Aardvark Pest Management
Witt Pest Management
Chairman of the Board
State College, PA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Perry Pest Control
Archer Pest Control
Camp Hill, PA
Thur-O Pest Mngmt
Township Pest Control
The Pest Rangers
Hanover Twp., PA
The Pest Rangers
Pleasant Mount, PA
Witt Pest Management
Bill Grill Exterminating
Bill Grill Exterminating
Sharon Hill, PA
Many thanks to these Past Presidents:
Ed Van Istendal
Are we missing someone? Let us know as we work to compile this record.
Warm weather is arriving in PA, and the busy season is just around the corner. We hope to see you at NPMA Legislative Days, coming up on March 18-20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Your perspective as a PPMA member can help change federal policy. If you are there, be sure to connect with the rest of the Pennsylvania contingent in attendance! Check out the Member Benefit spotlight this month as we highlight legislative advocacy.
The tick survey is still going on! Your input as a member is EXTREMELY important. Be sure to click the information below. Answers will be kept anonymous.
If we at the Association's office can ever be of assistance, please feel free to contact us at (800) 842-9090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you all know, ticks and the diseases they carry are becoming more and more of a concern for landscape and pest control professionals and their clients, in 2016 Pennsylvania ranked first in the nation with respect to Lyme disease, reporting nearly 9,000 confirmed cases. For more than a decade CDC and its agency partners have been looking at different approaches to this growing problem; now we in PPMA have a chance to add some "boots on the ground" input to help guide the approach for this emerging market.
If you are already encountering tick-related issues, or anticipate someday doing so, we strongly suggest adding your opinion early.
Access the survey here:
Why Be a Mentor?
You might be asking yourself...why be a mentor?
I'm going to ask you to think back to what it was like when you first started in this very unusual industry. You might have thought there wasn't much to it, after all how tough could it be? Killing bugs and catching mice...nothing to it. That is until you came to the realization that in order to succeed, you needed to know a heck of a lot more.
Just to run a business you needed to know about book keeping, regulations, marketing etc. Let alone the actual craft of pest control. I'm sure at some point, you became overwhelmed and maybe thought about calling it quits.
But you didn't...you hung in there and signed up for the school of hard knocks and persevered. It wasn't easy was it? Of course it wasn't. You put your nose to the stone and kept plugging away...enjoying small victories and learning from your mistakes. You used every available resource and you made it.
You gained experience...and nothing is more valuable than experience.
YOU can be the most valuable resource there is.
Now granted, there is help out there for those searching for it. Training seminars, manufacturer reps, trade associations like The Pennsylvania Pest Management Association and don't forget the dreaded Internet. But there is nothing like turning to a fellow bugman for a little guidance or moral support. This is why I am spearheading the PPMA Mentoring program. I want to see us all succeed, I want us all to be connected and I simply want to help my brothers and sisters in arms.
Now is your chance to make a difference in someone else's life with very little effort on your part.
You are a resource...please share.
Right now the Mentoring Program is in the planning stage. If you are interested in being part of something that can really make a difference, please contact me.
Written by Caleb Wright, Executive Director.
Caleb Wright serves as PPMA's Executive Director and as the COO of Versant Strategies, Pennsylvania's leading Public Affairs firm specializing in agricultural, environmental, educational, and rural affairs. He can be reached at email@example.com.
is no surprise to PPMA members that the pest control industry is heavily regulated. From technician's required certification and continuing education requirements to licenses and tax collections, federal and state requirements keep all our business owners on their toes. Ensuring profitability and at the same time public health and safety is a key priority for PPMA/NPMA. A team of individuals covering state and federal interests work together to avoid over-regulation and laws that would inhibit success.
In Pennsylvania, over 4,000 bills are introduced each two-year legislative
cycle. Versant reviews those bills daily and tracks ones of interest to PPMA members. Updates can be found in each copy of the Inspector. We also review weekly reports on regulatory changes, captured in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
As issues arrise, we work with the leadership
committee of PPMA to identify strategies to deter harmful legislation and regulations. To date, we have been successful in avoiding bans on pesticides, stark changes to the Sales and Use Taxes, and are working to find ways to lower Worker's Compensation Insurance costs.
also supports NPMA's federal strategies. Not only do we provide a lift with the Pennsylvania congressional delegation at NPMA's request, but the association also participates in NPMA Legislative Days. There the foundation will be set and relationships forged to further the work of your advocacy team. Your support of this event is greatly appreciated by NPMA Staff and Leadership as well as the PPMA Board. Interested individuals can reach out to President Marty Overline at ....
As a professional trade association, our strength is in our numbers. Legislators and staff reach out to
us for technical input that helps them make data driven decisions. Through advocacy efforts, PPMA raises the profile of the industry and adds strength to messagesshared to key decision makers.
If you have any questions on any legislative or regulatory issues, call our office at (800) 842-9090
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or text Caleb at 717-319-4638.
Don't miss this deadline!
District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DDOE) Extends Reporting Deadline to March 1st
The Washington, DC Department of Energy and the Environment has extended the February 1st deadline for applicators to report pesticide usage to March 1st.
DC Regulations (
20 DCMR Â§ 2516.3
) require that operators submit, on or before February 1, pesticide application information to the Department. Operators submit this information via the Department's DCPLANTS platform. While the cut off to submit this information was February 1, the Department is extending the deadline until March 1, 2018 to allow applicants to access DCPLANTS, which the Department recently activated. After this date, if operators have not submitted the required information, the Department may take an enforcement action for failure to comply with this reporting requirement.
to access the DCPLANTS platform. Upon logging into DCPLANTS, you will need to provide the EPA Number, Amount, Measurement (lbs, oz, gallons, etc.), and form of pesticide applied in the District of Columbia during calendar year 2017.
If you have any questions regarding the submission on required information, please contact the DC Pesticides Program at 202-535-2600.
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.
|My first termite s warm of the 2018 season...Pittsburgh, February 27th...near a furnace. (of course)
This is the earliest swarm that I have on record for my company. I'd like to know when yours is.
Drop me a line at 412.292.1608 or email me at MisterPlanBee@gmail.com
Have a great season!
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 email@example.com. 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.
The beginning of February marks the start of the annual budgeting process for state government in Pennsylvania. As the legislature prepares for the Governor's Budget Address next week, work must still continue with redrawing the Congressional District maps. Versant Strategies is paying close attention to the following legislation on your behalf:
HB 1001- Helm, Susan (R) - Act regulating home inspectors; establishing the Home Inspection Licensing Board; providing for licensure & practice, for disciplinary action, for remedies & for penalties; making an appropriation; & repealing provisions.
The bill has passed the Senate Labor and Industry Committee and awaits further action in the Senate.
SB 936 - White, Donald (R) - Amends the Workers' Compensation Act, in liability and compensation, further providing for prescription drugs and the treatment of work-related injuries; and, in procedure, further providing for peer review.
The bill failed a vote on the House floor and will no longer be considered.