BugBytes Vol. 8 Issue 6

Posted By: Lydia Crabtree Bug Bytes, Community, Industry News,

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March 4, 2024 | Vol. 8 Issue 6

Government & Legislative Committee Hosts Successful Legislative BBQ

The day started with a trip to the Governor's Mansion for a picture with the governor (picture below). The day continued at the Capitol building where the Government and Legislative Committee hosted a successful Legislative BBQ. BBQ Plates were given to State Senators, State Representatives, and their staff, while information was shared with them about the impact of the pest control industry on Georgia's economy.  
Court Parker, Jeff Dunn, Faye Golden, Alyson Gilleland, Ashley Marratt, Adam Vannest, Derrick Lastinger, Governer Brian Kemp, Greg Holley, Rick Bell, Bodine Sinyard, Wally Holden, Shay Runion, Christina Chapman
Brantley Russell, Rick Bell, Johnny Jury, Scott Eubanks, Bodine Sinyard, Greg Holley, Adam Vannest, Wally Holden, Ashley Marratt
This card was shared with law makers to highlight the economic impact of the Pest Control Industry in Georgia.
Faye Golden and Court Parker
Alyson Gilleland, Greg Holley, Court Parker
Jeff Dunn, Adam Vannest and Rick Bell
A group of industry members at Legislative Day
Back Row: Ashley Marratt, Adam Vannest, Greg Holley, Shay Runion, Alyson Gilleland, Derrick Lastinger, Faye Golden
Front Row: Court Parker, Jeff Dunn, Bodine Sinyard, The Honorable Jon Burns, Rick Bell, Wally Holden
Ashley Marratt and Wally Holden
Derrick Lastinger and Shay Runion
Rick Bell and Bodine Sinyard

GPCA Attends Georgia Department of Agriculture's 150th Celebration

After a full day at the Capitol, the GPCA contingent attended the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The ceremony was presided over by Tyler Harper, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, and included remarks by the Speaker of the House, the Honorable Jon Burns, and Governor Brian Kemp.

Tyler Harper, Georgia Agricultural Commissioner, receives special recognition on behalf of Governor Brian Kemp and the state of Georgia.


The Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission (SPCC) recently issued a new fact sheet to assist the industry with compliance with the rules of the Georgia Structural Pest Control Act. 
Notice 24-01: Termite Baiting
This notice is posted to the  Structural Pest Control Commission website under Guidance Policies. 

Wildlife Workshop, Spring Roadshow, and February Cram Days a great success!

GPCA hosted a successful Wildlife Workshop where the Department of Natural Resources Officer, Lt. Mark Patterson, brought indigenous and invasive snake species to help operators and technicians learn to identify them. The sold-out Wildlife Workshop attracted 43 wildlife operators for a day of classes and comradery. 
NO MORE ROOM! GPCA's conference room literally could not hold one more participant.
SNAKE! Lt. Mark Patterson handles the harmless Eastern Indigo Snake, species Drymarchon couperi, the largest snake in Georgia whose home territory is South Georgia. 

Summer Conference Hotel Information!

Mark your calendars. Georgia Pest Control Association's 2024 Summer Conference will be held on July 8 - 10, 2024.

The Westin Jekyll Island

110 Ocean Way

Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527

Book your group rate for Georgia Pest Control Association 2024

Room Block expires on June 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm


Individual Call-In Reservations:  Individual reservations can be made online or by calling (912) 635-4545 (select option #1) or toll free at 1-800-937-8461 and referencing the GPCA 2024 Room Block.

 Please note a couple of user tips and important details regarding your group RESLINK:

  • The group RESLINK is best opened in Chrome or Edge internet web browsers. Using alternate internet web browsers, i.e. Internet Explorer or Firefox will result in a “No Availability” or “Error” outcome.
  • A “No Availability” outcome will result if the requested room type is not available for all nights of the intended stay. Should this occur, try to adjust the dates of stay or select an alternate room type.
  • The start & end date may include pre- and/or post- group days (subject to availability) which may be different than the arrival & departure dates listed on the contract agreement.

Room Nights at the Westin will be as follows:

Island View: $269 per night

Partial Ocean View: $279 per night

Ocean View: $299 per night

Ocean Front: $329 per night

We have an alternate room block at the Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island.  Reservations can be made by calling 912-635-3733 or 1-800-426-7866 and mentioning “Georgia Pest Control Association” to get the block rate.

 Room Nights at the Hampton Inn & Suites will be as follows:

 Double Queen Suite: $259 per night

King Suite: $249 per night

Standard Double Queen: $239 per night

More details to come.

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