NPMA works daily to solidify our industry as protectors of public health from pest transmitted diseases by educating pest professionals on their instrumental role in eliminating pests that harm human health that will be reinforced through public relations efforts that educate consumers on the importance of hiring a professional. Additionally, NPMA collaborates with lawmakers, regulators, public health agencies, allied organizations and affected industries to partner and promote the role of pest professionals to clearly demonstrate that NPMA members’ mission is their protection.
Zika virus disease (Zika) is caused by an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has no specific medical treatment or vaccine. The virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito in the Aedes genus, the same mosquito responsible for transmitting yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya viruses. The symptoms of the illness are generally mild, but Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects including microcephaly.
Pest management is vital to the protection of America’s food supply. Every day pest management professionals protect food from farm to table and everyplace in between including, processing facilities, warehouses, transportation vehicles, grocery stores, restaurants and your home.
The resurgence of bed bugs since the late 1990s has resulted in much anxiety for the general public as well as significant concern in the pest management industry about successful control. The control and elimination of this pest can be very difficult, invasive and expensive due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, resistance to certain pesticides, labor costs, reintroductions and the necessity for good client cooperation as part of the treatment process. There are many factors that should be considered when determining which products or methods are the best option to control a given bed bug infestation. Multiple products, methods and technologies may be employed as part of a successful bed bug strategy.