May 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:


The Eastern Division of PPMA closed out April with its annual participation in Delaware Valley College's weekend A-Day celebration!  Despite having our exhibit moved to a new location - the awesome new Life Sciences Building - attendance was pretty good.  And we had ample room for the ever-popular mouse and cockroach races (not in the same race, of course, but it could be interesting!).


Kudos to all of the PPMA members who staffed and supported the exhibit and especially to Mike Snyder and Tom Colllins who donned those hot mouse and honeybee costumes. Check out some of the photos from this celebration below.


Congratulations to the four winners of PPMA Salino Scholarship funds who were recently announced by the Salino Scholarship Committee.  See the accompanying article in this newsletter.


Another shout out goes to Dirks Pest Management Specialist for the recent news coverge the company receved in the Norriston Times Herald!  Way to go!


As always, if we can be of help, let us know!


Team Versant












Upcoming Meetings        


Don't miss Eastern Division's  lineup of meeting for MayJune and July 2014.  All meetings are held at the Crowne Plaza in Trevose, PA. 
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Save $50 by Registering Your Team Today!


On July 17-19, Tucson, Arizona will play host to NPMA's Academy 2014, presented by the Leadership Development Group (LDG) and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences.

Early B
ird registration ends June 30.

This year's event will focus on identifying, motivating and developing the industry's leaders by providing a networking opportunity; teaching skills that are applicable to your business; and facilitating the information exchange between generations of managers and owners. 

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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!  

The PPMA Accredited Wood Destroying Insect Inspector Program is pleased to announce that Doug Redfern, of AAA Enviro Management Group, Pleasant Gap, PA, has passed the final requirements for his accreditation. Doug was a member of the class of 2011. We congratulate him on following the process through to completion, indicating his high level of commitment and scholarship. 

Salino Scholrship Winners
The Salino Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee is pleased to announce the award of four scholarships to the following individuals for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Mr. Mark Polyak, Jr. of Temple - Mark plans to go to East Stroudsburg University and major in Sports Management. He played varsity baseball in high school and is a volunteer for cancer fundraisers. He received high honors and perfect attendance awards. Mark achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.9. His sponsor is J.C. Ehrlich. His award is $600.00.
  • Miss Allison Wedman of Perkasie - Allison will attend Messiah College and major in Social work. She is a member of the National Honor Society and editor of her high school year book. She is a gymnastics
     coach and a camp counselor for her church youth group. Allison's sponsor is Moyer Indoor/Outdoor. Her award is $600.00.
  • Miss Nicole Cullen of Sunbury - Nicole has been accepted at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she will major in nursing. She is a member of the National Honor Society, high school band and chorus. She participated for 5 years as a missionary with her church youth group. Allison has received the President's Education Award for outstanding academic excellence. Her sponsor is Metro Pest Control Services. Her award is $800.00.
  • Miss Ashley Herrington of Monaca - Ashley plans on attending the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Nursing will be her major. In high school she was a member of the concert and marching band, and played varsity softball for four years. She volunteered coaching youth softball and at the Heritage Valley Medical Center. Ashley is also a National Honor Society member. Her sponsor is Terminix International. Her award is $800.00.

The Committee extends its sincere congratulations to the recipients with best wishes for every future success. We also thank their sponsors.

Dana Lown

Salino Memorial Scholarship Chairman

News from NPMA



(Fairfax, Virginia) - The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has partnered with the Philadelphia-based Insectarium to provide an expanded online gift store within the Bugstore.


"While our members will continue to be able to purchase technical and business resources through the www.Bugstore we are very pleased to be able to offer access to an abundance of new products through our new online gift shop," stated NPMA CEO Bob Rosenberg. "The NPMA Gift Shop showcases decorative items for home or office, jewelry, clothing, children's items and much, much more."


Incepted in 1992, the Insectarium is the largest insect museum in the United States, with thousands of live and mounted insects and interactive displays.  To learn more, please visit : http://www.myinsectarium.com/


For more information about the gift shop, please visit www.mynpmagiftshop.com


The National Pest Management Association, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property, reflected both in the continuing education of the pest control professional and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses. For more information, contact Janay Rickwalder at jrickwalder@pestworld.org, call 703-352-6762 or visit our professional and member Web site at www.npmapestworld.org


Legislative Update



HB 1576

Pyle, Jeff (R)

Act providing a process for the designation of certain species.




Pyle, Jeff


6-12-13 H Filed

SB 1047

Scarnati, Joseph


1-10-14 S Discussed in public hearing, Senate Game and Fisheries


Printer Number(s):

P2133 P2647


Bill History:

04-29-14 H Set on the House Calendar
04-29-14 H Laid on the table
04-29-14 H Removed from the table
06-02-14 H Set on the House Calendar


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HB 1607

Baker, Matt (R)

Amends the Underground Utility Line Protection Law further providing for definitions, for duties of facility owners, the One Call System, other parties, designers, excavators and project owners and for penalties.




Baker, Matt


2-28-13 H Filed


Printer Number(s):

P2216 P2868


Bill History:

06-02-14 H Set on the Tabled Calendar


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Bloom, Stephen (R)

Provides for a tax reform package focused on removing unnecessary impediments to small business.



Bill History:

04-15-14 H Filed


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HR 757

Baker, Matt (R)

Resolution designating the month of May 2014 as "Lyme Disease Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.




Baker, Matt


3-19-14 H Filed

SR 370

Greenleaf, Stewart


4-30-14 S Introduced and adopted


Printer Number(s):



Bill History:

04-29-14 H Adopted (Vote: Y:197/N: 0)


Articles of Interest 



New poison will be used to kill rats in Hazelwood
County officials plan to try a new poison on "literally thousands" of rats breeding inside a newly sold Hazelwood recycling center because a family of five bald eagles brought at least three rat carcasses into their nest. Many rat poisons can kill raptors if the birds eat prey that consumes... - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review



Bills to change Endangered Species Act moved through committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee approved four bills that will change the Endangered Species Act. U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., a cosponsor of all four measures, is a member of the ESA Congressional Working Group, which developed the findings... - Bradford Era



Inside PDA for May 2, 2014
(Press Release)



Call '811' before starting your digging project
Spring is finally here. With temperatures warming up again, I'm sure many of you are thinking about outdoor digging projects. Before you start, remember to call Pennsylvania One Call at 811 or 1-800-242-1776 at least three business days before any digging, so... - Shamokin News-Item



Honeybees battered by brutal winter
With wind gusts in excess of 30 m.p.h. buffeting him, Gary Schempp struggled to check the health of his honeybee hives. The insects, enduring another day imprisoned in their hives by the uncooperative weather, reacted to Schempp's intrusion with a few well-placed stings.... - Philadelphia Inquirer



Inside PDA for April 25, 2014
(Press Release)



New Tool to Fight Deadly Tsetse Fly
After 10 years of effort, a team led by scientists at Yale has finally decoded the genes of the tsetse fly, a bloodsucking scourge of Africa. With that knowledge, they hope to find new ways to repel or kill the insects, whose bite transmits sleeping sickness, a parasitic disease that,... - New York Times



Penn State researchers receive grants to study threats to honeybees
To study recent threats to honeybee populations, including a decline in the species' population, Penn State researchers in the Center for Pollinator Research have received several grants totaling $1.4 million. Three-fourths of major crops need pollinators to grow, which translates... - Penn State Daily Collegian



Winter slashes Ohio's bee population
Ohio beekeepers lost 50 to 80 percent of their honeybees over the harsh winter, according to the state Department of Agriculture. "It's a pretty devastating loss," said beekeeper Barry Conrad of Canal Winchester, who maintains 76 hives. "It's been getting worse each year."... - Columbus Dispatch



Rick Koval ventured into the woods on a cold, overcast day in late March not even thinking about ticks. He should've been. When Koval left the woods and got back to his car, he found eight wood ticks crawling on his leg. It was enough to tell him that despite the cold... - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader



Centre wins $42K grant to combat virus-carrying mosquitoes
BELLEFONTE - State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, announced that Centre County has been awarded a $42,548 grant to combat mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus. - Lock Haven Express