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September 2014 

United We Stand Meeting Announced
Date: November 20 - 21

Location: Grandover Resort

1000 Club Road

Greensboro, NC 27407

The North Carolina Pest Management Association is pleased to offer you this special seminar on growing and nurturing your business. North Carolina is a state of small to medium-sized pest management companies. Realizing that many companies cannot travel to world-class management seminars, NCPMA is bringing world-class programming to you! Speakers for this years meeting will arm you with tools necessary for the health of your business. Working with the theme "United We Stand - United We Grow," this hands-on seminar will give you: 
  • A view of the cornerstones of the successful business infrastructure
  • People, customers, and internal analysis
  • Dedicated question and answer time with experts
  • Networking opportunities
  • A chance to informally share information and ideas

Building upon the time-honored NCPMA program United We Stand, you will experience the utmost level of education and experience camaraderie unique to this meeting.  Space is limited, so register today!

Click here to register!

NCPMA WDIR Certification Program Fall Training Opportunities!

#1 Location

Date: Friday, October 10

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Structural Pest Management Training  Facility

4000 Chi Road

Raleigh, NC 27695

#2 Location

Date: Wednesday, October 15

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Center

1450 Fairchild Rd

Winston - Salem, NC 27105
NCPMA has developed a state-of-the-art training program created to specifically train wood-destroying insect inspection professionals in North Carolina.  The Wood-Destroying Insect Report (WDIR) Accreditation Program prepares each trainee to properly identify past or current infestations of wood-destroying insects.


Fall Management and Education Seminars
NCPMA invites you to attend a Fall Membership Meeting in your area. Plan to meet with fellow pest control operators over dinner, while gaining valuable industry updates and hearing the latest from NCPMA.

Attendees can earn at least one CCU in either P-phase or W-phase.
  • Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. - Hendersonville, NC This week!
  • Tuesday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m. - Kinston, NC
  • Tuesday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. - Charlotte, NC
  • Thursday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. - Wilmington, NC
  • Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. - Greenville, NC
  • Thursday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. - Greensboro, NC

To ensure space for all member PCOs, please do not bring non-employee spouses and children.

Non-member PCOs are welcome to attend and will be charged $25 each, which will be applied toward membership.


To view complete details and the registration form, please click here.

 PCT Winter School Dates Announced! 
Save the date! The North Carolina Pest Management Association will be hosting our PCT Winter School in Durham, NC on January 26-29, 2015. Online registration coming soon!
 Study: Pesticide Levels of Concern in Urban Streams Increasing 
Largely because of the increased use in cities of fipronil and dichclorvos, 90 percent of urban streams had pesticide levels exceeding a level of concern for fish and water dwelling insects from 2002 to 2011, according to a recently issued U.S. Geological Survey report. Only 53 percent of urban streams contained pesticides exceeding the Aquatic Life Benchmark for the decade spanning 1992-2001. As NPMA continues to pursue industry stewardship initiatives we'd like to underscore the importance of this report as it relates to steps that PMPs and all other applicators can take to mitigate runoff.
Click here to read a full copy of the report.

Estimating Drywood Termite Spread and Damage in an Island Environment 


The West Indian drywood termite, Cryptotermes brevis, is a wood-destroying pest that has been discovered living in tropical and sub-tropical environments worldwide, especially in coastal locations. This termite lives within dry, sound wood and entire colonies can be contained in pieces of wood as small as a picture frame. The cryptic nature of drywood termites, coupled with their economic importance and ability to be spread by humans, has made them a significant pest and focus of a new research paper. A large proportion of structures in the Azores archipelago, a chain of islands in the Atlantic Ocean with a population of 250,000, are infested with the West Indian drywood termite. A team of scientists estimated the current scope of infestation and estimated the cost of treating ($67 million) or rebuilding all infested structures ($225 million). They also predicted the future range of C. brevis in the Azores by using local and global weather data and population trends. Future treatment and repair estimates were calculated to be eight times the current values, largely due to the ease in which drywood termites can be spread (via furniture, structural timbers) and difficulty in detecting their presence before damage has occurred.

This paper, "Potential distribution and cost estimation of the damage caused by Cryptotermes brevis (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) in the Azores" was authored by O. Guerriero et al. and published in the August 2014 volume of the Journal of Economic Entomology

Managing the Unmanageable: Considerations for Control of the Brown Dog Tick
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Phil Kaufman, University of Florida
Click here for full description and registration.

The Mobile Revolution - Are You Ready?
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1-2 p.m. ET, Presented by Lee Gientke
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