October 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:


The Pennsylvania Pest Management Association's Annual Conference is coming up quickly on November 10 & 11. If you haven't registered to attend yet, take a moment to do that now.  You can sign up online with a credit card on PPMA's website at www.papmaonline.org.


Also, make your reservation now for room accommodations at the Eden Resort.  The discounted room rate of $124.95 is only good until October 20.  After that date, room rates will rise. You can register online at www.edenresort.com.  Be sure to mention that you are coming for the PA Pest Managemnt Association meeting in order to get the reduced rate!


We hope to see you at the annual conference next month!


Team Versant  

Upcoming Meetings        


PestWorld 2014 is right around the corner.  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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Sign up now 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.
Who You Know Matters

To assist with policy efforts, NPMA has begun to build a database of pest professionals who have relationships with state and federal legislators. Therefore, we want to know who you know. Please take moment to click on the link below at your earliest convenience to complete a quick questionnaire of any representatives you would be comfortable contacting should an issue arise in which we may need to ask for your assistance.



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 575

Haluska, Gary (D)

Amends Title 34 (Game), in special licenses & permits, further providing for definitions and for exotic wildlife possession permits.


HCO 901

Haluska, Gary


1-22-13 H Filed


Printer Number(s):



Bill History:

09-24-14 H Meeting set for Off the Floor, Room 205, Ryan Office Buildin ...House Game and Fisheries
09-24-14 H Voted favorably from committee on House Game and Fisheries
09-24-14 H Reported as committed from House Game and Fisheries
09-24-14 H First consideration
09-24-14 H Laid on the table
10-06-14 H Set on the Tabled Calendar


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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:

09-16-14 H Set on the House Calendar
09-16-14 H Laid on the table
09-16-14 H Removed from the table
10-06-14 H Set on the House Calendar


Articles of Interest 



Thousands of hawks fly over Hawk Mountain
With thousands of migrating birds soaring over a landscape beginning to change colors, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary offers an impressive view to its visitors this time of year. Each fall, an average of 18,000 birds of prey pass over the sanctuary as they take their annual journeys into South America and as many as 16... - Pottsville Republican and Evening Herald


Trying to limit the number of deer, with surprising results
A few years ago, the central campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., was facing a problem familiar to the Washington area. An infestation of white-tailed deer had pushed the community to the limits of its tolerance. Without natural predators, the deer reproduced until their numbers were... - Washington Post


Inside PDA for September 26, 2014
(Press Release)


A Call to Action Against a Predator Fish With an Import Ban, App and Even Rodeos
They eat anything that fits in their mouths. They reproduce copiously and adapt effortlessly. And they have become as ubiquitous and pesky as rats - only prettier and more conniving. Nearly three decades after a lone venomous lionfish was spotted in the ocean off Broward County - posing as a bit of eye candy back then and... - New York Times


If nothing else, Marcellus Shale activity fueling need for snake handlers
The Marcellus Shale natural gas activity in Pennsylvania has created numerous job opportunities, including one that involves rattlesnakes. Known as snake handlers or wranglers, these are certified individuals who have the job of protecting the workers and the rattlesnakes.... - Harrisburg Patriot-News


The bedbugs on the bus go round and round (YDR opinion)
The issue: Rabbittransit said last week it has been treating its buses for bedbug infestations. The transit company has brought in heaters to fry the nasty pests that can cost homeowners a small fortune to eradicate. Officials say the infestation is under control.... - York Daily


This endangered species listing will endanger Pa.'s economy: PennLive letters
Molly Matteson's commentary claims the Congressional hearing held in Harrisburg to learn the effect of listing the northern long-eared bat as endangered was run by the "Tea Party controlled" House Natural Resources Committee out to "gut the Endangered Species Act." Before swallowing such... - Harrisburg Patriot-News


Fighting Poisons With Bacteria
When Harsh Bais grows rice plants in trays of water in his greenhouse at the University of Delaware, he can easily spot the ones that have been exposed to arsenic: They are stunted, with shorter stems and shrunken, yellow-tinged leaves. Dr. Bais is working to develop rice plants that take up less arsenic, a... - New York Times


Loss of habitat, milkweed blamed for vanishing butterfly
As many as 50 people could attend the monarch butterfly tagging event on Saturday in Moraine State Park. Yet the group will be lucky if it tags a single one, park officials say. "They are just not around the way they used to be. I have probably only seen five this year, and I look for them all the time. Years ago, there... - Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice


Pesticide Levels in Waterways Have Dropped, Reducing the Risks to Humans
The development of safer pesticides and legal restrictions on their use have sharply reduced the risk to humans from pesticide-tainted rivers and streams, while the potential risk to aquatic life in urban waters has risen, according to a two-decade survey published on Thursday.... - New York Times