March 2020
The Inspector
Ten Updates You May find Useful on behalf of PPMA
In this special edition of The Inspector, we are highlighting 10 updates, links, or resources that you may find helpful to your business or employees. We understand that we are working in unprecedented times. The PA Pest Management Association is here to be a resource!

As an organization, if you have valuable supplies that can support medical professionals (such as masks, gloves, tyvek and poly coverall suits, etc.), we urge you to donate those you can spare to your local medical centers. Search you homes, your offices, your warehouses. This is one way our industry can support the fight against this pandemic.

While we are in trying times, NPMA and PPMA asks for your support in the form of membership renewal. NPMA is offering the following to our members that renew before April 15 th: Renew your membership online by April 15 th and receive a code for one free registration for NPMA’s top selling online training course, New Hire Training for Service Technicians, valued at $120! You can use this to train a new hire AND earn up to 6 credits in approved states – absolutely free!

Please note that due to the Governor's Executive Order, the physical PPMA office is currently closed. However, Versant Strategies is continuing the work of the Association from their homes and is continuing to lobby on our behalf. This includes communication with the PA Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania General Assembly. As there have been status changes, they have been in communication with NPMA to provide updates.

During this time, if you need assistance, please contact Caleb Wright at cwright@versantstrategies.net.
1: Resources and Documents from the Governor of Pennsylvania
It is encouraged that all employees have access to the Governor's Executive Order and current Industry Guidance (last updated March 24th) with them in case questions arise. Pest Control has been listed as an essential industry. However, the Administration has made clear that these businesses must continue to follow protocols set forth for social distancing and hygiene as determined by the CDC. More information is available here.

You can view up-to-date virus statistics from the PA Department of health here.
2: Resources from NPMA
As announced by NPMA:

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in every state across our country and more shelter in place orders are announced each day, PMPs are working quickly to adapt business and service practices to this strange new reality.
 
Click here for a list of all states/provinces that have implemented executive orders to shelter in place or stay at home.
 
Click here for a list of all states/provinces and localities that we are aware of that have implemented executive orders to shelter in place or stay home.

Additionally, NPMA has a landing page dedicated to information and resources for pest management companies. Visit https://www.pestcontrolcoronavirus.com/ for the latest info.
3: COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA)
Governor Wolf has recently announced the Covid-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). CWCA loans of will be for up-to $100K for employers with 100 or fewer employees. In total, the loan program will total $60m. Interested businesses should contact their local certified economic development organization. For more information on the program, click here . A listing of, and contact information for, local Certified Economic Development Organizations is available here .
4: Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Webinars
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers will be providing four webinars covering how a business or non-profit can apply for a federal Small Business Administration disaster loans.  
Links to register for each webinar are below 

  1. March 30th - https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26684 
  2. March 31st - https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26685
5: Unemployment Compensation
On Wednesday, March 26th, the PA General Assembly voted to relax regulations surrounding unemployment compensation. While the PA Department of Labor begins to implement these, information will be posted and updated on their webpage. Current information can be found on their webpage here by clicking the button below.
6: PA Department of Community and Economic Development
The PA Department of Community and Economic Development has been keeping a listing of resources that can be helpful to the Commonwealth's businesses. You can view this list by clicking the button below.
7: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
From the US Department of Labor:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.
8: A letter from President Adam Witt
In an effort to share resources, PPMA President Adam Witt has shared the linked letter below which he has printed and included in each of his technician's vehicle. It further explains that pest control is listed as an essential business and how the company is approaching the pandemic. He noted that members are welcome to use it!
9: Salino Scholarship Extension
The Salino Scholarship Committee has extended the application deadline for the 2020 scholarship year. Applications are due to the PPMA Office by April 15th. Applicants must be sponsored by a Pest Management that has been in good standing with the PPMA for at least for years, be attending an institute of higher education (either two or for years), and cannot have received the scholarship previously. For further specifics and to download the application, click the button below.
10: General Helpful Links
We are in unprecedented times in recent history. With that in mind, we offer you the following resources in case you or someone you know needs additional assistance.

Apply for WIC: Call 1-800-942-9467
Home heating help: http://on.pa.gov/LIHEAP
Vote by mail ballot: http://VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot
Report price gouging: pricegouging@attorneygeneral.gov
 Talk mental health: Text PA to 741-741
Apply for Medicaid: http://on.pa.gov/compass
Apply for SNAP: http://on.pa.gov/compass
Credit/mortgage/rent advice: http://on.pa.gov/2Jb8UYp
Learn about school closures: http://education.pa.gov/COVID19
Access driver services: http://dmv.pa.gov/online-services
Find professional license services: http://pals.pa.gov
 
Receive text alerts in PA: http://on.pa.gov/AlertPA
2020 Platinum Partners
Continuing Education
2020 PPMA Meeting Dates
Join us at our upcoming 2020 events!

Central Region Spring Seminar (February 24 | Radisson, Camp Hill)
Central Region Fall Seminar (TBD)
Eastern Region Spring Seminar (March 12 | Radisson, Trevose) *** Please note the location change from previous meetings!
Eastern Region Fall Seminar (September 10 | TBD)
Northeast Region Fall Seminar (TBD)
Western Region Fall Seminar (August 27| Doubletree, Cranberry Twp.)
Annual State Conference (November 10-12 | Spooky Nook Sports, Manheim)

You can find registration and credit information on our website by clicking here!

The Eastern Division continues to hold its monthly meetings with varying topics of discussion on the second Thursday of every month in Trevose. For more information on monthly topics and speakers, contact Sue at (215) 331-1121.
Silver Partners
Industry Updates
Spotted Lanternfly
For up-to-date information on the Spotted Lanternfly and the current quarantine zone, visit the PA Department of Agriculture's website at the link below.

Bronze Partners
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.

HB 21 - Helm, Sue (R) - Amends the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law, providing for the regulation of the practice of home inspection; and making a related repeal.

This legislation is of particular interest to PPMA. The bill has passed through the House of Representatives and is now in the Senate for consideration.

HB 2091 - Zabel, Michael (D) - Amends the Pennsylvania Pesticide Control Act, providing for prohibited pesticides.

This bill has been referred to the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee where it awaits consideration. The bill would ban chlorpyrifos.

SB 941 - DiSanto, John (R) - Amends Real Estate Tax Law, in sale of property, providing for notice of sale, for deed, for hearing and order for judicial sale and for additional restrictions and providing for condemnation orders.

PPMA is working jointly with NPMA on this legislation to ensure that work regarding pests is completed by an appropriate professional.

HCO 1764 - Solomon, Jared (D) - Modernizes and overhauls the Landlord and Tenant Act.

The co-sponsorship memorandum has been filed. We await the filing of the legislation.

Over the last two weeks, many members of the legislature have introduced pieces of legislation to support Pennsylvania's businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, the PA legislature passed the following legislation:

  • HB 1232: $50 million in state funding to purchase medical equipment and supplies for the Commonwealth’s hospitals, medical facilities, nursing homes, and emergency workers.
  • SB 422: Moving the state primary from April 28 until June 2
  • SB 751: Shortening the school year and ensures financial support for schools and it’s employees in regard to the Coronavirus outbreak
  • HB 68: Easing of eligibility requirements for workers applying for unemployment compensation

We will continue to monitor and advocate for legislation that will support the pest control businesses in PA.
REMINDER from NPMA
To update your company's service area, please follow the steps below:
  1. Log on to the Manage My Group area of the NPMA website. Please note: in order to access the "Manage My Group" area of the NPMA website, you must be a company administrator. 
  2. Click on "Company Information" from the drop down menu.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Service Area section.
  4. Download the excel template found on this page.
  5. Update this template to include all of the zip codes that you service.
  6. Save the file on your computer.
  7. In the Service Area section click Choose File. Locate the excel template file that you just saved. Click open.
  8. 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
Both chambers of Pennsylvania’s state legislature unanimously passed a bill on Wednesday that would move the state’s primary election from April 28 to June 2. The bill now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. The governor had previously indicated that he would support the measure.... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

During the coronavirus pandemic, which businesses and services should be considered essential? Most state and local officials nationwide agree that certain ones . grocery stores, banks, gas stations, laundromats, and trade services such as plumbing and electrical work . should make the list.... - Washington Post

The state has added Perry and Juniata counties, as well as 10 others, to the quarantine zone for the spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest capable of damaging crops that’s been spreading across Pennsylvania in recent years. However, municipalities listed as having an infestation say they... - Penn Live, Patriot-News

Scrape the eggs. Squash the bugs. Report everything. That’s what you should do if you see a spotted lanternfly or a mass of lanternfly eggs, according to the state Department of Agriculture. Spotted lanternflies — an invasive pest native to Asia that feasts on... - Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

Western Pennsylvania residents are in for a rude awakening if the spotted lanternfly becomes as pervasive here as it is in the eastern part of the state. .Pittsburgh doesn.t yet understand the nuisance factor,. said Shannon Powers, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. .It.s... - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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