Since this time we have been notified by multiple NPMA members that "NPMPA" has sent aggressive and misleading solicitations to them over the past several weeks. In response to this and after consulting with NPMA attorneys we have decided to send a formal Cease and Desist letter, demanding that this entity immediately cease and desist from any further use of "National Pest Management Professional Association" or "NPMPA" for any and all purposes. Based upon their response, we will continue to explore all legal remedies in federal and state courts and consumer protection authorities.

 

I want to reiterate that NPMA does not support nor do we endorse any activity being conducted by the "National Pest Management Professional Association" or "NPMPA" and would appreciate if you spread this message with NPMA members and non-members in your state and region. I would respectfully request that if you receive any solicitation or engagement by this entity that you promptly send the communication directly to Andrew Bray abray@pestworld.org, to further document their activities.

 

I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this issue has caused you but want to ensure you that we are working to correct the issue and effectively represent, promote and advocate for the pest management industry. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly.

 

Sincerely,

Dominique Stumpf, CMP, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

National Pest Management Association


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General Membership Meeting (Leavenworth)

Thursday, November 29
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Friday, November 30
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