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March 2015  
North Carolina S. 225 - Pollinator Report
On March 11, 2015 the North Carolina legislature introduced S. 225  relating to Pollinator Health. Pollinator health is a very active issue in Federal and State governments, and we continue to closely monitor all pollinator related activity. If enacted S. 225 would require the Department of Agriculture to study pollinator health and submit a report with their findings by March 1, 2016.  
Education Foundation Past President's Scholarship - Deadline Extended
Deadline for Submission: April 13, 2015

The pest management industry is often a family business, which is handed down from generation to generation, and we are proud of that. So, in 2004, The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) designed a scholarship program to help encourage and build the next generation of pest management professionals.

Each year, NCPMA proudly awards scholarships worth up to $10,000 to students with preference given to those who demonstrate an interest in pursuing careers in the pest management industry. Winners of these scholarships must be owners, spouses, employees or children or grandchildren of NCPMA member companies that have been in good standing with the organization for the past two years.

For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please click here.

Technician of the Year 2015

The NCPMA Technician of the Year Award is designed to recognize an individual who exemplifies those qualities that best define an outstanding service technician in the pest management industry of North Carolina. Click here to submit an application for a technician you want to be considered for this prestigious award!

NCPMA Member Benefit
As an exclusive benefit,  all NCPMA members will now receive a certificate of membership for being part of the organization. NCPMA recently mailed a personalized copy of this certificate, if you did not receive or would like additional copies to hang in your branch offices please let us know by emailing


NPMA understands the importance that all pollinators and specifically bees play in the nation's food supply chain. Therefore we have made pollinator health an industry priority. With the help of our member companies we have worked diligently to develop training, resources, consumer fact sheets and educational materials to promote bee health in a variety of settings. is a new exclusive site for NPMA members to access information that will assist you in understanding national, state and local pollinator issues. Additionally, this site is intended to provide you with resources and information to help educate your employees and your customers.

We hope that you find these resources helpful in your understanding of bee health and encourage you to share with your colleagues. Should you ever have questions in regards to pollinator protection, efforts that NPMA has taken to date or would like to share thoughts and suggestions don't hesitate to call us at 800.678.6722 or email us at

Call for Nominations: NPMA Young Entrepreneur Award
Deadline for Submission: Aug. 29, 2015


NPMA is currently accepting nominations for the annual Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Rentokil Pest Control, recognizing young entrepreneurs (40 years of age or less) working in the professional pest management industry who have helped create or develop an industry business and/or those who have stewarded a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Click here for more details on requirements and to submit a nomination.

 Sublethal Imidacloprid Exposure on Honey Bee Colonies 

A team of scientists, led by Dr. Galen P. Dively of the University of Maryland - College Park, has been investigating the effect of neonicotinoid insecticide residues on the health of honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies, including analyses of foraging behavior and winter survival. This three-year long study involved feeding honey bee colonies pollen treated with sublethal levels of imidacloprid (5, 20, 100 μg/kg), to mirror insecticides picked up from treated crops. Imidacloprid levels within the colonies were diluted over time, even becoming undetectable in some colonies, due to processing of bee bread, honey, and the bee's rapid metabolism of the compound. The study's authors concluded that at the higher tested doses (20 and 100 μg/kg), there could be negative impacts on honey bee health, including a reduced likelihood at overwintering, but at a more realistic field dose (5 μg/kg), the effects on colony health were negligible.

This paper was published in the most recent volume of the journal PLOS One under the title, "Assessment of chronic sublethal effects of imidacloprid on honey bee colony health." 
 Submit a Nomination for the Women of Excellence Award
Deadline for Submission: Aug. 29, 2015

NPMA is now accepting nominations for the annual Women of Excellence Award, sponsored by Target Specialty Products.

The international honor is open to women across the pest management industry - PMP's, manufacturers, research organizations, etc. - who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession, their business, and other women in the industry.

Award nominations are due by Aug. 29, 2015 and the recipient will be recognized at PestWorld 2015, Oct. 20-23 in Nashville. Click here to view requirements and to submit your nomination.