December 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:

Thank you to the many sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees who made the 2014 PPMA annual conference a great success!  Mark your calendar now for the 2015 conference on November 9 & 10.
The PPMA Board of Directors holds a meeting prior to the first day of the conference and this year President Ed Van Istendal presented Salino Scholarship Committee Chairman Dana Lown with a check for $950 for the fund.  This contribution was a collection of vendor and registration fees from a summer seminar sponsored by Ensystex. Thank you, Ed!
Ed Van Istendal & Dana Lown   
As we close out 2014, Versant Strategies would like to thank the PPMA for the opportunity to work on behalf of the Association.  We look forward to continuing to promote the PPMA in 2015!

Team Versant 


from NPMA
NPMA shared a study from the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene regarding research from Penn Medicine's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics reporting that bed bugs are able to transmit a parasite that causes Chagas disease. Read more at http://npmapestworld.org/news/releases/PR_111914.cfm
Upcoming Meetings        


The NPMA 2015 Eastern Conference at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel is scheduled for January 14-15. The conference will feature a mix of in-depth management sessions, interactive hands-on training, and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry. 


Interested in taking the ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course & Test?  New Jersey Pest Management Association is offering the opportunity on a series of Saturdays beginning January 24, 2015.


Looking ahead to 2015, PPMA's Central Division is planning its spring seminar on February 24. More details to come.
PPMA's Eastern Division is holding its Spring Seminar on March 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Trevose, PA.  Running concurretly with the pest management agenda will also be a technicia training seminr.  Early vendor registration is also welcomed and encouraged! 
Salino Scholarship Application Time!  
The application period for applying for a Salino scholarship has opened.  If you are an active member of the PPMA or are an employee of an active member company, your high school student can begin applying for a scholarship.  Applications are due by March 15.  Read more on Joseph Salino in whose name the scholarship was established and get a copy of the application form here.
Legislative Update



Federal News

Earlier this week NPMA Legislative Director Gene Harrington reached out to PPMA leadership regarding HR. 5714, the Pest Management Records Modernization Act.  He indicated that H.R. 5714 unanimously  passed the house via a voice vote.  A big thank you to PA Congressman Glenn Thompson for co-sponsoring this bipartisan supported effort which would allow operators across the country to use electronic records.  Gene asked MeeCee Baker of Versant to contact Senator Casey's office to request the Senator indicate his support and interest in moving the bill quickly as the two year congressional session is poised to end soon.  Senator Casey's office has expressed his support and desire to move this bill as soon as possible.   As of today, H.R. 5714 is well positioned to be considered in the Senate.  A big thank you to Congressman Thompson for his sponsorship on this proposed legislation and Senator Casey for lending his voice of support.

The 2015/16 legislative session will kick off on January 6, 2015 with swearing-in ceremonies for the 25 members of the Pennsylvania Senate and 203 members of the House of Representatives.  Inaugural ceremonies for Governor-Elect Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Mike Stack are sceduled for Tuesday, January 20. 


State News

Prior to the end of the 2013/14 legislative session, members of the House and Senate met one more time to elect their leadership for 2015/16.  Following are those results:


Senate Republican Leadership:
Interim President Pro Tempore: Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson)**Full Senate Vote on 1/6/15**

Leader: Jake Corman (R-Centre)

Appropriations Chairman: Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh)

Whip: John Gordner (R-Columbia)

Caucus Chair: Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery)

Caucus Secretary: Richard Alloway (R-Franklin)

Caucus Administrator: Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks)

Policy Chair: David Argall (R-Schuylkill)


Senate Democratic Leadership:
Leader: Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)

Appropriations Chair: Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia)

Whip: Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia)

Caucus Chair: Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny)

Caucus Secretary: Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia)

Caucus Administrator: John Yudichak (D-Luzerne)

Policy Chair: Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton)


House Republican Leadership:
Speaker-Designee: Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny)**Full House Vote on 1/6/15**
Leader: David Reed (R-Indiana)
Appropriations Chairman: William Adolph (R-Delaware)
Whip: Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster)
Caucus Chair: Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna)
Caucus Secretary: Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion)
Caucus Administrator: Brian Ellis (R-Butler)
Policy Chair: Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre)

House Democratic Leadership:
Leader: Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny)
Appropriations Chairman: Joseph Markosek (D-Allegheny)
Whip: Mike Hanna (D-Clinton)
Caucus Chair: Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny)
Caucus Secretary: Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia)
Caucus Administrator: Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill)
Policy Chair: Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster)



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Articles of Interest 



Strange bed fellows
Council members listened to skin-crawling testimony on Philadelphia's bed bug problem, ending with promises to form a Philadelphia Bed Bug Task Force to plan an attack on the city's apple seed-sized squatters. Wednesday morning a hearing on the extent of the problem included testimony... - Philadelphia Inquirer



Spotted Lanternfly, Emerald Ash Borer and larvae from Africa all raising fears in Pennsylvania
It seems like winter arrived early this year, but November saw its share of talk about a generally un-winter-like subject: Insects. Make that invasive insects, with a new nonnative threat to plants -- the Spotted Lanternfly -- emerging this fall in Berks County, where general... - Easton Express-Times



Destructive pest found at Philadelphia airport
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Federal authorities say a destructive agricultural pest was found in the bags of airline passengers at Philadelphia International Airport twice recently. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say live Khapra beetles were found twice in passenger bags in September. In both cases, the insects were... - AP



New discovery pushes mammals' lineage further back in time
Small squirrel-size creatures that lived in the treetops of northern China with dinosaurs roaming below left a legacy in their fossils that may challenge textbooks on the origins of the world's first mammals. Indiana University of Pennsylvania paleontologist Shundong Bi says the... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Predicting the next gypsy moth devastation
There's some chatter about a creature waiting to emerge this spring, perhaps millions of them. These hungry, crawly critters, otherwise known as gypsy moth caterpillars, will set their sights, or more specifically their jaws, on the region's vast forests, in search of tasty oaks leaves and... - Pocono Record



Invasion: Asian moth presence prompts quarantine in parts of Berks County
OLEY >> State and local officials are warning residents in eastern Berks County about the invasion of a Southeast Asian species of moth known to ravage fruit and timber crops. The Spotted Lanternfly has been identified in District, Pike, Rockland, Washington and Hereford townships, and Bechtelsville and Bally boroughs,... - Lansdale Reporter



Preserving meat and fish, saving the Chesapeake from pesticides, thwarting beavers, and more: Outdoor Insider
Salt, Smoke and Preservation In The Suvivalist blog on the Outdoor Life website, Tim MacWelch examines "how that huge, bone-in, Virginia ham can last for a year, swinging from the rafters at room temperature. He answers his own question, "The biggest reason for this impressive example of food preservation is salt. Salt draws... - Harrisburg Patriot-News