COVID-19 Resources

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Posted: April 3, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Loans Update

Applications Open April 3

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans open for application today. NPMA has prepared resources for businesses choosing to take advantage of these loans below.

How do I get a Paycheck Protection Program loan?

The Department of the Treasury has released information on how to apply for the $349 billion pool of money dedicated to the Paycheck Protection Program. The Treasury has information on the program here. Information for borrowers can be found here and the application is here.

When can I apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan?

The PPP loans through Department of Treasury are available for small businesses and sole proprietorships on April 3rd and for independent contractors and self-employed individuals on April 10th. The funds available are on a first-come, first-serve basis so applying early will be key.

For more information on small business support programs and regulations under COVID-19 legislation, you can view the full NPMA FAQs here.

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Posted: April 2, 2020

Update from NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak as an industry, we realize that our members are being impacted in many ways.

NCPMA spoke with Victor Lennon of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division about potential impacts to structural pest control testing and licensing.

His responses are below. 

NCPMA: Does the state have a plan to address testing opportunities for new employees (if required) and licensing / certification testing during COVID-19? If so, what is the plan?

Lennon: N.C. does not require testing of new employees that are going to be Registered Technicians (RT)-they have to complete the RT program, and we've indicated in our COVID-19 guidance document that we are not currently enforcing the employer having to obtain a RT card within 75 days of employment.  Some companies have Approved Equivalent RT Training and can continue to train as normal and apply for RT cards.  Other companies can still perform the required on-the-job training and have employees complete the RT workbook.  These employees will need to eventually attend the RT school before being issued a credential.  No decision has been made about future license/CA exams at this time.

NCPMA: Has the state considered issuing temporary licensing, or waiving testing requirements for new employees as states such as Georgia and Indiana have done?

Lennon: The requirements for testing are contained in the Structural Pest Control Law.  Neither the Committee nor the Division has authority to waive requirements in the Law.  We are currently working to determine whether we would need to extend the certification expiration date of June 30th and we will ask the Committee for a proclamation to that effect, if necessary.  N.C. has not considered temporary licensing at this time, and we don't require testing for new employees. Please see above information about RT's.  If a company loses a license then a CA can be designated in charge for 90 days per the SPC Law and the Division can also review this scenario on a case by case basis.

NCPMA: If licensing is required for antimicrobial applications, has the state considered adjusting licensing requirements for antimicrobials to allow certified applicators in other categories to use these products without additional testing?

Lennon: Licensing is not required for antimicrobial applications as long as a RUP is not applied and the application is not for Forestry, Horticultural or Agricultural purposes.

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Posted: April 1, 2020

Here is an updated list of "Stay at Home" and "Shelter in Place" orders statewide.

North Carolina Statewide:

On March 27, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a statewide "Stay at Home" order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. This order is in effect for at least 30 days. In areas where a local "Stay at Home" order is in place, the more restrictive of the two orders will be followed. 

For more information, check the state's FAQ document.

Note: Pest management is considered an essential service under this statewide order.

Counties:

  • Ashe County: Ashe County amended its County Emergency Proclamation. Some closures are in effect from March 26-May 8
  • Buncombe County: March 26 at 8 p.m. to April 9 at 6 a.m.
  • Cabarrus County: (includes the cities of Concord and Kannapolis and the towns of Harrisburg, Midland and Mt. Pleasant) Began Thursday, March 26 at 5 p.m.
  • Columbus County: Curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning April 1, 2020
  • Dare County: Began March 28 at 5 p.m.
  • Durham County: Combined order along with the city of Durham. Began April 4 at 5 p.m. 
  • Forsyth County: (including Kernersville) March 27 at 5 p.m. through 12:01 a.m. on April 16 
  • Franklin County: Curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning April 5
  • Gaston CountyMarch 27 at 5 p.m. until April 16
  • Guilford County: (includes High Point and Greensboro) 5 p.m. on March 27 through April 16
  • Haywood County: March 26 at 5 p.m. through April 16
  • Henderson County: Began March 28 at noon 
  • Madison County: Began March 23 
  • Mecklenburg County: March 26 at 8 a.m. through April 16 
  • New Hanover County: March 30 at 5 p.m. through April 13 at 5 p.m.
  • Orange County: (Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough) March 27 at 6 p.m. through April 30 at 5 p.m. 
  • Pitt County: March 25 at 5 p.m. through April 8
  • Swain County: March 27 at 8 p.m.through April 16
  • Wake County: (includes all cities and towns) Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. through April 1
  • Wilkes County: Amended State of Emergency declaration to prohibit short-term rentals to out-of-county and out-of-state guests

Municipalities:

Contact Us

Our Board of Directors is available to answer any questions you may have. Contact us at the numbers below for questions.

 

Board Member Phone Number

John Adkins

Vice President

434-251-6100

Marty Roberts

Secretary Treasurer

704-363-4710

Bruce Roberts

Past President

828-302-5591

Marie Horner

Board Member

336-209-1858

NPMA Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 and the Industry

Information provided by NPMA

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has received many questions from members about small business loans, essential services designations and how to offer disinfection services. To help the industry cope with these constantly changing circumstances, NPMA has created an FAQ page on the www.pestcontrolcoronavirus.com covering the most frequent questions we receive.

We've also added documents from other groups to help guide you:

Are you a small (under 500 employee) business? Check out the Chamber of Commerce guide to SBA loans here.

Are you a non-profit? Check out the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) CARES Act breakdown here.

Want to apply for the Payroll Protection Program loans? You can find all the information here.

You can read all of NPMA's FAQs here.

Have a question not answered? 
Contact Cindy Mannes at cmannes@pestworld.org

 

NPMA Updates

Be sure to check the NPMA website regularly for the latest industry updates about COVID-19. NPMA is updating its site regularly. 

https://www.pestcontrolcoronavirus.com

President Trump Signs the CARES Act Into Law

President Trump has signed The CARES Act into law, bringing an end to over a week of frenetic legislative activity in DC. This $2.2. trillion dollar package will provide direct financial support to many Americans as well as loans (some of which are forgivable) to small businesses. 

NPMA will continue to update the membership on implementation of The CARES Act and HR 6201, as well as the status of the rumored one or two additional packages beyond this. If you have questions about federal affairs contact Ashley Amidon, VP of Public Policy at  aamidon@pestworld.org.

 

Essential Worker Documentation

NPMA provides a template form that you can use for your employees to go to and from work in areas that have executive orders to shelter in place or stay at home and deem pest control essential click here. NPMA recommends that you:

  • Print out the respective executive order and give to each of your technicians
  • Print out the attached form on company letterhead and provide it to each of your technicians

TELL YOUR LAWMAKERS THAT PEST MANAGEMENT IS ESSENTIAL

Our state's leaders need to hear directly from business owners about the importance that the pest management industry has for our state. You can easily contact our state's leaders using the methods below.

N.C. Department of Public Safety

Email the Business Emergency Operations Center for the N.C. Department of Public Safety at beoc@ncdps.gov.

In your email, include:

  • Business name
  • Point of Contact Name
  • Point of Contact's Email and Phone Number
  • Address
  • Nature of the business and why its operations are critical
  • Business website 

Voter Voice

Continue to tell your story to your lawmakers by following this  Voter Voice link to email NC's lawmakers directly. 

The link allows you to contact multiple lawmakers at once by filling out a simple form. It takes only minutes to complete, but can make a big impact!

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Posted: March 24, 2020

Dear NCPMA Members,

The NCPMA Board of Directors has been working diligently to convey to our state's leaders that the pest management industry is an essential business in our state, and we will continue this work in the days and weeks to come.

Our state's leaders need to hear directly from business owners about the importance that the pest management industry has for our state. You can easily contact our state's leaders using the methods below.

N.C. Department of Public Safety

Email the Business Emergency Operations Center for the N.C. Department of Public Safety at beoc@ncdps.gov.

In your email, include:

  • Business name
  • Point of Contact Name
  • Point of Contact's Email and Phone Number
  • Address
  • Nature of the business and why its operations are critical
  • Business website

Voter Voice

Continue to tell your story to your lawmakers by following this Voter Voice link to email NC's lawmakers directly. 

The link allows you to contact multiple lawmakers at once by filling out a simple form. It takes only minutes to complete, but can make a big impact!

Sincerely,

Clint Miller

NCPMA President

 

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Posted: March 23, 2020

Dear NCPMA Members,

Today, March 23, Gov. Cooper announced new restrictions for businesses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Although these restrictions include closing some businesses in the state, the current Executive Order does not affect the pest management industry. 

Our members are able to continue their work of providing an essential service for our state.

Please continue to visit the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information on workplace guidance for COVID-19.

Throughout this situation, the NCPMA Board of Directors has been working diligently to convey to our state's leaders that the pest management industry is an essential business in our state, and we will continue this work in the days and weeks to come.

Please continue to tell your story to your lawmakers by following this Voter Voice link to email NC's lawmakers directly! 

Sincerely,

Clint Miller

NCPMA President

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Posted: March 18, 2020

Dear Members:

The North Carolina Pest Management Association is monitoring the coronavirus situation very closely and making the necessary decisions to ensure the health and safety of each of our members. 

NC Response

We realize that this situation may impact our members in many ways, and we want to assure you that we are here to help. We have been working diligently to convey to our state's leaders that the pest management industry is an essential business in our state, and we delivered the following letter explaining this point to our state's leaders earlier this week.

Follow this Voter Voice link to email NC's lawmakers directly! 

Webinar

Register to join the NPMA's webinar on March 20 addressing coronavirus issues in the pest management industry. REGISTRATION: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9009478947974019853

National Response

Our national association is working round the clock to provide information to our industry. For the most updated information on the how this is impacting the pest management industry, please visit NPMA: Coronavirus Member Update which is updated regularly.

NPMA firmly believes that structural pest control is an essential industry that must continue to provide the valuable services we offer during this pandemic. To that end, we are communicating with CDC, Homeland Security, state Governors, EPA, ASPCRO, AAPCO and the League of Cities, urging these entities to identify pest control as an essential industry. Each company must make a decision about what works best for your business, your employees, and your customers but NPMA wants to ensure that we have the ability to continue protecting the public from pests and their associated threats to public health, food and property.

In the coming days, we will be pointing members to a new NPMA microsite that will go live. The new site will be dedicated to providing information and useful resources for pest professionals regarding the coronavirus’ impact on pest management operations.  More details coming soon.

Resources

Below are some resources for businesses that may be impacted by COVID-19.  

If you have any questions, please contact our headquarters at 800-235-2516 or ncinfo@pestworld.org.

Sincerely,

Clint Miller

NCPMA President