December 2014 





Happy Holidays from SPMAO!  
SPMAO wishes you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year!


Register Today for the 2015 SPMAO Annual Conference  
SPMAO is proud to present the 2015 Annual Conference! Join us January 21-22 at the Hilton Garden Inn Vaughan for two days of networking, education, exhibits, and your opportunity to meet with fellow pest management professionals from across the region.


Click here to view sponsorship opportunities. 


2015 SPMAO Membership Dues Renewal

2015 Membership Dues Renewal is now available online. Log into the SPMAO Member's Only portal to renew your 2015 SPMAO Membership today.

Questions? Contact us at 800-461-6722 or [email protected].


Species at Risk Act: Emergency Listing of 3 Bat Species 


On December 17, 2014, the Government of Canada added three species of bats to Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA).  These species are the Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis), Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus) and the Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus).

This listing is in response to the February 2012 emergency assessments of the three bat species by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as Endangered. In November 2013, COSEWIC re-examined these three species and confirmed its earlier emergency assessments of Endangered. The full emergency assessment documents as well as additional information on SARA and the List of Wildlife Species at Risk are available on the Species at Risk Public Registry here.

Details on the SARA listing for the three bat species are available here.

To aid in the recovery of these three bat species, Environment Canada will promote and support research and voluntary stewardship activities with the aim of preventing the human-assisted spread of the fungus that causes the disease in these bats called White-nose Syndrome, and minimizing other mortality facing the species.

If you require additional information regarding the SARA listing of these bats, you can contact Sarah Wren ([email protected], 819-938-3926) or Sabrina Kemp ([email protected], 819-938-4101).


Fumigation Tips from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) 


Below is a list of things most often missed regarding fumigation:
  • Make sure you have a fumigant management plan for every fumigation. See product label for information on how to develop one.
  • Ensure that the gas monitoring device you use can detect the fumigant at the concentration specified by the label.
  • Establish a fumigation boundary around the structure to be fumigated and conduct monitoring along the boundary. MOECC requires monitoring to be done while the structure is under fumigation. See product label for air monitoring intervals and MOECC recommendations (below).
  • Keep records of each fumigation. Records must include the concentration of gas within the fumigation boundary at each time period the air was sampled and must be kept for 2 years.
  • Acquire a new copy of the fumigation license module for updated information and description of rules and regulations for fumigating specified structures.
Outdoor Air Monitoring
  • Methyl Bromide
  • Sulfuryl Fluoride
  • PH3 + CO2
  • Magnesium Phosphide (generator)
Fumigant gas concentrations along the fumigation boundary*, during the fumigation, should occur:
  • continually** during gas release, then
  • once every half hour for the next two hours, then
  • once every hour for the next two hours, then
  • once every four hours and then
  • continually during aeration until airing out is complete.
  • Aluminum or Magnesium Phosphide (tablets/ pellets /sachets)
Fumigant gas concentrations along the fumigation boundary*, during the fumigation, should occur:
  • continually for one hour, commencing six hours after pellet/tablet/sachet introduction, then
  • once every six hours, then
  • continually during aeration until airing out is complete.
*down wind and possibly other sections of the fumigation boundary (for example where building are occupied or where guards are stationed)

** "continually" means taking gas concentration readings repeatedly with breaks in-between (e.g., monitoring several locations along the entire downwind fumigation boundary every 5 to 10 minutes) 


Despite Pesticide Concerns, Beekeepers and Colonies On the Rise

Macro Insider December 21, 2014

Statistics Canada recently released new numbers that illustrate an all-around improvement in the beekeeping industry. According to Rod Scarlett, executive director of the Canadian Honey Council, the news shows just how wholesome the beekeeping industry is. Read more... 


Structural Pesticide Licensing Preparation Course


January 26-28, 2015

Best Western 

161 Chisholm Drive, Milton 

Pest Certified is offering a three-day course that is designed to help students pass the Ministry of the Environment pesticides licensing exam. The course will review the Ontario Pesticides Act, safety protocols, IPM principles, math calculations for mixing and applying product, pest biology and habits and safe use and selection of pesticides.

Students need to apply for the licensing package which contains the study material prior to the course commencement. Click here for the application for the licensing material and exam. The preparation course fee is $395 plus HST.

To register for the preparation course, email Jeff Twinn or call at 519-719-8262 as space is limited.


Pest Management Techniques Program


Sir Sanford Fleming College recently announced that the Pest Management Techniques program has been approved by the Ministry of Trades, Colleges, and Universities. 


SPMAO fully supports this program and is assisting with planning and certification modules that are included within the curriculum


The program will launch in January 2015 with a subsequent intake in September 2015. Students in the program will be looking for co-op placements in the summer of 2015 and January 2016. If your company is interested in participating in the program, please contact  [email protected] and we will put you in touch with the program facilitators. To learn more about the program, click here.