April 2015 





2015-2016 SPMAO Board of Directors Announcement


The SPMAO Board of Directors have been chosen for the 2015-2016 term. The results are below:

Geoff Walsh, Enviropest

Past President
Sandy Costa, GreenLeaf Pest Control

Dave Bainbridge, Rentokil
Malcolm Firsker, Home Hardware Pest
Brian Froese, Cannon Services
Mike Givlin, Steritech
Sharon Izzo, Agrium
Sid Smith, Orkin Canada
Elizabeth Naylor Wolfe, Naylor Pest Control 


Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


Licensed Exterminator - Structural Class: Information on New Requirements for the Use of Rodenticides 


Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has re-evaluated eight active ingredients in rodenticides (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, diphacinone, difethialone warfarin and zinc phosphide) which resulted in the implementation of additional risk mitigation measures for the protection of children, pets and non-target wildlife from exposure to these highly acutely toxic pesticides.  


Click here for a summary of the new risk mitigation measures for these rodenticide products as a result of the re-evaluation.


New Regulatory Requirements to Protect Pollinators: Amending Ontario Regulation 63/09  


On March 23, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change published a draft regulation amending Ontario Reg. 63/09. Public comment is open until May 7, 2015. If adopted, the amendment would begin to go into effect in July of 2015 in order to impact the 2016 growing season.

The proposed pollinator health regulation amendment is focused on seed treatment pesticide application, specifically corn and soy beans treated with neonicotinoids: imidaclorprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin.  The proposed regulation would create a 12th category for corn and soybeans treated with the above referenced neonicotinoids. 

Vendors selling category 12 products would be required to:
  • Obtain a new vendor license and additional training
  • Disclose category 12 in advertising, and advertise non-category 12 products
  • Confirm purchaser of category 12 is trained in integrated pest management
  • Report annual sales of category 12

Users of category 12 products would be required to:

  • Be trained in integrated pest management, and maintain documentation
  • Demonstrate that there is a proven infestation or crop damage
  • Track sales and uses
  • Submit to a pest assessment report or reduce use to only 50% of land where corn and/or soy will be planted

A more in depth summary of the regulation can be found here, and the full regulation can be found here

This regulation should not have a direct impact on structural pest control, but would certainly impact other strategic partners in the broader pesticide industry.  This regulation could be an indication of future regulations concerning the use of neonicotinoids.


Structural Pesticide Licensing Preparation Course 

May 30- June 1, 2015
Best Western
161 Chisholm Drive, Milton, ON 


Pest Certified is offering a 3 day weekend 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 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 contain the study material prior to the course commencement. Applications for the licensing material and exam can be found here.


Preparation course fee: $395 plus HST


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


"On the Spot" Crash Report 

The costs of an auto accident can vary greatly and are not restricted to money. In many cases an accident depending on how severe it is and how it is handled can greatly affect the company's reputation as well as the driver's future employment.  Financially, a serious accident can involve lawyers, medical bills, adjusters, reparations and much more - most of which your insurance company will be responsible for as part of your policy. However, that will not stop them from increasing your rates in the future.


Also, an accident is a very stressful time for a driver to think and act correctly. Being prepared and having a plan in place can reduce the chances of making this situation worse. Your plan should include an easy step by step reference guide on how to conduct yourself during an accident and include a corresponding accident investigation report.  Each driver should acquaint themselves with the guide and ensure there is at least one copy in their vehicle.  The accident investigation report should as a minimum include the basics such as information for each driver, insurance information, where and when the accident happened, road conditions, description of the crash, and witness information.  It is absolutely paramount that the accident investigation form be filled out at the time of the accident in it's entirety and your insurance company be notified as soon as possible. Providing this information in a timely manner will reduce costs down the road and help foster a better relationship between you and your insurance company.  Some basic preparation can mean a big difference in the event of an accident - take care of your drivers and they will take of you!


Click here to download HUB International's detailed report with tips on what to do in the event of an accident.


Call for Nominations: Young Entrepreneur Award  

Deadline for Submission: August 29


NPMA is currently accepting nominations for the annual Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Rentokil Pest Control, recognizing young entrepreneurs (40 years of age or less) working in the professional pest management industry who have helped create or develop an industry business and/or those who have stewarded a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Click here for more details on requirements and to submit a nomination.


Submit a Nomination for the Women of Excellence Award 

 Deadline for Submission: August 29

NPMA is now accepting nominations for the annual Women of Excellence Award, sponsored by Target Specialty Products. 

The international honor is open to women across the pest management industry - PMP's, manufacturers, research organizations, etc. - who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession, their business, and other women in the industry. 

Award nominations are due by Aug. 29, 2015 and the recipient will be recognized at PestWorld 2015, Oct. 20-23 in Nashville. Click here to view requirements and to submit your nomination.  


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PWIPM Now Accepting Nominations for the Professional Empowerment Grant  
Deadline for Submission: August 2 
PWIPM is now accepting nominations for their annual Professional  Empowerment Grant. This grant will be awarded to one female who is interested in advancing or securing a career in pest management. This grant may be used by the recipient to defer costs related to advancing their career or education in the pest management industry. The grant will be a minimum of $1000. It also includes $500 towards travel expenses to attend the National Pest Management Association's PestWorld in Nashville, TN in October 2015.  Click here for more details and requirements. 


Environmental Pest Control Acquires Justus Pest Control 
Local Newmarket business Environmental Pest Control (EPC) has
recently acquired neighboring company, Justus Pest Control of Keswick. Read more...