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Mark Your Calendars for the 2017 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference


July 27-29, 2017
Hilton Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach, SC

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please visit the registration desk at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort.

We invite you to join us for the 2017 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In addition to the quality education sessions featuring the latest in technical research, we are excited for an array of social functions, including a Summer Conference Beach Bash and a BBQ by the pool! 

Co-Sponsored by:
North Carolina Pest Management Association
South Carolina Pest Control Association
Virginia Pest Management Association 


Hotel Information

To make your hotel reservations at the Hilton Myrtle Beach, click here or call 1-800-876-0010 by July 3 and mention the group code "NPMA" to receive the discounted room rate. After July 3, rooms and rates are subject to availability.


Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to view sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference.




8:30 am – 1:30 pm Golf Tournament at the Tidewater Golf ClubRecognized as a one of the premier North Myrtle Beach golf courses, the Tidewater Golf Club has lush greens, perfectly manicured fairways; well-maintained bunkers and an exceptional practice facility offering one of the finest playing experiences in Myrtle Beach. But breathtaking scenery and topnotch conditions are only part of the storied reputation of Tidewater! This world-class design challenges even the best players while also providing an experience that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels.

2:30 pm – 7:00 pm Registration

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm NCPMA Board Meeting

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm SCPCA Board Meeting

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Welcome Reception & Exhibits



8:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Exhibits Open

8:00 am 9:00 am Breakfast and Exhibits
Sponsored by Target

9:00 am – 10:15 am
Opening General Session: From the Files of Dr. Muffet: Dispelling the Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding Spiders and Their Control

Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Everyone has heard the nursery rhyme that begins: “Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey…”, but not everyone knows that her father, Dr. Thomas Muffet was a physician and accomplished entomologist – with a special interest in spiders.  In this session, learn about the common spiders that invade structures, how to control them, and the truth behind some infamous spider folklore.

10:15 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break and Exhibits
Sponsored by Syngenta

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Troubleshooting Tough Termite Jobs

Mike Waldvogel, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Subterranean termite control may seem like old news, but occasionally, termites don’t cooperate with our best efforts to eradicate them. In this session learn about the things that should be considered from an entomological and practical point of view when troubleshooting difficult termite infestations. 

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Determining What Add on Service Is Right For Your Company

Panel of PMP Experts
General pest and termite services are on the menu for nearly every pest management firm.  But what about the side dishes?  Considering which add-on services are right for your company can be a difficult decision, when is the best time to introduce the service?  Will it fit your company’s marketing plan?  Do your employees have the skills to provide the service?  In this panel session learn what questions you need to ask, and things that should be considered before “digging in” to a new add on service.

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Summer Conference Beach Bash

Join us for the 4th installment of the Summer Conference Beach Bash! Spend the afternoon with your fellow attendees enjoying tasty food, refreshing drinks, and fun games. Join your state’s volleyball team and compete to see who will be the 2017 tournament champion! We’ll have games and an arts & crafts table for the kids, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the summer sun!
Sponsored by Bayer, Oldham & Seaira Global

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
4th Annual Summer Conference Volleyball Tournament

Sign up to play for your state's team at the registration desk.



7:30 am – 10:30 am Registration

7:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast (Located in Foyer) 

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Clemson University Research and Extension Update

Eric Benson, Ph.D., Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Get updated on the most recent happenings at the Clemson University Entomology Department’s research and extension efforts.  Find out what’s new and how the most recent entomological advances can impact your business and how you approach pest control in the Carolinas.

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Spray Foam Insulation and Its Impact on Termite Services

Ryan Okey, Ph.D., Department of Pesticide Regulation, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina; Mike Waldvogel, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina; Jim Fredericks, PhD, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, Virginia
Spray foam insulation is gaining in popularity and is being applied to provide thermal insulation and eliminate drafts in crawlspaces and attics.  Although the energy savings can be significant, sometimes insulation can cover areas of the structure where access is needed for inspections. In this session, you will gain insight from the national, regional and regulatory perspectives on the topic.

10:00 am – 10:15 am Refreshment Break and Exhibits
Sponsored by Bell Labs

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Carpet Beetle Infestations and Methods for Control

Gene White, Rentokil Steritech, White Lake, Michigan
Carpet beetles are one of the most commonly encountered pests in homes and businesses across the United States. Years ago, locating the source of carpet beetle infestation was as easy as inspecting the carpet. But today, with wool carpets found less frequently, inspection and control can be more difficult.  In this session, learn about carpet beetle identification, biology and control.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
The Secret to My Success: How to Grow Your Company to the Next Level

Panel of PMP Experts
Did you ever wonder what it would take to lead your company to the next level?  Maybe our next objective is to hire your first sales representative, or break the million-dollar mark? Whatever your goal may be, these industry leaders will share their secrets in this candid session designed to provide insights into taking your business to the next level.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Beach BBQ   
There’s no better way to close out another successful Summer Conference then with a good ole fashioned pig-pickin’ BBQ! Come join your industry peers and chow down on some delicious North Carolina BBQ before hitting the road back home.
Sponsored by Forshaw


Thank You Sponsors