September 2015




Pesticides Cause Personality Changes in Spiders, Study Suggests
CBCnews, Sept. 7, 2015

Spiders are just not themselves after being exposed to low doses of pesticides found in apple orchards. The personality changes discovered by researchers at McGill University suggest some pesticides may have insidious effects that can't be detected by ordinary toxicity tests.

The study looked at the effect of phosmet, a common orchard pesticide, on bronze jumping spiders. The creatures, which are about half a centimetre long, are considered beneficial because they prey on caterpillars, aphids or other pests that damage fruits and flowers, says RaphaŽl Royautť, who conducted the study for his PhD research at McGill with associate professor Chris Buddle and Charles Vincent of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Read the full article here.


Reliable Celebrates 77 Years in Business
PCT, Aug. 24, 2015

Reliable Pest Control recently celebrated its 77 years of being in business at the Pickering Golf Club. The entire staff of 38 was in attendance to hear Reliable President Brian Menard thank them for another banner year of double digit growth in both revenue and profits.

Additionally there were six achievement awards given out, with the highlight being the award to Rob Fleming for his 30 years of exceptional service. In Fleming's 30 years, he has generated approximately $3.6 million dollars of revenue for the company. Read the entire article here.


We Want To Hear from You

We are always looking for fun and interesting articles to include and would love to hear your suggestions for articles for this newsletter.  If you've seen an article you would like for us to include, please submit it via email to Dominique Stumpf at dstumpf@pestworld.org.


QualityPro Sales Video
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Univar Offers Annual Education Day
October 6, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Vaughan
Toscana Banquet and Conference Centre, Vaughn ON

The day will include presentations by guest speakers on a variety of topics. Over 20 vendors will also have products on display.

The day is free to customers and $45 for non-customers. Attendance is open to all pest industry professionals.


Pest Management Canada 2016: Call for Speakers

CPMA needs your help identifying the most innovative and exciting speakers for Pest Management Canada, April 13- 15, 2016 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront.


The information collected here will help us identify speakers and make decisions regarding the content of the program. Please feel free to provide multiple speaker names and topics. CPMA welcomes both technical and business-related sessions


Speaker suggestions may include, but are not limited to:

  • academics
  • business owners
  • technical experts 
  • consultants from within and outside the industry
  • subject matter experts in sales, marketing, information technology, and human resources
  • "outside of the box" ideas that no one has seen in the past

For more event details visit www.pestworldcanada.net.


New Online ACE Exam Prep Track Unveiled 

For many pest management professionals, self-study doesn't come as easy as it did back in school. With that in mind, NPMA has developed an ACE Exam Prep Track to help you prepare for the rigorous ACE exam offered by the Entomological Society of America. This course provides you with a variety of on-demand resources that you will aid in your preparatory efforts.

This training is available on NPMA's Online Learning Center and includes:
  • An overview of the new ACE exam
  • A comprehensive resource and study guide
  • Currently over 8 hours of training, with new content added as it's developed
  • A weekly directed study schedule to keep you on track
  • A full-length practice exam
To begin, log-on to the NPMA Online Learning Center and register for the ACE Exam Prep Track. This training is $99.95 for members.  


PestWorld 2015: Overflow Hotel Now Available
Overflow rooms are now available at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. The Sheraton is located five miles from the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Rooms are available Monday through Thursday nights. The hotel is sold out on Friday night. To make reservations, please call 888-627-7060 or

Attend the Post-Convention Trip to Costa Rica
Extend your PestWorld experience and join us for our post-convention trip to Costa Rica! Click here for more details on the post convention trip.

Still need to register for PestWorld? Visit conference.npmapestworld.org for more details and registration.