September 2015 



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Meet Us on the Green: Last Day to Register 
for 2015 Annual SPMAO Golf Tournament




Join us for our annual golf tournament at the Tangle Creek Golf Club on Thursday, September 24 for an opportunity to unwind with your fellow SPMAO colleagues following a busy pest management season.

Since opening in 2002, Tangle Creek has gained recognition as Barrie's No. 1 public golf Facility and one of the premier golf courses in the Greater Toronto Area. The all bent grass layout features four sets of tees measuring from 5,500 yards for beginners to 7,200 yards for the more serious player. Tangle Creek combines the best characteristics of classic and links style courses. The course features windswept fairways defined by strategic bunkering, mounding, grassy hollows and fescue. The course then transitions into a more traditional North American style with heavily forested holes, ponds, environmentally protected areas with immaculate course conditions.


Golfer Fee:

$125 per golfer (Taxes Included) - Includes power cart with GPS capabilities, green fees, valet bag drop, practice range balls, and a BBQ lunch and dinner. 


Dinner Only Fee: $40.00

If you would like to sponsor the tournament,
click here.


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

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.
The full article can be found here.


Reliable Pest Control Celebrates 77 Years

Reliable Pest Control recently celebrated 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. 


Mark Your Calendars for SPMAO 2015 Fall Workshops


Tuesday, November 17
Four Points by Sheraton
Kingston, ON

Tuesday, November 24

Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
London, ON

Educational Topics Include:

  • Safety
  • Rodent Control
  • Small Fly Control
  • An Update on the Pest Management Industry
Sponsored by:  

Stay tuned for more details and registration! 


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 [email protected]


PesticideLicenseNow Structural Licensing Course   

Get your Structural Pesticide License with our "Five Day In-Depth Course" offered on both October 5-9 and November 9-13, 2015. The course covers all material in MOECC licensing manuals.  Participants will also write a MOECC Practice Exam in preparation for the actual exam.


Seats are limited, register early!

To register, text information to 705-879-0075 or email [email protected].


Structural Pesticide Licensing Preparation Course   

November 2-4 or 9-11, 2015
Quality Suites, 1120 Dearness Drive, London. ON
Course fee: $395 plus HST.

Pest Certified is offering a three-day course 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; and the safe use and selection of pesticides. To register for the preparation course, email [email protected] or contact Jeff directly at 519-719-8262. Space is limited.

Prior to the course, students need to apply for the licensing package and receive the study materials. To apply for the licensing material and exam


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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 click here.

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 for more details and registration.