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Stand up, Pest Nation – Pest Administration Skilled


Scott Steckel addresses 2019 PestWorld attendees in San Diego, Calif., as NPMA president-elect. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

Scott Steckel addresses 2019 PestWorld attendees in San Diego, Calif., as NPMA president-elect. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

Since late March, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has held each its Government Management and the Pest Academy events online. As we gear up for a digital PestWorld conference this month, we want we may have fun our vibrant business in particular person with you. However as they are saying, when you will have lemons, it’s greatest to make lemonade. We all know this yr will probably be totally different, however plans are in place to make sure it’s simply as profitable as in years previous.

Since COVID-19 arrived within the U.S. earlier this yr and practically everybody was affected by a shelter-in-place order, it’s now time to assist each other by becoming a member of this digital occasion to deepen our schooling, see new merchandise and supplies from our distributors, and discover new methods to community with business friends. I really like listening to information that colleagues on the residential facet of the enterprise are doing significantly better than initially anticipated, and that the business facet is returning to regular after a few months’ downturn. I’m personally grateful that the NPMA employees discovered our function early within the pandemic as “important companies,” which gave all of us the wanted carry to combat via the numerous modifications this has brought about us all.

It hasn’t been straightforward, however as soon as once more this business survives and thrives throughout instances of financial modifications. The story of our family-oriented business as soon as once more collaborating to beat the shortage of a pandemic “playbook” to observe warms the center. I encourage those that at all times attend in particular person to proceed the custom through their laptop computer, desktop or pill, and for individuals who haven’t skilled PestWorld in particular person earlier than to do that new venue. With no journey, lodge or meal prices, and a brand new digital assembly low cost, you’ll be able to afford to attend this yr’s PestWorld and uncover the distinctive.


First, all of us want a remedy for this virus, and our greatest hope is for at the least one of many 23 testing variants presently being examined to work. As soon as we now have a remedy, then life as we knew it will possibly begin to return. Two ideas I’ve in regards to the business’s highway forward embody:

  • I’m assured residence values will improve, since many owners have put a few of their financial savings into giant residence enhancements. That bodes nicely for owners’ want for pest management safety.
  • The mergers-and-acquisitions (M&A) market has picked again up similtaneously the amount of latest small companies is rising. Each are as a result of spin-off of many skilled of us from these gross sales and the downsizing of different industries that found the worth of the pest management business. New faces imply new concepts, and shared ideas imply all of us get higher.


It’s my hope {that a} remedy occurs in time for our Legislative Day occasion in Washington, D.C., set
for March 14-16, 2021.

We want that to occur for thus many causes — not the least of which, the social nature of pest administration professionals virtually calls for it!

Along with “seeing” you at PestWorld, I stay up for being just about current at lots of your state conferences over the approaching months. If I will be of help to you as a fellow member of the “Pest Nation,” please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Scott Steckel

Scott Steckel


STECKEL is strategic growth director for Plunkett’s Pest Management, and the 2020-21 president of the Nationwide Pest Administration Affiliation. He will be reached at [email protected].