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PPMA Online Classes
The Spring Seminar Line-up! Registration Available Now!
Starting Thursday March 4, 2021, PPMA will offer our Virtual Spring Seminar! Once a week in March we will offer classes with credits as we have done since September.

Classes are $15 for members and $30 for non-members.
Topic: Core Class

Speaker: Heather King Alonso


00 - Core: 2 Credits

Cost: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

To receive continuing education credits, attendees must be present for the entirety of the call and participate in questions asked by the moderator.
Topic: Wood Boring Beetles

Speaker: Harry Bryan


 12 - Wood Destroying Pests: 2 Credits
 18 - Demonstration and Research: 2 Credits

Cost: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

To receive continuing education credits, attendees must be present for the entirety of the call and participate in questions asked by the moderator.
Topic: Spotted Lantern Fly Update and Control

Speaker: Ed Van Istendal



PC - Private Category: 2 Credits
05 - Forest Pest Control: 2 Credits 
06 - Ornamental and Shade Trees: 2 Credits 
11 - Household/Health Related: 2 Credits
18 - Demonstration and Research: 2 Credits 
23 - Park/School Pest Control: 2 Credits

Cost: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

To receive continuing education credits, attendees must be present for the entirety of the call and participate in questions asked by the moderator.
2020 Platinum Partners
Spotted Lanterfly Quarantine Expansion
Salino Scholarship
Through the craziness of 2020, we were honored to be able to support the education pursuits of young people impacted by the pest management industry. We are excited to release the 2021 application.

The Salino Scholarships are awarded annually by the Pennsylvania Pest Management Association to high school students who are residents of Pennsylvania and who have been accepted as full time students at an accredited 4-year college or university, enrolled in a 2-year associated degree program leading to an Associate Degree and/or Bachelor’s Degree, or are enrolled in an accredited trade school. Applicants must be sponsored by a Pennsylvania Certified/Registered Applicator and/or an owner or employee of a pest control company which has maintained active membership in the PPMA for a minimum of 4 years and is currently an active member in good standing. Applicants must also meet two of the following requirements:

          1. “B” high school grade average or GED equivalent;
          2. minimum of 900 combined SAT score (critical reading and math scores only)
3. if now attending a college or trade school, a minimum of 2.8 cumulative college GPA.

This year the application will be online. Please share with the students that you know. Documentation and other application information are required. Previous winners are not eligible for a second award.

 All entries must be received at the PPMA office by April 1, 2021 at midnight.
If you have any questions, please contact the PPMA office at 1-800-842-9090 or via email at
Training Opportunities
NPMA Back In Action 2021 Webinar Series
Back to Bugs: Wood Destroying Organisms - March 26, 2021 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Carpenter Bees
Termites: Understanding the Past and Looking to the Future
Meet the (Wood Destroying) Beetles!

Back to Bugs: Flies, Ants, and Spiders - April 23, 2021 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Big Picture Pest Control for Small Fly Problems
Uncontrollable Ants... Or are They?
Beyond the Brown Recluse: Managing Nuisance Spiders in Homes
PWIPM March 25th Webinar
When: March 25, 4-6 pm

Mike Peck is a leading expert in the world of message and brand strategy. He’s spent nearly three decades leading Outside Source, a software firm designing interactions between apps and devices that create connected user experiences.

He’s guided organizations large and small as they positioned their products and services with clear messages and intentional design. His wheelhouse lies in the intersection of brand development and technology execution.

In this webinar, called Storyline – Your path to message clarity, you’ll learn about the following and much more

- The role of empathy and trust in communication
- What are the components of a successful pitch?
- What can movies teach us about storytelling?
NPMA Industry Safety Summit
May 6-7, 2021 | Virtual Event

This workshop-style meeting will bring safety experts together with companies of all sizes to talk about safety in the pest management industry. Topics covered will include safe driving, pesticide safety, and tips on implementing a safety program in your business.
Inaugural Tick Awareness Week May 10-16th
The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is calling on the industry to help educate consumers about the health threats posed by ticks during its inaugural Tick Awareness Week—recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events—May 10-16, 2021. According to research recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human cases of Lyme disease are more common in the U.S. than previously thought at an estimated 476,000 per year—a staggering 44% increase compared to the previous annual estimate of roughly 329,000.

“With Americans eager to finally get outdoors, it’s crucial for pest control companies to encourage public vigilance against ticks,” said Cindy Mannes, executive director of PPMA. “As we head into warmer months where tick populations are particularly prevalent, we encourage all pest control companies to join the cause to help educate consumers on the dangers associated with ticks and the steps they can take to ensure their property is properly protects to help safeguard themselves and their loved ones from tick-related health threats.”

PPMA will be dedicating all @PestWorld social media channels to sharing important tick information, facts, prevention tips and information about tickborne illnesses during Tick Awareness Week. Pest control companies can help further the cause by focusing their social media content on ticks throughout the week and using the hashtag #TickAwareness in all posts.

In recognition of its inaugural Tick Awareness Week, PPMA will also be unveiling an exciting new consumer campaign: TickTalk. The campaign will kick off during Tick Awareness Week with a comprehensive digital and media relations plan as well as a new microsite complete with never-before-seen photos and videos! PPMA also created an exclusive toolkit available for Mainframe subscribers to download on The toolkit includes a customizable press release, suggested social media content, “Tick Talk” logos to be used as website badges, high-resolution photography and video content, and more.

For more information about PPMA, its marketing programs or how to get involved in supporting the professional pest control industry, please visit
Silver Partners

PA811 Safety Day Virtual Conference 2021
Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. is taking its industry leading premier safety training event to a virtual platform for 2021. A complete program of 3 training tracks and an Exhibit room will be available for this entire event. The virtual venue allows sign on for the entire event as well as allowing targeted attendance for sessions of interest.
The training tracks will cover:
   Track 1: A complete walk through of the construction process from design to complex project meeting prior to the dig date.
   Track 2: Working through 811 including member services, tolerance zone training, Excavator obligation, Designer obligations, and Paradigm Pipeline Safety.
   Track 3: Industry, public agencies, and compliance speakers including LTAP, PUC, working on curved roads, renting equipment and meeting 811 obligations, utilities cuts, and more.
   Resource Room: Available all day. Sponsor information will run to allow you to discover contacts to help with your business needs.
An interactive learning game with prizes will close our day similar to our Live Safety Day. You won’t want to miss this! It is reinforcement for your day of safety learning. Remember there is no travel involved. We will do our best to give the look and feel of our hustle and bustle safety days in this live virtual event.
Bronze Partners
Pests In the News
Dr. Sally Abar, PMP - Follow these six suggested cockroach baiting tips:
  • Use a fast-acting bait that kills cockroaches by ingestion and/or contact, and provides effective residual.
  • A bait with exponential killing power can be beneficial, where one dead cockroach will kill many others.
  • Apply bait within 1 to 2 feet of harborages, whatever the label allows.
  • Multiple placements of bait can be more effective, because cockroaches detect odor from short distances. Again, follow label instructions.
  • Emphasize corners when applying baits. Cockroaches like to make contact when they move around.
  • Rotate product regularly to avoid resistance. Consider changes to both the active ingredient and the bait matrix when implementing your strategy.
See how well you and your team understand ants by answering these questions submitted by industry experts to test your knowledge.
We want to hear from you!
Do you have any news about your business? Anything to brag about? We would love to share stories about our members. Feel free to send those to Bridget at so we can all learn more about each other!
Pest World for Kids!
Kids grade K through 8 might want to check out Pest World for Kids! There are ebooks, crafts, games and more to educate and entice a young learner, especially the kids that love creepy crawlies! Check it out now!