April 2014



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CPMA President's Report  

In my first full year as President of the Association we have seen several developments that will affect both the CPMA and the Canadian Pest Management industry as a whole; largely from a regulatory standpoint.  


Three different pesticide active ingredient re-evaluations are being conducted by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). The actives include Boric Acid, all actives within the Pyrethroids and Pyrethrins category, and most recently announced Dichlorvos (Vapona).  


When you look at the pesticide product landscape in Canada it becomes very apparent that these re-evaluations are of critical importance to the structural pest management industry. It is in support of maintaining and registering new pesticide actives that the CPMA in conjunction with NPMA has worked extensively to strengthen our relationship with PMRA over the past few years. These efforts have been very successful in that we have established an open dialogue with PMRA and we are actively working together as they progress through the re-evaluations process.  


Through sharing information on how our industry utilizes pesticides and our needs as far as providing effective pest management services in an effort to protect people's health, property and homes, we can influence their decisions in a positive manner.


Some of the highlights over the past year with PMRA include:

  • A workshop held with the pesticide re-evaluation team at the PMRA office in Ottawa to review the importance of Boric Acid, application techniques, tools and quantities used (all CPMA board members participated along with Marcia Duke, Director of Regulatory Affairs with NPMA)
  • Provision of Boric acid use data to PMRA via a survey generated and submitted by CPMA to support their exposure analysis
  • Pyrethroid and Pyrethrins data usage survey currently being designed with PMRA

Other activities in 2013 include successful negotiations with the Entomological Society of America and NPMA to bring the Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) certification program to Canada. The agreement will provide Canadian PMPs the opportunity to demonstrate to their customers and peers, their level of knowledge and expertise with respect to providing pest management services. The ESA is a respected and globally recognized, third party organization and through its ACE program we will have an additional avenue to expand training and professionalism for Canadian PMPs. The ACE program is expected to be launched in October at PestWorld 2014.


The CPMA website was reviewed earlier this year and has been redesigned providing substantial enhancements to content and services for members, including online registration to conferences.  


The CPMA Bylaws have been reviewed and updated to bring them in line with new federal legislation,Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (the "CNCA"), that recently came into effect and requires compliance by October 17, 2014.  


I would like to thank everyone, membership and CPMA Board alike, that has helped support the various projects with your time, knowledge and expertise over the past year. Everyone's effort is what makes us an influential and effective association.  


Finally I would like to officially welcome Maurice Bourque, Atlantic Pest Management Association (APMA) President, and Stephan McDonald, Association Québécoise de la Gestion Parasitaire (AQGP) President, to the CPMA Board of Directors. I look forward to working with each of them as we work together in supporting a strong Canadian pest management industry.


Best Wishes,


Steven Graff

CPMA President 



Rapport du président  


Durant ma première année complèteen tant que président de l'Association, nous avons observé plusieurs changements qui auront des répercussions sur l'ACGP et l'industrie canadienne de gestion parasitaire dans l'ensemble, surtout d'un point de vue réglementaire. À l'heure actuelle, les matières actives de trois différents pesticides font l'objet d'une réévaluation par l'Agence de réglementation de la lutte antiparasitaire (ARLA). Ces matières actives comprennent l'acide borique, toutes les matières actives dans les produits à base de pyréthroïdes et de pyréthrines, et plus récemment, le dichlorvos (Vapona). En examinant la gamme de produits parasitaires offerts au Canada, il est très évident que ces décisions de réévaluation sont d'une importance primordiale pour l'industrie de gestion parasitaire. Au cours des dernières années, l'ACGP, en collaboration avec la NPMA, a travaillé ardemment afin d'affermir notre relation avec l'ARLA pour soutenir l'homologation de nouvelles matières actives de pesticides. Ces efforts ont été très fructueux en ce sens car nous avons entamé le dialogue avec l'ARLA et nous participons activement à leur processus de réévaluation. Nous pouvons influencer leurs décisions de façon positive en communiquant des informations sur la façon qu'un pesticide est utilisé dans l'industrie et en faisant part de notre besoin de fournir des services antiparasitaires efficaces afin de protéger la santé des gens, les propriétés et les maisons.


Voici certains points saillants de la dernière année avec l'ARLA :

  • Un atelier tenu avec l'équipe de réévaluation de pesticides au bureau de l'ARLA à Ottawa afin d'évaluer l'importance de l'acide borique, les techniques d'application, les outils et les quantités utilisées (tous les membres du conseil d'administration de l'ACGP y ont participé ainsi que Marcia Duke, Directrice des affaires réglementaires de la NPMA).
  • Des données liées aux utilisations d'acide borique ont été recueillies par l'ACGP au moyen d'un sondage, lesquelles ont été transmises à l'ARLA, afin que celle-ci puisse élaborer une évaluation de l'exposition.
  • L'ARLA (en collaboration avec l'ACGP) conçoit actuellement un sondage pour recueillir des données liées à l'utilisation de produits à base de pyréthroïdes et de pyréthrines pour les aider dans leur processus d'évaluation.

Les négociations avec l'Entomological Society of America (ESA) et la NPMA, afin d'offrir le programme de certification Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) au Canada, ont également connu du succès en 2013. Cette entente permettra aux professionnels d'industrie de faire part de leurs connaissances et de leur expertise en matière de gestion parasitaire à leurs clients et à leurs pairs. L'ESA est un organisme indépendant qui est respecté et reconnu à l'échelle mondiale. Grâce au programme ACE, les professionnels de gestion parasitaire au Canada pourront accroître leur formation et leur niveau de compétence. Nous prévoyons lancer le programme en octobre à l'occasion du congrès PestWorld 2014.    


Le site Web de l'ACGP a été révisé plus tôt cette année et il a été mis à jour en apportant d'importantes améliorations en matière de contenu et de services offerts aux membres, ce qui comprend l'inscription en ligne pour les conférences.


Les règlements de l'ACGP ont été révisés et mis à jour afin qu'ils soient conformes à la nouvelle loi fédérale, Loi canadienne sur les organisations à but non lucratif. Cette loi est récemment entrée en vigueur et elle exige la conformité d'ici le 17 octobre 2014.   


Je tiens à vous remercier tous, membres et conseil d'administration de l'ACGP, qui ont offert leur soutien aux diverses initiatives avec leur temps, leurs connaissances et leur expertise au cours de la dernière année. Grâce à cet effort collectif, nous sommes une association importante et efficace.


En dernier, j'aimerais officiellement accueillir Maurice Bourque, président de l'Atlantic Pest Management Association (APMA), et Stephan McDonald, président de l'Association québécoise de la gestion parasitaire (AQGP) au conseil d'administration de l'ACGP. J'ai hâte de travailler avec eux, et ensemble, nous orienterons nos efforts pour soutenir une industrie canadienne de gestion parasitaire puissante.  


Meilleures salutations,  


Steven Graff

Président - ACGP


Norway Rats 

Rats. The word alone conjures up fears of scratching sounds coming from inside walls, filthy kitchens, and disease. The Norway rat, Rattus norvegicus, is a large, robust-bodied rodent that is considered the most important pest rat in Ontario and across much of the world. From nose to tip of the tail, which is short in relation to the body, this rat averages 40 cm long and weighs 340 grams. However, there have been Norway rats captured that have reached 48 cm long and 815 grams!


Fur ranges in color from reddish brown to dark gray and due to high variation, fur color is not a reliable way to tell one rat from another. Norway rats have small ears but have excellent sense of hearing, tasting, touch and smell, and although their eyes are prominent, Norway rats have a poor sense of sight and are color blind. Rats are what is called 'crepuscular' creatures, which means they are active around sunset and sunrise, but not during the day or the middle of the night. Norway rats are exceptional leapers, runners, swimmers, and are capable of climbing pipes, bricks and tree trunks.


Contrary to its name, the Norway rat is originally from eastern Asia but was readily spread by human movement over the last few centuries. The Norway rat is especially adept at living with humans and thrives in urban and rural settings. In fact, the way that a rat behaves is strongly tied to the type of environment in which it is living. This makes it difficult to describe rat behavior in a straightforward way. In general, Norway rats dig burrows into soil to use as safe havens and nesting sites. In a city, these rats exploit cracks, crevices, and holes in streets, sidewalks, and building foundations to use as burrows. Holes as small as 1 inch across may be enough to allow these rats to enter and exit burrows! Norway rats have a fast reproductive cycle; females can produce nearly 40 offspring per year over 4 litters.


Rodents transmit disease, damage property, and cause emotional distress; three important reasons why PMPs are called on to snuff out infestations. Managing rodent infestations is usually a combination of exclusion (sealing up places that allow rats to come in and out of a structure), limiting/removing food (omnivorous diets provide a lot of opportunity) and water (Norway rats must take water daily), trapping, and baiting. Thorough inspections are essential, look for capsule-shaped droppings (2-2.5 cm), evidence of gnawing and nesting, and even 'grease' trails that form in trafficked areas.

Norway rats are intelligent and complex creatures, and successful control efforts require you to be familiar with the intricacies of their biology and behavior and to use your knowledge against them.     


Mark Your Calendar for PestWorld 2014 

PestWorld, the premier event in the professional pest management industry, will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Florida, Oct. 21-24, 2014.  


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.

For more details visit http://www.npmapestworld.org/pestworld2014.


Proposed Legislation Not Outright Pesticide Ban, But Would Limit Use
Brandon Sun, April 23, 2014


Manitobans who use synthetic chemical pesticides to kill dandelions on their lawns will have to find other means to keep their grass green.


Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh outlined legislative proposals today that would ban the chemicals for cosmetic use on lawns, adjoining sidewalks and patios, school grounds, playgrounds, playing fields, health-care institutions and child-care centre grounds. Read more... 


Pesticide Ban Playing Politics: Landscaper
Winnipeg Sun, April 18, 2014


A call to ban lawn pesticides in the name of health is being debunked by a member of the lawn care industry who says it's all politics.


Instead, the plan will lead to higher prices for the consumer, a loss in business for companies and the spread of noxious weeds, said Ken Wiebe, co-owner of locally based lawn care company Eco Green. Read more...


Winnipeg Humane Society Campaigns Against Lawn Pesticides
Metro News, April 14, 2014


The Winnipeg Humane Society is adding its voice to those opposed to the use of lawn pesticides in Manitoba.


As spring temperatures slowly bring lawns back after a long winter, the not-for-profit and partners recently kicked off a city-wide campaign urging homeowners to use alternatives to chemical pesticides, pointing out it's not just kids who are at risk. Read more...


Pest Control in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

PR Web, April 09, 2014


The Pest Control industry has experienced robust growth over the past five years, led by the increasing presence of bed bugs. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Stephen Morea, "The rising ubiquity of these nighttime critters has fuelled demand for pest extermination professionals, underpinning robust revenue growth." A continuation of these factors is expected to result in a 4.0% increase in industry revenue in 2014. Read more... 

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