July 05, 2023

Syngenta July 2023

A Letter from the President: Samantha Forrest

Renewal Season and the Summer Season Have Hit!

The heat is on and pests are on the run! It is a busy time of year, to be sure! In her President's message, Samantha Forrest reminds us of the important role Pest Management Professionals play to keep people comfortable and structures free from structural pests. She also discusses the MDA renewal process, says a farewell to the the MSPCA SPAR, and reminds members about the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 Fred Neil Scholarship.

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Online Pest Management Technician Training Brings New Talent to Our Industry

Cecil Community College is Seeking PMP Companies to Provide Externship Experiences

Bringing new talent into the pest management industry is key to the success of our industry. Cecil Community College offers a 16-week online program that prepares students for a career in pest management. Share information about this program to help recruit students and consider hosting a student or students externship experience.

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NPMA Member Benefit Highlight

NPMA Workforce Development Program

Joint membership in 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 each issue of the Closer Look E-newsletter. This month highlights the NPMA Workforce Development Program.

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PMi Hires Dr. Lucas Carnohan, BCE

MSPCA Wishes Lucas All the Best in His New Venture!

Lucas served MSPCA as the State Policy Affairs Representative (SPAR), acting as the key liaison responsible for coordinating regulatory and legislative issues between NPMA and Maryland. We are sorry to loose him as our SPAR, but congratulate him as he moves his family to North Carolina to begin a new chapter in his career with Pest Management Systems, Inc.!

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Trisha Shellenberger Receives NPMA Impact Award

Congratulations Trisha on this Richly Deserved Award!

Trisha Shellenberger serves as a Director on the MSPCA Board. Her first year on the Board, she jumped in to spearhead the MSPCA Pest of the Month info-graphics! Trisha was recognized this summer during the NPMA Women's Forum with an NPMA Impact Award. The Impact Awards honor and celebrate exceptional women at all levels within the pest management industry, in any role, including management, technical/service, sales, or office staff. Be sure to congratulate Trisha next time you see her!

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If You Want Something Done Right – Do It Yourself!

Dr. Richard Kramer, BCE

Dr. Kramer laments that even after explaining conducive conditions and how to correct them to our customers, oftentimes our advice is not acted upon. Expanding our services into atypical pest management practices requires additional technician training, requiring them to do things other than manage pests. But taking on these other tasks often solves the pest issue, makes for a very happy customer, and increases company revenue.

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On July 1st MSPCA Jumped into a New Membership Year!

If you haven't renewed YOUR Membership - Jump on it!

MSPCA knows things are jumping right now, but don't forget to renew your MSPCA / NPMA membership! Membership dues were payable by June 30th and we'd really like to wrap up member invoicing so we can focus on Fall training and other MSPCA events. Read below to learn how you can take care of your renewal today! Or go to: https://www.marylandpest.org/aws/MSPCA/pt/sp/renew

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Fred Neil Scholarship Application Extended until July 31st

MSPCA Members, Family & Employees are Eligible

All MSPCA members, their children, their employees and their employee's children can apply for a $1,000 scholarship to support their university studies as a full-time student. The deadline to apply has been extended to July 31, 2023 and scholarships will be awarded in early August! Spread the word to your family and your employees.

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MSPCA Pest of the Month

Bed bug - Aprehend

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