September 06, 2023

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A Letter from the President: Samantha Forrest

Seasons Change but MSPCA Remains a Beacon of Excellence and Professionalism

As we delve into the month of September, I wanted to extend my warmest greetings to each and every one of you. The Maryland State Pest Control Association continues to stand as a beacon of excellence and professionalism in the field of pest management, and I am proud to be a part of an organization that is committed to upholding the highest standards of service and innovation.

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Maryland State Pest Control Association Selects Two Recipients for The Fred Neil Scholarship

Congratulations Trinity Williams and Nick Spigler!

The Maryland State Pest Control Association (MSPCA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Fred Neil Scholarship. MSPCA Members, employees, and their children are eligible for this annual scholarship. Read this article to learn more about the two students selected to receive this scholarship in 2023.

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Registration Now Open for the Western-MD Webinar

Get Recertification Credits and Great Training

The Maryland State Pest Control Association (MSPCA) is pleased to present the Western-MD Webinar. This 1/2-day event qualifies for recertification credits in Maryland, as well as West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Credits in other states can be applied for upon request. The webinar will be held on Thursday, November 9th, from 7:50 - 12:30. The cost is $45 for MSPCA members and $75 for non-members.

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NPMA Member Benefit Highlight

Post Your Current Job Openings on

Joint membership in NPMA and MSPCA 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 job posting board where members can post job opportunities and find candidates to join their teams.

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Malaria in Maryland: Is it Back?

Dr. Richard Kramer, BCE

Another serious insect-transmitted disease, malaria, appeared in the DMV and will undoubtedly worry some of your customers. It is highly unlikely that this will become a major problem, however we need to be able to address our customers’ concerns. This article by Dr. Kramer helps you understand how to communicate and educate your customers about this serious disease.

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Spotted Lanternfly: You can make a difference.

by David Moore, BCE, Dodson Pest Control

You may be asking: “why is this guy writing about an ornamental pest, when we take care of structural pests?” If you thought stink bug numbers were bad, hold my drink! Spotted Lanternflies will cover cars and structures in the hundreds creating a situation where we have limited control options for our clients. When a customer calls asking for help, you need to be prepared for what you can and can’t treat for. Read this article to educate yourself about this emerging pest and find resources you can share with customers.

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Pay Your Dues to Get Recert Credits at the discounted MSPCA Member Price

Renew your membership or join now if you're not yet a MSPCA member!

Recertification and educational events are coming up! Be sure to get the best pricing for your training by being a member of MSPCA. If you have already renewed - thank you! If not, click to learn how you can take care of your renewal, or join today! Or, go to:

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Maryland Department of Agriculture Update

Who's Who at MDA, Federal EPA Updates & MDA Reminders

The Maryland Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation Section (PRS) has provided this article to introduce some new staff and provide updates about staff promotions and changes. Federal EPA updates on Endangered Species and Rodenticide PIDs and amended regulations that provide for stronger standards for restricted use pesticide are also included. Plus, some useful reminders, with useful emails and links are also provided.

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MSPCA Pest of the Month

Spotted Lantern Fly - August 2023