August 2016



Keith Hamilton
J.C. Ehrlich
State College, PA
John Besic 
President Elect
Besic Pest Control
Transfer, PA
Marty Overlilne
Vice President
Aardvark Pest Management
Phildelphia, PA
Paul Kutney
Immediate Past President
Larksville, PA

Central Division
Gary Lesher
Perry Pest Control
Landisburg, PA
Keith Hamilton
J.C. Ehrlich
State College, PA
Keith Jones
Archer Pest Control
Camp Hill, PA
Eastern Division  
Marty Overline
Aardvark Pest Mgmnt
Philadelphia, PA

Mike Snyder
Township Pest Control
Warrington , PA
Jim Nase
Moyer Indoor/Outdoor
Souderton , PA
Northeast Division
Jeff King
The Pest Rangers
Hanover Twp., PA
Paul Kutney
Larksville, PA
Diane Lown
Ajax Environmental Solutions
Dalton, PA
Western Division
Adam Witt
Witt Pest Management
Pittsburgh, PA
Scott Grill
Bill Grill  Exterminating
Verona, PA
John Besic
Besic Pest Control
Transfer, PA
Technical Advisor
Chad Gore
Rentokil North America
Carnegie, PA
AWDII Chairman
Ed Van Istendal
Coatesville , PA
Legislative Chairman
Adam Witt
Witt Pest Management
Pittsburgh, PA
Salino Scholarship Chair 
Dana Lown
Ajax Environmental Solutions
Dalton, PA
Industry Liaison
Brian Smith
Sharon Hill, PA
Executive Director
Versant Strategies
Harrisburg, PA










Dear Friends:

It's hard to believe that schools are back in session and fall is on its way. Now is the time to be thinking about what to discuss with our vendors while you attend the Annual Conference. We encourage you to come prepared to talk with our great partners and have them answer your questions or address any concerns.

Plans are underway for the 2016 PPMA Annual Conference. Be on the lookout for registration information as well as a full agenda. Pesticide credits have been applied for in PA, NJ, MD, DE, and WV. The board of directors and planning committee are excited for you to join us on November 6-8 in Lancaster, PA!

The Versant Strategies team would like to congratulate Ron Lofgren and John Morrison on their retirement from the Western Division Board. Their service is unparalleled. Read more below!

Also, congratulations to Marty Overline who was featured in the August PCT Magazine! Read the full article below or by clicking here

Keeping your dues current is an essential part of maintaining a robust, effective organization which provides many benefits for its members. Help us help you!

As always, please reach out if we can be of service!

 Team Versant

Morrison and Lofgren recognized for service to WPPMA

Congratulations to John Morrison and Ron Lofgren who are retiring from the Western Division Board and were recognized for their many years of dedicated service to the division recently at the Western Division's summer meeting. John and Ron were committed to the division's success and to the education of the next generation of professional pest control operators. Following is a little background information on them:
John Morrison has worked for D-Bug, a family owned business, for 35 years and has seen the company grow from a small family-owned business established in 1939 in Latrobe, PA to a company that offers expanded pest control services to customers in 10 counties. He has also been a guiding force in PPMA's Western Division for many years, serving as the Governor for the division, and as President of the Pennsylvania Pest Management Association from 2008-09. After a dedicated career in the pest control industry, John's looks forward to spending his retirement traveling with his wife, Judy, fishing and spending time with his grand kids.
A key to the success of any organization lies in the management of its finances and the Western Division owes a large degree of its success to the financial savvy of its longtime treasurer and board member, Ron Lofgren. Also a pest management professional, Ron has owned Professional Pest Management Systems located in West Newton since 1983. Ron is looking forward to spending more time gardening in his retirement and spending time with his wife Deborah and his family.
Kudos to both for their achievements and devotion to the industry. Enjoy your well deserved retirement!
A New Frontline for PCO Overline

As originally published in the August edition of PCT magazine.
Marty Overline enlisted in the military his senior year of high school - not to serve in combat - but to fight bed bugs.
Stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, Overline recalled: "The base hotel was literally ridden with bed bugs because the transit situation was in and out, in and out," said the U.S. Air Force veteran. "I just happened to be stationed at a base where that presented itself. They had dining halls, they had dormitories, storage areas."
Overline said the training to be a pest control specialist was as demanding as any other position, and he was provided with extensive amounts of information to fulfill his missions. "There have been more troops put out of action because of sickness and disease than because of bullets and bombs in any war," he said. "So the military was really high on pest management."
Overline separated from his job as an Air Force entomology engineer in 1982. In 1994, he founded Philadelphia-based Aardvark Pest Management. The company performs solely commercial work at accounts such as dormitories, dining halls within colleges and office buildings - similar to what Overline serviced for the military overseas.
A headshot of young Marty.
In January 2015, Overline noticed he was not the only veteran who could possibly benefit from working as a PMP. He went to the National Pest Management Association with his idea to start what is now called PestVets, a committee dedicated to educating and providing opportunities for veterans within the pest management industry. "You don't necessarily have to come out of the military as a pest control veteran like I did," Overline said. "Just by the training they give you in the military and other areas, I always thought there should be some type of veterans group."
Only one-and-a-half-years old, PestVets has focused on creating awareness among veterans of career opportunities in the pest management industry. The next step is to create awareness among pest management companies of this skilled workforce. "Often, returning veterans have skills that translate perfectly to pest management. We want to educate them about the viability of a career in the pest management industry and make them aware of any job opportunities before they even return home."
Skills from the military such as leadership and being trained in vehicle safety, organization, first aid and canine handling are, to name a few, useful for pest management, said Overline, the recipient of NPMA's/FMC's first-ever Veteran of the Year Award, which he received at Legislative Day in March.
When Overline traveled to pest control events, he noted there was no veterans group and as a first-generation owner, it's hard to penetrate the inner circles of the industry to get started, he said. "It's a lot of second-, third- fourth-generation stuff," he said. "You don't really find anybody like me too often, first generation, that gets involved like I have."
PestVets is progressing with its summer goals of creating a recruitment-related video series, and with the help from FMC, a section has been created on NPMA's Career Center for NPMA members to post complimentary advertisements for position openings targeting veterans. (These ads will be tagged as "PestVets" ads.) "I've never been to a meeting where there's more ideas going around or more active participation," Overline said.
The author is a PCT editorial intern.

News from NPMA 

Zika Fears Prompt China to Require New Mosquito Treatments for U.S. Shipments
Following the World Health Organization's (WHO) August 2, 2016 determination that the United States is a Zika-infected country, Chinese authorities now require mosquito
disinsection for all U.S.-origin shipments to China. Disinsection means killing live mosquitoes, their larva, and eggs. Fumigation is one type of disinsection, but spraying is another method of disinsection. 

Recently, NPMA participated on a stakeholder call facilitated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS).  FAS reviewed the new Chinese Zika treatment guidance provided by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing following an August 18th meeting with China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ's) Department of Supervision and Health Quarantine.
During the call FAS officials highlighted two important areas very pertinent to the pest management industry.
  • Both individual cargo containers and the entire vessel must have a certificate of disinsectation (one certificate confirming both will suffice)
  • The certificate does not need to be completed by a U.S. Government agency, but must be completed by an authority recognized by the U.S. Government; specifically a licensed pest management company or a licensed fumigator
As of August 5, forty other countries, including Mexico and Brazil, are subject to these requirements.  This continues to be a very fluid situation and the process by which these regulations are implemented in China will most likely vary regionally.

NPMA is actively engaging FAS, APHIS and the U.S. Trade Representative to provide assistance from the pest management industry when needed.  

Upcoming Meetings          
The Eastern Division is planning their Fall Seminar for September 8. Check the website for more details!

The Annual Conference is planned for November 6-8 at the Eden Resort in Lancaster. Mark your calendar today! 

The Meetings and Events section of the website is always the most up-to-date resource for happenings of the Association. Be sure to check it out!

The Eastern Division continues to hold its monthly meetings with varying topics of discussion on the second Thursday of every month at the Crowne Plaze in Trevose.  For more information on monthly topics and speakers, contact Sue at (215) 331-1121.
Legislative Update

The information below represents legislative activity (including bill introductions) that has occurred since the last newsletter.  For a full listing of legislation that Versant is tracking for PPMA, please contact us at (717) 635-2320 or cwright@versantstrategies.net.  Activity marked HCO or SCO indicates a co-sponsorship memo which precedes the actual introduction of legislation and is designed to secure the support of other legislators prior to introduction as a bill.
Lawmakers are now out until June to meet and work with constituents before the completion of the 2015-2016 Session. They are scheduled to return the end of September.
No legislative action was seen specific to PPMA's interests. 

Increase Your Business Opportunities; Update your Find a Pro Listing Today
To update your company's service area, please follow the steps below:
  1. Log on to the Manage My Group area of the NPMA websitePlease note: in order to access the "Manage My Group" area of the NPMA website, you must be a company administrator. 
  1. Click on "Company Information" from the drop down menu.
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Service Area section.
    1. Download the excel template found on this page.
    2. Update this template to include all of the zip codes that you service.
    3. Save the file on your computer.
    4. In the Service Area section click Choose File.  Locate the excel template file that you just saved. Click open.
    5. Click Upload file.
Once you've completed these steps your service on Find-a-Pro is instantly updated to include these new zip codes. 
If you are having problems accessing please contact NPMA at (703) 352-6762 or npma@pestworld.org.

Articles of Interest  
08-30-2016 Fair display highlights butterfly loss
See a fair schedule, photo gallery and more on our Indiana County Fair Guide. Click here. Generations of monarch butterflies will die on their migrations each year, and yet their progeny's instinct will still lead them north to their summer habitats then back south again. This is the normal cycle.... - Indiana Gazette

08-24-2016 Bethlehem's OraSure gets up to $16.6M to develop Zika test
A Bethlehem-based company will receive up to $16.6 million in federal dollars to develop a test for Zika, the emerging virus spread by certain species of mosquito. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday announced an initial commitment of $7 million to OraSure... - Easton Express-Times

08-16-2016 DEP Releases Update on Zika Surveillance and Response, Says Simmons
  (Press Release)