June 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:


Now that the weather has finally warmed up and business is swarming (literally), don't forget to take a moment away from your schedule to renew your PPMA annual membership for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.  If you know a PMP who is not a member of the association, pass along a membership application form and encourage him/her to join us!


Please note the information below from NPMA on updating and adding the zip code areas you service to the website so that potential customers in your area can find you.  It is important to check this site regularly and, at least, annually as the only assured zip code for which you are automatically linked from this site is your business address.  Obviously, that can be a very limited scope so be sure to check and update this information.


Here in Harrisburg we are in full budget mode as the countdown to passage of the Commonwealth's FY2014/15 budget is in full swing.  We are keeping an eye on the PA Department of Agriculture's budget and particularly the funding for the Bureau of Plant Industries and will keep you posted!  


If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at 1-800-842-9090 or info@papmaonline.net.


Team Versant


Upcoming Meetings        


Don't miss Eastern Division's  lineup of meeting forJune 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!  


Increase Your Business Opportunities

Update your Find a Pro Listing Today


Take advantage of the significant marketing opportunity provided to you as an NPMA member and update your Find a Pro listing for NPMA's consumer site, www.pestworld.org, today.


Your company will appear in consumer searches for every zip code you service, so it is vital that you keep this listing current to receive maximum exposure.


More zip codes = More accuracy = More inquiries = More business

Follow the instructions below

Visit www.npmapestworld.org

  1. On the membership dropdown, choose Update Find-a-Pro Listing
  3. Login using your NPMA member ID and password
  4. Click Edit next to the location you would like to update
  5. Follow the on screen instructions
Insurance Notice
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Sales 877-466-9089                Service 877-246-0902
Even though open enrollment is over, you may still have options to get health coverage this year!

Special Enrollment Periods:
If you experience a qualifying life event, you'll still be able to sign up for private insurance in the Marketplace. 


To qualify for a special enrollment period, one of the following must apply to you:

  • You have a qualifying life event like getting married, having a baby, moving to a new area, or losing other health coverage.


If you're an employer looking for group coverage for your employees, we can help you with that as well.


Call us today to get the process started and stop worrying about it!


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5001 Brittonfield Parkway
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Rodenticide News from NPMA



In a favorable action the National Pest Management Association strongly supports and has worked for years to achieve, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has reached agreement with the manufacturer of the popular consumer rodenticide D-Con to cancel 12 mouse and rat poison products that do not currently comply with EPA safety standards.


The cancellation of these 12 d-CON products that do not comply with current standards will continue the trend of reduced exposure to children, pets and wildlife.  The manufacturer, Reckitt Benckiser, has agreed to stop production by the end of the year and stop distribution to retailers by March 31, 2015. The new standards require consumer mouse and rat poison products to be housed in protective bait stations.  Pellets and other bait forms that cannot be secured in bait stations are prohibited.  EPA also prohibits the sale of products containing brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum to residential consumers.   

For more information, visit:  http://www2.epa.gov/rodenticides/canceling-some-d-con-mouse-and-rat-control-products 


For a complete list of the homeowner use rat and mouse products that meet EPA's safety standards, visit:   http://www2.epa.gov/rodenticides/choosing-bait-station-household-use


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:

06-09-14 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:

06-09-14 H Set on the Tabled Calendar


Articles of Interest 



Panel reviews possible Pa. Fish-Game merger
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A study that says Pennsylvania could save about $5 million a year by merging its fish and game commissions is generating divided opinions on a legislative panel... - AP



Bucks County urged to try tick-killing pesticides on deer
In Bucks County, the only available option in controlling the spread of Lyme disease involves killing deer in controlled hunts. Elsewhere, they're fed corn while getting a chemical rubdown that kills the ticks that carry the disease. With Lyme cases rising across the U.S., researchers from the Environmental... - Levittown Intelligencer



IRRC Submits Comments to the Department of Agriculture
(Press Release)



Inside PDA for May 30, 2014
(Press Release)



Allegheny National Forest designated as insect, disease treatment area
Following a petitioned request by Gov. Tom Corbett, the U.S. Forest Service has designated 98.5 percent of Allegheny National Forest an insect and disease treatment area. This does not mean that nearly all of the forest is set to receive chemical, biological or other treatments, however. Rather, the landscape... - Bradford Era



PA amphibian and reptile survey underway
Attention, all herpers. Prepare to help catalog the lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders of Pennsylvania. That's because Pennsylvania's Fish and Boat Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation, based in Oley, are cooperating on what they expect to be the most comprehensive atlas of... - Scranton Times


Herbicide spill kills fish in central Pennsylvania
POTTERS MILLS, Pa. - The state Department of Environmental Protection says 100 gallons of concentrated herbicide that spilled from a truck has killed fish in a six-mile stretch of a central Pennsylvania stream... - AP



Report Says Fewer Bees Perished Over the Winter, but the Reason Is a Mystery
Honeybees could be on their way back, according to a new federal report. The collapse of bee populations around the country in recent years has led to warnings of a crisis in foods grown with the help of pollination. Over the past eight years, beekeepers have reported winter losses of nearly 30... - New York Times



Green Light: Mosquitoes and ticks: the all-natural dilemma
Ah spring, that wonderful season of flowers blooming, birds singing-and bugs biting. A mosquito's first buzz almost makes me long for February's insane cold. In that vein, I was first intrigued-and then concerned-about a thread of conversation on the Lower Merion Community Network's Facebook... - Ardmore Main Line Times



USDA expanding use of wasp to fight citrus greening in California
The fight against a disease threatening California citrus got a boost Tuesday when the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would expand efforts to breed and release a tiny parasitic wasp, a natural enemy of a pest that spreads the incurable ailment. In recent months, federal agriculture officials have coordinated a... - Los Angeles Times



Upper Gwynedd preparing to battle Emerald Ash Borer
An invasive insect that has decimated tree populations across the country might have already arrived in Upper Gwynedd, and township officials are hoping they can contain the damage. "If you ever walk through our open space, you'll see ash trees dying everywhere. It's a phenomenon that's happening because of... - Lansdale Reporter



Invasive insect recently discovered in Wyoming County could wipe out ash trees across the state
Jon Brown found something in Forkston Township, Wyoming County, this spring that will likely change the makeup of Pennsylvania's forests in the near future. And not in a good way. Brown, who is an arborist and owner of Brown Hill Tree Company, noticed the ash trees near the Forkston baseball fields and up through Windy Valley... - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader



Protect our Bats
DISEASE and heedless management of wind turbines are killing North America's bats, with potentially devastating consequences for agriculture and human health. We have yet to find a cure for the disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has decimated populations of hibernating, cave-dwelling bats in the... - New York Times



The Toxic Brew in Our Yards
IN much of the country, it's time to go outside, clean up the ravages of winter and start planting. Many of us will be using chemicals like glyphosate, carbaryl, malathion and 2,4-D. But they can end up in drinking water, and in some cases these compounds or their breakdown products are... - New York Times


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