Each year, the Professional Pest Management Alliance, the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association, takes the month of April to educate the public on the essential role our industry plays to protect public health. Pest management professionals are encouraged to use #NPMM (for National Pest Management Month) in social media posts to help celebrate.
If you’re looking for a fun way to mark the occasion, try a socially distanced screening of “Attack of the Murder Hornets,” a documentary now streaming on Discovery Plus. It explores the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s collaborative efforts to contain the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia). It was directed by Michael Paul Stephenson, who is known for projects with horror themes. He embodied the spirit of #NPMM in a recent quote to Entertainment Weekly: “The thing that pulled me the most toward it was, what is it like to be a … pest control worker, and having to try to stop what could be the establishment of an invasive species?
“I will never look at hornets the same,” he added, “but I will never look at government and public service the same after seeing this small contingent of folks really committed to actually doing what they’re paid to do.”