May 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
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:

Mother nature has caught her stride over the last few days, reminding herself that it is in fact soon to be June! As summer time temperatures raid the Keystone State, let us remain hopeful for continued good weather. Massive flooding in parts of Texas have devastated many towns just outside of Houston and there is a likelihood of more torrential rains.
Harrisburg has been buzzing as lawmakers prepare for their work on the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget. While there are talks of negotiations, lawmakers have yet to move key pieces of legislation that would drastically change revenue numbers. However, last week, The Taxpayer's Caucus, through a press conference led by Rep. Grove and Sen. Wagner (both of York County), outlined a plan to increase state revenues by nearly $3 billion, all with no additional taxes. The next few weeks will tell the tale of how lawmakers and key staff will piece the budget together. 

Mark your calendars now for the Annual Conference which is to be held November 6-8 at the Eden Resort in Lancaster. More information will be shared on the website as it becomes available.

The Pennsylvania Pest Management Association has a new website! Be sure to view it at www.papmaonline.org

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

Team Versant

News from NPMA 
Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently posted the Final Overtime Rule, Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees, which will subsequently be published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2016. The final rule amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and raises the minimum threshold in which all employees are entitled overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per work week from $23,660 annually ($455 per week) to $47,472 ($913 per week).

Click here for a summary of the most significant details of the proposed final rule.

As a benefit of membership, NPMA members can call, email or text Seay Management Consultants to speak with one of their HR consultants free of charge regarding the overtime regulations or any other employment issue that arises in your business. For more information about Seay Management Consultants, click here. To contact Sandy Seay, call 407-426-9484 or email [email protected].

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

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

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.
Lawmakers were back in town this past month, passing many non-controversial bills and preparing bills that could provide revenue back to the state. The fiscal year 2016-2017 budget and it's funding will be main topics of discussion for the next month here in Harrisburg. 

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. 

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 

05-25-2016Political Battles Color Congressional Feud Over Zika Funding
WASHINGTON - The feud on Capitol Hill over responding to the rapidly spreading Zika virus would seem to be largely a fight over how much money is needed to fight the mosquito-borne scourge. But lurking just beneath the surface are issues that have long stirred... - New York Times

05-19-2016Retailers prepare for rush on insect repellents driven by Zika fears
 It could be a big year for bug spray sales. Retailers are stocking up on insect repellent and manufacturers are ramping up production, anticipating higher demand as consumers look to protect themselves from the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Despite a rising number of cases in southern states, the threat of an... - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

05-19-2016 Pa. fighting back against gypsy moth caterpillars
The gypsy moth is having a particularly good year in Pennsylvania. That's particularly bad for trees. "They really like oak," said Dr. Mark Faulkenberry, an entomologist with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. "Any variety of oak, they really love to eat the leaves. They will eat it down... - Carlisle Sentinel

05-18-2016USDA: January 1 Honey Bee Colonies in U.S. Down 8 Percent from a Year Earlier...
  (Press Release)

05-15-2016Pollinators: Crucial workers facing extinction
Honeybees and other similar winged pollinators play a vital role in our ecosystem and are directly tied to one out of every three bites of food we consume. But according to a scientific report from researchers in the United Nations - and observations from local bee experts - the tiny workers may be... - Uniontown Herald-Standard

05-13-2016Pennsylvania prepares strategy to fight Zika virus this summer
Pennsylvania may spray pesticides this summer near homes of people with Zika, part of a strategy announced Thursday to curb the mosquito-borne virus. "We have to be prepared for any eventuality, and that's why this plan is so comprehensive," said John Quigley, secretary of the state... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

05-08-2016State prepares for gypsy moth season
 Last spring, a plague of gypsy moths beset Northeast Pennsylvania, destroying trees and making life miserable for residents. This year, state and county governments are working together to help prevent a repeat of last year's trouble. Starting in mid to late May - depending on when the caterpillars start... - Scranton Times

05-05-2016Invasive pest bugging Pennsylvania
 An invasive pest new to the United States was discovered for the first time on a farm in Lancaster County and has spread to at least four other counties, including Chester, Dauphin, Delaware and Lehigh. According to a report from the state Department of Agriculture, the pest,... - Washington Observer-Reporter

05-05-2016Mosquito surveillance starts with West Nile, Zika concerns
Penn State Extension has started its annual mosquito surveillance as concerns about Zika transmission continue to grow. "York County is No. 1 in the state for West Nile," said Thomas Smith, West Nile virus program administrator for the Penn State Extension of York... - York Dispatch

05-04-2016County officials taking precautions for Zika virus
CHAMBERSBURG - At least one expert said it's possible some Franklin Countians could contract the Zika virus this summer - with elderly and those with weakened immune systems most at risk. The Zika virus is a flavivirus, similar to the West Nile virus. However,... - Chambersburg Public Opinion