January 2016 






Just Days Away! SPMAO's Annual Conference
The Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario is proud to present the 37th Annual SPMAO Conference. This year's conference features two days of networking, education, exhibits and the opportunity to meet with fellow pest professionals from across the region.

January 20-21, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Vaughan
Toronto, Ontario

Technician's Day
On Thursday, January 21, special programming was developed to keep technician's current on the latest techniques in the field.  

Special Discounts
Multi-attendee discounts are available. Register today for the greatest savings. 

Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall is a one-stop shop for all of your business needs.  Shop for new products, networks with vendors and discover the latest technology in the world of pest management.

SPMAO has arranged for discounted rooms to be offered based on availability. Book your rooms today at 1+905-660-4700.


Environment and Climate Change Canada Invite Comment on the Proposed Recovery Strategy for Little Brown Myotis, Northern Myotis, and Tri-Colored Bat in Canada 

The three bat species listed above were determined to be endangered in the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) in November 2014. White-nose Syndrome, a disease specific to bats, has caused population declines that may be the most rapid of any species of mammal ever documented in North America.

On December 30, 2015, the proposed Recovery Strategy for Little Brown Myotis, Northern Myotis, and Tri-colored Bat in Canada was posted for the public on the Species at Risk Public Registry. You can read the proposed Recovery Strategy and comment here

This document will remain on the registry for a 60-day comment period ending March 4, 2016. After the public comment period of 60 days, Environment and Climate Change Canada will  review and integrate comments, prior to posting the final version of the recovery strategy on the Species at Risk Public Registry.


Special NEBs Discount for Canadian Members

As part of your membership benefits, SPMAO members can now take advantage of a special discount of 15% off of all NEBS business products. For more than 30 years, NEBS has helped Canadian companies with all of their business needs. 

NEBS products include:
  • Cheques and forms that help you manage your day-to-day business
  • Promotional products and print marketing to help get you noticed
  • Personalized, quality apparel to outfit your team
  • And much more!

To order, call 1.800.461.7572 or shop online at nebs.ca. Save 15% on all new orders by using your Member Code 47766.


Save the Date: Pest Management Canada 

Join us for Pest Management Canada, April 13- 15, 2016 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront.

To make hotel reservations for the meeting, please call 800-943-6760 to receive the rate of $166 per night. 


Structural Pesticide Licensing Course

Pest Certified is offering a three-day weekend course that is designed to help students pass the Ministry of the Environment pesticides licensing exam.

January 25-27, 2016
Best Western
161 Chisholm Drive
Milton, ON
Fee: $395 plus HST

The course will review the Ontario Pesticides Act, safety protocols, IPM principals, and math calculations for mixing and applying product. Pest biology and habits and safe use and selection of pesticides will also be covered.

Students need to apply for the licensing package which contains the study material prior to the course commencement. Applications for the licensing material and exam are to be sent here.

To register, please email jeff.twinn@rogers.com or phone 519-719-8262.  Sign up early as space is limited.


Bed Bugs Top List of Most Searched Pests 2015  

When it comes to the most searched pests in 2015, it's a bloodsucker that takes the cake. NPMA recently announced its list of the Top 10 Pests of the Year, and bed bugs ranked #1. Spiders and stinging insects were also at the top of the list. Click here to see the whole list.


Coming in March: NPMA's New Field Guide App

The printed NPMA Field Guide is the industry's leading resource for pest professionals.  Now thanks to NPMA's new Field Guide App buyers will have access to hundreds of pest photos, biology, behavior and control methods right on their tablet or phone for just $4.99.

Technology has irrevocably changed the way a business works. Today most pest control companies expect employees to use mobile devices to respond to customers quickly. With the Field Guide App, technicians will be able to use a phone or tablet to email a staff entomologist at NPMA directly with pest identification questions or send a fast email to clients that includes photos of pests. A notes section within the App makes adding protocols, notes and standard operating procedures used for clients simple and efficient.  Users can also add their own photos for use as future reference or sales tools
The App can be downloaded by anyone with a need for identifying pests and researching pest problems.  Look for more detailed information on purchasing the App in coming months!


Have You Updated Your Member Profile?

The NPMA website, www.npmapestworld.org, has gotten a facelift. You will find it easier than ever to access your benefits online using your member login. Here are the top five things you can do as of today...we'll be adding a lot more features over the next few months!
  1. You can update your own member profile
  2. You can tell us what you want to hear about
  3. You can print your membership certificate (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)
  4. You can add new staff to your membership listing (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)
  5. You can update your company information (but only if you are the primary contact for your company)

You should have received an email in the last few weeks which included your login information. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact NPMA at 800.678.6722 or npma@pestworld.org.