Tar Heel Pest Management News
April  2017
April Proclaimed National Pest Management Month in NC!

Throughout April we are celebrating National Pest Management Month, and we are excited to announce that Gov. Roy Cooper has declared the month National Pest Management Month in North Carolina!

To view the proclamation, visit the Governor's website.

Throughout April, we'll be uploading information to our social media accounts and to our website. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and our blog and share with your friends and followers!

In This Issue
NCPMA's PestLine Returns
PestLine Open Throughout April

The NCPMA PestLine is celebrating its 5th year!

The NCPMA PestLine is open throughout the month of April to give members of the public a chance to get their pest questions answered for free.

Beginning April 1, we'll take pest questions through our website and social media pages to help the public identify their pest problems.  Visitors can also submit photos to get the pests identified by pest experts!

Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information!

Economic Survey of Pest Management Professionals in North Carolina
Deadline: April 28, 2017

The NCSU Departments of Entomology & Plant Pathology in partnership with the North Carolina Pest Management Association is conducting this economic survey of pest management professionals working in our state.  The purpose of research studies is to gain a better understanding of the role that the pest management industry plays in the state's economy and where PMPs are focusing their attention and revenue.
The survey can be found at:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ncpmp-econ-survey
The survey is part of a project by an undergraduate student, Ms. Ashlynn Spell of Goldsboro, who is working toward her degree in Ag. Business.   At the end of the study, the department will conduct a drawing of all survey participants with the winner receiving one paid registration to the 2018 NCPMA Pest Control Technician Sch ool.   Please complete the survey by April 28, 2017 for your chance to win.  

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Waldvogel at NCSU ( mike_waldvogel@ncsu.edu or 919-515-8881).
Thank you for your cooperation in the valuable effort.

Member Profile
Don Hamby
Former Board Member and Former Chair, Legislative Committee

A former NCPMA President,  Don Hamby spent 15 years on the board of directors and has served on every committee within NCPMA. 

After serving as the Chairman of the Legislative Committee for 20 years, Don is well versed in the issues pertaining to the pest management industry. He assisted the association through issues including pesticide regulation and leadership changes within the regulatory agency.

Don joined the pest management industry at the urging of a friend who worked for a pest management company in Winston-Salem. He began administering termite treatments and gradually worked up to a position as a branch manager.  He now owns Don's Termite and Pest Control, Inc. in Winston-Salem. 

He is active with board of directors of the Elks Lodge in Winston-Salem and serves as Chairman of the Board of the Better Business Bureau of Northwest North Carolina.
NCPMA Insider
Celebrating the NCPMA Family 

By Dana McDuffie, NCPMA President

April is a busy time for us in pest management. It's Spring which means our customers are
calling as pests that have been dormant through the winter are emerging. And, it's Pest Management Month which is a time to celebrate the wonderful things our industry does year-round.
For so many of us, pest management is a family affair.  I grew up in this industry just like so many of our members did. This gives me a lifelong appreciation of the work that we do. As a child, I watched closely as my father worked to help his customers and enjoyed helping him with our family business.
I vividly remember going on calls with my father as he treated his customer's properties and helped them prevent pest infestations. And, it was always fun to go under homes to search for termites and discover the things you see in crawl spaces.
And, I also remember my excitement and nerves on the day that I started on my own pest management route as a college student.
As an adult now I have a new appreciation for our industry and how we make our customers lives easier. It's still as exciting to me as it was as a kid but in a completely different way.
Pest management is an ever-changing industry that always introduces a new technique or treatment for pests. Every day we find new ways of helping our customers, and that's what keeps us moving forward. I am thankful that the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) provides year-round training for its members to help us stay up-to-date on our industry's latest developments.
I'm thankful to be a part of the NCPMA and the wonderful community of professionals that it represents.  Happy Pest Management Month!
--Dana McDuffie is the president of the North Carolina Pest Management Association. She works at McDuffie Pest Control in Elizabethtown, N.C.

Information for consumers and professionals

Where can you find information about NCPMA's latest videos, consumer tips for preventing termites and the latest association news? 

The NCPMA blog!

The NCPMA blog is just one of the many features of the NCPMA website. The blog contains the latest association information, news releases and information for consumers all within one link.  

We invite you to visit the blog to see the latest NCPMA information. It's located under the News & Events tab on our website.
NCPMA In the News

Check out these news stories from across the state and our industry featuring NCPMA.

WWAY-TV: Got Bugs? The Phone Lines Are Open From The Experts!

Pest Management Professional Magazine: NCPMA PestLine Celebrates 5 Years
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