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Register Now for the 2018 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference


July 26-28
Holiday Inn Wrightsville Beach
Wrightsville Beach, NC

We invite you to join us for the 2018 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. In addition to the quality education sessions featuring the latest in technical research, we are excited for an array of social functions, including a Beach Bash and a BBQ by the pool!

Online registration is now closed. Please visit the registration desk onsite at the Holiday Inn Wrightsville Beach to sign up for the Summer Conference. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Megan Moloney

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Hotel Information

The Wrightsville Beach Holiday Inn Resort boasts pristine beaches and is just minutes from the most popular local attractions, such as downtown Wilmington, Screen Gem Studios and the USS NC Battleship.

Holiday Inn Wrightsville Beach
1706 N Lumina Ave.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Reservations: click here or call 877-330-5050 by July 4 and mention you are with the pest management group to receive the discounted room rate. After July 4, rooms and rates are subject to change.

Blockade Runner - Overflow Hotel 
275 Waynick Blvd.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Reservations: 1-800-541-1161

Discounted Room rate of $325/night – call before Thursday, July 5 to receive the discounted room rate. After July 5, all rooms will be subject to availability.


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8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Landfall
Enjoy great golf at the Country Club of Landfall, located in historic Wilmington, North Carolina. The Club boasts many amenities and is located inside the gated community of Landfall, just minutes away from Wrightsville Beach. With breathtaking scenery and top-notch conditions are only part of the reputation of Landfall, the multiple courses offer championship golf designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus. It is an experience that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PWIPM Steering Committee

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
NCPMA Board Meeting

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
SCPCA Board Meeting

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
NCPMA Membership Meeting

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception & Exhibits
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8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration & Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

9:00 am – 9:15 am
Welcome and Introductions
South Carolina Pest Control Association
North Carolina Pest Management Association
National Pest Management Association

9:15 am – 10:15 am
Nuisance Ant Control for the 21st Century Pest Management Professional
Karen Vail, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Ants are often considered the No. 1 urban pest by PMPs because of callbacks and control difficulties. Ants can provide multiple business opportunities but be an extreme nuisance when no strategy seems to work. Learn how to tackle a multitude of ant situations in this all-encompassing talk with unique insight into the latest strategies for ant management. 

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break & Exhibits
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10:30 am - 11:30 am
Marketing Hacks – Getting The Biggest Bang For Your Marketing Buck
Panel of Pest Management Experts
What are the most effective marketing tools to reaching your customers? Are there advertising shortcuts that you could be using to stretch your marketing dollars even further? Get answers to these questions and much, much more in this informative session that delivers the most effective strategies for maximizing your marketing efforts with easy-to-use marketing hacks.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Carpenters: Bees, Ants and Beetles
Karen Vail, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Wood destroying insects are made up of more than just termites.  In this session, learn about the carpenter bees and ants – as well as the host of beetles that will damage structures.  From simple identification techniques to comprehensive control recommendations – this is a session that you can’t afford to miss!

1:50 pm – 3:30 pm
Summer Conference Beach Bash & Volleyball Tournament
*Relocated to the Lumina Ballroom due to inclement weather*

Join us for the 5th Annual Summer Conference Beach Bash! Spend the afternoon with your fellow attendees enjoying tasty food, refreshing drinks, and fun games. Join your state’s volleyball team and compete to see who will be the 2018 tournament champion! We’ll have games and an arts & crafts table for the kids, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the summer sun!
Beach Bash sponsored by

Volleyball Tournament sponsored by



7:00 am – 10:30 am

7:00 am – 8:00 am

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Bed Bug Research Update and the Future of Innovations in Bed Bug Management
Zack DeVries, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Bed bugs have become a major social, economic, and health problem since their global resurgence in the early 2000s.  Research has advanced our understanding of bed bugs tremendously over this time, yet we still have numerous unanswered questions about this pest.  In this session, attendees will learn about ongoing research involving bed bug biology, management, and health risks."

8:30 am – 9:30 am
Controlling House Mice and the Importance of Rodenticide Stewardship
Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Commensal rodents are important public-health pests that carry and transmit disease, contaminate foods and damage infrastructure. Second generation anticoagulants are essential to any rodent management program because they provide fast and complete rodent control. However, the use of any pest control products carries some level of risk. This informative session reviews the latest in rodent management strategies and technologies that promotes effective rodent pest management while mitigating the risk of pesticide exposure to people and to non-target wildlife.

9:30 am – 10:15 am
The Business Side of Crawlspaces: How Crawlspace Services Can Impact Your Bottom Line
Panel of Pest Management Experts
The crawlspace environment is well known to pest management professionals performing pest and termite control services in East coast states.  But rather than thinking of crawlspaces as dirty, damp places that are a necessary evil, this session will help shed light on how crawlspaces can be a new-found source of revenue.  Never look at a crawlspace the same again!

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break 
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10:30 am – 11:30 am
Safety – A Real Life Look at the Importance of Safety Programs in the Pest Control Industry
Dennis Jenkins, ABC Home and Commercial Services, Lewisville, Texas
Safety in the workplace remains one of the most important focuses in the pest control industry. A safe work environment not only reduces accidents on the job, but it also produces happy employees while reducing business costs. Don’t miss this engaging session as Dennis Jenkins shares how he uses real-life experiences to shape how he has built a safety culture in the workplace that lasts.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Do's and Don'ts of Termite Inspections
Rick Bell, Arrow Exterminators, Atlanta, Georgia; Victor Lennon, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Raleigh, North Carolina
Termite inspections are an integral component of any termite service. Attend this talk to learn the best strategies for a thorough termite inspection as well as the hazards you can face during an inspection. Join in on this comprehensive session to learn about the hazards and pitfalls of an inspection, especially spray foam insulation that can impede your inspection and make termite detection difficult.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Beach BBQ     
There’s no better way to close out another successful Summer Conference then with a good ole fashioned pig-pickin’ BBQ! Come join your industry peers and chow down on some delicious North Carolina BBQ before hitting the road back home.
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