At the BASF-sponsored Final Night Party, attendees dined and shared their PestWorld experiences with other attendees.

The National Pest Management Association announced record-breaking attendance at PestWorld 2018, reporting more than 4,000 pest management professionals from across the globe convened in October in Orlando, Fla. This makes PestWorld 2018 the association’s most well-attended annual conference since its inception in 1933, NPMA reported.

“It’s no secret that PestWorld has proven itself once again as the premier pest management event in our industry,” said NPMA CEO Dominique Stumpf. “With packed educational sessions and a sold-out exhibit hall, this year’s event demonstrated the industry’s desire for an event with emphasis on learning and networking.”

As part of the Bayer-sponsored Opening Ceremony, performers Street Breakz entertained attendees with a variety of street dancing, acrobatics and routines.

With expert-led educational sessions, attendees discovered the latest business trends and earned valuable recertification credits. Highlights this year included educational tracks covering recent trends in pest management, online marketing strategies and impactful thought-leader sessions.

Additionally, PestWorld featured inspiring General Session speakers Yossi Ghinsberg and Dennis Snow (see related articles, below). During his presentation, Ghinsberg delivered a message that no one can be courageous unless fear comes first; fear is the guide that shows you the way. Snow shared stories of his time working at Walt Disney World and offered attendees advice on how little moments of “wow” add up when it comes to customer service.

Stumpf added, “I am proud that PestWorld can be the platform for educating PMPs on the latest research and technology to ensure our industry continues to make a positive impact on society by protecting public health and property.” Next year’s PestWorld is Oct. 15-18, in San Diego, Calif.