April 2016



Keith Hamilton
J.C. Ehrlich
State College, PA
John Besic 
President Elect
Besic Pest Control
Transfer, PA
Marty Overlilne
Vice President
Aardvark Pest Management
Phildelphia, PA
Paul Kutney
Immediate Past President
Larksville, PA

Central Division
Gary Lesher
Perry Pest Control
Landisburg, PA
Keith Hamilton
J.C. Ehrlich
State College, PA
Keith Jones
Archer Pest Control
Camp Hill, PA
Greg Ten Hoeve
Mechanicsburg, PA
Eastern Division 
Marty Overline
Aardvark Pest Mgmnt
Philadelphia, PA

Mike Snyder
Township Pest Control
Warrington, PA
Jim Nase
Moyer Indoor/Outdoor
Souderton, PA
Northeast Division
Jeff King
The Pest Rangers
Hanover Twp., PA
Paul Kutney
         Larksville, PA
Diane Lown
Ajax Environmental Solutions
Dalton, PA
Western Division
Adam Witt
Witt Pest Management
Pittsburgh, PA
Scott Grill
Bill Grill  Exterminating
Verona, 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
Adam Witt
Witt Pest Management
Pittsburgh, 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:

Another month has come and gone. As the weather warms up, we see the importance in continuing to serve our members. Be on the lookout for information regarding membership renewal to hit your mailbox and email inbox. Many member companies have already submitted their One Call System invoice. Please be sure to utilize this cost-saving member benefit!

It took until April for all parts of Pennsylvania's budget process for fiscal year 2015-2016 to be put to rest. Earlier this month, Governor Wolf let the fiscal code (think how exactly the state will pay for the money allocated in the budget) pass into law without his signature. Also this past month, the House Lawmakers continued with their work to start the 2016-2017 budget. Lawmakers moved HB 1999 out of the Appropriations Committee.

Our thanks to Adam Witt, Western Division Governor and member of the NPMA Board of Directors for continuing to represent Pennsylvania while serving as an At Large Director on the national board. We appreciate your time and energy serving both associations!

Speedy recovery wishes to President Keith Hamilton after his recent surgery!

As always, please reach out if we can be of service!

Team Versant

News from NPMA 
NPMA Continues to Keep Pressure on Congress to Stop Proposed Overtime Rule

Last week, NPMA as part of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO), sent letters to U.S. Senate and House offices urging support for the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773).  This common sense and reasonable legislation would require the U.S. Department of Labor to perform a new and more detailed economic impact analysis prior to implementing changes to overtime pay requirements. The letters were cosigned by 340 organizations across a diversity of industries and sectors, including 139 national organizations and 201 regional/state/local organizations.  The efforts by our coalition was immediately referenced in this Washington Business Journal story Business groups urge Congress to block overtime rule
Following the PPWO coalition letter, NPMA activated our pest management grassroots network to urge support for the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773).  If you have not already done so, join your fellow Americans of the pro-growth community. Pressure lawmakers to support this bill. With a few quick clicks and sending the pre-written message to your elected officials, we can make the difference. Let's stop this over-regulation, preserve the free market economy and defend our industry.

Upcoming Meetings        
The Eastern Division is planning their Fall Seminar for September 8. Check the website for more details!

Be sure to join the Western Division on August 25th for their fall seminar. More information is to come!

The Annual Conference is planned for November 6-8 at the Eden Resort in Lancaster. Mark your calendar today! 

The Meetings and Events section of the website is always the most up-to-date resource for happenings of the Association. Be sure to check it out!

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.
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 [email protected].  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.
As the fiscal code passed into law without the Governor's signature, House Lawmakers have begun working on the Appropriations bill for 2016-2017. Versant Strategies continues to track legislation relevant to the pest control industry and small business owners.

SB 737 - Sen. Hutchinson - Amends Title 34(Game), in hunting and furtaking, further providing for unlawful devices and methods was set on the Tabled Calendar and will be voted on in the future. 

SB 979 - Sen. Boscola - Amends Title 34 (Game), in enforcement, further providing for jurisdiction and penalties of protected birds remains on the Senate Calendar and will be voted on in the near future. 

Increase Your Business Opportunities; Update your Find a Pro Listing Today
To update your company's service area, please follow the steps below:
  1. Log on to the Manage My Group area of the NPMA websitePlease note: in order to access the "Manage My Group" area of the NPMA website, you must be a company administrator. 
  1. Click on "Company Information" from the drop down menu.
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Service Area section.
    1. Download the excel template found on this page.
    2. Update this template to include all of the zip codes that you service.
    3. Save the file on your computer.
    4. In the Service Area section click Choose File.  Locate the excel template file that you just saved. Click open.
    5. Click Upload file.
Once you've completed these steps your service on Find-a-Pro is instantly updated to include these new zip codes. 
If you are having problems accessing please contact NPMA at (703) 352-6762 or [email protected].

Articles of Interest 
04-21-2016We must zap Zika before it's too late
CONGRESS AND President Obama are engaged in a needless spat over the president's Feb. 8 request for about $1.9 billion to fight the growing danger of the Zika virus. For two months, the Republican-controlled House and Senate have not acted. Further delay will degrade preparedness for a... - Washington Post

04-21-2016 Lyme disease cases increasing in Clarion County
Lyme disease cases increasing in Clarion County By Tom DiStefano CLARION NEWS Writer OUTSIDE It is spring and the leaves are coming out, the daffodils are appearing, the birds are returning, the pussy willows are in bloom and the deer ticks are once again spreading Lyme disease.... - Clarion News

04-13-2016DEP Begins Helicopter Spraying to Control Black Flies
  (Press Release)

04-13-2016Ortho to stop using chemicals linked to bee declines
 DENVER - Garden-care giant Ortho said Tuesday it will stop using a class of chemicals widely believed to harm bees... - AP

04-05-2016Mosquito traps in Zika virus monitoring effort could be in Reading by June 1
Reading, PA Traps to catch mosquitoes to test for the Zika virus are expected to be installed in Reading by June 1, officials said Monday. The state Department of Environmental Protection is having preliminary discussions with county conservation districts and will be releasing a full... - Reading Eagle

04-04-2016DEET Seen as Safe for Pregnant Women Despite Limited Studies
This summer, some yellow-fever mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus are expected to arrive along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere in the continental United States. Health officials are urging people to use insect repellents with DEET to avoid being bitten. The mounting evidence that the virus is strongly linked with birth defects... - New York Times