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 PPMA OFFICERS
   
Keith Hamilton
President
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

 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
Central Division
 
Gary Lesher
Governor
Perry Pest Control
Landisburg, PA
   
Greg Ten Hoeve
Terminix
Mechanicsburg, PA
 
Keith Jones
Archer Pest Control
Camp Hill, PA
 
 
Eastern Division  
 
Marty Overline
Governor
Aardvark Pest Mgmnt
Philadelphia, PA

Mike Snyder
Township Pest Control
Warrington , PA
 
Jim Nase
Moyer Indoor/Outdoor
Souderton , PA
  
Northeast Division
 
Jeff King
Governor
The Pest Rangers
Hanover Twp., PA
 
Paul Kutney
Larksville, PA
 
Diane Lown
Ajax Environmental Solutions
Dalton, PA
 
Western Division
 
Adam Witt
Governor
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
Univar
Sharon Hill, PA
 
Executive Director
Versant Strategies
Harrisburg, PA







 


 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Featured Article
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Dear Friends:

While it may not be sunny and 75 in the 'Burg, central Pennsylvania is starting to see early signs of spring.... and not a moment too soon for us in the PPMA office! Cheers to March moving out like a lamb.

For those who treat termites, we know you are preparing for the busy season. However, don't forget to call before you dig! Not us though, the PA One Call System! There are plenty of utilities underground surrounding the homes that you are working to treat. Protect your company and your workers and have the PA One Call System mark those underground lines before you find them accidentally. The best part is that PPMA will pay your one-time annual fee of $125.00. Consider it money in your pocket!

As always, be sure to reach out if the PPMA Office can be of assistance to you.


  Team Versant

   

Stanley G. Green, Ph.D.
January 17, 1932 - March 17, 2017

It is with great sadness that the association informs its members of the passing of Dr. Stanley G. Green. Services will be held on Saturday, April 8 at Bryers Funeral Home in Willow Grove. Friends will begin to gather at 11:00 am with an informal service to begin at noon. Friends of Dr. Green who would like to speak at the service are welcomed to. Afterwards, friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon at the nearby VFW. If you plan to attend, please contact Becky Meacham, Dr. Green's daughter who is no stranger to PPMA events, at (215) 840-2672 or beckygreen73@yahoo.com. 

A Life Of Unselfish Service
 
Most people have folks who they call friends. In this day and age, with billions of people subscribing to Facebook, the term "friend" has taken on a casual yet curiously impersonal meaning. That is not the type of friend I am referring to here.
 
Stan Green was one of the best friends this industry ever had.
 
From 1968 - 1972, I was an undergrad at Penn State, on the main campus, majoring in General Ag, and minoring in Entomology. Although Stan and I later found out we were often in the same buildings at the same time, our paths did not cross there. In 1973, Entomology Department Head, Robert Snetsinger, gave Stan, then an Associate Professor, a mandate: "Applicator Certification is coming, and those structural pest control guys in the Philly area are gonna need a lot of help getting legal!" Thus was born the position of Southeast PA Extension Coordinator For Structural Pest Control.
 
So, in the fall of 1973, I was one of about 150 "exterminators" who were sitting in the bleachers in the gym at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, PA, for the first of ten classes in "Modern  Pest  Control".  Imagine the collective shock when the first thing he did was pass out a test! Leave it to Stan to find a way to figure out what we DID know, before steering us to learn what we needed to know! The course was tough, but balanced, and I still have my certificate for completing it successfully.
 
When pesticide applicator certification did arrive, in 1975, his contributions to our education, combined with his contributions to the exams for the four categories that impact structural pest control the most - 11, 12, 13, 15, & 16 - made us better applicators, and made sure the exams were hitting the areas that should be hit. Eventually, he totally re-wrote those 4 exams. I recently took the Cat 13 exam for structural fumigation, and was shocked to see that it was still the 1993 test, the questions for which he had "bounced off" me in 1992 when he was rewriting it! If it ain't broken, why fix it?!
 
Stan quickly became the "go-to" guy for identifying insects and other multi-legged critters from his office at Broad and Grange in Philadelphia, and later at 46th & Market. We learned from him, and he learned from us.
 
His evening classes became a mecca for those of us who thirsted for knowledge of our craft long before certification update credits became the criteria for "should I go or not?" We went to learn. His Monday evening classes became a fixture in our area, held at the Penn State Ogontz campus. He partnered with a knowledgeable gentleman named Richard "Dick" Caldwell, who was Technical Director of a now long-gone company. It was through these classes that I purchased my first Mallis Handbook, 5th edition, for $20...including dust jacket. I now have the first through tenth edition, including another 5th edition with a special inscription: "To Stan from Arnold". He and Arnold Mallis knew each other well through their Penn State connection!
 
The Monday evening classes developed over the years to include a variety of guest speakers, from manufacturers' reps to other Pest Control Operators [we were no longer "exterminators!"]. Dick Caldwell passed away, and Dave Steiger became a steady presenter at these seasonal events [1 x ten week session in the fall, and one in the late winter]. As time passed, I was honored to become a regular speaker, and learned even more than I ever did in the classroom under Stan. He was a mentor to everyone.
 
His reputation as a great presenter was well-founded. Audiences sat in quiet attention for this unassuming, unpretentious, unselfish man who knew so much, and who made it all sound so interesting. He spoke throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, not only to the structural pest control industry, but to 4-H groups, ladies' garden clubs, boards of health, vector control groups, in-service programs, etc. The local news stations, both TV and radio, knew they could always get a great interview from him on any public health issue. His newsletter was a great source of information, although we teased him extensively when, just prior to his second marriage, he mailed out a newsletter that dealt with "Panty Pests." A most unfortunate typo!
 
All the area pest control associations sought him out as a speaker, and he even graced the stage at the Purdue Conference and NPMA Eastern Conference. Along with his Extension Newsletter, he contributed to a variety of industry and other publications, including Chapter 28: Itches, Illusions & Phobias in the Mallis 8th edition. His extension work in this area led to a referral program with the Psychology Department at Jefferson University in Philadelphia
 
His most lasting work, however, was being a champion for reducing the threat of litigation against this industry by developing a higher standard for the performance and issuance of real estate transfer termite inspection reports. The introduction of the pioneering PPCA-1 Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report which was spear-headed by the late Len Bruno, which recognized the need for a higher standard for these inspections, led to the development of the PPMA Accredited Wood Destroying Insect Inspector's Manual, co-written by Stan and his great friend Dave Steiger, and formatted for the computer by their friend the late Bill Wilson.
 
He embraced the computer as a great new tool, and never met a "free" computer program that he did not install! As his computer would slow down, he would call my son, EJ, to "fix 'er up."
 
After the death of Bobbie, his third wife, with Stan already retired, the shock occasioned him to slip into a gradual state of dementia. It was hard on those of us who would get together several times a year to see Stan and "spring him from the home" for dinner. The decline became more rapid in the past two years. 
 
It is hard to measure the worth of a man simply by his professional accomplishments. Stan's resume lists his BS, MS & Ph.D., his professional experience, responsibilities, areas of specialty, publications, etc.  Not listed, but of equal importance are Loving Son, Loving Husband, Loving Father, Loving Grandfather, Loving Friend, Mentor, Guide, Traveling Companion, Accomplished Photographer and Professional Conscience.
 
For those of us who knew him, we will miss his quick wit, his readiness to help a Pest Management Professional [yes- another name change on his watch], and that seemingly endless fountain of useful and fascinating information that flowed from his mind.
 
Stan Green was one of the best friends I have ever had.
 
Ed Van Istendal

Technical Spotlight

NIGHTWATCH UNITS FOR BEDBUGS


When speaking to other professionals in the pest control industry about their likes and dislikes in regards to product and equipment and tricks of the trade, nothing stirs more passion than the topic of Nightwatch units.   There does not seem to be a middle ground in regards to the units- they are either loved or hated.  My opinion is that there is a place for them in the right circumstances and let me explain why.
 
The appearance of the Nightwatch units leaves you wondering where it fits in the proverbial toolbox. It is not a standalone product that gets placed in a room and catches all of the bedbugs, and it is not ideal to place in a room where someone is trying to get a good night's sleep.  Functionality speaking, the unit is meant to be turned on around 10:00PM and turn off at 6:00AM to mimic the sleep cycle of an unsuspecting, Co2 emitting human being.  I believe its best use is as a monitoring tool.

One way the Nightwatch unit is used as a monitoring device would be to place it in an empty room. For example, if I have an empty apartment unit that has bedbugs and we are called on to treat for them, placing the Nightwatch units in the apartment stimulates their movement. We often rely on bedbugs to move when we do a chemical treatment and in some cases no one is present to help stimulate that movement. The Nightwatch unit can help with this scenario. 
 
The other monitors to use in conjunction with the Nightwatch units may be Volcanos, Blackouts and/or other brands that can aid in the treatment process. I can think of several difficult accounts that the Nightwatch unit helped us in moving bedbugs, and along with other monitors helped us gain the resolution we were looking for.
 
We currently have four Nightwatch units on hand and may only need them a handful of times throughout the year, but having them as a tool in our toolbox certainly justifies their ownership.
 
James Nase
Technical Service Manager
Moyer Indoor Outdoor Pest Control
Jim.nase@emoyer.com



Association Spotlight

Your State Board of Directors at Work

The state board of directors has been working alongside the PA game commission with the intent of making the wildlife exam more conducive to the work we as pest control professionals perform.
Under the current guidelines, the wildlife exam is very broad in context, and so we are proposing not only a more tailored wildlife certification process, but one that is more flexible to the permittee and also to the small businesses that they work for. This format would allow for species or related species specific exams.
 
Once the wildlife regulations section along with a "species exam" is passed the permittee would be able to legally trap this species.  We believe that the majority of permittees and sub-permittees are in the pest control industry and under the current format find it difficult for small business owners to comply with this format or for other companies to add sub-permittees to their license.  Many small operators would like to be able to help their current customers with gray squirrels or possibly raccoons while not interested in performing wildlife full time. 
 
Under the current licensing procedure, the game commission asks questions that include all species - example: Deer and/or Elk. The permit holder is not legally allowed to perform wildlife services for those species.   We are questioning why these types of questions are on the exams.
 
There is no reason at this time to think that this will be the new format the PA Game Commission uses. We want to make sure that the membership understands what the board of directors do and what they strive to accomplish.
 
I welcome any feedback you may have in regards to this topic. Thank you.
 
James Nase
Technical Service Manager
Moyer Indoor Outdoor
Jim.nase@emoyer.com





NEWS FROM NPMA
Trump Plan Cuts EPA Budget by 31%
Recently, NPMA Policy Staff reviewed the President's preliminary 2018 budget proposal, specifically as it relates to funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As part of Mr. Trumps plan, the agency budget would be cut by 31%, reducing spending from the current level of $8.2 Billion to a proposed $5.7 billion. This would also reduce staffing from its current level of approximately 15,000 employees down to 12,000, a personnel level not seen at the agency since the mid-1980s.

The proposed budget Reigns in Superfund administrative costs and emphasizes efficiency efforts by funding the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account at $762 million, $330 million below the 2017 annualized Continuing Resolution (CR) level. The agency would prioritize the use of existing settlement funds to clean up hazardous waste sites and look for ways to remove some of the barriers that have delayed the program's ability to return sites to the community.
Additionally, the budget seeks to avoid duplication by concentrating EPA's enforcement of environmental protection violations on programs that are not delegated to States, while providing oversight to maintain consistency and assistance across State, local, and tribal programs. This reduces EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) budget to $419 million, which is $129 million below the 2017 annualized CR level.

The plan also funds categorical grants at $597 million, a $482 million reduction below 2017 annualized CR levels. These lower levels are in line with the broader strategy of streamlining environmental protection. This funding level eliminates or substantially reduces Federal investment in State environmental activities that go beyond EPA's statutory requirements.

Lastly, the plan eliminates more than 50 EPA programs, saving an additional $347 million compared to the 2017 annualized CR level. Lower priority and poorly performing programs and grants are not funded, nor are duplicative functions that can be absorbed into other programs or that are State and local responsibilities. Examples of eliminations in addition to those previously mentioned include the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program.

Although the proposed plan will almost certainly not be the final budget passed by congress, there is no specific mention at this time of funding reductions to the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) who are tasked with approving product registration and conducting registration reviews. NPMA will continue to monitor funding and budget cuts at the agency as they pertain to the structural pest management industry and provide updates moving forward. 






Upcoming Meetings          

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.
   
Since the completion of the budget hearings, the legislature has actively been working to pass legislation before the budget becomes the number one topic of discussion. 

Two notable pieces of legislation have been proposed. Representative Sue Helm has introduced a bill that will create the Home Inspector Licensing Board and has set forth standards for licensing. Also, two pieces of legislation have been introduced in the House amending the Unemployment Compensation Law. 


REMINDER from NPMA
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  
      
03-30-2017 Trump EPA declines to ban pesticide that Obama had proposed outlawing
The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency refused Wednesday to ban a commonly used pesticide that the Obama administration had sought to outlaw based on mounting concerns about its risks to human health. The chemical compound chlorpyrifos, also known as Lorsban, has been used by... - Washington Post

03-30-2017 It's vital that we address the plight of the bumblebee
THE ISSUE The rusty patched bumblebee - a bee once commonly seen in Lancaster County - has become the first mainland United States bee ever to make the endangered list.As LNP noted Monday, "It's a worrisome sign as the numbers of bumblebees and honeybees so important to pollinating much of... - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

03-29-2017 Penn State Scientists Battle Bed Bugs
Bed bugs have undergone a resurgence in recent years, largely due to the reduction of the kinds of pesticides that can be used indoors and increased travel among people. Penn State researchers may have the solution. They've created a natural, fungus-based spray pesticide that shows great promise in killing the bugs.... - State College News

03-06-2017 PDA: Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands to Salisbury Township, Coopersburg
  (Press Release)