Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Health Care Repeal in U.S. Senate

Many aspects of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as “Obamacare” are of particular concern; however, the most important aspect of repealing Obamacare to the structural pest management industry is the employer mandate. The employer mandate requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide health insurance to all employees working 30 hours a week or more. ...

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Department of Labor Seeks Information on Revising Overtime Rule

This week the Trump Administration moved forward with revoking or revising the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rule promulgated by the Obama administration. On Tuesday the DOL published a Request for Information in the Federal Register to gather information to aid in formulating a proposal to revise regulations pertaining to the 2016 update to overtime rules under the federal Fair ...

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Calibrating Your Business Operations

Nothing can ruin a perfectly good day like an employee issue. Hiring, managing and maintaining the health and safety of your team are at the core of your business. Conduct a routine check of your operations to ensure your team is operating according to industry standards. Don’t spend your precious time scouring the internet trying to learn what policies and ...

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House Natural Resources Hearing on Bringing Much Needed Reforms to the Endangered Species Act

On Wednesday, July 19, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on five Republican sponsored bills aimed at modernizing the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Since ESA modernization was a 2017 NPMA Legislative Day issue, members of the NPMA Public Policy Team attended this most important hearing. This issue is critical because activists are using the ESA as a mechanism ...

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The Quick and Simple Marketing Efforts that Can Go a Long Way

As pest control marketers and owners, we’re often taught to “think big” and present unique campaign concepts that will not only capture the attention of our target audience but will also spread across a much larger segment of people, or as we love to call it in the industry, “go viral.” We read about massive global brands winning accolades for ...

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Chairman Tommy Fortson to Retire from PPMA Board of Directors

Bobby Jenkins will assume the Chairman role after PestWorld 2017 The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the consumer education and marketing arm of the National Pest Management Association, today announced that Tommy Fortson of Terminix Service, Inc. in Columbia, S.C. will retire from his position of Chairman on the PPMA Board of Directors at the conclusion of ...

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QualityPro Unveils New Strategic Plan

The QualityPro Board of Directors is excited to announce the completion of a new strategic plan, focused on a clear vision, mission and set of concise goals that will drive growth in our industry’s certification program for the foreseeable future.  Working under the leadership of QualityPro Chairman, Kevin Burns of Arrow Exterminators, the group of twenty pest professionals from across ...

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Senate Hearing on National Labor Relations Board

On Thursday, July 13, the NPMA Public Policy Team attended the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the Nomination for Deputy Secretary of Labor and Members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The following individuals were nominated and testified for the corresponding positions Patrick Pizzella – Deputy Secretary of Labor, Marvin Kaplan – Member of the ...

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U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms Kansas Termite Control Regulation

On July 3, a U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the previous District Court ruling rejecting a challenge to Kansas pre-construction pesticide treatment regulations. In Schoenhoffer v. McClaskey the plaintiff, a licensed pest control applicator in Kansas, challenged Kan. Admin. Regs. 4-13-26 (2003) on the grounds that it required excessive pesticide treatments in preconstruction applications, specifically requiring both a horizontal and ...

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) are invasive insects considered an agricultural pest and structural nuisance. The goal of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of physical exclusion in preventing indoor populations of BMSB. Over a 15-month period, a total of only eight overwintering pests were intercepted. Low trap counts, combined with results from resident surveys, suggest that basic observational ...

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