September 2014 






Last Chance to Register For the 2014 Annual SPMAO Golf Tournament!  


When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 


Where: Tangle Creek Golf Club

               Thornton, Ontario   



Please note, you must register in advance to hold your spot, contact us before Tuesday, September 9.


$125 per golfer - Registration includes power cart with GPS capabilities, green fees, valet bag drop, practice range balls, a BBQ lunch and dinner. Dinner only tickets are also available for $40 per person. 


For more details and registration, click here. We hope to see you there! 


Dust Approved to Treat Wasps Inside Homes


PMRA recently approved the addition of wasps to Bayer Environmental Science's Drione Insecticide Dust label.  Since the loss of Ficam D, this is the first time pest management professionals have access to a dust insecticide to treat wasps both inside and within wall voids of homes and structures. The product is labeled for indoor use only and, therefore, exterior use, such as exterior nests within the ground or trees, would not be permitted.


Per PMRA, the new wasp-specific directions can be used immediately as long as the updated label is immediately accessible to the technician. Click here to access the full label for specific use instructions. (For the label in French, click here). Always ensure you follow all label directions and safety requirements, including wearing "a suitable dust mask approved by NIOSH/MSHA when handling." And, "For applications to stored grain or when using a dust blower, wear a full-face NIOSH-approved respirator during mixing, loading or application."


Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada Announces Three Bat Species at Risk  


On February 22, 2012, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) sent the Minister of the Environment emergency assessments for three bat species at risk (Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis), Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus) and Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus)) threatened by white nose syndrome, a fungal pathogen that is severely impacting bat populations. In November, 2013 COSEWIC re-examined the status and confirmed it. Environment Canada is now consulting on changes to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk to reflect these new designations for these species and solicited comments from interested parties as to how listing would affect their interactions with the species. Read more... 


SPMAO Lobbies Toronto City Council on Wildlife Control Legislation


Over the last several months, SPMAO has lobbied the Toronto City Council on pending wildlife control legislation. One of the measures is aimed at establishing licensing requirements for wildlife control operators (WCOs) while the other seeks to study options available to more effectively manage the city's exploding wildlife population. Read more...


Canadian Beekeepers Sue Bayer and Syngenta Over Neonicotinoid Pesticides 

CBC News, September 3, 3014


Canadian beekeepers are suing the makers of popular crop pesticides for more than $400 million in damages, alleging that their use is causing the deaths of bee colonies. Read more... 


Univar's 4th Annual Educational Training Class  

October 4, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Vaughan
Vaughan, ON

Click here for more details.


Save the Date for the 2015 SPMAO Annual Conference  

Save the date! The 2015 SPMAO Annual Conference will be held on January 21-22, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn Vaughan. Stay tuned for more details.

Click here to view presentations from the 2014 Annual Conference. 


Make Plans to Attend PestWorld 2014