National Pest Management Association

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National Pest Management Association
National Pest Management Association logo.svg
Abbreviation NPMA
Formation 1933 (1933)
Type 501(c)(6) non-profit organization
Purpose Professional association
Headquarters Fairfax, Virginia
Region served
United States
Membership
7,000+[1]
President
Kevin C. Pass[2]
Website http://www.npmapestworld.org

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is a non-profit trade association founded in 1933 that represents the interests of the professional pest management industry in the United States.[3]

The NPMA is headquartered in Fairfax, VA, and maintains a staff of technical, public policy, and member services professionals.[1]

Mission[edit]

As stated in its 2013 mission statement, the NPMA “supports members in being professional, knowledgeable, and profitable through education, industry leadership, public policy initiatives, and market development resources.”[4] y[5]

Organization[edit]

The policy-making body of NPMA is governed by the board of directors.[2] As of 2013, it has a current membership of more than 7,000 pest management companies.[6]

Activities[edit]

Benefits of membership include access to accredited continuing education, technical resources, pest management research and reporting, and business service discounts.[7] There are three staffs entomologists who respond to member inquiries.[8] Its technical department provides pest identification and treatment recommendations. The NPMA government affairs staff provides consultation on legislative and regulatory issues that impact pest management companies.[9]

Community relations[edit]

As the NPMA’s consumer education arm, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) educates home and business owners about health and property risks associated with pests.[10] It has developed educational resources such as PestWorld, an information repository on pest identification and management,[1] and PestWorld for Kids as a scholastic resource.[11]

NPMA also funds scientific research in entomology within the area of community pest control through its affiliated Pest Management Foundation.[12] It also provides expert research on pest populations and treatment options, most notably tracking the uptick in bed bug infestations[13] and efficacy of management initiatives.[14]

Public policy[edit]

NPMA represents the industry in Congress and before federal agencies, and also in state legislatures and agencies.[15] Its policy work is focused on pesticide regulation,[16] environmental protection,[17] workforce safety,[18] and integrated pest management.[19]

NPMA developed GreenPro, green pest management certification program, available to pest control companies, in 2009.[20][21] As of June 2013, more than 140 companies nationwide have been designated as GreenPro.[22] This program has been nationally recognized by organizations that promote integrated approaches to reducing and eliminating pest populations, including: Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC), EPA Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) and the Green Restaurant Association (GRA).[23]

NPMA also maintains Pest PAC, a political action committee to advocate for the pest management industry at the forefront of congressional thinking.[24]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c NPMA Mission & History, PestWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  2. ^ a b Board of Directors, National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  3. ^ About NPMA, National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  4. ^ About NPMA, National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  5. ^ "NPMA Shares Strategic Plan at PestWorld ‘12", Pest Control Technology Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  6. ^ Membership, National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  7. ^ Membership Benefits, National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  8. ^ "NPMA Appoints Bennett Jordan as Entomologist/Staff Scientist", National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  9. ^ "NPMA Names Marcia Duke Director of Regulatory Affairs", Pest Control Technology Magazine. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  10. ^ Professional Pest Management Alliance, National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  11. ^ About PestWorld for Kids, PestWorld for Kids. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  12. ^ Support the Industry: What is the Pest Management Foundation?, National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  13. ^ "Pest control association says bedbug infestations are on the uptick", USA Today Travel. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  14. ^ "War on bedbugs is a patchwork affair", The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  15. ^ Public Policy, National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  16. ^ "NPMA lauds EPA’s stance on DIY rodenticide", Pest Management Professional. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  17. ^ "USDA & NPMA Sign Pact to Cooperate on Bird Management", Pest Management Professional. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  18. ^ Public Policy Issues, National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  19. ^ "Pest Elimination Services Transparency & Terminology (PESTT) Act", National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  20. ^ "NPMA Introduces New Greenpro Certification", Pest Control Technology Magazine. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  21. ^ "GreenPro Certified: Understanding and complying with the green service standard", NPMA GreenPro. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  22. ^ NPMA GreenPro Certified Companies List, NPMA Certified GreenPro. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  23. ^ "Strength through Partnership", QualityPro. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  24. ^ Pest PAC: The political action committee of the National Pest Management Association, National Pest Management Association. Retrieved 2013-09-24.