4-29-09: In Response to Report, State’s Pest Management Association Emphasizes Training Available to All Members

Association took lead on initiative to integrate healthy pest management practices into public schools 

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) today issued a statement in response to ToxicFreeNC’s new report: “Avoiding Big Risks for Small Kids: Results of the 2008 Child Care Pest Control Survey.”  The association emphasized the intense training that is available to all its members and how research is constantly being conducted to provide better methods for fighting pests using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods.

“The North Carolina Pest Management Association is dedicated to training professional pest management technicians on the best methods for dealing with pest problems as outlined by Integrated Pest Management (IPM),” said Robert Dillingham, president of the NCPMA.  “Our association has a history of working to incorporate the latest pest management technology to benefit the people of our state.  In 2006 our association worked to ensure the passage of the North Carolina School Children’s Health Act to provide the most effective and healthy options for pest management in our state’s public schools.”

IPM is a process encouraged by the association that promotes a dialogue between a pest management professional and the customer.  Using IPM, the professional will inspect the problem, identify what is happening in or around the home or business and work with the customer to develop a solution. The solution can range from simply removing food or water sources to the use of a product to deal with the pest. 

“Our association recognizes the survey’s efforts to bring awareness to the need for Integrated Pest Management techniques in our state’s child care centers. We also feel confident that our association has taken the lead in educating and training our members on how and when to use the latest pest management techniques and methods,” said Burns Blackwell, of Terminix Company in Greensboro and a board member of the NCPMA.

In the past, the NCPMA worked with the state’s legislators to ensure the passage of the North Carolina Children’s Health Act.  The act, which became law on Oct. 1, 2006, required public school systems statewide to reduce the amount of chemicals and contaminants that may pose health hazards to school children.  This included implementing IPM programs for pest management in the state’s school systems.

The NCPMA provides continuing education classes for the state’s pest management professionals and offers year-round technical and management education for its members through regional workshops and the Pest Control Technician School, the largest such school in the nation.

“We are dedicated to working with our members, the state’s child care centers and other organizations across the state to ensure that proper Integrated Pest Management initiatives are implemented statewide,” Blackwell added.  “Just as we did with the North Carolina Children’s Health Act, we welcome the opportunity to once again create a program that promotes good pest management practices and enhances the pest management services for the benefit of our state’s child care centers.”

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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