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Register Now for the Western Maryland Recertification Training

Register Now and Save!

This half-day program (7:30 am - 12:45 pm) provides state recertification credits for Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The training will take place on Thursday, October 31, 2019, in Frederick, MD at the Frederick Residence Inn by Marriott. Credits have been applied for in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Register before October 11 and save $25! 


What is Google My Business? 

By Andy Patel & Maggie Horn of K3 Marketing

Google My Business (GMB) is a free tool designed for Pest Control companies to manage their brand on Google Search and Maps. GMB provides a simple way for customers to contact you in real-time. Customers can call, get directions or visit your website in one click. If you don't have a Google My Business listing, your competitors probably do, which means you are missing out on potential leads.


NPMA State Policy Affairs Representative

Attention MSPCA members! Here is a unique opportunity for you to represent the pest control industry in front of lawmakers, lobbyists, and other stakeholders. The MSPCA board is looking for a member to serve as the lead point of contact for NPMA as our State Policy Affairs Representative (SPAR) or Vice State Policy Affairs Representative (Vice-Spar).


University of Maryland Soil Judging Contest Results

In the February 2019 edition of Closer Look, we shared that the MSPCA Board of Directors made a donation to the University of Maryland's soil judging team on behalf of the membership. The money was used to fund the teams trip to participate in the National Contest Soils Contest where the team took home the National Championship!


The Fred Neil Scholarship - Deadline Extended

Applications must be submitted by August 1st.

This scholarship is for members of MSPCA in good standing and their children. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to use towards their education.


The Value of MSPCA Membership

By Samantha (Sam) Forrest, MSPCA Vice President

Discover the difference between an ordinary pest control business and a Maryland State Pest Control associated business! In partnering with MSPCA, we will give you the tools of the trade whether it's aiding in the help of training your service professionals or saving money, all the way to finding new business opportunities to help you grow and take your business to the next level!


Renew Your MSPCA Dues Today!

The Maryland State Pest Control Association (MSPCA) is focused on providing education and services for individuals and organizations in the pest control industry. MSPCA is your unique and valuable one-stop center for the tools, knowledge, and information you need to grow your business.


VIDEO: 2019 Last Chance Recertification Seminar

Over 100 pest control professionals gathered in Linthicum, MD for MSPCA’s Last Chance Recertification Seminar on May 29, 2019. The Seminar included educational sessions from industry experts, updates from the Maryland and DC Department of Agriculture, exhibitor displays and several opportunities to network with peers. Take a look at the video to see what you missed. The final Last Chance Recertification Seminar will take place in May 2020. 


Apply For The Fred Neil Scholarship

It's that time of the year! I wanted to remind you of this amazing opportunity, The Fred Neil Scholarship, exclusive to MSPCA members. This scholarship is for members of MSPCA in good standing and their children. We will award two winners a $500 scholarship to use towards their education.


MSPCA Savings4Members

MSPCA partnered with Savings4Members to provide you with access to cost savings programs to help you spend less time worrying about expenses; so you can focus on customers, sales, and running your business. Through Savings4Members you have access to various discounts with national vendors to help you buy and save on products and services you use every day.


University of MD Soil Judging Team

The MSPCA Board of Directors made a donation to the University of Maryland's soil judging team on behalf of the membership. The money will be used to fund the teams trip to participate in the National Soils Contest that will be hosted by California Polytechnic and State University in mid-April. Click here to read the full thank you letter. 


Download the 2018 Annual Report

Learn about the work of the Maryland State Pest Control Association in our annual reports on behalf of the pest control industry during 2018.


Baltimore City Unwittingly Creates Unlicensed Pest Control Competition

MSPCA battles City for 6 months. Results in a win for us.

By: Bruce Morgan
During the summer of 2018, Baltimore City initiated a “rental-housing licensing” program which included a requirement that all rental units be inspected, and reported on, by a MD. Licensed Home Inspector. The initial idea was to correct major safety issues, improve the rental housing stock and relieve the city of conducting so many rental code inspections. The burden of the inspection and compliance is placed upon the property owner. The city set a deadline of January 1, 2019, to have all 44,000 rentals inspected and reported on.


Central Life Sciences Welcomes Three New Members to the Zoëcon and Vector Sales Team

Strengthening its Presence in the Industry

Central Life Sciences welcomes Timothy Bennett and Kelly Deutsch to the sales team for its Vector division and Walker Mobley to the sales team for its Zoëcon Professional Products division. They all join as regional sales managers.


2019 Interstate Pest Management Conference

Register Today!

If you attend one industry event in 2019, make it the Interstate Pest Management Conference - IPMC. This premier event is designed to get you the credits you need in one day, covering more categories than ever before, including Turf and Ornamental categories.


December Annual Meeting

You are cordially invited to the Maryland State Pest Control Association December Annual. This is an informal, fun meeting with colleagues in the Industry. Learn what you can expect in 2019... and how we can meet the challenges


CLOSER LOOK | E- Newsletter

October Issue


Nominations Are Now Open for the MSPCA Board

Are you interested in serving MSPCA and the pest management industry? Would you like to get more involved with the association in a leadership capacity? Then please submit MSPCA's Board of Directors Nomination Form for consideration by the MSPCA Nomination Committee. 


October Board Meeting & December Annual Meeting

The MSPCA Board of Directors met on Thursday, October 19, 2018, in Ellicott City, MD. The Board reviewed many items concerning the association including membership, upcoming events, the Fred Neil Scholarship and so much more.


2018 Fred Neil Scholarship Winner Announced

MSPCA is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Fred Neil Scholarship, Allyson Atkinson! Allyson was sponsored by Mark Trimmer of Atlantic Pest Control Inc. and currently attending West Virginia University to study Biology.


Fred Neil Scholarship Applications

This scholarship is available only to children or employees of eligible member firms.