June 2013



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for Pest Management Canada 2014

3/20/14 - 3/22/14

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NPMA Announces Results of 2013-2014 Board Election 

NPMA recently announced the results of its annual board elections. New members of the Board of Directors include Steven Graff (Abell Pest Control, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada) who has been elected as Region 5 Director. Click here to view the full election results. 


QualityPro Canada Adds Exclusive New Benefits

QualityPro Canada, the largest credentialing program specific to the pest management industry is excited to announce the creation of new materials that will further benefit certified members. Over the course of the next several weeks and throughout the remainder of 2013, QualityPro Canada companies will notice program enhancements, including company listings on our new websites, new marketing and advertising pieces, and a state of the art supervisor training module. As a member of QualityPro all these items will be provided to you complimentary. We thank you for your support in raising the level of professionalism in our industry.

QualityPro New Websites

When consumers are looking for a certified professional, the QualityPro website is the place they will look. Make sure that you are listed in all areas that you do business. Visit, www.whatisqualitypro.org and check out your company listing today. If you need assistance updating your profile to reflect the areas you do business in please email [email protected] and we will make sure new customers will be able to find you!

Coming Soon!! All QualityPro Canada member companies will be able to access logos, resource forms, marketing materials, webinars and more at www.QualityProtools.org. In a few weeks you can expect to receive your exclusive login and begin taking advantage of all the tools available to you as a QualityPro provider.

QualityPro New Supervisor Training

You've requested it and we've responded. To help new supervisors or employees that have recently been promoted to a supervisory position, we have developed comprehensive training to facilitate your success in this new role. Launching later this year, all QualityPro Canada companies will have access at no cost to our new QP Supervisor Learning Module. This interactive course will teach you not only the basics of being a supervisor in the pest management industry but also what you need for success.

QualityPro Goes Viral

In addition to the new marketing materials and tools website, QualityPro is wrapping up a new viral video that will be accessible for QualityPro members. Whether you add it as a sales tool on your tablets and devices or post it to your website, this video will be available to QualityPro Canada members for customization.

We look forward to providing the new QualityPro benefits to all member companies and for those that have not yet taken the leap to improve your company and enhance your business we strongly recommend you apply today!


Harvestmen Biology & Prevention   


Question: When is a spider not really a spider? Answer: When they are harvestman. Harvestmen, sometimes known as daddy long-legs, are arachnids (order Opilinones) and are related to spiders, but they are different in some critical ways. Like spiders, harvestmen have eight legs, but if you look closely, harvestmen only have one body section, spiders always have two. In addition to body structure, harvestmen differ from spiders by lacking fangs and venom, two items that spiders always possess. Unlike many spiders, harvestmen don't spin webs to capture prey. They don't have the ability to produce silk and typically catch their prey by surprise of by scavenging it. There are about 50 different species of harvestmen in Canada.


Harvestmen are harmless to humans and can even be considered beneficial (albeit somewhat creepy) because some species feed on small insects and other invertebrates, while others are scavengers that will eat just about anything. They are most common in damp shady areas such as forests but they are often encountered around houses, hiding along foundation walls and under siding. To reduce the number of harvestmen around a structure, try to eliminate harborage areas (places harvestmen like to rest or hide), by keeping grass and weeds cut short around foundation walls, removing debris and leaf litter and keeping piles of firewood stored away from buildings.


NPMA Accepting Nominations for Young Entrepreneur Award
NPMA recently announced a call for nominations for the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Rentokil.
This is the second year the NPMA will recognize young entrepreneurs 40 years or younger working in the professional pest management industry. Applicants will have demonstrated an ability to create or develop an industry innovation or brought a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Nominations may be submitted online. Self-nominations will be accepted as well. All nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 15, 2013.

Applicants will be evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on: 
  • Notable contributions made to his or her company in a management level capacity
  • Contributions to the pest management industry
  • Personal leadership and community involvement
The panel of judges will select one award recipient who will be announced during PestWorld 2013, October 22-25 in Phoenix.


Submit Your Nominations for the 2013 Women of Excellence Award

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is currently accepting nominations for NPMA's Women of Excellence Award, presented by Orkin. This is the fifth year the NPMA will recognize women who advance the pest management industry every day, in every way. Nominations may be submitted online no later than August 15. Self-nominations will be accepted. Click here to view the nomination guidelines.
The award recipient will be announced at a special award presentation during PestWorld 2013, Oct. 22-25 in Phoenix.
For more information about the NPMA Women of Excellence Award, please click here or contact Dominique Stumpf at [email protected] or (703) 352-6762.  


Mark Your Calendar for NPMA's PestWorld 2013
PestWorld, the premier event in the professional pest management industry, will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, October 22-25, 2013.

With targeted information on the latest products, services, technologies, and business applications, PestWorld is the destination for networking, education, products, and research in the pest management industry.


At PestWorld You Will:

  • Network with more than 3,000 other pest management professionals, researchers and vendors from around the world.
  • Discover the latest business trends and learn how to apply these innovative ideas into your business.
  • Earn valuable recertification credits at educational sessions led by world-renowned experts.

Click here for more information.  



Cross-border Squirrels: Ottawa Residents Deporting Unwanted Rodents to Quebec
Ottawa Citizen, June 18, 2013
People in Westboro have been driving live squirrels to Quebec in hopes to rid their homes of the animal. The Ministry of Natural Resources advises: "Often when people are in conflict with wildlife, they think the best solution is moving the animal. Wildlife relocation is seen as an easy, quick and humane way to solve conflicts, but this is not usually the case. Relocating wild animals may cause more harm than good." Read more... 


Exploding Raccoon Population Keeps Pest Control Busy
CBC News, June 14, 2013 (Thunder Bay)

A pest control expert in Thunder Bay says he's getting lots of calls for help from people dealing with raccoons. Bob Hoffman, who owns and operates a pest control company in the city, said he started getting calls about the animals a couple of weeks ago. He even had few calls over the winter. "The last two years the population's kind of exploded," he said. "They're everywhere from Westfort to Current River now." Read more... 


Lawn-care Firms Fighting for Pesticides
Winnipeg Free Press, June 5, 2013 (Winnipeg)
Local lawn-care companies are calling on Premier Greg Selinger to put a stop to his government's impending phase-out of chemical pesticides.

The industry association Landscape Manitoba is firing out about 150,000 mail-outs to Manitobans this week in a bid to get them to send in attached postcards to Selinger, telling him they oppose the "weed-control ban." Read more...


Manitoba Pesticide Ban Debate Reignites
CBC News, June 4, 2013
Local lawn-care companies are calling on Premier Greg Selinger to put a Manitoba's lawn care companies are joining the Tories in airing their grievances over a proposed cosmetic pesticide ban, just as the province is set to decide on the matter. Read more...


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