June 2015





Ed Van Istendal



Coatesville, PA


Paul Kutney 

President Elect


Ashley, PA



Keith Hamilton

Vice President

J.C. Ehrlich Co.

State College, PA


David M. Hyres

Past President

David M. Hyres Pest Control

Douglassville, PA 




Central Division

Gary Lesher


Perry Pest Control

Landisburg, 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:

Summer is officially just around the corner and you are probably busier than ever! PPMA divisions are also busy with elections for their division governors and division board members bringing some changes in leadership. The PPMA state association is also experiencing change as a new slate of officers will assume the reins on July 1st.  Thank you to outgoing PPMA President Ed Van Istendal for his excellent leadership and active participation throughout his two-year tenure. Ed will still be actively involved with planning the PPMA annual conference and organizing the annual AWDI course so we will continue to benefit from his input. Next month PPMA will welcome Paul Kutney, Orkin, as the new President and Keith Hamilton, J.C. Ehrlich, as President-Elect.


Planning has begun for NPMA's 2016 Eastern Division Conference which will be held in Pennsylvania in Pocono Manor. PPMA has provided some ideas to the planning committee for consideration including a potential topic on insect problems native to our state. Mark your calendar for January 13-15, 2016 for this event which will be held in the brand new Kalahari Resort which opens for business next month. And, of course, be sure to check out PPMA's own annual conference and division seminar dates listed below!

Just another reminder to renew your annual PPMA dues.  If you have not received a renewal notice for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, please contact the PPMA office at 1-800-842-9090.

 Team Versant


News from NPMA  


SFIREG Full Committee Meeting

On Monday and Tuesday, NPMA staff attended the State FIFRA Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) meeting at EPA headquarters. During the two day meeting several issues were discussed including: state pollinator protection plans, EPA's safer choice initiative, pyrethroid review, federal/state inspections and regional reports. The discussion on state pollinator protection plans was a large portion of the meeting. EPA confirmed that state pollinator plans will not be referenced on any label language and that the plans will not go through a formal review process. SFIREG members expressed concern over federal funding for resources to create and implement plans. Both the EPA and SFIREG members discussed designing metrics to evaluate the success of pollinator plans. SFIREG will be submitting formal comments to EPA concerning the state pollinator plans and will request a 60 day extension of the comment period.  NPMA will continue to work closely with SFIREG on state pollinator protection plans.

In follow-up, NPMA staff participated in a Pesticide Policy Coalition call to discuss the strategic response to EPAs Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products, published recently in the Federal Register. The Coalition will be collectively submitting a request for an extension of the comment period per the paragraph above. The coalition determined that the state pollinator plans and the metrics used to evaluate them are both opportunities for industry to be involved in the process and push industry interests. NPMA will be actively involved in communicating with NPMA members and state officials to best determine realistic and measurable metrics and then incorporate these discussions into the final comments submitted to EPA.


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.

The date for the Eastern Division's fall seminar is September 10.  The event will be held at the usual spot, the Crowne Plaza in Trevose.  Vendors can sign up now for exhibit space.  Registration information for attendees will be coming soon.
Mark your calendars now for PPMA's 2015 Annual Conference on November 9 & 10 at the Eden Resort in Lancaster.

As noted above, NPMA's Eastern Conference will be held at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, PA on January 13-15, 2016!  Plan to attend.
2015 Salino Scholarship Award

Last month we listed the 2015 Salino Scholarship winners. Since then, PPMA was invited to the Dover High School's awards banquet to present Elizabeth Knaub with her Salino Scholarship award. Lyle Neal, a long standing PPMA member (and family friend) from J.C. Ehrlich, Elizabeth's sponsoring company, presented Elizabeth with her award at this banquet. Congratulations and best of luck, Elizabeth, and thanks to Lyle for representing PPMA! 



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:


HB 223 sponsored by Rep. Curt Sonney

Amends Title 34 (Game), in hunting and furtaking, further providing for unlawful devices and methods to allow the use of semi-automatic rifles with a caliber of .223 or less and a cartridge capacity of not more than six, for the hunting of coyotes, foxes and woodchucks (groundhogs). Effective in 60 days.

6-15-15 Hearing set for 11:00 a.m., Room G-50 Irvis Ofc Building with House Game and Fisheries Committee


HR 364 sponsored by Rep. Robert Matzie

Resolution designating the week of June 15 through 21, 2015 as "Pollinator Week" in Pennsylvania

6-1-15 Introduced as a noncontroversial resolution



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 



Kalahari Resorts & Conventions getting set to open Monroe County location (PHOTOS)
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is set for a grand opening July 1st for their Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County location. The resort's owners gave a tour of the facility on Tuesday, highlighting the African-themed atmosphere that they say will make it unique.... - Easton Express-Times



Ohio bees decimated by yet another die-off
It was another rough winter for Barry Conrad's bees. For the second year in a row, he had to replace nearly 50 of his 75 colonies - about 2.5 million bees. Conrad, owner of Canal Winchester-based Conrad Hive and Honey, has been in the business for 30 years. Keeping his bees healthy is getting more... - Columbus Dispatch



DEP to battle black flies on the Delaware River
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is once again dispatching helicopters to spray for black flies along the Delaware River. Crews hired by the state are scheduled to fly over the river Wednesday in Bucks and Northampton counties. Officials with the DEP said to expect... - Levittown Bucks County Courier Times



Lyme disease on the rise, Allegheny County health department records show
An Allegheny County Health Department review of medical records shows 822 cases of Lyme disease in 2014. Also, 34 percent of all deer or blacklegged ticks tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, according to a state Health Department study.... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Harmful pest targets ash trees
WAYNE COUNTY - A highly destructive wood-boring insect that attacks ash trees will likely appear in Wayne County, said forestry officials.  "There is a good chance that it is already here, but it has not been confirmed," said Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, a forest specialist with the... - Honesdale Wayne Independent



Poison hemlock exploding across Lancaster County
Lancaster County residents driving along main arteries such as Route 30, Route 283 and Route 222 may notice walls of a lacy, white-flowering plant dominating the roadsides, taller than a person. The plants may be pretty but they are weeds, invasive, unwanted and... - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal



Game Commission's Strategic Plan Available for Review
  (Press Release)



Casey, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Lyme Disease Prevention...
  (Press Release)



Feds get busy on bee woes
For all of America's agricultural might, it still largely comes down to nature. A widely accepted rule of thumb is that one of every three bites of food consumed by Americans is due to pollinators - birds, bats, butterflies and other insects, especially bees. That production is worth... - Pottsville Republican and Evening Herald



DCNR Announces Grants Available for Protecting Non-Game Species
  (Press Release)



Bill to extend Persian Gulf Veterans' Bonus Program passes Pa. House
  (Press Release)



Region begins fight against beetle targeting its many ash trees
With the arrival of an invasive green Asian beetle in Baltimore, local governments and property owners are confronting tough - and potentially costly - choices about whether to try to save ash trees at risk of infestation or cut them down. The culprit is the emerald ash borer, which could attack any of the 5... - Baltimore Sun



Philadelphia port inspectors find stink bug in pineapples
PHILADELPHIA - Inspectors have found a new pest in a shipment of pineapples at a Philadelphia port. The rice stalk stink bug was uncovered at Penn Terminal in a 1,600 case, 50,000-pound shipment of pineapples from the Dominican Republic that were headed for Florida. Customs and Border Patrol agents safeguarded the... - AP



Beekeepers hope for rebound in regional colonies
ERIE, Pa. -- Charles Vorisek saw some hope when he crunched the data from 2,016 respondents on a recent Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association survey. State beekeepers reported losing 43 percent of their colonies over the winter, a decrease from the 50 percent rate reported lost over the 2013-14... - Erie Times-News



Invasive plant species found in Pymatuning Lake
A rapidly growing, highly invasive plant species has been found in several areas of Pymatuning Lake, causing conservation officials to ask anglers and boaters to take precautions to prevent its spread to other area waterways. "We've found it in several locations - boat launches at... - Meadville Tribune



Obama Announces New Rule Limiting Water Pollution
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Wednesday announced a sweeping new clean water regulation meant to restore the federal government's authority to limit pollution in the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. The rule, which would apply to about 60 percent of the nation's bodies... - New York Times



First dreaded emerald ash borer beetle found in Lancaster County
It's official, though unwelcome. The dreaded emerald ash borer has made its first confirmed appearance in Lancaster County. A roadside sample was collected in Mount Joy Township on May 8. A passing survey crew for the state Department of Agriculture noticed tree damage... - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal



Egg Farms Hit Hard as Bird Flu Affects Millions of Hens
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - J.T. Dean is facing a gargantuan task. Mr. Dean, a son of the founder of one of the country's biggest egg producers, the Center Fresh Group, must kill and dispose of about 5.5 million laying hens housed in 26 metal barns that rise among the rolling... - New York Times



Maryland honeybee losses among highest in U.S., survey finds
Maryland's beekeepers lost nearly 61 percent of their colonies on average in the past year, one of the highest declines in the nation, according to an annual survey released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Summer bee die-offs in the state and nationwide outstripped winter losses... - Baltimore Sun