April 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:


Last monthy PPMA's Board of Directors met with PA Department of Agriculure Acting Secretary Russell Redding and with Wildlife Control Officer Chad Byler from the PA Game Commission for a general "meet and greet" and to talk about issues that affect the pest management industry.  Both discussion sessions were very informative. In a response to our inquiry into whether the department would be promoting regulations on the use of neonicotinoids, we were advised that PDA has no intention at this time of prohibiting or limiting such usage. PDA awaits further guidance from EPA and, if advised that prohibtions or limitations are required, will convene a discussion among all parties and stakeholders to consider a comprehensive PA plan based on sound science and management protocols. The department also acknowledged that current science indicates that neonics may not pose the problem contributing to colony collapse disorder.  Following Sec. Redding's visit, PPMA President Ed Van Istendal posed for a photo.



Further information on neonicotinoids and pollinator health can be accessed at http://npmapestworld.org/pollinator/about/guidance.cfm.


WCO Byler discussed protocol for small game permits.  PPMA would like to see a change to the pemit restrictions or a special permit that would allow PMPs to trap a limited number of animals (i.e. squirrels sunks, possum) that are creating a nuisance. PPMA will continue to pursue this issue and will follow up with a letter to the Board of Game Commissioners with this request.


April is National Pest Management Month!  Celebrate your business and the service the industry provides!


Team Versant


Last month we reported that PPMA's Marty Overline was appointed Chairman of NPMA's newly formed PestVets Committee.  During NPMA's festivties at its legislative conference, Marty had a photo opportunity with General Stanley McChrystal.  Nice photo!


Upcoming Meetings        


The Eastern Division continues to hold its monthly meetings with varying topics of discussion on the second Thursday of every month at the Crowne Plaze in Trevose.  For more information on monthly topics and speakers, contact Sue at (215) 331-1121.
Mark your calendars now for PPMA's 2015 Annual Conference on November 9 & 10 at the Eden Resort in Lancaster.
NPMA Selects PPMA Member to Chair News from NPMA

Last week NPMA released the following information in regards to a Methyl Bromide incident that occurred in the US Virgin Islands. If you did not see the announcement, below is the background information and a link to NPMA's statement and industry talking points:


According to published reports, in March 2015 a Delaware family was admitted to the hospital after becoming ill while on vacation at a rental property in the U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I). They were airlifted to the United States mainland for continued treatment. The mother has been released and the father and two teenage sons remain in critical condition. The family may have been exposed to methyl bromide that was allegedly used to fumigate a residential unit below the one in which they were staying. The property manager has indicated that they had recently contracted the services of a pest management company to treat for bugs in that unit. The United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Justice, and U.S.V.I Department of Planning and Natural Resources are investigating.


To view NPMA's statement and industry talking points, click here http://npmapestworld.org/publicpolicy/4.7.15.cfm

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.


Legislation introduced since last month's newsletter:


HCO 1593 sponsored by Rep. Leslie Acosta

Recognizes 2015 as the Year of the Veteran in Pennsylvania.

3-24-15  Filed 


HR 188 sponsored by Rep. Robert Godshall

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

4-13-15 Adopted


SB 563 sponsored by Sen. Richard Alloway

Aends Title 3 (Agriculture) in fertilizer, further providing for labels & labeling and for disposition of funds; and providing for fertilizer for use on turf.

3-11-15 Filed; introduced and referred to Senate Agriculure & Rural Affairs Committee


SCO 830 sponsored by Sen. Andrew Dinniman

Directs the Joint State Government Commission to study the issue of animal control.

3-23-15  Filed




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 




Pesticide That Likely Sickened Del. Family On Vacation Reportedly Being Used In Large Amounts In Our Area
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Two teenage boys remain in critical condition after their family was exposed to a pesticide while vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands last month. The U.S. Justice Department is now looking into if Terminix used a pesticide illegally to fumigate the condo below where the Esmond's were... - KYW News Radio 1060



Some in Del. family in 'rough shape' from pesticide
More than two weeks after a Wilmington family was sickened after being exposed to a toxic and banned pesticide at a vacation condo in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the father and two teenage sons remain hospitalized. Stephen Esmond, an administrator at the Tatnall School in Wilmington, is... - Philadelphia Inquirer



Lancaster cutting down ash trees in fight against invasive beetle
LANCASTER - Lancaster is losing most of its ash trees to avoid a disaster. The disaster is a highly invasive insect known as the emerald ash borer. Native to China and eastern Asia, the beetle was first detected in United States in 2002 and in Pennsylvania in 2007. The beetles will kill an ash... - Carlisle Sentinel



Major Pennsylvania bat species listed as 'threatened' due to disease
The northern long-eared bat, until recently one of the most common bat species in Pennsylvania, was listed as "threatened" last week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, primarily due to white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has decimated the species and killed millions of bats... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



PA Farm Bureau Reacts to Fish & Wildlife Service Decision on Northern...
(Press Release)



Wolf Administration Announces Significant Workers' Comp Insurance Rate Cut...
(Press Release)



PA Game Commission Honors Moul for Body Camera Law
(Press Release)



PA Receives Nearly $2.8 Million from 2014 Farm Bill to Protect Agriculture...
(Press Release)



Game Commission Delivers Annual Report to Legislature
(Press Release)



Leafhopper, a 'destructive insect,' verified in U.S. port for only second time
A "destructive insect" has been spotted at a United State port for just the second recorded time. Agriculture specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on March 16 discovered a leafhopper in a shipment of Guatemalan bananas at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, the agency announced Monday.... - Easton Express-Times



Bobcats and preppers are booming, and more in Outdoor Insider
Bobcat Population on the Rise in New Jersey Bobcats are hard to spot in the wild, but it appears that their numbers are increasing in New Jersey, according to Michele Byers, executive director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Restoration efforts appear to be... - Harrisburg Patriot-News