U.S. Small Business Administration Increases Small Business Size Standard for Pest Control Service Industry

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently increased the small business size standard for the pest control service industry from $7 million to $10 million. Small business size standards determine eligibility for small business assistance and for federal contracts set aside for small business.

The move is part of a larger rulemaking initiative increasing the small business size standards for 37 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 56, Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services. (The NAICS number for Exterminating and Pest Control Services industry is 561710.)  The revised size standards went into effect on January 7, 2013.

PWIPM Now Accepting Nominations for Annual Scholarship

Professional Women in Pest Management, an affiliate group of NPMA whose mission is to attract, develop and support women in the pest management industry through educational programs, resources and peer networking, is announcing their Annual Scholarship for one female interested in advancing or securing a career in the pest management industry. 


This scholarship may be used by the recipient to defer costs related to advancing their education and/or career in the pest management industry. The scholarship will be a minimum of $1000. It also includes $500 towards travel expenses to attend the National Pest Management Association's PestWorld 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2013. 


The scholarship will be awarded during the Professional Women In Pest Management reception at PestWorld on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The successful recipient(s) will be notified by August 15, 2013.


Deadline for submission:  July 1, 2013


Minimum requirements:

  1. Female currently employed in pest management industry
  2. Minimum of 2 years experience in the industry

To be submitted:

  1. Resume with work experience outlined in the pest management industry
  2. Essay (to be no more than 2 pages long (500-1000 words, see below)
  3. 2 letters of recommendation (sealed and signed by author)

Essay Questions:

  1. What future changes as a female do you anticipate in the pest management industry?
  2. How does your practical experience or interest in advancing your career in the pest management industry qualify you for this scholarship and how will the scholarship money enable you to further your career?

Letters of recommendation should comment on the student's goals and motivation and answer the following questions:

  1. Does the applicant have a strong interest in the pest management industry?
  2. What steps has the applicant taken to prepare/advance her career in the pest management industry?

Finalist Requirements:

Scholarship recipient will be required to submit an article (no more than 500 words) to PWIPM within 90 days of receipt outlining the benefit of the scholarship, how the funds will be used and progress being made in her career objectives.


Submit all required documents in one envelope by the July 1, 2013 deadline to:


Dominique Stumpf, CMP

Professional Women in Pest Management

c/o NPMA

10460 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030 



EPA Seeks to Clarify Minimum Risk Pesticide Exemption

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed a rulemaking clarifying the conditions of exemption for minimum risk pesticides.  EPA created the exemption for minimum risk pesticides to eliminate the need to expend significant resources to regulate products that were deemed to be of minimum risk to human health and the environment.  The existing exemption has, however, led to much confusion as to which ingredients are exempt and how they should be labeled on products.

Under the rulemaking, EPA is proposing to more clearly describe the active and inert ingredients permitted in products eligible for the exemption from regulation for minimum risk pesticides.  Specifically, EPA is seeking to reorganize the lists of exempt active and inert ingredients with a focus on clarity and transparency by adding specific chemical identifiers. The identifiers would make it clearer which ingredients are permitted in minimum risk pesticide products.  EPA is also proposing to modify the label requirements in the exemption to require the use of specific common chemical names in lists of ingredients on minimum risk pesticide product labels, and to require producer contact information on the label.


NPMA has lobbied EPA to establish efficacy requirements for minimum risk pesticides label for or claiming to manage bed bugs and other public health pests and, while the proposed rulemaking doesn't go that far, NPMA is encouraged by this development.  

Rising above the Confusion

Rising above the Confusion By John Fortino, Field Sales Representative, Bayer Environmental Science.

These days, climate change and environmental sensitivity are taking center stage in our national dialogue, making their way to the top of political agendas, and even becoming hot topics at the local level. The good news is, we all have a part to play, and there are many ways that we can be stewards of the environment. For example, the Bayer family worldwide has launched an integrated program to develop new solutions for increasing climate protection and dealing with climate change.