March 08, 2023

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A Letter from the President: Samantha Forrest

MSPCA Kicks Off 2023 With a Bang!

After kicking off the new year with an amazing MSPCA Interstate Pest Management Conference that trained 600 PMPs and showed off the products of the industry's best vendor products and services, Samantha Forrest, MSPCA president sets her sights on the rest of 2023!

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Gain Free Access to NPMA's Termite Awareness Week Mini-Toolkit

Use Graphics and Suggested Posts to Educate Your Customers About Termite Damage

It's Termite Awareness Week! Now is the perfect time for pest control companies to arm homeowners with the knowledge that can help them prevent costly termite damage. To celebrate, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) is sharing a taste of its Termite Awareness Week toolkit with NPMA members for free! Download this mini toolkit complete with social media headers and some social posts.

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MSPCA WDI-O Recredentialing Training - March 30, 2023

Renew Your WDI-O Credentials - even if they have expired!

MSPCA will be holding a virtual WDI-O Re-Credentialing Training on March 30, 2023. Since 2003, MSPCA has trained and credentialed over 200 inspectors and the credentialed designation is widely recognized by those in the real estate industry. To maintain your WDI-O Credentials attend this course and extend your voluntary certification for another 3 years. Even if your credentials have expired MPSCA is offering a grace period that will allow previously certified expired inspectors an exception to renew their credentials by taking this course. No state recertification credits are available for this course - only MSPCA WDI-O recertification is offered.

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Litigation - Wood Destroying Insect Inspections

By Dr. Richard Kramer, BCE

This article will focus on litigation liabilities associated with Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspections. While there are litigation issues associated with treating for these insects, my experience over the past 25 years serving as an expert, is that the most frequent litigation lies with the inspection. What follows are some bullet points that can mitigate (not prevent) litigation for your company.

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About the NPMA Executive Leadership Program

From Current ELP Participant Adam Bergstrom

The Executive Leadership Program, otherwise known as ELP, is put together by the National Pest Management Association. It is one of the greatest opportunities in our industry to grow as a professional. Applications are submitted and NPMA accepts roughly 7-15 people nationwide per year to join the class for 2 years. Hear first-hand about what this program offers from current ELP participant, Adam Bergstrom, with B.O.G. Lawn and Pest.

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MSPCA IPMC Educates 600+ Industry Professionals

This Meeting Features Education, Exhibit Hall and Networking

The Maryland State Pest Control Association (MSPCA) presented the Interstate Pest Management Conference (IPMC) on January 25 and 26, 2023. Held at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, MD, the IPMC is the largest gathering of pest management professionals in Maryland. This year, more than 600 PMPs and industry professionals attended the conference. We couldn't pull this meeting off without our amazing Board member, Karen Frome, who puts the agenda and speakers together. Our sponsors are also a key component of this meeting's success - see list at left and thank your rep next time you see them. And finally, thank you to all of those who attended the event. You making the time to get the education, training and insights on the latest trends, products and application methods for safe and compliant pest management means the entire Industry's level of professionalism is elevated!

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Cecil Community College Offers Pest Control Skilled Trade Program

Program is Seeking Maryland Pest Control Companies to host Externships

Cecil Community College offers workforce training that prepares students for a career as a Pest Management Technician. This 16-week program includes a hands-on Externship and prepares students for certification. The college is seeking pest control companies willing to offer Externships to the current class. Read more to learn about the program and how you might help a student by offering an Externship through your company.

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Landscaping for Pest Control

By David Moore, BCE, Dodson Pest Control

Since our area has been pretty warm lately, I expect that people will be out in their yards disrupting their landscaping in the very near future. How a customer modifies their landscaping can have a significant effect on pest control. This article shares some examples of how different landscaping practices can impact pest populations.

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March is National Ladder Safety Month

From OSHA and the American Ladder Institute

Almost every home in the United States has one, and chances are you have used one either at work or at home. From changing out a lightbulb to getting on top of a roof, ladders are a common piece of equipment used in almost every home or building and appear to be harmless — and yet according to Injury Facts, thousands of people are killed due to falls from a ladder or scaffolding work. In fact, falls are the second leading cause of death next to highway crashes. This article provides helpful tips to always keep in mind when using a ladder.

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MSPCA Pest of the Month

Termites - Corteva™