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April Designated as National Pest Management Month

4/1/2008

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) celebrates April as National Pest Management Month, an observance that has been recognized by the President of the United States for nearly 30 years. National Pest Management Month celebrates the pest management industry’s societal contribution in its protection of food, health and property from the threats posed by pests. The 2008 observance is especially notable, as it coincides with the 75th anniversary of NPMA.

In recognition of this milestone, NPMA is encouraging pest professionals to engage their local communities through service. In developing its “75 Ways to Give Back,” NPMA offers pest control companies myriad ways in which to serve their customers outside of the profession and yet, still support their main role as protectors of public health and property.

“This industry is constantly evolving and NPMA supports the importance of community service in the pest management profession,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Younger generations are raised with a greater focus on ‘giving back’, consumers continue to seek out and engage companies that perform community service and NPMA encourages its membership to strive to be good corporate citizens within their own local communities.”

NPMA members contribute to many causes. One organization, Nothing But Nets, donates mosquito nets to help protect against the spread of Malaria in Africa. NPMA members have also raised $68,000 for camps for children battling cancer. Others give back by volunteering for and sponsoring local youth sports leagues and bring beauty to communities by funding butterfly gardens.

“National Pest Management Month continues to be an important way to recognize the hard work that pest professionals do everyday,” said Mannes. “Whether in our 75th or 175th year, NPMA will continue to promote our industry’s commitment to the community, through substantive ways.”

For more information about National Pest Management Month or information about pests and finding a local pest professional, visit www.Pestworld.org.

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NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,000 members, was established in 1933 and in 2008 celebrates its 75th anniversary supporting the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property.
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