October 2014 






Register Today for the 2014 SPMAO Fall Workshops 

Mark your calendar to attend the 2014 SPMAO Fall Workshops! 
Topics include: proper practices for rodent control, fleet safety, cockroach impacts on public health, and more! Click here to view the full program.


November 20, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport
Ottawa, Ontario

November 25, 2014
The Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
London, Ontario

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]


The Pest Management Techniques Program has been Approved


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 


Member Benefits Discontinued with CNLA


After much discussion the board has voted to not continue with the benefits program through CNLA. The decision is based on a very small number of members (less than 10) using the benefits and the cost passed on to the overall membership. SPMAO will continue to look for meaningful benefits that meet the needs of the members, including those that did receive usage through the CNLA program. To learn more about the benefits offered through SPMAO, click here.


Carpet Beetles


Winter is the time of year when insects fade away from your customers' thoughts; they are no longer bombarded by mosquitoes, harassed by flies, or graced by the beauty of a passing butterfly.  During this quiet, reflective time they are bound to spend more time indoors and while doing so, might notice damage to natural fibers like wool, leather, carpet, fur, and even spices, corn, flour, and grains. Once your customers notice a little damage, they might quickly notice a lot and give you a call. The most likely culprit is the aptly named carpet beetle. Read more...


Structural Pesticide Licensing Preparation Course 


Pest Certified is offering a 3 day course October 20-22, 2014 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 principals, math calculations for mixing and applying product, pest biology and habits, 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 to send applications for the licensing material and exam. 

Preparation course fee: $395 plus HST


To register for the preparation course please contact Jeff Twinn at [email protected] or 519-719-8262 as space is limited.


Ontario Watchdog Wants Province to Act on Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths

CBC News, October 7, 3014 (Ontario) 


Ontario's environmental watchdog is recommending the province act on its own to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in 2015 if a federal initiative now under way proves ineffective. Read more... 


Bee-Killing Pesticides Bigger Threat Than DDT: Ontario Enviro Commish 

Toronto Sun, October 7, 3014 (Toronto) 


Bee-killing pesticides used for Ontario crops pose a massive threat to the province's environment - bigger even than the infamous and banned DDT, Ontario environmental commissioner Gord Miller says.


Click here to read the full article.

Click here to visit PollinatorHealth.org, NPMA's new website designed to serve as a comprehensive resource for consumers, media, educators and pest control professionals to better understand pollinator health, the issues that threaten pollinators and the importance of protecting them.  


Ash Pest Could Cost Town $1 Million Over Next Decade 

Enterprise Bulletin, October 8, 3014 (Collingwood) 


A little green pest could cost the town more than $1 million over the next decade. That's the assessment of the town's director of public works, Brian MacDonald, during a recent overview of Collingwood's 'urban forest'. Read more...


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 sponsorship opportunities. 


PestWorld 2014 is Right Around the Corner! Have You Downloaded the App Yet?

It's here! The mobile app created just for PestWorld 2014 is now live. Download it for free to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Once installed, you will have instant access to awesome features, like:


  • The full event schedule and customizable  agenda
  • Detailed info about speakers and exhibitors
  • Social sharing with other attendees
  • Notifications of important updates
  • And more!

Ready to get started? 
To download you can click here from your device, use the provided QR code, or search for "NPMA Events" in the iTunes store or Play store. Questions? Contact us at  [email protected]