January 2015





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:

Happy New Year and here's to a healthy and prosperous 2015!
As we enter the new year, there are several meetings to add to your radar.  Many of you will be heading to Newport, Rhode Island next week for the NPMA Eastern Conference.  If you are staying in PA, however, you might want to stop by the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.  The week-long show boasts hundreds of animal, produce, and product exhibits, various shows daily, and, of course, a lot of good food! Check out more information at
Several PPMA meetings are scheduled in the next few month's including the Central Division's pre-spring seminar on February 24 in Mechanicsburg, PPMA's three-day AWDI course on February 25-27 in Lancaster, and the Eastern Division's spring seminar on March 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Trevose, PA.  More details on all of these events are available in the meeting section below.
On a sad note, long-time PPMA supporter and behind-the-scenes contributor Bill Wilson passed away last month.  PPMA sends its condolences to Bill's family, especially to his wife Sue.  He will be sorely missed. 
And Salino Scholarship Chaiman Dana Lown wanted to share the following message:

On behalf of the Salino Scholarship Fund, I would like to thank the following for their recent contributions: Central Division PPMA, Northeast Division PPMA, Eastern Division PPMA, Ed Van Istendal/Ensystex and to all who bought 50\50 tickets and tickets for the door prize at the State Meeting held this past November. A special thank you to Sue Wilson and Debbie Chappell for their help selling the tickets. Thanks to all who have contributed throughout the years so that we may provide scholarships to our members.


Have a great month!

Team Versant 


Tribute to Bill Wilson

William J. Wilson, Sr., passed away on Dec. 11, 2014. He was a Naval Veteran and beloved husband of Susan V. Wilson (nee Corridon). Bill was the Comptroller of the PPMA Eastern Division and a devoted father of Thomas D. (Diane) and the late William J. Wilson, Jr.; Pop-Pop of Jessica, Dylan and Colin; brother of Carl D., Jr. and Robert G. Wilson.


Bill was a member of Local #628 Retiree's Club and Liberty Bell Friends of the NRA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill's name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517 Topeka, KA 66675.


Together with Dr. Stanley Green and Dave Steiger, Bill was the typist, editor, and lay-out man for the first editions of the PPMA's Accredited Wood-Destroying Insects Manual. He was also the man behind the imaginative Eastern Division Monthly Meeting announcements and seminar mailings.


His friendship and constructive criticism are already sorely missed, as are his butter cake and home-made pickles.

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 in Mechanicsburg, PA. 
PPMA's Accredited Wood Destroying Insect course is scheduled for Februay 25-27 in Lancaster.  Get the details here!
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 technician 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


Lawmakers returned to Harrisburg earlier this week as the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives held swearing-in ceremonies for the 2015/16 legislative session.  As noted last month and offically confirmed, Senator Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson) will lead the Senate as President Pro Tempore with Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre) as Majority Leader.


In the House, Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) moved up to Speaker of the House with Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) assuming the position of Majority Leader.  The ratio of Republicans to Democrats stands at 119-83 in the House (one resignation) and 30-20 in the Senate.


Governor-elect Tom Wolf will assume the top leadership post upon his inauguration on Tuesday, January 20.  For information on inauguration day activities, go to www.wolfinauguration.com.


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

Articles of Interest 



DCNR to Resume Spraying Woodlands to Combat Gypsy Moth Damage
(Press Release)



Invasive insect could be bad for Pennsylvania's grapes, hardwoods
An inch-long bug, with black-spotted gray and red wings, has landed in Pennsylvania and poses a threat to the state's $20.5 million grape industry. "They could cause a lot of harm if they appear in large enough numbers," said Jody Timer, who works in the entomology research part of the Penn... - Erie Times-News



District: 3 schools served rice contaminated with insects
OAKDALE, Pa. - School officials in western Pennsylvania say students were served rice contaminated with insects but don't believe anyone was harmed. Authorities in the West Allegheny School District say the brown rice was served Monday to about 130 children at three elementary schools.... - AP



Mountain lions on their way back to Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the East: Outdoor Insider
Mountain Lions Are on Their Way A Vermont animal tracker known nationally for her expertise in tracking mountain lions believes the big cats will eventually return to the northeastern United States and neighboring parts of Canada, the Associated Press reports. However, she says, the region won't see large numbers of... - Harrisburg Patriot-News



Causer to Chair House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
(Press Release)



Inside PDA for December 31, 2014
(Press Release)



Foresty officials seek to protect state trees from damaging insects
HARRISBURG - An insect with the ungainly name of Hemlock woolly adelgid poses a grave threat to the eastern hemlock tree and state forestry officials are mounting an effort to combat it. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is honing a conservation plan to save the eastern hemlock, the official state tree... - Hazleton Standard-Sp