Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Promoting Diversity

PestWorld talks to several diverse industry professionals about their career journey. Hamilton Allen formed an interest in pest management when helping an uncle combat a fire ant problem. Jessica Roe brought expertise from a key client group: healthcare. Karen Furgiuele found a job in sales in an unknown industry after leaving to raise children. Samantha Forrest moved for college and ...

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The National Pest Management Association Announces Inaugural International Professional Women in Pest Management Leadership Forum

A unique experience designed to empower female leaders and inspire the pest management community The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is proud to announce the inaugural NPMA International Professional Women in Pest Management Leadership Forum sponsored by Bayer. This milestone event will take place May 13-15, 2020 at the Grand Hyatt Regency in San Diego, California. Designed specifically for women ...

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Watch This: Termite Awareness Week!

The Professional Pest Management Alliance calls on industry to further consumer education regarding termite threats and prevention Spring is waiting in the wings and talk is turning back to termites. Although more and more consumers are beginning to understand the threats these voracious pests pose, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the ...

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Elm Seed Bug

INTRODUCTION The elm seed bug is a relatively new introduced pest species in the United States that originates from the Mediterranean region of Europe. This pest was first discovered in the United States in Idaho in 2012 but has since been found in several states in the Western U.S., including Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington, as well as farther ...

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Reducing House Centipede Callbacks

Scutigera Coleoptrata: Know Your Pest By Levi Brody, Associate Certified Entomologist, Owner, Brody Brothers House centipedes are believed to have originated from the Mediterranean area. These pests do not tolerate temperate regions and can only survive indoors during cold weather. Known for being nocturnal and predacious, house centipedes prefer smaller arthropods to feed on such as carpet beetle larvae, silverfish, ...

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Marijuana Legislation: An Update

As part of QualityPro’s ongoing standards, effort to keep our accredited companies, standards and resources as up-to-date on evolving issues as possible, we wanted to check in on where marijuana legislation stands at the state level. Individual states are evolving their own legislation and we wanted to provide an update. Because of the drug-free workplace standard, the ability to test ...

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NPMA Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors Nominees

The NPMA Board of Directors has ratified the candidates recommended by the NPMA Nominating Committee for the national offices of the Board of Directors. The following is a list of board nominees for 2020-2021. 2020-2021 President The President shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee, the Board, and meetings of the membership. In the absence of the President, ...

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Amidst Controversy, Be the Voice of Reason

A new Pew Research Center study found that Americans rate made-up news as a larger problem than racism, climate change and terrorism. According to the study, the public pinpoints two perpetrators as the primary sources for spreading misleading news: political leaders and activist groups. Unfortunately, the pest management industry is no stranger to activism and is well aware of the ...

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Safeguarding Your Pest Control Business From Costly Cyber Risks

Virtually every business relies on a network to conduct its daily operations, making cyber liability a concern for all businesses. With every click of the purchase button, shoppers put themselves at risk of having their personal information stolen—a risk that is typically absorbed by the businesses from which they are buying. In their 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report, ...

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Looking Into the Crystal Ball: 2020 State Legislative Activity

In 2019, NPMA dominated at the state-level thanks to the cooperation, energy and execution of our state pest control associations and State Policy Affairs Representatives (SPARs). It was the busiest legislative year in recent memory as almost 900 bills were introduced that could affect our industry. It is essential that we prepare for 2020, and operate with a sense of ...

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