At 86 years old, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) was formed to help ensure the pest control industry is strong, professional and unified, and the organization is still delivering on that promise to its more than 5,500 members today. From quality educational programs, to enhanced member resources and a strong influence in the development of balanced and proactive legislation, NPMA has helped ready the pest control industry to meet any challenges that lie ahead in the years to come.
The History of NPMA
Founded in 1933, NPMA is a non-profit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from the dangers associated with pests. This commitment is reflected both in the continuing education of pest control professionals and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses alike.
At the onset, NPMA’s founders saw a need to position the industry amongst consumers in a more positive light and dispel the antiquated notions associated with pest control.
At the onset, NPMA’s founders saw a need to position the industry amongst consumers in a more positive light and dispel the antiquated notions associated with pest control. They understood that controlling pests is one of the reasons Americans are able to have a better quality of life, and were determined to increase awareness of the dangers associated with pests with the goal that every household in America will one day be protected by professional pest control services.
The National Pest Management Association recognized the State Policy Affairs Representatives (SPARs) that work hard each year on legislative and regulatory issues. Photo Source: Dan Chung
Throughout the years, NPMA has helped its members and the pest control industry through the creation of verifiable training, the changing technologies used by the industry, and public and media relations. From its beginning all those years ago, NPMA has been a clear and consistently positive voice for the pest control industry.
Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., the association today has a professional staff of technical, regulatory, government affairs, education and member services committed to the pest control industry. NPMA has aggressively pursued pesticide regulatory reform legislation, defended critical pesticide registrations before the EPA and strengthened advocacy efforts at the state level through its expanded State Policy Affairs Representative (SPAR) program. In an increasingly divided political environment, the organization actively educates members of Congress, state legislatures and regulatory bodies at the state and federal level on the industry’s protection of public health. These initiatives strengthen relationships on the Hill and in the legislatures, ensuring NPMA is consulted on any public health bill that passes through.
Making an Impact
All members of NPMA are provided with professional development, quality education and certification programs to help improve work performance. The organization hosts an annual convention, PestWorld, that brings together industry leaders to keep members updated and educated on the latest issues affecting the pest control industry. Members also receive networking opportunities, tools and resources to grow their businesses. For example, they have access to pest images for promotional material development, marketing guides, government affairs documents and more that were all created to help drive business success and advocate for the industry as a whole.
The organization hosts an annual convention, PestWorld, that brings together industry leaders to keep members updated and educated on the latest issues affecting the pest control industry. Photo Source: Dan Chung
On the global front, in April 2017, NPMA facilitated and lead an open dialogue with the initial gathering of the Global Pest Management Coalition. Representing nearly 30 countries, the group met to identify synergies and ways to work together in support of issues that impact all organizations and the industry as a whole. During these discussions, the coalition explored key challenges such as professionalism around the world, increasing regulatory challenges and ways to further enhance and improve the image of the pest control industry.
The Future of NPMA
From fighting dangerous and deadly pest-related diseases, to protecting our food from adulteration and safeguarding our businesses and homes from structure-crippling pests, pest control professionals are defenders of public health and property and are a catalyst for the world’s economy. Through these initiatives, NPMA works tirelessly to increase public awareness of pest-related diseases and the threats they pose to public health, as well as the importance of working with a licensed pest control professional, all of which help to make the world a safer place for all.
By Cindy Mannes, Vice President of Public Affairs, NPMA