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
What better way to kick off the new year than by assessing which member benefits you may be missing out on. Over the next 12 months, we will be featuring different joint member benefits that supports your bottom line. For a full listing of member benefits, check the PPMA website at
This month, PPMA Vice President Jeff King showcases the Nissan Rebate Program through NPMA.
PPMA has been asked to support a survey on tick control services. 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:
Become a Mentor!
My name is Scott Grill. I have spent my entire adult life in the pest control industry. The last 35 years of blood sweat and tears have gone into building what I consider to be a successful company. One thing is for sure, I could not have done on my own.
My father and I started our company when I was 19 years old. He had experience in the industry as a salesman and had just enough hands on experience to get us going. My earliest training was basically reading pesticide labels and going to the library to read up on insects and rodents. Man...I could have used the Internet back then.
We struggled as a company and understandably so.
It wasn't until a local municipality tried to create it's own set of regulations for pesticide applications that we sought out what was then called the Pennsylvania Pest Control Association for help.
I was asked by a couple of local board members to accompany them to a state board meeting to give a report. I was young and the thought of doing anything with my "competitors" seemed more threatening than anything else.
Well, long story short, we beat the local municipality and those two board members would be become lifelong friends...and mentors.
Over the years my circle of mentors began to grow, and so did my business. There was no problem that I couldn't overcome because if I didn't have the answer, I could find some who did.
Now that I'm a veteran of 35 years in the trenches, you can bet that anytime I get a call from one of my comrades in the industry, I will bend over backwards to help them out.
We have chosen a very unique way of making a living. There are very few of us. We need each other.
That's why I approached the Board of Directors of the PPMA and offered to spearhead a mentoring program.
The program isn't off the ground yet, but will be soon.
We need your help.
I'm looking for people with experience in our trade who are willing to pay back a little. People who can remember what it was like to need a hand.
If you are still reading this article it could be people like you.
If being a mentor...sharing your experiences...might be something that you would be interested in, please contact me.
Written by Jeff King of The Pest Rangers.
Pennsylvania is a joint state with the National Pest Management Association. What does this mean for you? You can take advantage of State and National benefits. Pennsylvania offers many educational credit seminars in four regions of the State as well as 811 Call Before you Dig annual fee reimbursement and many others. NPMA offers a ton of great benefits that could be found on their website under the member center tab. As both a PPMA and NPMA member you can easily save the cost, and more of your annual membership investment by taking advantage of exclusive members only discount and benefit programs.
Jeffrey King is a member of the NPMA's Executive Leadership Program. For questions about benefits provided by the Pennsylvania or NPMA contact Jeff at Jeff@thepestrangers.com
Members have access to discounts and savings opportunities offered by many top companies. One new membership benefit offered by the NPMA is the Nissan Commercial Vehicle Discount Program. This program deeply discounts any Nissan vehicle you can add to your fleet. Cars, Trucks or Vans see an average savings between $3000-
per vehicle. You still receive other incentives offered to commercial businesses that can qualify you for extra saving for up fitting vehicles with ladder racks, tool shelves or even a barrier for the cabin. This one benefit alone can save your company thousands and pay your membership for years to come. Looking to upgrade? This benefit also extends to the Infinity line of vehicles. For more information log onto
click on member center and then popular benefits.
Did you happen to miss the recent Penn State Pesticide Education Programs, Pesticide Highlights? Be sure to download it here.
Be sure you don't miss the PSU Pesticide Recertification Meetings.
Last Chance to Get NPMA's Mobile Field Guide at the Introductory Rate
Start your new year off right by downloading NPMA's Mobile Field Guide for only $4.99 before the introductory price expires on January 31! After that, the price will increase to $8.99.
The NPMA Mobile Field Guide is the most advanced pest management tool available on a smartphone or tablet, and is available on both android and iOS devices. This powerful tool gives you access to up-to-date information and high-resolution images for over 200 different structural pests. In addition, you can submit questions and images directly to NPMA experts for assistance, create individual notes, take photos, reference the glossary or browse saved files.
Find the app in the Apple App Store and on Google play.
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.
The New Jersey Pest Management Association invites members of the Pennsylvania Pest Management Association to attend their upcoming events:
Wildlife Workshop, March 1, 2018
Both events will be held in in Piscataway, NJ. As of publishing, PA Credits are pending, but are expect to be official soon.
For more information, contact Ken Healy at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
HCO2882 - Cruz, Angel (D) - Directs the JSGC to conduct a study on pesticide exposure and poisoning, testing and reporting and issue a report.
The co-sponsorship memo was filed but a formal bill has not been introduced.
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 awaits a vote in the House of Representatives.
||Educators share how to fight spotted lanternfly
JoAnn DeCesar, a master gardener, has armed herself against Berks County's spotted lanternfly invasion with a deadly weapon: a clear plastic juice bottle, the label peeled to better sneak up on the insects and bash them as they alight on trees outside her Ruscombmanor Township home.... - Reading Eagle
||Arctic air won't kill lanternfly eggs
If you go What: Spotted lanternfly public meeting. When: Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Bern Township. Seating limited: To register, call the Penn State Extension office's customer service number at 877-345-0691 or visit bit.ly/... - Reading Eagle
||Beekeepers employ a variety of strategies in winter
The bees' knees stay warm inside trees. In nature, honeybees survive the winter by retreating inside their hives - often built in a tree cavity - and clustering together to stay warm. For local beekeepers, whose hives are often exposed to the elements, that means any number of measures to ensure that a colony survives the cold.... - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review