Tar Heel Pest Management News
February 2019
2019 PCT School: Our Largest PCT School Ever!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Pest Control Technicians' School in January and to all of the sponsors and exhibitors who helped make the event a great success!

We are excited to announce that this year's school was our biggest ever! With 1,008 attendees, it was our most well-attended event to date and is second only to PestWorld in numbers of attendance for pest management conferences.

In addition, we had several new additions to our school. 
  • ACE Prep Course and Exam: Nine people participated in the ACE Prep Course and Exam, and seven people passed the exam! For more information, see below.
  • NCSU Hands-On Spray School and Live Learning Course: We had a packed house for this new course! 41 people participated in this course at the NCSU Training Facility in Raleigh.
  • NWCOA Bat Standards Course: Nearly 30 people joined us for the NWCOA Bat Standards Course which explained the survival and future of bats in North America.
A big thank you to John Adkins and Mitch Taylor who served as event Chairs and made sure the event went smoothly for everyone. 

In This Issue
7 Participants Pass the ACE Certification Exam at 2019 PCT School
The NC Chapter of Professional Women in Pest Management kicked off its 1st Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) Prep Class and Exam at the NCPMA Pest Control Technician's School on January 28, 2019.  The North Carolina program offers a unique benefit compared to similar programs throughout the nation.  All participants that register for the prep course are assigned a mentor that works with them for 6 months prior to attending the course and taking the exam. That extra benefit resulted in 7 out of 9 participants passing the exam.  That was a 78% passing ratio compared to the industry average of 58%.

The Entomological Society of America, long the industry leader in certification through its Board Certified Entomologist ( BCE ) program, also offers a certification option geared specifically toward the pest management industry.  People become ACEs  for a variety of reasons, but one thing is clear - the ACE program has become the benchmark for professionalism in the pest management industry and is endorsed by the National Pest Management Association.
For more information about becoming an Associated Certified Entomologist and/or signing up for the next ACE prep course and exam contact Marie Horner at  mhorner@arrowexterminators.com.

2019 Spring Workshops Dates Announced

Join us for our 2019 Spring Workshop series led by Patty Alder of North Carolina State University. We are holding multiple sessions statewide.

Registration is now open.

February 20, 8:00am - 10:00am
NC Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center
1450 Fairchild Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
February 21, 9:00am - 11:00am
NC Cooperative Extension, Cabarrus County Center
715 Cabarrus Ave W
Concord, NC 28027
February 25, 9:00am - 11:00am
NCSU Structural Pest Management Training Facility
Booth Building
4000 Chi Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
February 26, 9:00am - 11:00am
NC Cooperative Extension Center, Cumberland County Center
301 E Mountain Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28306
February 27, 9:00am - 11:00am
NC Cooperative Extension Center, Pitt County Center
403 Government Cir # 2
Greenville, NC 27834
February 28, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Holiday Inn 
5032 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405
March 7, 9:00am - 11:00am
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759

Save the Date: NCPMA 2019 Legislative Reception

Please mark your calendar and save the date for April 17, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for a Legislative Reception hosted by NCPMA at the North Carolina Museum of History at 5 East Edenton Street in Raleigh. 

More details and registration information coming soon.

NPMA PestVets Committee Writes Letters to Veterans
The National Pest Management Association PestVets Committee will be writing letters to soldiers at Legislative Day which will be held Feb. 24-26 in Washington, DC.

If any NCPMA members have family members, employees or friends who would enjoy receiving a letter thanking them for their courage, commitment and service, please let us know.

Our NCPMA representatives at Legislative Day would love to include them in their letter writing.  

Please contact Marie Horner via email by Friday, Feb. 22 with the names and contact information for any veterans who would like to receive a letter.

NCPMA Approves Proposed Slate of Nominees for 2019-2020 Membership Year
At the 2019 PCT School, the NCPMA membership approved the following slate of nominees for the 2019-2020 NCPMA year. The slate was recommended by the NCPMA Nominations Committee.

In accordance with the NCPMA bylaws, a vote was held at the General Membership Meeting during the 2019 PCT School. 

Executive Committee

President Clint Miller Clint Miller Exterminating Company
Vice President John Adkins Four Seasons Pest Control
Marty Roberts Rid-A-Bug Exterminating Company, Inc.
Regional Directors

Region One Director Don Grant Grant Exterminating Company, Inc.
Region Two Director Marie Horner Arrow Exterminators
Region Three Director Zack Taylor Capital Pest Services, Inc.
Region Four Director Jay Taylor, IV Jay Taylor Exterminating Company, Inc.
At-Large Directors

Sarah Dodd
Carolina Pest Management

Dylan Morrison
Citywide Exterminating, Inc.

Shawn White
Pisgah Pest Control, Inc.

Jordan Meyers
McNeely Pest Control
Allied Representatives

Joe Grippi Bayer Environmental Sciences

Randy Piligian
Target Specialty Products


NCPWIPM Awards 2018 Administrative Professional of the Year
Suzan Eudy Receives Inaugural Award

NCPMA Board Member Marie Horner Presents the 2018 Administrative Professional of the Year Award to Suzan Eudy.
Suzan Eudy, the  Office Manager of Peeler Environmental, has been awarded the first Administrative Professional of the Year Award by the North Carolina Chapter of the Professional Women in Pest Management (NCPWIPM), a committee of NCPMA.

Eudy has worked at Peeler Environmental in Salisbury for five years.

"We are proud to honor Suzan Eudy's work with our first Administrative Professional of the Year Award. Her work at Peeler Environmental has earned the respect of her colleagues and has now earned the recognition of our association," said Bruce Roberts, president of NCPMA.  
NCPWIPM began awarding the Administrative Professional of the Year Award annually in 2018 to the administrative professional who best demonstrates customer service both internally and externally and a commitment to the company's purpose. Each nominee must be a current, full-time administrative support staff member and must have worked in his/her current position for at least two years.

To learn more about Suzan and her award, check out this article in the Salisbury Post.

McDuffie and Roberts Named NCPMA Life Members
Walter McDuffie and Jack Roberts Receive Prestigious Recognition

Dana McDuffie Presents Life Member Award to her father Walter McDuffie

NCPMA presented Walter McDuffie and Jack Roberts with Life Members Awards at the 2018 PCT School in January.  

NCPMA offers life member status based on an individual's active membership for 20 years or more and outstanding service to the pest management profession. 
NCPMA has granted Life Member status to six individuals in the association's history.
Walter McDuffie's career and membership in NCPMA span more than 50 years. He joined NCPMA shortly after receiving his bachelor's degree in Entomology from North Carolina State University and founding McDuffie Pest Control in Elizabethtown. McDuffie served multiple terms on the NCPMA Board of Directors and served as the association president in 1982. 
Jack Roberts receives his Life Member Award from his son and daughter. Bruce Roberts (left) is the current NCPMA President.
Jack Roberts' career and NCPMA membership also spans more than 50 years. He graduated from North Carolina State University and, shortly thereafter, founded A-1 Pest Control in Lenoir in 1965. Roberts served on several NCPMA committees and served multiple terms on the NCPMA Board of Directors before serving as president from 1973-1974. During his two terms as president, Roberts was instrumental in helping NCPMA become an affiliated chapter of the National Pest Management Association.

NCPMA Awards Scholarships for 2018
Nine students receive scholarships across the state
NCPMA Board Member Marie Horner Presents Scholarship to NCSU Graduate Student Samantha McPherson.

The Education Foundation of the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) recently awarded scholarships to nine students pursuing post-high school education programs.
The Foundation awarded a scholarship to Samantha McPherson to assist in the continuation of her studies at North Carolina State University (NCSU). McPherson is a graduate student studying Entomology.
The NCPMA Education Foundation awards $1,500 annually to students attending North Carolina State University. The scholarship was presented at the NCPMA Pest Control Technician's School in Durham in January 2019.
McPherson grew up in Julian, NC, and completed her bachelor's degree in biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She currently studies cockroaches under Dr. Jules Silverman and Dr. Coby Schal at NCSU where her research is largely focused on cockroach nutrition, with emphasis on how cockroaches make diet choices and how diet affects reproductive success.
In addition, the NCPMA Education Foundation also awarded eight Past President's Scholarships to students pursuing post-high school degrees.
Alexander Felder
McDuffie Pest Control
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Paul Kelley, Jr
McNeely Pest Control
North Carolina State University
Crystal Mabe
Canady's Termite and Pest
Campbell University
Makayla Roberts
A-1 Termite and Pest
North Carolina State University
Ansley Smith
East Carolina University
Jessica Stevens
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Madeline Terrell
Carolina Pest Management
Central Piedmont Community College
Dylan Walsh
Terminix Triad
East Carolina University 
The Past President's Scholarship by the Education Foundation of the NCPMA was created in 2004  to help encourage and build the next generation of pest management professionals. Scholarships are awarded to owners or employees of NCPMA member companies and/or their family members including spouses, children and grandchildren. Preference is given to those who demonstrate an interest in pursuing careers in the pest management industry.
NCPMA has awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships since 2005. 

NCPMA is now accepting applications for its 2019 scholarships. Visit the NCPMA website to learn more about our 2019 scholarship application process.

In the News

Check out the recent news coverage featuring NCPMA.

2018 Administrative Professional of the Year:

2019 PCT School:

PMP Magazine: "NCPMA Event Underway"

2018 Scholarship Recipients:

Upcoming Events

Don't miss these upcoming events: 

2019 NCPMA Spring Workshops
Feb. 20-March 7, 2019
Locations Statewide

NPMA Legislative Day
Feb. 24-26, 2019
Washington, DC

NCPMA Legislative Day
April 17, 2019
NC General Assembly

Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic 2019 Summer Conference
July 25-27, 2019
Myrtle Beach, SC
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