April 28, 2023


A Letter from the President: Samantha Forrest

The MSPCA Board is Committed to Making our State Association one of the Best!

As we approach the midpoint of the year, we are preparing for the busy season ahead. Rest assured, MSPCA is working hard on behalf of our members and the industry! Read Samantha's message to find out what MSPCA has been up to, and what lays ahead!

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NPMA Member Benefit Highlight

Human Resources Consulting Service

Joint Membership in both the National Pest Management Association and the Maryland State Pest Control Association brings a multitude of benefits! To ensure members know about benefits, many of which are specifically targeted to assist smaller businesses, we plan to highlight a benefit in the Closer Look E-newsletter. This month highlights the Human Resources Consulting Service that is easy to use and readily available to all MSPCA/NPMA members!

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Maryland Department of Agriculture

Governor's Pesticide Advisory Committee

As an appointed member of the Governor's Pesticide Advisory Committee, Dr. Richard Kramer provides a summary of highlights from the April meeting.

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Tick Tock: The Time Is Right to Manage Ticks

Dr. Richard Kramer, BCE

Spring is here – the time to act is now! Have you developed a comprehensive tick control program? Management of ticks involves a multitude of strategies. This article reviews them all and would be a great tool to use during your next company training session!

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MSPCA is Spinning Up for a New Membership Year

Renew Your Membership & Stay Connected to Your Industry Trade Association

As you spin up your team to tackle all the pest control challenges that your customers face this Spring, MSPCA, with our partner, NPMA, is in the midst of renewal season. For all current members, you will receive an email from info@marylandpest.org with a link to renew your membership! With just a few clicks, you can get this important item crossed off your to-do list. While you are in the renewal form, be sure to make any corrections to your contact information, so that we are sure to stay connected with you!

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Apply for a Fred Neil Scholarship by July 1

MSPCA Member's Family & Employees

All MSPCA member's children and employees can apply for a $1,000 scholarship to support their university studies as a full-time student. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2023 and scholarships will be awarded in early August!

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Save the Date! November 9, 2023

Western Maryland Virtual CEU Training

Each year MSCPA holds this training event that provides CEUs. This agenda is not built just for credits, but to give technicians training that makes them well-rounded and effective pest control operators! Put this event on your calendar! It's a low-cost way to get some very good company training for your team!

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Meat, Greet & Eat - MSPCA Members Welcome!

Kitchen Confidential Seminar Series Hosted by Nisus & Target

Bring your appetite and your notebook, because you'll want to gobble up all of the good eats and technical training being provided during this four hours CEU training tackling problematic pests in commercial kitchens. What other training starts with breakfast and ends with a full BBQ spread? Reserve your spot by emailing Bill Best at bill.best@target-specialty.com!

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MD Legislation Passed Requiring Study on PFAS in Pesticides

Dr. Lucas Carnohan, BCE

PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1940s. They have been used to make nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil. The presence of these "forever chemicals", as they are known, in pesticides is now being studied, potentially putting some commonly used pesticides at risk.

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MSPCA Pest of the Month

Carpenter Ants - Nisus