It is hard to believe that 2013 is already coming to a close but the cold weather and snow do not lie - winter is here and pest activity is on the decline. Winter is a time to take stock and refocus on both business and personal objectives, taking advantage of the less hectic pace to review the year that was and focus plans for future success.
The Canadian Pest Management Association has had an eventful year, largely working with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) with respect to the re-evaluation process for Boric Acid. Many structural pest management uses of boric acid are being scrutinized with all dust formulations proposed for cancellation of registration and granular, gel and liquid applications facing tighter restrictions on use patterns. After an initial meeting in March to discuss our concerns with the Director General, Value Assessment & Re-evaluation Management Directorate for the PMRA, we were asked to hold an information workshop at the PMRA office in Ottawa. This workshop was provided on September 10th and was attended by the PMRA Staff that evaluate pesticides with respect to health effects, toxicology, and value to the pest management industry and public. The entire CPMA Board and Marcia Duke, Director of Regulatory Affairs for CPMA were in attendance. During the workshop we gave two presentations, the first being about the importance of boric acid to our industry and what the landscape would look like should the proposed restrictions be implemented, while the second covered the various application equipment we use, formulations, product amounts, and treatment sites with respect to service provision. It was an effective meeting with great interaction and discussion between both parties and a request for additional information to be provided on use patterns of the various formulations to help finalize their decisions. We are hopeful that our constant involvement will give the PMRA accurate information as to the structural pest management industry, ultimately leading to a favourable ruling.
We are also hard at work preparing for what promises to be a fantastic Pest Management Canada 2014 conference in beautiful Mont Tremblant, Quebec. We hope you can join us in la Belle Province for this great annual event March 20th to 22nd to gain important industry updates, develop skills and reconnect with friends!
Finally, I would like to welcome Stephan McDonald, incoming President of the AQGP and Maurice Bourque, incoming President of the APMA, to the CPMA Board of Directors. We look forward to working with you both as you move forward in representing the Quebec and Atlantic Pest Management Associations. Thank you to Pierre St. Louis and Don McCarthy for all your great work while serving on the CPMA Board; it was a pleasure working with you both and all the best in the future.
Happy holidays everyone and wishing you all the best for a successful 2014!
Steven Graff, H.BSc.President - CPMA
Message du pr�sident
Il est difficile de croire que l'ann�e 2013 tire d�j� � sa fin, mais le temps froid et la neige sont des signes qui ne trompent pas : l'hiver est arriv� et l'activit� parasitaire est � la baisse. C'est le temps de l'ann�e pour faire le point et r�orienter nos objectifs, tant au niveau professionnel qu'au niveau personnel, en profitant d'un rythme plus lent pour passer en revue la derni�re ann�e et centrer nos efforts sur les succ�s � venir.
L'Association canadienne de la gestion parasitaire (ACGP) a connu une ann�e mouvement�e, attribu�e en grande partie � sa collaboration avec l'Agence de r�glementation de la lutte antiparasitaire (ARLA) concernant le processus de r��valuation de l'acide borique. De nombreuses utilisations de l'acide borique pour l'industrie de gestion parasitaire font l'objet d'un examen approfondi concernant toutes les formulations sous forme de poussi�re propos�es par le projet de r��valuation, et les formulations de granul�s, de gel et de liquide font face � des restrictions plus s�v�res concernant leur utilisation. Apr�s une premi�re rencontre en mars pour discuter de nos pr�occupations avec la Directrice g�n�rale, Direction de la gestion des r��valuations de l'ARLA, on nous a demand� d'organiser un atelier d'information au bureau d'Ottawa. Les employ�s de l'ARLA qui �valuent les pesticides en fonction de leurs effets sur la sant�, de la toxicologie, et de la valeur qu'ils ont pour l'industrie de gestion parasitaire et le public ont assist� � cet atelier le 10 septembre. Par ailleurs, tout le conseil d'administration de l'ACGP et Marcia Duke, Directrice des affaires r�glementaires pour l'ACGP, y ont �galement particip�. Durant l'atelier, nous avons donn� deux pr�sentations. La premi�re portait sur l'importance de l'acide borique pour l'industrie et � quoi ressemblerait le paysage si les restrictions propos�es �taient mises en œuvre. La deuxi�me pr�sentation traitait des nombreux outils d'application, des formulations, des quantit�s de produits, et des lieux de traitement en ce qui concerne la prestation des services. Cette r�union a �t� tr�s utile et a permis de favoriser les relations et les discussions entre les deux parties. Il s'agit maintenant de leur procurer des renseignements suppl�mentaires sur les utilisations des diverses formulations pour les aider dans leur d�cision. Nous avons donc bon espoir que notre participation constante donnera � l'ARLA des renseignements pr�cis quant � l'industrie de gestion parasitaire, et m�nera en dernier ressort � une d�cision favorable.
Nous travaillons aussi sans rel�che en pr�paration pour la conf�rence Gestion Parasitaire Canada 2014, un �v�nement qui promet d'�tre m�morable dans la ville pittoresque de Mont-Tremblant, au Qu�bec. Nous esp�rons que vous serez des n�tres dans la Belle Province pour cet �v�nement annuel qui aura lieu du 20 au 22 mars 2014 afin de prendre connaissance des mises � jour importantes de l'industrie, de d�velopper vos comp�tences et de renouer des liens!
En dernier, il me fait plaisir d'accueillir Stephan McDonald et Maurice Bourque au conseil d'administration de l'ACGP, les nouveaux pr�sidents de l'AQGP et l'APMA respectivement. Nous avons h�te de travailler avec eux en tant que repr�sentants des associations provinciales du Qu�bec et de l'Atlantique. Je tiens �galement � remercier Pierre St. Louis et Don McCarthy pour leur excellent travail pendant leur mandat au Conseil d'administration de l'ACGP; ce fut un r�el plaisir de travailler avec eux et je leur souhaite beaucoup de succ�s dans leurs projets futurs!
Je vous souhaite tous de joyeuses f�tes et beaucoup de succ�s pour 2014!
Steven Graff, H.BSc.
Pr�sident - ACGP
Mark Your Calendar 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.
for more details.
Gestion Parasitaire Canada, la conf�rence annuelle de l'ACGP ainsi que l'�v�nement le plus important de l'industrie canadienne de gestion parasitaire, aura lieu au Fairmont Tremblant, � Mont-Tremblant, Qu�bec du 20 au 22 mars 2014. D'autres renseignements suivront bient�t!
Dominique Stumpf CMP
Association canadienne de la gestion parasitaire
Moncton, NB E1C 9X5
T�l: 1 866 630-6762
Consultez notre site au www.pestworldcanada.net.
Call for Industry Data in Attempt to Save Boric Acid Uses
In October 2012, a draft re-evaluation document was published by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for boric acid and its salts titled Proposed Re-evaluation Decision PRVD2012-03, Boric Acid and its Salts (Boron). For more information about the re-evaluation from PMRA click here.
This re-evaluation includes the active ingredients boric acid, borax (pentahydrate), borax (disodium tetraborate decahydrate), disodium octaborate tetrahydrate and zinc borate.
The document makes the following recommendations:
- Most product types containing boron do not present unacceptable risks to human health or the environment when used according to revised label directions. As a condition of the continued registration for these particular boron uses, new risk-reduction measures are proposed for inclusion on the labels of certain products. Additional data are being requested as a result of this re-evaluation.
- Some uses of boron are being proposed for removal because the human health risks do not meet current standards. These uses are:
- All dust/powder formulations for both commercial and domestic class products (including pressurized dust products).
- All uses involving brush, trowel and/or putty knife application of the paste formulation for both commercial and domestic class products.
- Uses involving brush application of the solution formulation for both commercial and domestic class products.
- Uses of granular formulations involving application by pressure sprayer and seed spreader (commercial class products only).
The Canadian Pest Management Association (CPMA), being concerned about the loss of these tools, has reached out to PMRA to determine what can be done to impact the re-evaluation decision. As a result, CPMA has been asked by PMRA to gather real-world application data from professional users to aid in the boric acid re-evaluation process. While it may not be possible to save all of the formulations slated for removal, if PMRA can base it re-evaluation on actual use data, rather than conservative assumptions, some uses may be saved.
It is very important that CPMA provide the most accurate use data on boric acid formulations to PMRA. If your company has access to electronic application records and can assist CPMA in the data submission process, please contact Dominique Stumpf immediately.
Boric acid use data must be submitted to PMRA before the end of 2013. If you have boric acid application data, please contact Dominique as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT: FICAM D 1% Dust Insecticide Cannot be Used After 31 December 2013
REMINDER: the registration for FICAM D 1% Dust Insecticide, PCP # 16080, will expire on 31 December 2013. After this date you may no longer apply FICAM D 1% Dust Insecticide.
The last date for sale for FICAM D was 31 December 2005. Since 2005, Health Canada under the authority of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has allowed existing stocks of the product to be used by the professional pest management industry. However, after 31 December 2013, any remaining stock of the product cannot be applied and must be disposed of according to local hazardous waste disposal guidelines. (FICAM D 1% Dust was registered by Aventis, also known as AgrEvo, until Bayer took over the registration in 2003.)
Should you have any questions, please contact Dominique Stumpf.
Rodenticide Risk Mitigation Reminder
The main items to consider for commercial class products containing Brodifacoum, Bromadiolone, Bromethalin, Chlorophacinone, Difethialone, Diphacinone, Warfarin or Zinc Phosphide are listed below. (excerpted from REV2010-17)
- Tamper- resistant bait stations are required if the bait placement is within reach of pets, domestic animals, non-target wildlife, or children under six years-of-age.
- These requirements also apply to products registered for field use sites where Pick-Your-Own activities can occur (including cropland, orchards, nurseries, ornamentals, garden and similar sites.
- To further clarify, commercial class rodenticides MUST either be placed in tamper-resistant bait stations or in locations not accessible to children, pets, livestock or non-target wildlife.
- Unless you are using the rodenticide in strict accordance with label direction, that specifically allow the rodenticide to be placed without a station, all outdoor, above-ground placements of bait products must be contained in bait stations.
- Combination indoor and outdoor use products can be placed indoors and outdoors within 15 metres of buildings. These products must be places with strict adherence to station requirements.
- Commercial class rodenticide products, labeled for outdoor use, may also be placed along the fence line of properties, outside of the 15-metre limit, but within a 100 metres of buildings, if the bait station is securely fastened (nailed down) to the fence or the ground. PMRA considers the placement of bait up to 15 metres from structures, OR along fence lines within 100 metres of structures, to help reduce the risks of rodents entering these structures.
- To mitigate risks to non-target animals, fence-line baiting outside of the 100-metre limit is not allowed.
- Remember, a patio block along is not sufficient to secure a station to the ground.
- The outdoor use of commercial class, concentrated products (such as, solution, emulsifiable concentrate, dust, powder) to be diluted into solid or liquid bait is prohibited.
- The use in residential settings of commercial class, concentrated products (such as, solution, emulsifiable concentrate, dust, powder) to be diluted into solid or liquid bait is prohibited.
- Be sure to read the label every time you use a rodenticide.
- Commercial class products with new labels will reflect the requirements for placement of commercial class bait products.
- The directions among active ingredients may be different, so don't assume because you have read one label, the restrictions and allowance are the same for all rodenticides.
- The use of difethialone is restricted to indoor use only.
- Labels of bromethalin and difethialone commercial class products include additional precautions/first aid/storage label statements.
Other items to consider:
- The end user must know the various tier definitions, and then select or construct the appropriate bait station for each placement.
- All bait stations now require an information sticker. Some product manufactures are providing these, otherwise each firm must provide their own. These stickers must include the following information:
- Product name
- Active Ingredient
- Registration number
- WARNING POISON
- The skull and crossbones symbol.
For additional PMRA questions and answers on mitigation measures for rodenticides, click here.
Should you have any questions, please contact Dominique Stumpf.
This Job is For the Birds
The Record, December 7, 2013
Julia Staines, a 32-year-old bird control technician and her partner, Honey, a four-year-old Harris hawk, patrol the local garbage dump, working eight-hour shifts to chase away the hundreds of gulls and crows attracted by the veritable feast thrown in the trash by Waterloo Region's residents. Read more...