The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has formed the Utah Pest Management Association (UPMA), the state’s first association dedicated exclusively for the Beehive State’s pest management professionals (PMPs). By contrast, the Utah Pest and Lawncare Association (UPCLA) was founded in 1996, but serves a broader range of applicators.
“Utah’s pest management industry is comprised of 1,466 companies employing 5,873 registered technicians and countless support staff,” says Andrew Richardson, CEO of Edge Pest Control and president of UPMA. “Utah’s pest management industry plays a vital role in safeguarding public health, and protecting Utah’s businesses, while also generating jobs and bolstering our overall economy. The formation of UPMA will ensure that PMPs throughout our great state have access to world-class leadership and premier training resources that will help our industry operate with unmatched professionalism and unrivaled service.”
As part of the state association’s mission, UPMA will provide local and regional PMPs with the tools needed to effectively grow their business, comply with state and federal regulations, and keep up-to-date with the latest integrated pest management practices. The association’s public policy advocacy will ensure that state and federal legislators understand the concerns and issues for Utah’s PMPs.
“UPMA’s establishment represents a commitment from Utah’s pest management industry to join a growing number of states throughout the country that are dedicated to professionalism and the protection of public health, food and property,” says Dominique Stumpf, CEO of NPMA. “As a joint state partner, members of UPMA are granted access to NPMA’s premier industry leaders, training, business development courses and many other resources.”