Friday, September 20, 2019

CPCA hosts inaugural issue defense fundraiser

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The Colorado Pest Control Association (CPCA) hosted its inaugural sporting clay shoot fundraiser for its issue defense fund on Sept 14. The association plans to make this an annual installment.

This year’s event attracted more than 30 attendees and raised about $8,000 for the fund.

The association honored Rep. Leslie Herod as its Legislative Champion for 2019 for her sponsorship of HB 19-1328, a bed bug bill that passed in Colorado this year. The bill defines landlords’ and tenants’ responsibilities for inspecting and treating rental units for bed bugs. The CPCA made the bill its top legislative priority this year and served as subject matter experts throughout the process.

Other bills of interest to the CPCA that passed this year include SB 19-186, which expands an agricultural chemical management program in the state to protect surface water in addition to groundwater, and HB 19-1210, which allows local governments in Colorado to establish its own minimum wage.

CPCA Director Kevin Lemasters (left) and Rep. Leslie Herod display Rep. Herod's Legislative Champion award. PHOTO: CPCA

CPCA Director Kevin Lemasters (left) and Rep. Leslie Herod display Rep. Herod’s Legislative Champion award. PHOTO: CPCA

Rep. Hugh McKean and Sen. Rob Woodward also participated in the event and engaged with association members.

“For our first event, things went great,” says Kevin Lemasters, ACE, director of the CPCA and president of EnviroPest. “The support from sponsors, legislators and members was amazing. CPCA is looking to the future in being prepared for legislative challenges.”

The CPCA was founded in 1982 in Denver, Colo. Today, the association provides pest control professionals across the state education, training and a wide range of resources. The CPCA also works to advance the professionalism of the industry through conferences, seminars and other group activities. It makes government engagement a priority, monitoring and participating in legislative and regulatory advocacy.

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Corteva Agriscience: ActiveSense



The ActiveSense system enables remote monitoring 24/7 to provide insights and analytics into pest activity, device tampering, temperature and system health to keep you a step ahead. Its streamlined, highly accurate infrared sensor features an internalized antenna, so it can be used in virtually any multi-catch trap, station or other device without special tools or modifications. The ActiveSense system is quick and easy to install, thanks to smart hardware design and an intuitive native mobile app. Service technicians can activate sensors with just the tap of their smartphone. Technicians can also access the data on any platform and from any device.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Truly Nolen promotes regional sales manager

Truly Nolen Pest Control promoted Leo Gomes to sales manager of the company’s western region, with a focus on the Arizona and California service offices. Gomes will be based at the Phoenix, Ariz., administrative office at 2929 N. 44th Street, suite #320.



Gomes has been with Truly Nolen for 23 years and was most recently the district manager for Phoenix. He was also a commercial service office manager, residential service office manager, lawn branch manager and commercial district manager during his tenure with the company. Prior to joining Truly Nolen, Gomes spent three years in sales and shipping for a company based in New York City, N.Y.

“During my 23 years, Truly Nolen taught me a life goal and that is TGIM – Thank God It’s Monday!” says Gomes. “Why look forward to only two days a week when you can enjoy all seven?”

Gomes’ sales background and proven training skills within the company has him ready for the next challenge.

“I am looking forward to helping build a stronger sales culture within this region,” says Gomes. “I know success could come to many more of our team members by building new relationships.”

“Leo will be working with our Arizona and California sales managers and service professionals on their sales techniques, knowledge and skills,” says Justin Bellet, COO. “I know he will be successful in his new role, and I look forward to watching him develop his team.”

Founded in 1938, Tucson, Ariz.-based Truly Nolen has more than 80 branch offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The company also has independently owned and operated franchises in a number of territories including Kentucky, Georgia, New Jersey, Canada, Puerto Rico and more than 60 countries.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Product info pages


IMAGE: LABELSDS.COM has added an information page for each product in its Safety Data Sheet (SDS) database. This page provides such data as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration number, signal word, product classification, and group numbers for resistance action committees for insecticides, fungicides and herbicides (IRAC, FRAC and HRAC). There is also a product information summary, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) hazard diamond information, and Globally Harmonized System (GHS) hazard information. This new feature will provide quick, vital information about each product to help provide good communication to technicians, office staff and customers.

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California SPAR talks about what’s next

Jim Steed

Jim Steed

Our September issue is devoted to coverage of the close call pest management professionals (PMPs) had in California with a proposed ban of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs). In mid-August, a proposed bill known as AB 1788 was shelved for approximately two years so that more research can be conducted before legislation is enacted.

One PMP who is probably the most familiar with the inner workings of the bill’s progress is Jim Steed. Steed is not only owner of Neighborly Pest Management, Roseville, Calif., but also the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) State Policy Affairs Representative (SPAR) for The Golden State. He is also heavily involved with the Pest Control Operators of California association (PCOC).

Steed was kind enough to sit down with us recently to share some insight about why the legislation, although tabled, is still of extreme importance to those in the pest control industry.

PMP: Why do you think this issue bubbled up to the forefront the way it did? And why did agriculture (ag) get an exemption from the start?
Jim Steed (JS): The ag exemption was not scientific and had little to do with wildlife. There was one reason only: Proponents of the bill could overcome the rest of us, but not the California ag lobby. Once there was an exemption, everyone wanted an exemption.

But one of the biggest challenges to this issue is its complexity. Very few people understand all of the relevant aspects of it. That’s one reason why any proposed changes should be discussed with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), not the California State Assembly. The DPR looks at data, and balances the risks vs. benefits. When we move that into a political arena, then you have passion in play. There’s not a single advocate for balance, but instead, you have competing advocates. A great number of legislators we encountered were extremely sympathetic, yet terrified of the environmental lobby. At one point, lobbyists threatened to protest and camp out in the office if there was “one single compromise.”

PMP: Now that the bill has been tabled until 2021, what does that mean for the professional pest management industry?
JS: It means two things:

1. The content of this bill is in trouble. It’s a rejection of this version, in my opinion. It’s teed up. Although the bill is still alive, I’d argue the strategy that this bill pushes is not acceptable. While we will very likely see a version of this bill in January, just a few months away, it won’t be one with this structure. But that’s probably the best news to come from this, when you step away and look at the big picture.

2. The use of the word “ban” sets a precedent with national implications. The strategy we suggested used terms like “additional use restrictions” and “education.” We think that because restricting and education is the more sensible thing to do than implementing an outright ban, we think it will occur.

If this bill had succeeded, environmental activists no longer would have to go through regulators. Then there would be a “Well, we’ll be back with… fill-in-the-blank.” I predict that next year, we definitely will either be seeing the re-evaluation on a robust schedule, or we’ll see a new version of this bill with different content that will probably move quickly through both houses and the governor’s desk. But I would much rather see it be out of the political arena and back to the regulatory arena.

PMP: Where did the concept of the ban originate, do you think?
JS: Interestingly, this is the fifth year we’ve seen the bill. All along, we’ve been arguing that the judicious use of rodenticides is essential for public protection. To pull the tool away when rodents — and cases of typhus — are surging is not a responsible response to public health.

In the 1980s and ‘90s, all the regulation was about user safety, and around people. The scrutiny of active ingredients increased as a result, and today, we have a very strong record about using pesticides around people. Now it’s about ecological protection: Is it in the water? The soil? The air?

So I think you’ll have other agencies, like those related to water, affecting policy like never before. There’s a singular concern over the secondary target.

Because of this, the next 20 years are NOT going to be like the past 20. We are now going to have to make decisions that affect ecological impact now more than ever.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife helped propagate about 90 percent of the rodenticide residue samples. But in their report, they specifically point out that there is no detectable population effect in an otherwise healthy number for all the species, even mountain lions. So while some animals are sick or killed, the population overall has increased. In fact, urban interactions have tripled in the past 10 years.

PMP: What can PMPs do to ensure the industry has dialogue in any piece of legislation being considered?
JS: Take a look at the stewardship of individual products. If we have even a small number of applicators misusing them, the bad actions of a few of us can ruin it for all of us. Don’t contribute to the problem, and report to authorities those who abuse the label.

Also, those PMPs who are not part of an industry association need to understand that they should be! Join the association, and support it. Remember, we’re the only group advocating for the pest control industry.

I counted 38 environmental groups advocating for the ban, as volunteers. If we don’t rise up and speak on our behalf, then nobody will. There’s nobody else to make the case.

Give your association financial support and take time to volunteer. If we didn’t have robust associations, you can only imagine the type of laws being passed in the next five or so years. What happened this summer is a reminder of that.

I think a lot of PMPs function with their businesses, assuming other PMPs who are active in associations are ensuring things are happening. I was guilty of that myself for the first 10 years or so of my 26-year career. But then, I became a little repentant for being on the sidelines. We need all hands on deck. This is just the beginning. We had a very fortunate outcome for now, but it’s time for me to retire on a high note (laughs).

Our industry is quintessentially an American industry, we have made family businesses. Out of 3,000 PMPs in CA, 2,000 have one to three employees. These people have made a business of ownership — the American dream. A lot of companies are families that go second-, third-, fourth- generation — and we employ a lot of people with great careers, even without a high level of education. So it’s an industry that needs to protect itself in that it’s a group comprised of very special, blue-collar, grass-roots people performing a great public service. We are protecting food, people and the environment. We should be proud of this industry, and engaged in its defense.

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Massachusetts eyes creation of commission to study rodenticides



California isn’t the only state dealing with activists opposed to the use of rodenticides.

In Massachusetts, the state legislature’s Joint Environment Committee recently examined HB 3714, an act to create a special commission to study the effects of rat poison on wildlife.

An activist is behind the bill, which also has support from the Massachusetts Raptors Are the Solution (MASS RATS) and Poison Free Arlington MA, according to a news bulletin released by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

Activists also were behind the California Ecosystems Protection Act, or AB 1788, that would have banned second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) for use in the state and first-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (FGARs) for use on state-controlled property, has been put on hold for now. For more on the proposed California legislation, check out Pest Management Professional’s (PMP’s) September cover story.

Pest management professionals (PMPs) Ted Brayton and Bill Siegal are the Massachusetts State Policy Affairs Representatives (SPARs) for the NPMA. They, along with NPMA staff and the New England Pest Management Association (NEPMA), led by President Galvin Murphy Jr., submitted written testimony opposing the bill.

The NPMA’s news bulletin says the NEPMA “expressed in their written testimony that they opposed H. 3714 due to a lack of evidence that a problem exists that would prompt this bill, it deviates greatly from the scientific regulatory process, and is duplicative because our industry already employs IPM tactics and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) already have processes in place to evaluate pesticides to ensure that there is not adverse harm to human health and the environment.”

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Hurricane Dorian causes mosquito population to surge

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) warns of elevated mosquito populations in East Coast communities in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.



In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, mosquito populations were drastically reduced as the adult mosquitoes were blown away on the high winds and the larvae were washed away in the flooding. However, as winds subside and the floodwaters recede, impacted areas can expect a significant upsurge in mosquito nuisances.

“The receding waters create ideal habitat for mosquito species that lay their eggs in lowlying areas, awaiting the inundation provided by the flooding,” says Joseph Conlon, the technical adviser of the AMCA. “Salt marsh breeding mosquitoes will be hatching at staggering rates as the flooding reaches eggs deposited in upland king tidal zones.”

Couple that with a population already traumatized by wind and water damage, debris and the loss of screening and windows, and you have a recipe for monumental mosquito nuisance issues. High numbers of mosquitos can hamper the recovery effort if mosquito control operators face a surge in demand for services.

“Extremely elevated mosquito populations anticipated in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian could have serious adverse impacts on rebuilding efforts, as relief personnel are subjected to relentless biting attacks,” says Conlon. “As a result, mosquito control operations could be called upon, competing for logistical resources.”

While governmental agencies address the damage and debris, the AMCA urges citizens to do their part to minimize mosquito bites by using EPA-certified repellants and avoiding non-registered products.

The AMCA is an international, scientific association of nearly 1,500 public health professionals dedicated to preserving the public’s health through safe, environmentally sound mosquito control. Founded in 1935, membership extends to more than 50 countries and includes individuals and public agencies engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities.

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