July 29 - 31, 2021
Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort & Royale Palms Condominiums
Myrtle Beach, SC
We invite you to join us for the 2021 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In addition to the quality education sessions featuring the latest in technical research, we are excited for an array of social functions as we meet IN PERSON!
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NPMA will be following the guidance released by the CDC and the state of South Carolina. We will update this section with any new CDC or state guidelines as they become available. We are encouraging our attendees to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask if unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated attendees may attend the event unmasked based on your own comfort level. NPMA will have hand sanitizing stations set up throughout our event and attendees are encouraged to clean their hands frequently.
The Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort & Royal Palms room block is now sold out. Rooms at the Hilton Myrtle Beach & Royal Palms may be available at the current market rate advertised online, Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. Attendees that are not able to make their reservations at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort or Royal Palms can also try making reservations at the following hotels (rooms & rates are subject to availability, best rates available posted online):
NPMA will hold a waiting list for anyone who would like to be notified if a room becomes available at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort or the Royal Palms. To be added to this list please email Liz Grier with your name, your arrival & departure date, and how many rooms you are looking to book. Rooms are not guaranteed and NPMA will reach out to you if a room becomes available.
For any attendees looking to cancel their room reservations at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort or Royal Palms – PLEASE CONTACT NPMA BEFORE CANCELLING YOUR RESERVATION!! Email Liz Grier and let her know that you would like to cancel your hotel reservation and NPMA will assist you with cancelling.
NPMA is committed to the safety of our attendees, and we are working with the hotel to ensure all safety guidelines are met as we transition back to face-to-face gatherings. We look forward to seeing you all soon!
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
Session Key: M = Management Track T = Technical Track
THURSDAY, JULY 29
7:30 am – 1:00 pm
Golf Tournament at Arcadian Shores Golf Club
Arcadian Shores combines the best of Mother Nature with the best elements of a modern golf layout. Arcadian offers enticing lakes, deviously placed bunkers, tree-lined Bermuda fairways and distinctive contouring that presents the ultimate golf challenges of man and nature. Lush Tifton Bermuda greens with 64 creatively-placed sand bunkers and natural lakes woven in and out of the fairways, make this Myrtle Beach golf course a challenge you will long remember. Check in begins at 7:30 am and tournament play begins at 8:00 am.
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SCPCA Board Meeting
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NCPMA Board Meeting
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
NCPMA Membership Meeting
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception & Exhibits
FRIDAY, JULY 30
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
8:00 am- 9:00 am
Breakfast and Exhibits
9:00 am – 9:15 am
Welcome and Introductions
9:15 am – 10:15 am
T | Wood Destroying Insect Inspections - NPMA 33 Form, North Carolina Form, and South Carolina Form
Michael Weyman, Ed.D., Clemson University, Clemson, SC; Richard Willis, North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Raleigh, NC; Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., BCE, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Depending on which state you operate in, you may either use the NPMA 33 form or a state mandated form for wood-destroying insect (WDI) inspections. These forms are the legal documents used to report the presence, or absence, of WDI’s in a residential structure. Join this session to learn the ins and outs of performing these inspections and the proper use of the associated forms.
10:15 am – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break & Exhibits
10:30 am – 11:30 pm
M | COVID Related Changes to Operations That Are Here to Stay
Marie Horner, Arrow Exterminators, Inc., Atlanta, GA
There is no denying that the COVID pandemic took the entire United States, and the world, by surprise. The pest control industry was resilient, deemed essential, and modified services to continue to provide customer’s protection. But, what can we expect as we transition to more normal, regular services? What operations should we keep and how should we prepare for the future? Be prepared to ask your questions because audience participation is encouraged!
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
T | Rodenticide Stewardship in the 21st Century: Preemption Issues & Best Practices
Jim Wright, Jim Wright Consulting, Camden, South Carolina
Second-generation anticoagulants are being scrutinized currently in many states, with pre-emption issues arising in local municipalities as PMP uses are targeted and prohibited. PMPs need to stay involved, informed and practice rodenticide stewardship to ensure that the pest control industry can continue to use the tools necessary for rodent control. In this session, get an overview of the issue and how you can help be a part of the solution.
Join us for the 2021 Mid-Atlantic 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 2021 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!
SATURDAY, JULY 31
7:00 am – 10:30 am
7:00 am – 8:00 am
7:30 am – 8:30 am
T | Newest Developments in Bed Bug Management
Sydney Crawley, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Bed bugs are one of the hardest pests our industry faces for management, largely due to their biological behaviors. How can we manipulate bed bug biology and enhance our program to become more effective and save time with this labor-intensive pest? Stay ahead of the curve and learn about the newest research being conducted on bed bugs by attending this session!
8:30 am – 9:30 am
T | No "Node-Sense" Ant Management
Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., BCE, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Ants continue to take the number one coveted spot of hardest pest to manage from the other challenging pests we manage. How do you adapt your ant services to specific ant pests and minimize callbacks? Attend this session to learn how to build a targeted ant program that is no node-sense!
9:30 am – 10:15 am
M | COVID Business Issues - PPP, Vaccination, Employee Safety Protocols
Greg Canning, Economy Exterminators, Apex, NC; Ashley Amidon, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Join us for an exciting panel discussion on the intersection between your business and COVID policies. We'll cover navigating Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness, what Congress has planned for small businesses in the wake of COVID as well as more HR focused topics like how to handle vaccinations in the workplace. Bring your pressing COVID questions for our panelists!
10:15 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 11:30 am
T | WDO and WDONT’S
Rebecca Baldwin, Ph.D., BCE, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Don’t be mistaken on your WDO identification! Join us as we walk through insects, damage, and evidence to explore the differences between wood destroying beetles and their look-alikes. Don’t miss this session to elevate your wood destroying organism program to the next level!
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
T | Pesticide and Fleet Safety - What You Need to Know!
Jay Yarsinke, Terminix Service Inc., Columbia, SC
The Pest Management Professional faces a variety of hazards on the job that requires keen awareness of pesticide safety and driving safely. Avoiding distractions and being keenly aware of your surroundings can go a long way in avoiding not only harm, but also potential serious legal consequences. This presentation will cover some of the main pitfalls of pesticide use and vehicle operations so you can avoid them to protect yourself, and your company.
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
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 BBQ before hitting the road back home.
Exhibiting and sponsoring at the NPMA regional conferences provides you an opportunity to showcase your company to owners, managers, and technicians from local pest management companies that are interested in your products and services to better their businesses.
Exhibitor Tear Down
Saturday, July 31 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
If you have any questions about exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact Megan Moloney.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Attendee Cancellation Policy
Refunds will be made on the following schedule. All refund requests must be made in writing.
More than 31 days before the first day of the event: 100% refund
Within 25-31 days before the first day of the event: 75% refund
Within 18-24 days before the first day of the event: 50% refund
Within 11-17 days before the first day of the event: 25% refund
Within 10 days or less: no refund
Substitutions may be made at any time, even on-site. Please contact NPMA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 352-6762 prior to the event or go to the registration desk while on-site.
Attendee Conduct Statement:
We have pride in the outstanding work of our staff and volunteers, all of whom contribute to the industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. As such, we expect all of our staff, volunteers, and participants in any activities to behave appropriately and also to refrain from any action or language that is discriminatory or harassing.
NPMA Diversity & Inclusion Policy: NPMA is committed to encouraging its membership to embrace diversity and inclusion as an integral part in nurturing winning workplace cultures throughout our industry.