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Bed Bug April: Employee and Pet




April, our Portland-area canine employee works during the day searching hotels, apartments, and other places for one of Portland's most problematic and prolific pests of late, bed bugs.

Oregonian Pet Columnist Jacque Von Lunen writes, "When you watch the black dog at work, scanning baseboards, mattress and furniture in a bedroom, two sounds prevail: that of the air passing through her nostrils and the steady beat of her tail hitting the walls and furniture." 

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Treleven elected to NPMA Board






(Fairfax, Va.) The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) today announced the results of its annual board elections.  Kevin Kordek (A-Active Termite & Pest Control Co., Virginia Beach, Va.) has been elected to serve as President.  Ray Johnson (Johnson Pest Control, Sevierville, Tenn.) will serve as Vice President. Laura Simpson (Dugas Pest Control of Baton Rouge, Inc., Baton Rouge, La.) will serve as Treasurer and Kevin Pass (Action Pest Control, Evansville, Ind.) has been elected to serve as Secretary.

"I am pleased to be selected as the association president by my industry peers," said Kevin Kordek.  "I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to promote the general interest and welfare of the pest management industry, as well as reinforce the value of pest management in protecting public health and property.”

New members of the Board of Directors include:

  • Past President Representative: Steven Scherzinger, Scherzinger Pest Control (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • At Large Director: Rick Bell, Arrow Exterminators (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • At Large Director: Phil Cooper, Cooper Pest Solutions (Lawrenceville, N.J.)        
  • At Large Director: Mark O'Hara, Anderson Pest Solutions (Elmhurst, Ill.)              
  • At Large Director: Craig Thomas, Craig Thomas Pest Control, Inc. (Hyde Park, N.Y.)
  • At Large Director: Alfie Treleven, Sprague Pest Solutions (Tacoma, Wa.)
  • Region 2 Director: Don Jamison, Jamison Pest and Lawn (Memphis, Tenn.)         
  • Region 3 Director: Todd Sawyer, Sawyer, Inc. (Boise, Idaho)       

"NPMA is delighted to welcome our newly elected Board and Executive Committee," says Rob Lederer, NPMA Executive Vice President. "We are fortunate to have excellent leaders who will work together to encourage high levels of competence, knowledge and performance in the industry.”


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Sprague named 2010 Top Place to Work




Sprague Pest Solutions was recently honored at the Business Examiner’s Top Places to Work event. Held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, we took the prize in the Large Company (more than 100 employees) category.

The Business Examiner’s Top Places to Work program recognizes outstanding company cultures in the South Sound. To qualify, companies must be at least five years old, headquartered in the South Sound, and employees must complete an opinion survey.

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Sprague joins Affordable Housing Management Association of Washington




Following a long history of engaging in organizations that support our clients, Sprague is proud to announce our partnership with the Affordable Housing Management Association of Washington (AHMA Northwest). AHMA represents managers, owners, and professional service providers who are committed to maintaining excellence in affordable housing communities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

As a member of AHMA, Sprague looks forward to being a resource for pest management and prevention training and education, participating in events, and partnering with members to develop innovative solutions to pest problems impacting the affordable housing market.

To learn more about AHMA Northwest, visit their website


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