VPMA Launches New Website Upgrades To Reach Multiple Devices

The Virginia Pest Management Association announced today the re-launch of a newly re-designed Website which will enable seamless navigation by way of mobile and smartphone devices.

VPMA’s site – www.VPMAOnline.com – was upgraded by BCS Website Services, a Richmond-based Website hosting and development company.

VPMA is a 70-year-old trade association representing the interests of more than 3,000 Virginians working in the pest-management business.

Unwanted Guests for Thanksgiving? The Rodents

Chilly fall weather is here to stay, and with the arrival of cooler temperatures comes the reemergence of one of the most common cold-weather home invaders – the rodents.

Rodents are notorious carriers of a slew of illnesses and bacteria, and a buildup of their droppings can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms. They are capable of chewing through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires. Mice are able to fit through openings the size of a dime and rats a quarter, though through their gnawing they can gain access through even smaller openings. 

Governor Signs Bill to Improve Small Business Efficiencies

This afternoon, Governor Terence R. McAuliffe, surrounded by Delegate David Bulova (D – 37th District) and representatives of the Virginia Pest Management (VPMA), signed into law House Bill 1516 which allows for the use of remote trap checking technology to determine if there is wildlife in a trap.

Pest Management and Wildlife Control Professionals provide trapping services to protect homeowners’ properties from nuisance wildlife. Current Virginia law requires trappers to visit their traps daily to satisfy the state required check of a trap. In recent years, remote trap technology products have entered the marketplace that allows the trapper to monitor the trap from a mobile device or office location.  The technology has won positive review from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Zika Virus Conerns PMPs in Virginia

Are you, or someone you know headed south for Spring Break? Next to your flip flops, sunscreen and bathing suit, be sure to pack your insect repellent! If you are going to Mexico, South or Central America or the Caribbean – including Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands, be aware that the Zika virus, a disease causing pathogen spread to humans through mosquito bites, is gaining momentum through local transmission. This means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with Zika virus, spreading it to people. For further information, consult travel advisories published by the US Centers for Disease Control at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

New Mosquito Borne Illness Concerns PMPs in Virginia

A painful, mosquito-borne viral illness has surfaced across the United States, carried by recent travelers to the Caribbean where the virus is raging.

Chikungunya, a viral infection transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes, originated in southeast Africa and was first described in Tanzania in 1952. Subsequently, it has spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa and has become well

GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE PROCLAIMS APRIL AS PEST MANAGEMENT MONTH IN VIRGINIA

Calling on Virginians to observe April as Virginia Pest Management Month, Governor Terrance R. McAuliffe encouraged the public to understand and appreciate that "pest management professionals help protect Virginia's food supply, homes and the environment from disease and pest related illness by practicing environmentally friendly pest control methods".

Home Maintenance Crucial to Preserve Value

After a long, dark winter, the bright sun and the warm winds of spring are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? Termites and other pests in and around your home are ready for business as well.

Termites have been swarming, Carpenter Ants are seeking out homes to build new nests and Carpenter Bees are drilling into soffits and trim boards.  All manner of pests are awakening to begin their life's mission of feeding, nesting and reproducing in our home environment.  These annual rites of spring should fill us all with a sense of awe at the beauty of the natural world around us but should also remind us that some pests can damage our homes and, in some cases, our health if not properly controlled.

Click here for the full press release.

VPMA Election Results

VPMA held elections for the VPMA Board of Directors this Fall. A slate of officers and three open director seats were voted on during this election.

Click here to see the new 2019-2020 VPMA Board!

 

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