March 2016 





Structural Pesticide Licensing Course, 
April 30-May 2

Nominations: 2016 Board of Directors Elections

Nominations are due March 25

Whether it's through navigating compliance issues, developing training and professional development programs, or advocating on our industry's behalf before local governments, we need your thoughts, ideas and dedication to help continue to advance pest management professionals in our province.  SPMAO Board members have provided input on areas such as government rules and regulations, municipal affairs, education, health and safety, pesticides licensing and recertification and wildlife management. 
By nominating yourself or a colleague to the SPMAO Board, you can make a difference in the pest control industry. The Board meets quarterly and hosts conference calls during the busy season. Attendance at the majority of meetings is required.
Nominations should be sent to [email protected] no later than Friday, March 25 at 12 noon for consideration. The election will take place at the Annual General Membership Meeting to be held at Home Hardware Pest Control, Markham, ON at 12 noon on April 5, 2016. 


Annual General Meeting in April 

Join us for the next meeting coming up in April 5, 2016 and receive an update on your association, learn about issues impacting your business and network with association members. 

April 5, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Home Hardware Pest Control
3400 14th Avenue, Unit 3
Markham, ON 


Abell Pest Control Wins Allied Trades Food Safety Award
CNW, Feb. 25, 2016 

Abell Pest Control has been recognized as a Canadian leader in food safety innovation by NSF-Guelf Food Technology Centre (NSF-GFTC) after being chosen as the 2016 recipient of the Allied Trades Food Safety Award. The announcement was made at the 2016 Canadian Food Safety Forum in Brampton.

"I am tremendously proud of our employees for their expertise and commitment to food safety and customer service excellence," saidJohn Abell, President of Abell Pest Control. "It's an honour to be recognized as a leader in an industry that we are so passionate about."

Categories of achievement for this award included Food Safety Results for Self and Customers, Innovation and Development of Improved Technologies and Active Support of the Food Industry. Specific sections included details on Abell's proprietary Electronic Site Management software for the food industry and its commitment to research and education on pest control in the food industry.

Abell Pest Control is celebrating its 91st-year as a family business that has earned a reputation as an industry leader in pest control.
The Allied Trades Food Safety Awards Program was established by NSF-GFTC to recognize excellence in food safety and quality and to encourage companies to strive to raise the level of food safety and quality in Canada. Finalists are judged by a diverse group of food and beverage industry leaders. 

Abell Pest Control is a Canadian leader in pest control, offering Canadian businesses and homeowners effective, safe and dependable pest control services since 1924. To learn more, visit:  www.abellpestcontrol.caconcern 


Speaker Recommendations Needed

SPMAO is looking for your help in identifying interesting speakers for our Fall Workshops and the 2017 Annual Conference.

Speaker suggestions may include:
  • Business owners
  • Academics
  • Technical experts
  • Consultants from within or outside the industry
  • Business experts
  • other "outside the box" ideas
Feel free to email several names or topics to us for consideration at [email protected].


Pesticide Licensing Courses

Pest Certified is offering two courses in the coming months. Information on the courses is available on the website here.

  • Structural Pesticides Licensing Course: March 21-23
  • Mosquito/Biting Fly Licensing Course: April 23-25 
  • Structural Pesticides Licensing Course: April 30-May 2
Best Western
161 Chisholm Drive, Milton
Fee: $395 plus HST

To register, please email [email protected] or phone 519-719-8262.  Sign up early as space is limited.


NWCOA Certified Basic Wildlife Control Operator Training

This course presented by NWCOA Certified Instructors provides a broad overview of species specific control methods, disease, ethics, euthanasia, safety and business practices. Attendees who complete the course and pass the written exam earn a NWCOA Certified Basic Wildlife Control operator certification that is good for five years. 

NWCOA Certified Basic Wildlife Control Operator Training
March 23-24, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Grenville Fish & Game Club
2596 Campbell Road N.
Prescott, Ontario

Pre-registration is required. The price is $300 for the first 20 registrations and $375 for later registrations.

To register, please email [email protected] or call 613-658-2223 and let NWCOA know that you would like to attend. 


Register Today: Pest Management Canada 

The Canadian Pest Management Association is proud to present Pest Management Canada 2016, featuring two days of networking, education, exhibits, and your opportunity to meet with fellow pest management professionals from across the country. 

 Educational Highlights
  • From Handcuffs to Handshakes: Leadership Lessons From Over 30 Years of Handling Humans
  • Understanding Your Legal Rights & Minimizing Your Liabilities
  • Diversity in the Pest Management World: From Employees to Customers
  • Creating Your Integrated and Laser Focused Marketing Plan - Your Road Map for the Future
  • Cockroaches: A Three Pronged Look Into Control Methods, Health Issues, and the Future
  • Creating a Replicable Bed Bug Treatment Protocol
  • Understanding Customer Expectations and Surpassing Them
  • Carpenter Ants and Fire Ants: More Than Just Nuisances
  • Situational Awareness: An Approach to Safety in Unknown Conditions
  • Developing a Professional Rodent Pest Management Program
Hotel Reservations

A four minute walk from Casino Nova Scotia, the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront is only 1.3 km from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. To make your hotel reservations, please call 800-943-6760 by March 17 to receive the rate of $166 per night. After March 17, rooms and rates are subject to availability.
The Exhibit Hall 

The exhibit hall is a one-stop-shop for all of your business needs. Shop for new products, network with vendors and discover the latest technology in the world of pest management. Click here for exhibitor information or click here to become a sponsor.

For more event details visit


Download NPMA's New Field Guide App Today!

NPMA's new Field Guide App will give you access to hundreds of pest photos, biology, behavior and control methods right on your tablet or phone for just $6.99.
With the Field Guide App, technicians can 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 even add their own photos for use as future reference or sales tools.
The Field Guide App can be downloaded by anyone with a need for identifying pests and researching pest problems.  Download the Field Guide App today from the iTunes Store or Play Store.


Health Canada Launches New Pesticide Mobile App
PR Newswire, January 25, 2016 

Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency launched a new mobile app that allows individuals to access pesticide labels that have been registered for use in Canada. This app will help homeowners, farmers, industry, as well as provincial and federal organizations look up specific details of the pest control product they are using from the convenience of their smartphone or tablet. The most up-to-date health and safety information will be right at their fingertips with this new user friendly tool. 

Users will be able to save their searches as well as download product labels to their 'Favourites' for access, even when they are offline. 'Favourites' will also auto-update whenever users access them when online. Pesticide labels can be searched based on various factors including product name and active ingredient. The directions found on pesticide labels are important as they contain detailed explanations on proper product use and what precautions should be taken to avoid injury. 

Users can download the app on their mobile device using the link here.

If you have any comments on the app, or suggestions for improving the app, please include them in the app's comments section on your device's app store.

If you have any questions, please contact the PMRA's Information Service. Read the full article here.


North America Food Safety Summit April 20-21, 2016
Food Safety Leaders from across North America are joining together to tackle safety & quality issues in the food industry. Make sure you have a spot front and centre to network with these professionals. They need your help to keep food safe for consumers. Assist in preventing food-borne illnesses and product contamination while boosting your brand. Leaders in attendance from: High Liner Foods, Loblaw Companies Inc, Wal-Mart Canada, E.D. Smith Foods, Ganong Bros, Trophy Foods + More. 
SPMAO Members receive 20% off the cost of registration using VIP Code: SPMAO20. Visit the website for more information. 


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 Save 15% on all new orders by using your Member Code 47766.


Have You Updated Your Member Profile? 

The NPMA website,, 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 [email protected].

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