Tar Heel Pest Management News
January 2021

PCT School Update: Register to Earn Up to 14 Continuing Education Credits

The 2021 PCT School is quickly approaching, and we are excited to launch our first-ever virtual school! Join us Jan. 25-28 for this great event.

Don't miss your chance to earn up to 14 continuing education credits while hearing great speakers like our keynote speaker N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

For a full schedule, visit our website or download the PCT School Brochure

MUST READ: Credit Requirements
Due to credit regulations from various states, there are a few things to keep in mind as you register in order to get your course credits.
  • No Device Sharing: Each individual must be able to view on their own device and must use the specific link provided by email. No device sharing will be allowed.
  • Individual Emails Required: Using the same email to register multiple attendees is not permitted. 
  • Internet Login Required: Calling in on the phone is not sufficient; attendees must watch the webinar live in its entirety and answer poll questions during to receive credit.  
  • Poll Questions Must be Answered: Polls will be deployed during the sessions. You must answer these questions to receive credit.
Our 2021 PCT School Title Sponsor

In This Issue
Endowment Update

We have launched the NCPMA Extension Program Endowment in Honor of Mike Waldvogel to support the ongoing work of NCSU, focusing on supporting positions that directly contribute to the education of our industry.

Contributions are being accepted by visiting
this site  or  downloading the contribution form.

PCT School Details: Know Before You Go

How to Access The Meetings
Accessing technical sessions: Via your unique link emailed from GoToWebinar.
Accessing all other sessions: Via Zoom. All links available on the schedule here.
  • Jan. 25, 8 AM Board Meeting: One tap mobile: +13017158592,,93618117880# or online here.
  • Jan. 25 1 PM General Membership Meeting, NCSU Update and Keynote: One tap mobile: +16468769923,,96380628044# or online here.
  • Jan. 25 5 PM Virtual reception for Managers & Owners: One tap mobile: +16468769923,,95691086174# or online here
  • Jan. 26, 1/27, 1/28 7:30 AM Breakfast Breakouts: One tap mobile: +16468769923,,96126307136# or online here
  • Jan. 26, 1/27, 1/28 2 PM Management Sessions: One tap mobile: +13017158592,,93749661742#  or online here
Checklist for PCT
  1. Make sure you have your unique, personalized link in an automatic email from GoToWebinar.
  2. Check your tech! Download the free GoToWebinar & Zoom apps on your phone or check the connection using the "check system requirements" link in the confirmation email from GoToWebinar.
  3. Check the credit information for your state here.
  4. Browse the schedule here and mark your calendar for the sessions you want to attend. Make sure to log in 5 minutes before the start of a session so you have time to fix any technical issues before the start and still get credit.
For more information, check our website.
Thank You 2021 PCT School Sponsors!

Public Policy Update: A Word From Public Policy
Guest Post by Marie Horner, Chair of NCPMA Public Policy Committee

The results of the run-off Senate races in Georgia now give President Joe Biden a political trifecta (the White House, the Senate, and the House) which gives him plenty of opportunity to enact his agenda and push through legislation that may have faced roadblocks had it turned out to be a GOP-led Senate.
As we transition to a Democratic administration under President Biden, there are already signs of the battles that are on the horizon for the pest control industry.  We have been very fortunate in N.C. that over the last several years we have had few legislative bills that would have affected us adversely and none that passed.
That is about to change.  Last week the majority of states convened in regular session, and there have been a flurry of bills introduced that, if passed as written, will have major negative impacts on the pest control industry.
The top issues are:
  • Pesticide Restrictions/Prohibition (especially pertaining to neonicotinoids)
  • Preemption
  • OSHA - Emergency Temporary Standards for Infection Control
  • OSHA - Standards for Heat Illness Prevention
  • Corporate Taxation Increases
  • Sales Use Tax
  • Marijuana/Cannabis Legalization and Impacts to Employers
NOW is the time to rally our troops and prepare for the battle BEFORE similar bills are introduced in N.C.  
NOW is the time for YOU to TAKE ACTION.  We need to create a network of NCPMA members, across the state, that will reach out to local representatives when bills are introduced that could adversely affect you or your company.  We are not asking you to join a committee, to be in meetings or attend events.  We are asking you (regardless of your position) to use your voice when and, if needed to provide information to your house or senate representative.
NOW is the time to become a resource for YOUR public policy committee by emailing your name, company name, county, and zip code of business (and residence if different) to Marie Horner, NCPMA Public Policy Chair at mhorner@arrowexterminators.com.  
Meet the Board: Kyle Franklin
Allied/Associate Representative

A switch in careers changed Kyle Franklin's life.
Kyle grew up in Salisbury, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He worked in several different fields including the railroad, the trucking industry, and as a high school teacher before he began working in pest management in 2002 and met his wife while treating her office for ants.
Since that time, he has worked for Terminix of the Triad, FMC, Go-Forth Pest Control, and now BASF. He's held various positions including residential pest control technician and commercial division manager and now serves as a Sales Specialist for North Carolina and Virginia for BASF.
And, through it all, he's enjoyed the people he's met the most.
"In the pest control industry, you have all kinds of people, and everybody's got a different perspective," he said. "At the end of the day, we're all trying to kill ants and take care of our customers. Everybody does it differently, and it's so fascinating. I like this job because I can see how they all do it differently."
Kyle currently serves as an Allied/Associate Representative for the NCPMA Board of Directors and where he assists on the Awards Committee and the Endowment Committee.
He lives in High Point with his wife, Sarah, and two sons who are active in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. Kyle enjoys golf and travel in his free time.

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