Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

NPMA Announces Launch of Workforce Development Initiative

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) board of directors votes unanimously on comprehensive plan to promote the professional pest control industry The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) today announced the unanimous approval by its board of directors of a comprehensive Workforce Development Initiative to help ensure the future growth of the pest control industry. Through this initiative, the NPMA board ...

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Now Available: NPMA Field Guide PRO

The National Pest Management Association is excited to announce the launch of the all new NPMA Field Guide PRO for all android and iOS devices, available now for the low annual subscription of only $8.99. Having the right tools for the job can be the difference between efficiently resolving a customer’s concerns or needing to reschedule a service call. NPMA’s Field ...

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QualityPro Celebrates 15 Years

Picture a future where pest management is both a sought-after career for hard-working professionals and a service that is highly valued by homeowners and business managers alike. Realizing this future begins defining what professionalism looks like in pest management. Fifteen years ago, the National Pest Management Association gathered a group of industry leaders to do just that. Out of that ...

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Pest Management Foundation Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients

The Pest Management Foundation has awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships to five university students studying urban entomology at schools across the United States.  The Pest Management Foundation Scholarship Program identifies and rewards the best and brightest minds in undergraduate and graduate programs across the nation, supporting the next generation of urban entomologists who will become part of our ...

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Rules of the Road

Three Tips to Help Marketers Course-Correct Before It’s Too Late COMPANIES BOTH LARGE AND SMALL have a responsibility to protect consumers at every turn. Failure to do so could lead to legal issues, security breaches, fines and violations—all of which could be detrimental to the success of your business. To avoid common legal pitfalls that often plague even the most robust ...

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Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace: Learn Your Risks and Exposures

Substance abuse in the workplace negatively affects every organization’s bottom-line through lost productivity, workplace accidents/injuries, workers’ compensation (WC) claims, employee absenteeism and more. Studies show that employees with a substance abuse disorder miss on average 34% more days than other workers, and are also more likely to experience a workplace injury. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug ...

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Playing it Safe

Quick, count to seven. Finished? Another U.S. worker was injured. According to the National Safety Council, an American worker suffers an on-the-job injury every seven seconds. That adds up to 510 workplace injuries every hour, 12,600 a day and a whopping 4.6 million a year. In 2017 alone, businesses lost 104 million production hours thanks to work-related injuries. Yet, that’s ...

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The Bed Bug Apocalypse Invading Rural America

What do zombies and bed bugs have in common? They both bite and/or feed on living human beings. To paraphrase the definition of apocalypse is to….”cause widespread destruction.” That definition certainly applies to what bed bugs have and can do to anyone who has encountered or attempted to battle this cryptically elusive pest. Rural America is not immune to the ...

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EEOC Reports Rise in Sexual Harassment Charges Following #MeToo Movement

Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports a decrease in the number of overall charges filed, the agency saw a 13.6 percent increase in workers alleging sexual harassment from fiscal year 2017 to fiscal year 2018. The rise is a combination of the EEOC’s increased focus on combatting workplace harassment and the momentum of the #MeToo movement, which has increased ...

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Avoiding Lawsuits

Lawsuit. This one simple word is enough to send pest management leaders into full-fledged panic mode. The risk of litigation for insect damage, bed bugs and other issues is extremely high in the pest management world, and the danger seems to be growing. The exorbitant cost of a high-profile lawsuit could ultimately put a pest control company out of business. This ...

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