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Northern Giant Hornet Update
05/22/2024

Northern Giant Hornet Update

WSDA

WSDA prepares for hornet season with trapping maps and a seasonal team. They coordinate with various organizations and invite residents to set traps. A population genomics study confirms two separate NGH origins. WSDA will attend the Pollinator Knowledge & Fun Fest on June 22. No new detections yet.

Washington Legislative Interim Update
05/21/2024

Washington Legislative Interim Update

Government Affairs

The Washington State campaign season is underway with elections for all 98 House seats and 25 of 49 Senate seats. Democrats aim for a supermajority, while Republicans seek to maintain influence. Three statewide initiatives on tenant rights, sanctuary status, and natural gas are up for vote. New polling indicates a potential gubernatorial showdown between Bob Ferguson and Dave Reichert. Economic forecasts show mixed indicators, and key updates include a statewide drought emergency, reduced plans for a wind farm, and lower PFAS limits in drinking water.

Be on Standby to Help
05/21/2024

Be on Standby to Help

Government Affairs

Upcoming VoterVoice advocacy campaigns aim to secure state pesticide preemption in the 2024 Farm Bill. State associations should notify members to be ready for action. Three campaigns: 1) Oppose amendment to strip Sec. 10205 (May 22-23), 2) Thank supportive Committee members (May 23-25), and 3) Push for a House vote (starting May 27).

Aquatic Mosquito Control General Permit
05/21/2024

Aquatic Mosquito Control General Permit

Industry News

Ecology issued the revised Aquatic Mosquito Control permit, effective June 20, 2024, expiring June 20, 2029. This permit regulates insecticide use for mosquito control by businesses and government entities, excluding homeowners. Public comments were collected and addressed. Details are on the permit website: https://ecology.wa.gov/mosquitopermit.

🌟 PWIPM Steps of Hope 5k Fundraiser 🌟
05/17/2024

🌟 PWIPM Steps of Hope 5k Fundraiser 🌟

PWIPM

Join the PWIPM Steps of Hope 5k on June 1, 2024! Today is the last day to register for a guaranteed event t-shirt. Registrations accepted until May 30. Support Helping Hand House and raise awareness for domestic violence. Make additional contributions to maximize our impact.

Score Big Insights at PestWorld 2024 with NFL Pro Bowler Justin Forsett as Keynote Speaker!
05/10/2024

Score Big Insights at PestWorld 2024 with NFL Pro Bowler Justin Forsett as Keynote Speaker!

NPMA

PestWorld 2024, a gathering of pest management professionals, announces former NFL Pro Bowler Justin Forsett as keynote speaker on October 24. Forsett, now a motivational speaker and entrepreneur, shares his journey from athlete to businessman. Sponsored by Syngenta, the event aims to foster industry connections, share expertise, and highlight business opportunities. Hosted at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Denver, CO from October 22-25. Early hotel booking recommended.

PWIPM at the Park
04/30/2024

PWIPM at the Park

PWIPM

The PWIPM Networking Event at Cheney Stadium on August 4, 2024, combined baseball and empowerment, celebrating women in pest management. Attendees enjoyed networking opportunities, family fun, and camaraderie, fostering a sense of community and resilience in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Collect Roof Rat Samples
04/29/2024

Collect Roof Rat Samples

Industry News

The request is for pest professionals to assist Gaby in collecting roof rat samples. The samples should consist of whole rats, frozen at the time of collection, and labeled with the date and address. Ideally, the rats should be relatively fresh. The request asks for 5-8 samples to be collected from each location.

Steps of Hope 5K
04/25/2024

Steps of Hope 5K

PWIPM

Join us on June 1st for the PWIPM Steps of Hope 5k Fundraiser at Chambers Bay Loop. Embrace inclusivity as we walk, run, or stroll in support of Helping Hand House's mission to assist families in need. Every step counts towards a brighter future for all.

Coat Drive
04/22/2024

Coat Drive

PestVets

The Washington State Pest Management Association's Coat Drive aims to collect and donate coats to those in need across the state, fostering warmth, compassion, and community engagement.

Collect coats between now and July 31, 2024 and beat your competition! Prizes will be awarded to those companies who donate the most coats.

Optimizing Business Processes: Document Outsourcing Strategies
04/17/2024

Optimizing Business Processes: Document Outsourcing Strategies

PWIPM

The meeting focused on document outsourcing strategies for efficiency and professionalism. Samantha updated on training, a 5K event, and website progress. New team members were welcomed, and Brittney discussed benefits and solutions. Future steps include exploring outsourcing options and fundraising for domestic violence survivors.

Changes to Pesticide Management Division
04/12/2024

Changes to Pesticide Management Division

WSDA

The Pesticide Management Division becomes the Agricultural Environmental Services Division, adding two new programs: NRAS, researching agricultural sustainability, and the Cannabis Program. The expansion aims to foster collaboration and environmental protection in agricultural practices.

Pollinator Health Workshop
04/12/2024

Pollinator Health Workshop

Recording

Exciting news! The recording for our recent workshop on the crucial role of honey bees in pest management and ecological balance is now available for viewing. Gain insights into honey bee colonies, humane removal techniques, and sustainable practices to protect these invaluable insects. 🌟 Please note: Access to the recording is exclusive to WSPMA members and is not eligible for credits. 🌟

Do You Support Military Veterans?
03/21/2024

Do You Support Military Veterans?

PestVets

Do you support military veterans in the pest control industry? Now you can sign up to be a PestVets Company through the NPMA PestVets Council! PestVets Companies do not need to be veteran owned, they simply need to support veterans in the industry. The application is accessed through this link and only takes a few minutes to complete. Let's represent WSPMA and see how many PestVets companies we can add!

Washington State Pest Management Association Lobbies for Federal Pesticide Preemption
03/18/2024

Washington State Pest Management Association Lobbies for Federal Pesticide Preemption

Legislative

The Washington State Pest Management Association is pushing for federal pesticide preemption to harmonize regulations nationally. This aims to create uniformity in pesticide management across states, enhancing efficiency and consistency in oversight.

General Membership Meeting Notes
02/27/2024

General Membership Meeting Notes

Member News

The WSPMA meeting in Hood River, OR highlighted gratitude towards partners and members. Discussions included financial stability, legislative updates, educational events, and the Steel Bridge program for veterans. Bylaw changes were approved, and concerns over online testing delays were addressed. The meeting concluded with a motion to adjourn.

Legislative Day 2024
02/27/2024

Legislative Day 2024

Legislative

The NPMA Legislative Day program features committee meetings, leadership forums, advocacy training, and legislative strategy sessions, culminating in hill visits. WSPMA will send multiple representatives to ensure industry concerns are heard, emphasizing their commitment to protecting the integrity of pest management work.

The World of Urban Rats
02/21/2024

The World of Urban Rats

Event

Join Dr. Murray, wildlife expert, for a virtual workshop exploring the impact of rats on humans & urban wildlife. Learn about diseases, prevention, control methods, & community engagement through a One Health lens. Ideal for pest professionals, public health officials, & community members.

Legislative Updates
02/19/2024

Legislative Updates

Government Affairs

Bills extend pesticide tax exemption, alter neonicotinoid use, and address waste management. Others, covering taxes and emissions, are no longer active.

National Board of Directors Voting
02/19/2024

National Board of Directors Voting

NPMA

WSPMA members: Prepare to vote in NPMA Board of Directors election, March 15 - April 15, 2024. Ensure your email is updated for online voting. A local member nominated. Contact alindley@pestworld.org to update info.

SkillBridge Program
02/13/2024

SkillBridge Program

PestVets

The virtual meeting with the Washington State Pest Management Association's Pest Vets Unit will spotlight the NPMA SkillBridge program. Liz Bicer from NPMA will discuss its benefits for companies in the hiring process. The program connects businesses with skilled military personnel, providing internships and employment pathways, fostering a mutually beneficial partnership.

Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference
02/05/2024

Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference

Event

Join the dynamic 2024 Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference in Hood River, Oregon, from Feb 22-24. Attend the WSPMA Membership Meeting on Feb 23 for industry insights, networking, and a sneak peek at our new website. Don't miss the PWIPM Networking Hour for valuable connections. Stay informed and connected!

Leadership Change within WSDA
01/31/2024

Leadership Change within WSDA

WSDA Updates

National PestVets Meeting Notes
01/19/2024

National PestVets Meeting Notes

PestVets

The PestVets Council's monthly meeting covered PestVets of the Year nominations, plans for a Day of Service project in Denver, updates on the new Mallis Handbook edition, legislative day plans, and successful progress with Operation Gratitude.

Video of Testimony on SB5972 & HB2073
01/19/2024

Video of Testimony on SB5972 & HB2073

Government Affairs

The Washington State Pest Management Association (WSPMA) successfully opposed House Bill 2073's restrictions on sulfuryl fluoride and advocated for a balanced approach to Senate Bill 5972, which now only affects outdoor neonic use by homeowners. The industry faces increasing legislative scrutiny, and WSPMA, along with the National Pest Management Association, is actively monitoring, providing updates, and lobbying to safeguard members' interests. A recent meeting with Senator Liias resulted in amendments to SB 5972, a significant win for the pest control industry. WSPMA encourages members to stay informed and engaged for a thriving industry future.

PWIPM: Cultivating Connections
01/17/2024

PWIPM: Cultivating Connections

PWIPM

The meeting highlighted a professional's networking journey in the pest management industry, emphasizing the importance of quality connections. Discussions covered internal and external networking, responsible event representation, and community involvement. Calendar invite challenges were addressed, and upcoming opportunities, including nominations for an industry award and a Women's Forum, were announced. In-person and Zoom networking events were also mentioned.

Legislative Updates
01/12/2024

Legislative Updates

Government Affairs

The Washington State Legislature's 60-day session, focused on a supplemental budget, addresses pesticide-related issues among other key topics. Governor Inslee emphasizes challenges with the Climate Commitment Act, urging transparency in oil prices and increased funding for opioids. Over 880 bills introduced, including initiatives on repealing the CCA. Notable pesticide bills and hearings outlined.

January News: Elevating Excellence
01/10/2024

January News: Elevating Excellence

E-Bulletin

Members are urged to take action as registration is closing for the Western Washington Ant ID Lab with Dr. Laurel Hansen on January 13, 2024. WSPMA President Luke Rambo shares his goals for 2024, emphasizing the significance of member involvement and connection. A legislative report outlines the key points of the Washington State Legislature's 60-day session. Gratitude is expressed to 2024 strategic partners. The B&G Equipment Rebuild Class is highlighted as a comprehensive exploration of equipment maintenance. The Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference, featuring renowned experts and a business panel discussion, is announced. Additionally, WSPMA launches a new website and integrates advanced management software.

Member Call to Action
01/08/2024

Member Call to Action

Government Affairs

Our SPARs communicate the WSPMA standpoint on Senate Bill 5972, which proposes significant restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids.

National PestVets Meeting Notes
12/22/2023

National PestVets Meeting Notes

PestVets

The WSPMA PestVets chair and co-chair participated in the National Pest Management PestVets meeting. Conversations covered topics such as safety, PestVets of the Year nominations, the approval of new PestVets companies, grants, and updates on the SkillBridge program.

WSDA Temporary License Policy
12/22/2023

WSDA Temporary License Policy

Updates

WSPMA reached out to WSDA for some clarification on the recent change to the temporary license policy. Read here for important details to how this may affect your businesses.

December News: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
12/21/2023

December News: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

E-Bulletin

The Washington State Pest Management Association (WSPMA) announces its Winter Convention on December 9, 2023, offering a day of learning for companies with various educational sessions. The General Membership Meeting follows, featuring updates and insights. The newsletter also previews 2024 events, committee meetings, a spider identification workshop, and shares a positive recap of a member's experience at PestWorld Hawaii.

November News: Winter Convention
11/13/2023

November News: Winter Convention

E-Newsletter

The Washington State Pest Management Association (WSPMA) announces its Winter Convention on December 9, 2023, offering a day of learning for companies with various educational sessions. The General Membership Meeting follows, featuring updates and insights. The newsletter also previews 2024 events, committee meetings, a spider identification workshop, and shares a positive recap of a member's experience at PestWorld Hawaii.

October News
10/12/2023

October News

E-Newsletter

Discover a comprehensive event calendar featuring seminars, committee meetings, and the Winter Convention. Highlighting the Fall Seminar's focus on pest management in the Pacific Northwest, experts will delve into stinging insects, spiders, ticks, bedbugs, fleas, and other arthropods, providing essential insights and strategies for professionals. Additionally, the newsletter covers the Education Committee's 2024 planning, a call for spider specimens, and updates on the PestWorld Hawaii event. Don't miss the Winter Convention for crucial updates, technical sessions, and networking opportunities to enhance your pest management skills.