3-17-09: State Pest Management Association Meets with Congressional Staff About North Carolina Pest Management Issues

 Meetings focus on importance of pest management industry to protect food, property and public health  

Raleigh, N.C. – Representing the state’s pest management professionals, fourteen members of the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) convened in Washington, D.C. recently to discuss the importance of the pest management industry to protect food, property and public health with Congressional staffers.

On March 3, the NCPMA members met with staff members from the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan to discuss the Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act, the Employee Free Choice Act and the School Pest Management Act.  The visits were part of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Annual Legislative Day.

“As an association, we represent hundreds of professional pest management companies statewide, and part of our goals as an association is to see that our elected officials understand the needs of those companies and the clients they serve statewide,” said Kristin Dodd of Carolina Pest Management in Monroe and a board member of the NCPMA.  “Meeting with our Congressional leaders is a key component of our legislative outreach to ensure that our Washington leaders know what matters to North Carolinians.”

Representing NCPMA and North Carolina’s pest management professionals were:

  • Don Hamby-Don’s Termite and Pest Control, Clemmons, N.C.
  • Robert Dillingham, David Dillingham and Kathleen Dillingham-May Exterminating Co., Jacksonville, N.C.
  • Kristin Dodd-Carolina Pest Management, Monroe, N.C.
  • Doug Whitley and Ann Whitley-Whitco Pest Management, Rocky Mount, N.C.
  • Burns Blackwell-Terminix, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Mark DeGere-Forshaw Distribution, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Billy Tesh and Laurie Tesh-Pest Management Systems, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Julee Efird-Modern Exterminating, Jacksonville, N.C.
  • Fred Canady and Judy Canady-Canady & Son Exterminating, Wilmington, N.C. 

About the NCPMA

Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina.  Formerly, the North Carolina Pest Control Association, NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals. 

To learn more about NCPMA, please visit its Web site at:  www.ncpestmanagement.org.

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