FPMA Newsletter

 

August, 2020 
 

"In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
​~Albert Camus

 
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UPDATES
A1 Home Pest Control and P.E.S.T. Relief Intl Partner for Pro-Bono Treatment
FPMA received a call from a  family from Region 16 in desperate need of help with a roach treatment. The family had heard of our previous pro-bono work through FPMA's partnership with P.E.S.T. Relief International and was reaching out in the hopes that we would be able to provide some relief to the family of four, which included an eight-month-old, an elderly mother, and their pet dog. 

Elizabeth Bedford, owner of A1 Home Pest Control in Cleremont quickly offered their services and partnered with Andrea Hancock, P.E.S.T. Relief International to provide extermination done at no charge to the family. Mattress Safe stepped up and provided free mattress, box spring and pillow encasements, and even a free bed for the dog. Personal gifts were provided to each family member by P.E.S.T. Relief International.

If you are interested in getting involved with providing pro-bono work to those in need in your service area through our official charity, P.E.S.T. Relief International, please contact FPMA HQ at 407-293-8627.

Thanks to everyone who has continued to make this program a reality.
Encasements courtesy of Mattress Safe. Gift Basket provided by P.E.S.T. Relief International
 
FDACS Warning About Unsolicited Packages of Seeds
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is warning Floridians about unsolicited packages of seeds received through the mail.
  • May arrive unexpectedly in packages bearing Chinese characters
  • May bear the name China Post
  • May be labeled as jewelry
What To Do: Anyone receiving unsolicited seed packages from other countries should follow these directions:
  • Do not open the seed packet and avoid opening outer packaging or mailing materials, if possible
  • Do not plant the seeds or discard them in trash that will be landfilled
  • Limit contact with the seed package until further guidance on handling, disposal, or collection is available from the USDA
  • Report the seed package to the FDACS Division of Plant Industry at 1-888-397-1517 or DPIhelpline@FDACS.gov
  • Report the seed package to the USDA APHIS Anti-Smuggling Hotline at 1-800-877-3835 or SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov
When reporting the seed package to FDACS and USDA/APHIS, please be prepared to provide one’s name, physical address, phone number, and email address for contact purposes.

For more information, read the full press release HERE.
 
Unsolicited packages of seeds received through the mail  
 
New Website Features

New Website Features Fully Functional and Updated Regularly!

Never miss out on a promoted deal on member vendor product or service
or get left behind on critical business education!.

 
FPMA has added two new features to our website to make it easier to find what you're looking for. Both of these new features can be accessed from our homepage and are updated regularly as we get information from our vendors.


The new Pest Control Industry Calendar lists events from our member vendors. Some of the things you can expect to find are webinars, meetings, trainings, etc. You can access the vendor's registration directly from the calendar.

 
The second new feature is our Special Offers From Our Member Vendors page. Each month our Allied members will be updating us with specials on products and services designed to help you save money and take your business to the next level.

Our goal is to make the FPMA website the first place you go when looking for pest-control related information, education,  AND products and services.  Check these features frequently as we will be updating them regularly.  Tell your vendors you saw them here at FPMA!  
 
 
Pay Your FPMA Dues and ReinstateYour Membership Online 
We suspended member accounts with unpaid 2020 membership dues beginning on June 30. IF your account was suspended, you will no longer be listed in the online member directory or be able to access FPMA member-only benefits, such as free virtual CEUs, special member savings from our vendors, or member-only webinars. You can still have your membership reinstated by paying any outstanding dues.

Renewing your membership dues and engaging with the Association has never been more compelling or easier! 
You can quickly pay your dues online by logging in to the FPMA website. If you prefer to pay by check, please contact FPMA at 407-293-8627.

To, login today, pay your dues and start leveraging your membership: 
1.) Go to 
www.flpma.org.  In the box entitled username, enter your email address and click forgot password.
2.) You will be sent to a password reset page.  Please follow the instructions.
3.) Once you have set your password, return to the main page by clicking the FPMA logo, and log in using your newly-created password.
4.) You will be sent to your Profile Page.
From your Profile Page you can:
- Renew your membership
- Update your profile
- Update your directory listing (My Directory Options allows you to manage what the public accesses when they   do a Directory Search for a Pest Management Professional)
- List jobs

 
Pay your dues online
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Public Events
 

Save the Dates!
2020 Region 5 Clayshoot Tournament | Dec 1 | Jacksonville 
2020 Region 5 Autobahn Networking Event | Jacksonville | Postponed until further notice
2021 EXPO | Jan 19-21 | Embassy Suites by Hilton | Lake Buena Vista South
2021 FPMA In Paradise Summer Conference | June 14-16 | St, Pete Beach 

 
Regional Meetings
As of this writing, we have a Region 10 Meeting planned for August 26th. 
Details and Registration

Since this situation is still very fluid, check our website regularly for updates. Once regular meetings resume, we also strongly urge you to register online or RSVP with the Regional Director, as space will be limited and we don't want to have to turn anyone away at the door.
 
FPMA Regional Meetings
 
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"In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
​~Albert Camus