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NPMA Submits Comments To EPA on Proposed Certification and Training Rule

On Jan. 6, NPMA   submitted formal comments  to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the proposed certification and training rule. The proposed rule was introduced in August of 2015 and, if finalized as introduced, will have a profound impact on the structural pest management industry.

Initially, the comment period for the proposed rule was scheduled to end on Nov. 24. This deadline was extended to Dec. 23 and then, less than a week before the deadline, another 30 day extension was provided by EPA until Jan. 23, 2016.

Since August, NPMA has engaged our membership in multiple webinars and in-depth conversations about the impact of this rule for our members. In addition to communicating with members, NPMA has also consistently communicated our concerns with EPA about the proposed rule, and plans to continue to meet with EPA before and after the comment period closes.

Considering the impact of this rule the NPMA public policy team thanks all those members that participated in the constructive conversations that resulted in these comments. We have additionally provided a  draft template for state associations to submit comments to EPA.  f you have additional questions please contact the NPMA Public Policy Team at 800-678-6722.

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Preliminary Pollinator Assessment to Support the Registration Review of Imidacloprid. This document evaluates the risk of the registered agricultural uses of imidacloprid to bees. According to the EPA, it plans to issue a revised Preliminary Ecological Risk Assessment at the end of 2016 that will consider any comments or information submitted in response to this bee-only preliminary risk assessment; incorporate additional data EPA receives that is relevant to bees; and assess the potential risks of all registered uses of imidacloprid to all taxa.

NPMA has been at the forefront of the pollinator health issue, working with EPA, Members of Congress, and also the general public about pollinators. We will remain engaged with EPA regarding structural pest control uses for all active ingredients, including imidacloprid, and we continue to stress the industry position that structural use patterns pose little risk to bees because pollinator exposure is extremely rare when used in accordance with labeled structural application patterns.

The complete preliminary risk assessment is available
  by clicking here.

NPMA will offer two member webinars on January 22, 2016. The first webinar will focus on residential fumigations and the second will address commodity and food processing fumigations. The two webinars explain NPMA's process around fumigation stewardship efforts and solicit feedback from a broad group of industry representatives. If you have a vested interest in this issue please click on the link(s) below to register and save your seat for the webinars.


The fumigation webinars will take place on January 22, 2016 during the times below:


  • Residential Fumigation Webinar: 11am - 12pm (EST). Click here  to register for the webinar.
  • Commodity/Food Processing Fumigation Webinar: 2pm - 3pm (EST). Click here to register for the webinar.  

The Southwestern Conference will be held January 27-28, 2016 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A mix of in-depth management sessions, interactive hands-on training and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry promises something for everyone.

Valuable recertification credits are also available in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. This is a great opportunity to network with over 150 management professionals from your region, visit the exhibitor showcase featuring the latest industry technology and take advantage of educational tools to grow your business.

Click here for registration information. To reserve your room at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel, please call 1-800-325-3535 by January 4th and mention "2016 Southwestern Regional Conference" or use group code "NA25AA" to receive the group rate of $109 per night. 

The printed NPMA Field Guide is the industry's leading resource for pest professionals.  Now thanks to NPMA's new Field Guide App buyers will have access to hundreds of pest photos, biology, behavior and control methods right on their tablet or phone for just $4.99.

Technology has irrevocably changed the way a business works. Today most pest control companies expect employees to use mobile devices to respond to customers quickly. With the Field Guide App, technicians will be able to use a phone or tablet to email a staff entomologist at NPMA directly with pest identification questions or send a fast email to clients that includes photos of pests. A notes section within the App makes adding protocols, notes and standard operating procedures used for clients simple and efficient.  Users can also add their own photos for use as future reference or sales tools.
The App can be downloaded by anyone with a need for identifying pests and researching pest problems.  Look for more detailed information on purchasing the App in coming months!
Have a Human Resource Issue?

Have a human resources problem? Question? Crisis? Do you simply need to brainstorm a problem or a particular employee situation? NPMA members can now call, email or text Seay Management Consultants to speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge regarding any employment issue that arises in your business. The comprehensive menu of services provided include:
  • Telephone and email advice, guidance and direction.
  • Writing and Revising Employee Handbooks.
  • Writing, Developing and Implementing Affirmative Action Plans, where required by Federal regulations.
  • Managing OFCCP Affirmative Action Audits.
  • Compliance with all of the Employment Regulations that cover pest management companies.
  • And MORE!
Click here to learn more about this benefit and to view the full list of services provided.
Bed Bugs Top List of Most Searched Pests in 2015

When it comes to the most searched pests in 2015, it's a bloodsucker that takes the cake. NPMA recently announced its list of the Top 10 Pests of the Year, and bed bugs ranked #1. Spiders and stinging insects were also at the top of the list. Click here to see the whole list!

Register for Legislative Day: March 13-15, 2016

Mark your calendars for Legislative Day 2016, March 13-15 in Washington DC, featuring keynote speakers Paul Begala, Political Commentator, CNN, Ari Fleischer, Author and Former White House Press Secretary, and Nicolle Wallace, Political Analyst, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Former White House Director of Communications, and SE Cupp, Political Commentator and Writer.

In addition to the fantastic line-up of speakers and educational sessions, this is our annual opportunity to storm Capitol Hill and speak face-to-face with you Federal elected officials.  The reality is that no single voice carries more weight with your elected official than your own.  While NPMA provides the strength, the vision and the infrastructure to move the industry forward on public policy issues, the biggest part of our collective success is you.

Please click here to view the program and register today!


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