October 2013







Bee Update

The bee issue has received a tremendous amount of media attention recently. There have been several reports in 2012 and 2013 that honey bee numbers are declining and pollination practices are being threatened. Many media reports have been suggesting that pesticides, specifically neonicotinoid insecticides, are the main threat to honey bees and bee decline. In particular, dust from seed treatments with neonicotinoid products have been implicated in some of these reports. Without taking the time to dig deeper into the issue, the general public might believe that pesticides are causing bee decline. To make things worse, special interest groups like the Sierra Club, an organization that has lobbied hard for pesticide bans for many years, have done their best to make this a pesticide issue in an effort to further their agenda.


The fact of the matter is that most scientists believe that colony losses are the result of multiple causes, with no single factor solely responsible. Among the most significant factors identified are pests, parasites, nutrition and pathogens. Pesticides are included in the list but considered a small contributor in comparison to other factors. There is no scientific evidence that the agricultural use of neonicotinoids is responsible for colony decline. In a recent comprehensive assessment of the major factors contributing to honey bee decline, particular recognition was given to the impact of parasites, especially the Varroa mite, and associated diseases on bee health. [Source: National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health Report, May 2, 2013, published by the USDA and EPA]


Federal pesticide regulatory bodies including PMRA in Canada and EPA in the U.S. continue to take a scientific approach to this issue and regulate based on science. However, there is some concern that some provinces may take a political approach to the bee issue similar to what they have done recently with respect to introducing cosmetic pesticide bans. Should this happen, all uses of neonicotinoid could be challenged, including indoor uses for structural pest control. 


B.C. Unveils Proposed Changes to Pesticide Use
Global News, October 9, 2013

The provincial government is taking steps to restrict the use of pesticides, but it's stopping short of an outright ban. Proposed revisions to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IPMR) have been unveiled. The changes will tighten up control of the sale and use of pesticides on private property. Read more... 


Save the Date for Pest Management Canada 2014  


Pest Management Canada, CPMA's annual convention and premier event in the professional pest management industry of Canada, will be held at the Fairmont Tremblant in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, March 20-22, 2014. Visit www.pestworldcanada.net for more details.


Gestion Parasitaire Canada, la conférence annuelle de l'ACGP ainsi que l'évènement le plus important de l'industrie canadienne de gestion parasitaire, aura lieu au Fairmont Tremblant, à Mont-Tremblant, Québec du 20 au 22 mars 2014. D'autres renseignements suivront bientôt!


Dominique Stumpf CMP

Directrice administrative

Association canadienne de la gestion parasitaire

C.P. 1748

Moncton, NB E1C 9X5

Tél: 1 866 630-6762


Consultez notre site au www.pestworldcanada.net.



NEW!! PestWorld 2013 App 
Sponsored by Syngenta
NPMA is pleased to present the official PestWorld 2013 app, which will serve as a great resource for all things PestWorld before, during and after the conference. 
Use the app to navigate the exhibit hall, view the conference schedule & create your own personal schedule, download speaker presentations, rate educational sessions, network with other PestWorld attendees, and schedule appointments with exhibitors! 


Province Now Says it Will Act on Bedbug-infested Rowhouse
CBC News, October 2, 2013 (Newfoundland)

The provincial government now says it will fumigate the bedbug-infested home of a tenant on social assistance, 24 hours after CBC Investigates first reported on the problem. Read more... 


Sask. Resident Dies After Being Infected with West Nile
CBC News, October 1, 2013 (Saskatchewan)
A Saskatchewan resident has died after contracting the West Nile virus. Read more... 
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