March 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:


March came in like a lion, as they say, or more like a Siberian Tiger that relishes the snow! With daylight savings now upon us we can begin to look forward to the advent of Spring and an uptick in business.  Bravo to all of you who made it to seminars and on house and business calls through the treacherous driving conditions in January and February!


If you are looking for pesticide credits, there is still time to register for the Eastern Division's spring seminar on March 12 (hurry!) and/or the Northeast Division's Spring Conference on April 10th.  Details are listed below.


PPMA President Ed Van Istendal also reported on another successful PPMA-sponsored AWDI training course held at the end of February.  Thanks to all who attended!


PPMA's Board of Directors will be meeting in Harrisburg on March 24 with members of the PA Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  Watch for a report on those meetings in next month's edition of The Inspector!


Just a reminder that all applications and required paperwork for the Salino Scholarship awards are due in the PPMA office by March 16 (since 15th is a Sunday). If you have any questions, please contact the PPMA office at 1-800-842-9090 or send an email to dchappell@versantstrategies.net.


Have a great month!


Team Versant



16 PMPs and Home Inspectors took part in the AWDII Training Course held Feb 25 - 27 in Lancaster, PA. The comments from attendees were generously complimentary, and it was obvious that there was a two-way learning experience occurring. Course instructors Dave Steiger, Ed Van Istendal & John Diesel each noted the change in demographics of the attendees in that the majority of the class were home inspectors who have passed PDA category 12, have established a BU number for use on their NPMA-33 forms, and are spreading the word about our course to other home inspectors.


The PPMA Education Committee is working to update the list of all attendees who have passed all aspects of the course and post-course requirements for inclusion on the master list that will be posted on the PPMA Website.


For anyone who has taken the course and not completed the requirements, re-testing is available during regular course dates. Post-course requirements are still being accepted, although the PPMA Board of Directors will be determining an end-date to accepting this information from anyone who took the course prior to a certain date. Anyone wishing to take advantage of obtaining the new, 2009 edition of the AWDII Course Manual should use this form to place an order.


Ed Van Istendal

PPMA President

Education Committee Chairman

Upcoming Meetings        


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! 
NPMA's legislative day is scheduled for March 15-17 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. Register to attend through NPMA at
Mark your calendar and register now for the PPMA Northeast Division's Spring Conference on April 10th.  Come for the meeting and stay for the ballgame afterwards at PNC Field in Moosic, PA. 
And, mark your calendars now for PPMA's 2015 Annual Conference on November 9 & 10 at the Eden Resort in Lancaster.
Salino Scholarship Application Time Is Running Out! Send in Your Applications & Paperwork Now.
 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 16 (15th is a Sunday).  Read more on Joseph Salino in whose name the scholarship was established and get a copy of the application form here.  Send all information to PPMA at 116 Pine Street, 5th Fl., Harrisburg, PA  1711
NPMA Selects PPMA Member to Chair Newly Formed Veterans Group

PPMA is proud to announce NPMA's recent appointment of Marty Overline, Sr. from Aardvark Pest Management as the chairman of the newly formed PestVets Committee. Marty, who also chairs PPMA's bedbug committee, will work in conjunction with NPMA staff liaison Janay Rickwalder to actively promote the recruitment of veterans.  The committee will also support those recruitment efforts through various education and training opportunities and provide mentoring and support for veterans currently employed in the industry.

An organizational meeting of the Veterans Group will be held during NPMA's legislative event on Monday, March 16 from 7 - 8:30 a.m. in Washington, DC. "The meeting is open to anybody in the industry and is designed as a brainstorming meeting to imagine how the effort will be organized, identifying several achievable objectives and an action plan to get there," said NPMA CEO Bob Rosenberg. "Additionally, the Legislative Day keynote speaker, General Stanley McChrystal, has agreed to spend some time with our veterans group."

To sign up for the organizational meeting and to meet with General McChrystal, please visit, http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1952096/Veterans-in-Pest-Management.
Legislative Update


The information below represents legislative activity (including bill introductions) that has occurred since the last newsletter.  For a full listing of legislation that Versant is tracking for PPMA, please contact us at (717) 635-2320 or dchappell@versantstrategies.net.  Activity marked HCO or SCO indicates a co-sponsorship memo which precedes the actual introduction of legislation and is designed to secure the support of other legislators prior to introduction as a bill.


Last week Governor Tom Wolf delivered his first budget address for the Commonwealth's FY 2015/16 proposed budget. Read Governor Wolf's speech here.  The next several weeks are devoted to budget hearings in the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives.  Departments and agencies who depend on state funding for their operations will appear before the Appropriations Committees of both legislative bodies to submit their funding requests (and justifications) for the FY 2015/16 funding year.


Legislation introduced since last month's newsletter:


HCO 1229 sponsored by Rep. Robert Matzie

Designates the week ofJune 15 through June 21, 2015 as "Pollinator" Week in Pennsylvania.

2-16-15  Filed 


HCO 1389 sponsored by Rep. Robert Godshall

Designates the month of April 2015 as "Pennsylvania 8-1-1 Safe Digging Month."

Filed 2-11-15


SCO 716 sponsored by Sen. Richard Alloway

Provides for labels & labeling of fertilizer & for disposition of funds & for use of fertilizer on turf.

Filed 2-11-15 





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Obese dragonflies, chronic wasting disease ban and more: Outdoor Insider
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