February 2014 




Pesticide License Training Course

March 24-28
Greater Toronto Area
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City of Markham Review

The City of Markham is conducting a review to investigate the possible licensing and regulation of businesses operating Markham involved in the removal of nuisance wildlife from properties in the City.


An Open House will be held on the date below that will offer an opportunity for stakeholders to provide City staff with their input and insight into their business and/or work with wildlife.


Tuesday February 11, 2014

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Canada Room - Main Floor

Markham Civic Centre

101 Town Centre Boulevard


If you have any questions about the City's Review, please contact Chris Alexander, Supervisor of Licensing and Standards at (905) 477-7000 ext. 2128 or at [email protected] .


SPMAO Pesticide License Training Course  

The Pesticide License Training Course will be held March 24-28 in the greater Toronto area and will include intensive training that covers both MOE manuals, plus additional vital information (SPMAO manual). Participants will write two practice "mock exams" which are based on the MOE exams. Multiple pages of math questions will be answered. Equipment and insects will be on display. The Paul Pilley Memorial Award will be presented to participant with highest marks on Mock Exams. Lunch will be provided. Click here for more details. 


Register Today for Pest Management Canada 

The Canadian Pest Management Association and the Association Québécoise de la Gestion Parasitaire, in conjunction with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), are proud to present Pest Management Canada 2014 - three days of networking, education, exhibits, and your opportunity to meet with fellow pest management professionals from across the country.

March 20-22, 2014
Fairmont Mont Tremblant
Mont Tremblant, Quebec

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Click here to register today! 


A Brief Survey on Nuisance Wildlife  

Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey regarding nuisance wildlife.

Click here to take the survey.

We appreciate your assistance!  


Spring Cleaning For Your Customer  

When we think of spring cleaning, we don't always extend our efforts to the backyard. However, there are some simple steps that customer's can take on the exterior of the structure that will help to reduce the likelihood of pests invading this spring. Here are some simple steps that you can recommend to reduce the number of potential harborage locations around your customer's property:


Rake Up Leaves

Removing the old leaves that have collected against the foundation of your home, under the deck, and inside the window wells will eliminate potential hiding and feeding places for many occasional invaders like millipedes, ants, sowbugs and beetles. Leaves trap moisture and provide food for pests that feed on them as they decay.


Remove Standing Water

Improper drainage around the foundation of a structure can result in standing water which can be attractive to many different pests. Mosquitoes are especially troublesome in locations where man-made

pools of standing water are present. Some species, even specialize in locating and identifying temporary breeding locations and can deposit eggs in water sources as small as a bottle cap. The adult mosquito will lay its eggs in stagnant water like bird baths, clogged gutters, unused flower pots and other containers in the backyard. The larvae develop rapidly and breeding populations of biting mosquitoes can become established on a property very quickly.


Trim Weeds

Weeds around the foundation of the house can provide access to the building, hide evidence of infestation and trap moisture. Even though it might not be time to mow the entire lawn, the weeds adjacent to the foundation may need to be trimmed to eliminate this pest friendly environment. Vegetation next to the foundation can also make it difficult for termite inspectors to get a close look at the foundation wall, which is primary access point for termites to enter a structure.


Clean Up Debris

It might go without saying, but any debris that is lying in the yard can become a harborage area for insects like ants, crickets, sowbugs, and even rodents. Rats will often dig burrows beneath piles of debris

because it provides shelter from predators. Firewood and brush piles should be relocated as far from the structure as practical. Ants will often nest beneath pieces of wood or other discarded items. Even termites can be attracted to wood scraps and firewood that is stored adjacent to a structure.