March 6, 2014





Ed Van Istendal


David M. Hyres Pest Control

Coatesville, PA


Paul Kutney 

President Elct

Ashley, PA


David M. Hyres

Past President

David M. Hyres Pest Control

Douglassville, PA 




Central Division

Gary Lesher


Perry Pest Control

Landisburg, PA


Chris Anfinsen


Mechanicsburg, PA


Keith Hamilton

J.C. Ehrlich

Pleasant Gap, PA


Keith Jones

Archer Pest Control

Camp Hill, PA


Eastern Division


Jim Daly


Daly Termite & Pest Mgmnt

Ardmore, PA



Ed Van Istendal

1st Vice Governor

Coatesville, PA


Mike Snyder

Township Pest Control

Warrington, PA


Jim Nase

Moyer Indoor/Outdoor




Northeast Division

Paul Kutney


Ashley, PA


Diane Lown

Ajax Environmental Solutions

Dalton, PA


Wesley Rost

J.C. Ehrlich

Ashley, PA


Western Division

John Morrison


D-Bug, Inc.

Latrobe, PA


Adam Witt

Witt Pest Management

Pittsburgh, PA


Eric Herrington


Bridgeville, PA


John Besic

Besic Pest Control

Transfer, PA


Technical Advisor


Chad Gore

Rentokil North America

Carnegie, PA


AWDII Chairman


Ed Van Istendal

Coatesville, PA


Legislative Chairman


Keith Hamilton

J.C. Ehrlich

 State College, PA


Bed Bug Taskforce Chairman


Marty Overline

Aardvark Pest Management

Philadelphia, PA


Salino Scholarship Chair 

Dana Lown

Ajax Environmental Solutions

Dalton, PA


Industry Liaison


Brian Smith


Sharon Hill, PA


Executive Director

Versant Strategies

Harrisburg, PA


















Dear Friends:


As we begin the month of March, I think we are all looking forward to the first day of Spring later this month; it's a promise of warmer weather (hopefully), the beginning of trees budding and grasses turning back to green, and yes, the promise of insect swarms....business will be picking up! 


The PPMA Board of Directors will also be observing its annual legislative day visits in Harrisburg on Tuesday, March 18.  If you are interested in joining us for these visits, please contact the office at 1-800-842-9090.


March 15 is the deadline for submitting applications for the Salino Scholarship awards. If you know of a student who is applying for one of these awards, please remind him/her to get the application and required attachments in before the deadline.


Don't forget to send us your news clips and photos that feature your business so we can share them in the newsletter. Have a great month!





Upcoming Meetings        


March 13  Mark your calendars for the Eastern Division's 2014 spring seminar.  The morning session also provides a separate session for new technician training, i.e. those not yet certified or new hires -- with information on formulations and tools.  Interested in being an exhibitor? Register now to confirm your spot! 
Mark your calendars and hold November 10 & 11 for the 2014 PPMA Annual Conference at the Eden Resort in Lancaster.  Last year's conference was a great success and we look forward to another great conference in Lancaster again this year!  
News from NPMA

NPMA Board of Directors Election Coming Soon

The election for the 2014-2015 NPMA Board of Directors will be held this spring, and, for the first time, NPMA will be offering online voting. To ensure you have the opportunity to vote, please make sure we have your proper email. Contact Jessica Dominguez at jdominguez@pestworld.org if you need to update your information.


Salino Scholarship Application - Last Chance to Apply Before Deadline
The Salino Scholarships are awarded annually by the Pennsylvania Pest Management Association to high school students who are residents of Pennsylvania and who have been accepted as full time students at an accredited 4-year college or university or enrolled in a 2-year associated degree program leading to an Associate Degree and/or Bachelor's Degree.  Applicants must be sponsored by a Pennsylvania Certified/Registered Applicator and/or an owner or employee of a pest control company which has maintained active membership in the PPMA for a minimum of 4 years.  Applicants must also meet two of the following requirements:


          1. "B" high school grade average or GED equivalent;

          2. minimum of 900 combined SAT score (critical reading and math scores only);   

         3. if now attending college, minimum of 2.8 cumulative college GPA. 


Documentation and other application information are required (see specific requirements on enclosed application form).  Previous winners are not eligible for a second award.


 All entries must be received at the PPMA office at 116 Pine Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA  17101 by March 15, 2014.


Legislative Update



HB 1576

Pyle, Jeff

(PN 2647) The Endangered Species Coordination Act provides for a standard state process for listing of threatened or endangered species by formalizing existing resource agency authority via rulemaking under the Regulatory Review Act, consolidating the listings into a centralized database managed by the with limited access grated to information in the database to planners required to consider the impacts that a project could have or to those involved in conservationist efforts, and protecting sensitive data by prohibiting the disclosure of the information to anyone not involved in a development or conservation project. The bill also makes related repeals. Effective in 90 days. (Prior Printer Number: 2133)




Pyle, Jeff


6-12-13 H Filed

SB 1047

Scarnati, Joseph


7- 3-13 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Game and Fisheries


Printer Number(s):

P2133 P2647


Bill History:

02-10-14 H Set on the Tabled Calendar
02-10-14 H Removed from the table
03-10-14 H Set on the House Calendar
02-18-14 H Discussed in informational meeting ...House Game and Fisheries
02-19-14 H Discussed in informational meeting ...House Game and Fisheries


Articles of Interest 



Rentokil relocates offices
Rentokil-North America announced Monday that it has relocated its corporate offices and the Target Specialty Products distribution center. Rentokil's corporate headquarters, including Ambius, an interior landscaping business, have moved into an updated office at 1125 Berkshire... - Reading Eagle



Inside PDA for February 28, 2014
(Press Release)



Wildlife: Endangered bill sets a dangerous precedent
The state legislature is scheduled to soon give second consideration to the Endangered Species Coordination Act. (HB1576, SB1047). The crux of this bill is that it gives lawmakers control over important wildlife management decisions. The House version, with a vote scheduled March 10, would require the Game... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Lancaster County's West Nile virus coordinator armed with funding
With temperatures still in the 20s, Lancaster County is getting ready for mosquito season. That's because, despite the cold winter of 2013-14, a wet, warm spring and mosquitoes' ability to rapidly reproduce will make it important to test and spray to prevent West Nile virus, David Schmidt, the county's... - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal



Pennsylvania legislature takes aim at the outdoors
The Pennsylvania Legislature is threatening to merge the Pennsylvania Game Commission with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and take away their power to list or delist threatened and endangered species. Sportsmen don't like it when hunting and fishing turns political, and these... - Allentown Morning Call



Honey bee promoter keeps the buzz going
In her West Chester University dorm room, Elena Hoffman has honey lotion, honey sugar body scrub, honey lip balm, honey for spreading on toast or mixing into tea, and honey shampoo. "It makes your hair feel so soft," she said of the shampoo. Her dorm room is also where she keeps her beekeeping suit, and, of course,... - Philadelphia Inquirer



Inside PDA for February 21, 2014
(Press Release)



Polluted woodlands could become 'oasis' in Croydon
Some 66 acres of woodlands once polluted by pesticide and industrial solvents could soon become an environmental "oasis" for residents of Bristol Township, officials announced this week. The county commissioners on Wednesday approved a $500,000 grant to preserve... - Levittown Bucks County Courier Times



PGC: Game Commission Delivers Annual Report to Legislature
(Press Release)



Bug bonanza: It's time for Westerners to reimagine protein
In the Gospels, John the Baptist, who wore itchy camel hair clothes under the hot sun of the Middle East, subsisted on a diet of wild locusts and honey. Today Jesus' gastronomically adventurous cousin would be just another foot soldier in a food revolution to reclaim 10 quintillion tiny... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Some central Ohioans object to gypsy-moth spraying
It has been five years since the state sprayed for gypsy moths in central Ohio - not long enough for some residents. "What are you going to do when there are no bees and the fruit trees can't pollinate?" Stephanie DeValencia asked during a state-sponsored meeting on Wednesday in Worthington.... - Columbus Dispatch