September 2014





Ed Van Istendal



Coatesville, PA


Paul Kutney 

President Elect


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


Jeff King

The Pest Rangers

Hanover Twp., 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 summer is nearing its end, it's time to focus on the many fall seminars and meetings that give PMPs a chance to compare notes and network with other PMPs and suppliers, learn about new techniques and products, and earn pesticide credits.  The Pennsylvania Pest Management Association has its annual conference coming up in early November (10 & 11) and two of PPMA's regional divisions -- Eastern Division and Northeast Division -- have meetings this month that offer training and credits.  Check out the meeting information below for more details and registration forms.


If you haven't renewed your PPMA membership for 2014/15, please do so ASAP.  Your membership dollars support the Association and the benefits are many. In addition to sending in your membership renewal, send us your company's website link and we will add it to the PPMA member page so that interested consmers can find out more about your company. Call us at 1-800-842-9090 or send the link to dchappell@versantstrategies.net


And if you are looking for an interesting event to share with your kids and/or grandkids, tackle Penn State's Great Insect Fair next Saturday, September 13 at the Bryce Jordan Center. 


We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting!


Team Versant 


Upcoming Meetings        


Register now for the Eastern Division's fall seminar on September 11. Access PMP registration information here for this seminar that also includes a concurrent program on wildlife management. Vendor registrations are also welcome!
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The Northeast Division is holding a "Last Chance for Termite Credits" meeting on September 25 at 5:00 p.m. at Pattie's Sports Bar, 65 W. Hollenback Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  This is your chance to get 4 wood destroying insect credits and 2 Core credits.  If you have questions, call Paul Kutney at (570) 762-2936.
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PestWorld 2014 is coming up quickly.  If you haven't registered for this year's October event in Orlando, Florida, and want to go, get details at
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Mark your calendars for the 2014 PPMA Annual Conference on November 10 & 11 at the Eden Resort in Lancaster. General session presentations and breakout sessions will cover public health pest control, Bed Bug University, flying insect control strategies, killer strategies for wildlife control, sanitation strategies for IPM, bed bug elimination via fumigation, evaluating your rodent control program, control options for wood boring beetles, termite control update, fungus identification & control in structural wood, and personal protection on the job. Additionally, there will be a Bed Bug Dog Break-out conducted by USDA/ARS on November 10 that runs concurrently with the general session. Exhibitors can register here.  We're also looking for refreshment break sponsors @ $250. Contact the PPMA office for more information at 800-842-9090.  Hope to see you there!
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And looking ahead to 2015, PPMA's Central Division is planning its spring seminar on February 24. More details to come.


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.

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
Legislative Update



HB 2332

Helm, Susan (R)

Act regulating home inspectors; providing for funds, for licensure, for disciplinary action, for remedies and for penalties; and making a related repeal.





Helm, Susan


4- 8-14 H Filed


Printer Number(s):



Bill History:

09-17-14 H Hearing set for 10:00 a.m., Room B31 Main Capitol ...House Professional Licensure


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Judge Blocks a Local Pesticide Law in Hawaii
A federal judge in Hawaii has struck down a local ordinance that would have restricted or regulated the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops on the island of Kauai, saying the measure was pre-empted by state law. The decision issued Monday represents a victory for Syngenta and three... - New York Times


Penn State exhibit to address 'the trouble with bats'
The Master Gardeners from the Penn State Extension will be asking Indiana County fairgoers one question this week: "What's the trouble with bats?" People may think bats are dirty, carry diseases and dive at your head when you try to chase them from your house. But actually, the trouble with bats... - Indiana Gazette


Agriculture Secretary Urges Public to Help Keep Foreign Beetle from Entering PA
(Press Release)


Emerald ash borers invade Baltimore
A voracious Asian beetle that's killed millions of ash trees across North America has finally been spotted in Baltimore, posing a costly and difficult challenge for a city that stands to lose more than 200,000 of its most common trees to the exotic pest's onslaught. It could denude blocks... - Baltimore Sun