2014 Annual Conference

21st Annual SPMABC Conference

February 6 and 7, 2015


Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre

4331 Dominion Street,
Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7
(604) 453-0750


September 19th (Lower Mainland) / 26th (Island) – Training Session


The next training session will be held on Wednesday September 19, 2012 at 7pm at the following location:

The Executive Plaza Hotel
405 North Road

Topic(s): Legislation – Changes for rodenticides – (labeling, new tier requirements for stations)
Speaker: Shaun Dhaliwal  – PMRA
Credits: TBA

Cost: $10 for members (receiving re-certification credits) and $150 for non members

***Please note the meeting is at the Executive Inn in Coquitlam***

Pre-registration is required. Please email info@spmabc.com with registration details including company name, individuals attending (first and last names), and if they are registered for re-certification credits. Payment will be required at the door.


Island Training / Meeting

September 26th, 2012 at 4pm at the following location:  Best Western 6474 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 6C6

Topic(s): Legislation – Changes for rodenticides (labeling, new tier requirements for stations)
Speaker: Shaun Dhaliwal – PMRA
Credits: TBA
Cost: $10 for members (receiving recertification credits) and $150 for non members.  Payment must be at the door.

2012 Training Dates

June 20 –  Lower Mainland

September 19 – Lower Mainland

September 26 –  Vancouver Island

November 21 – Lower Mainland

More details to follow closer to each meeting.  We look forward to seeing you there !

CPMA Conference A BIG Success !!!

President’s Message

Following Pest Management Canada 2012

From March 8 – 10th, Pest Management Canada 2012 was held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. This was certainly a spectacular setting for our annual technical and educational conference!

As we look back on this past year, we can easily see that we are a much stronger and more unified group of professionals. We now have a very strong partner in Ontario (with SPMAO), and we were well-represented at their annual conference in January. We also were very warmly received at the Quebec conference in early November, a beautiful setting just outside of Quebec City. The Atlantic, Alberta and B.C. associations have also been very supportive of our mutual goals and activities, with the newest association in Manitoba coming together very quickly this past year, due to the efforts of some very dedicated individuals.

Our ongoing partnership with NMPA has seen a strengthening of our relationship, as well as our levels of communication, with government regulators across Canada. We had a very fruitful meeting with officials at the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) in March, where we helped to identify needed bed bug products, we reviewed the recent Rodenticide Re-Evaluation & Risk Mitigation measures, and continued to discuss the activities & priorities of our industry. We were well represented by Richard Murphy (of Aetna) at the Pest Management Action Committee meeting in January of 2012. We have a place at the table of the NAFTA meetings, to help identify termiticide needs & solutions for Canada. We are also currently working closely with provincial regulators across Canada, to expand on our initial meetings in New Brunswick to adopt training credits for recertification of technicians. At present, this is not standard across Canada and the need to ensure current and relevant training for PMPs has been identified as a priority. In summary, CPMA and NPMA are working each and every day to represent each of you, to ensure that your voice is heard to influence various regulators for the benefit of our industry.

A personal priority of mine has been to make available more of our training and support material in French. A big project this past year was to translate and create French-language documents of the NPMA produced Bed Bug fact sheets for various industries (schools, health care, multi-unit housing, residential, etc.). We are currently looking at prioritizing additional information and resources for translation., which we hope to make available on our website, where practical.

Continuing these joint efforts, communicating with our members on a regular basis and seeking their input, will help to stimulate the discussions to ensure that our association continues to “over deliver” services that we offer, as well as information & benefits.

Pest Management Canada 2012 is now behind us, and I am sure when the final tally comes in, this will be our most successful conference ever. Our keynote speaker, Mr. Bola Fagbamiye, left every attendee with a memorable and impactful message of “Pride & Professionalism”, and Dr. Laurel Hansen presented the results of her 2011 Canadian Ant Survey. In addition, we had other impactful presentations from Brad Bartlett, Dr. Dini Miller, Mike Givlin, Jeff Weir, Alfie Trelevelen, Brett Johnston, Michael Botha, Miro Gajovic, Jim Fredricks, Steven Graff, Jennifer Curleigh, Sam Kennedy and Dr. Chelsea Himsworth. We have already begun initial planning for Pest Management Canada 2013, our next annual conference which will be held in Toronto.

We could not be a successful and effective association without the support and active participation of our supplier community. Year after year, these corporations and individuals commit their time, energy and money to support our industry and our goals. Here in Vancouver we SOLD OUT our exhibitor trade show area, we received record sponsorship commitments…and we have increased our association’s supplier memberships. We thank each of them for their continued support!

I also want to thank each and every volunteer, who takes the time to be active in their provincial or national association. At CPMA, we have been fortunate to have had very strong support over the years, and this past year was no exception. In particular, I want to thank Dominique Stumpf (of NPMA) who works tirelessly behind-the-scenes every day of the year to keep us on track and moving ahead seamlessly. In addition, our three appointed members serve the association through their own personal commitment and investment. Karen Furgiuele-Percy, Randy Hobbs and Sharon Izzo graciously offered to stay on for my first year as President, so I would like to thank them for their support over the past THREE years. In addition, I would like to welcome our three new appointed members; Darcy Olds (Supplier rep), Pierre St. Louis (Business Development) and Karen Furgiuele-Percy (Government Affairs)…and our new “President-Elect”, Steven Graff of Abell Pest Control.

Sadly, we lost a member of our professional family recently, with the sudden passing of Don Cook, owner of Hawkeye Pest Control in Alberta. Don was a past President of APMA and was an active member of our association for a number of years. Our sincerest condolences go out to Don’s family, and we will be sure they know that Don was loved and will be fondly remembered by his “pest control” family from across Canada!

Best Wishes to all for a busy and successful summer season!


Bill Melville

President – CPMA

Pest Management Canada March 8-10, 2012

Pest Management Canada March 8-10, 2012

Pest Management Canada 2012 Is Coming to Vancouver!

Pest Management Canada 2012 will be held March 8-10 at the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia. Join us for three days of networking, education, exhibits, and your opportunity to meet with fellow PMPs from across the country.


Pest Management Canada Highlights

Technicians’ Day

This all-day program is offered at a discounted rate and recertification credits are available. This is your chance to get up-to-date training on the latest equipment and trends and learn what the future holds for the pest management industry.

Managers, Owners and Operators

This is your opportunity to hear from other leaders in the industry and learn about the latest management techniques and cost-saving strategies that will position your business for further success. Here are a few discussions you don’t want to miss out on…

Creating Natural Advantages for Your Business

Pride and Professionalism in Today’s Pest Control Industry

Marketing for Sales Success

Bed Bug Business Model Successes and Pitfalls

Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workplace

Learn How Your Association Can Work for You

Click here to view the brochure.

The Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall is a one-stop-shop for all of your business needs. Check out what kind of companies exhibit at Pest Management Canada:

Manufacturers and Distributors of Products and Equipment for Pest Control,

Termite Control, Mosquito Control, Bed Bugs, and Wildlife Control

Vehicle Equipment and Accessories

General Services and Products for Small Businesses

Computer Systems Technology and Software

The Fairmont Waterfront

Surrounded by the coastal mountains and blessed with a spectacular harbor, lush city parks, and undeniable charm, the Fairmont Waterfront has stunning view wherever there is window. The hotel is located within walking distance from Stanley Park and Gastown. For hotel reservations, call 604-691-1991 by February 3, 2012 and mention ‘Pest Management Canada’ to receive the group rate of $169 (CAD) per night. After February 3, rooms and rate are subject to availability.

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor?

Click here to view the exhibitor prospectus.

Rat Survey – We Need Data

Vancouver Pest Control Professional Rat Survey

Are you a pest control professional who operates or has operated in the B.C. Lower Mainland? Does your professional practice include rat control? If so, please consider completing this short online survey.

This survey is part of a University of British Columbia (UBC) project the purpose of which is to understand the ecology of rats in Vancouver and the health risks that they may pose to people through the transmission of infectious diseases. We are asking you to complete this survey because we believe that your professional opinions will help us to develop a better understanding of rats and rat infestations in and around Vancouver.

This survey should take about 30 minutes to complete, and by participating you will be entered in a draw to win a $100 gift certificate from Amazon.ca, Wal-Mart, or the Keg. Your responses will be confidential and will be stored in a secure server at UBC. Your company’s name will not be available to anyone except the researchers and will not be disclosed in any report or publication. However, we will acknowledge your company’s participation in publications resulting from this survey if you indicate that that is your wish.

Please note that this project is part of a PhD thesis being conducted by C.G. Himsworth DVM at UBC. If you have any questions, or desire further information about this study, please contact Dr. Himsworth at cgh050@interchange.ubc.ca.


Dr. D. Patrick (Principal Investigator/Supervisor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, 604-822-3910)


Dr. C.G. Himsworth (Co-Investigator/Graduate Student, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, 778-886-2677)

PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO PARTICIPATE (please do not complete the survey if you have not operated in the B.C. Lower Mainland or if your professional practice does not include rat control):


Bed Bugs – MRSA and VRE

There has recently been a surge of news regarding bed bugs being associated with MRSA and VRE. It is important to clarify that these strains of bacteria can be found on many surfaces and it is not surprising that bed bugs could be one of them. It has long been known that HIV, hepatitis, and many other pathogens can survive in/on bed bugs. What has not been shown is any correlation of transfer of these pathogens from one person to another via bed bugs.

The most recent study that has caused this media frenzy can be found here (CDC Website).

The patients in this study were from the Downtown Eastside (DTES) where roughly 50% of skin and soft tissue infections contain MRSA.  It is then no surprise that bed bugs in close quarters with these people could also carry the bacteria on their bodies.


Sean Rollo

President of the SPMA of BC

2011 SPMA Training Sessions


The next training session will be held on Wednesday June 22nd, 2011 at 7pm at the following location:

The Executive Plaza Hotel
405 North Road

Topic(s): WCB – Fall Arrest, Respirator Fit, Equipment Safety
Speaker: Michael Strain – WSBC
Credits: 1.0 in Safety

Topic(s): Posting and Notification Requirements
Speaker: Sean Rollo – Orkin PCO Services
Credits: 1.0 in Legislation

Cost: $10 for members (receiving recertification credits) and $25 for non members

***Please note the meeting is at the Executive Inn in Coquitlam***

Pre-registration is required. Please email info@spmabc.com with registration details including company name, individuals attending (first and last names), and if they are registered for re-certification credits. Payment will be required at the door.

Please remember to display your business card on the dash of your vehicle.



Island Training / Meeting – Wed. May 4th

Wednesday May 4th, 2011 at 7pm at the following location:

Topic(s): TBA
Speaker: TBA
Credits: TBA
Cost: $10 for members (receiving recertification credits) and $25 for non members

SPMA Conference Presentations

The 18th Annual SPMA of BC Conference was a huge success!!!  Thank you to all of our sponsors, member companies, and executive members for all of their support and dedication.  All of our speakers have graciously allowed us to post their presentations online for your to view or download.  These presentations are NOT to be reproduced, distributed, or used in any way without express consent of their author.

Friday Saturday
Andrew Architect – NPMA Survey / Quality Pro Jeff Fournier – Ministry of Environment Updates
Wayne Page – Are You Making Money? Dan Baldwin – Green and Holistic Pest Control
Sheldon Nider – Optimize Your Business Dr. Dini Miller – Bed Bugs; What Are We Learning?
Mark Winder – Optimize Your Exposure Geoff Clark – Know Your Environment
Dominique Sauvage – Auditing Agencies Dominique Sauvage – Fleas – They’re Back
Dr. Dini Miller – The Business of Bed Bugs Dr. Dini Miller – Cockroaches; Revisiting An Old Foe

Annual SPMA of BC Conference

The conference will be held on Friday February 4 and Saturday February 5, 2010 at the Executive Plaza Hotel

This year we have a great headline speaker….Dini Miller.

Dini Miller is the Urban Pest Management specialist for the state of Virginia. The urban pest management position is predominantly extension with additional research and teaching responsibilities. She is currently implementing a statewide School IPM training program. Dr. Miller’s current research projects focus on bed bug biology and control of cockroaches, ants and subterranean termites, and the cost/benefit analysis of IPM in Virginia public housing.

One of her projects is looking at the efficacy of bed bug management products and strategies:

Virginia Tech is currently one of two universities in the nation that is rearing bed bugs for research. Bed bugs promise to be a very important area of research because they are blood feeders, prolific, and difficult to control. The liability issues associated with bed bug presence have already resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars being awarded to people who have been bitten by bed bugs. My research has focused on evaluating the efficacy products labeled for bed bug control and those that have potential as a bed bug management tools.




SPMA Meeting Canceled

The SPMA meeting for tonight on the Island has been canceled due to weather. We are sorry for the inconvenience.


Sean (President)

SPMA Training Sessions – Last Ones For 2010


The next training session will be held on Wednesday November 17th, 2010 at 7pm at the following location:

The Executive Plaza Hotel
405 North Road

Topic(s): Fleas – They’re Back!!! Are you ready?
Topic(s): Introduction to Entomology – ID Techniques
Speaker: Miro Gajovic
Speaker: Sean Rollo
Credits: 2 credits proposed for Pest Management (not yet approved)
Cost: $10 for members (receiving recertification credits) and $25 for non members

***Please note the meeting is at the Executive Inn in Coquitlam***

Pre-registration is required. Please email info@spmabc.com with registration details including company name, individuals attending (first and last names), and if they are registered for re-certification credits. Payment will be required at the door.

Please remember to display your business card on the dash of your vehicle.


Island Training / Meeting – Wed. Nov. 24th

Date: Wednesday Nov. 24th, 2010
Time: 4:00pm
Place: Best Western – Duncan
Topic: Small Flies & Small Ants = Big Problems
Speaker: Sean Rollo
Credits: 1 credit proposed in Pest Management (not yet approved)

Bed Bug Symposiums (Vancouver / Victoria)

The CPMA (NPMA) and SPMA of BC will jointly be hosting bed bug symposiums in Vancouver (Nov.5) and Victoria (Nov.4). These symposiums are geared toward non-pest control people (i.e. landlords, residents, property management, hospitals, hotel staff, etc.).

Info on the VANCOUVER symposium.

Info on the VICTORIA symposium.


SPMA Training Session – Wed. Sept. 22nd 7pm

The next training session will be held on Wednesday September 22, 2010 at 7pm at the following location:

The Executive Plaza Hotel
405 North Road

Topic(s):    Ministry Expectations relating to Pest Control and Wildlife
Speaker:    Sheldon Reddekopp and Brent Gurd from the Ministry of Environment
Credits:      1.5 credits (to be confirmed)
Cost:          $10 for members (receiving recertification credits) and $25 for non members

***Please note the meeting is at the Executive Inn in Coquitlam***

Pre-registration is required.  Please email info@spmabc.com with registration details including company name, individuals attending (first and last names), and if they are registered for re-certification credits. Payment will be required at the door.

Please remember to display your business card on the dash of your vehicle.

Pestworld – BC Recertifiaction Credits

The NPMA will be hosting PestWorld this year (October 20-23) in Hawaii.  If you are attending from BC you will be eligible for recertification credits for nearly all sessions offered.

To get credits you will need to complete an NPMA credit form and submit it to the SPMA when you return.

A full list of credits available will be online in September.

Cryonite Registered In Canada

The CPMA has worked in conjunction with the PMRA to identify the needs for our industry in terms of new products. Much of this focus has been on tools to battle bed bugs, and as of yesterday, PCOs now have one more tool in the box; Cryonite.

Cryonite is registered under PCP# 29573

NPMA FREE WEBINAR – Bed Bug Liability Issues

Bed Bug Liability Issues

Presented by Dan Gerber, Esq., Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell
July 14, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PST)

Bed bug service can be a new lucrative area of added service. But, as with any other business venture, liability and litigation issues must factor into your planning. PMP’s have to think through advertising, contracts, and guarantees. This seminar will highlight the problems PMPs might face as offer bed bug control service to their customers and offer solutions.

About the Speaker

Dan Gerber has represented pest control companies for more than 15 years. He has represented companies in commercial litigation, employment matters, and contract interpretation, among many areas of interest. He is a frequent lecturer and contributor in the industry.




It’s Time to Tweet

Presented by Professional Pest Management Alliance
June 30, 2010
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Thousands of businesses have set up Twitter accounts because they wanted to “check that off the social media to do box” but the overwhelming number of businesses aren’t using this communication tool to its full potential. During this session, we will offer a brief overview of the benefits for using Twitter and how to use it in your local market. We will then roll-up our sleeves and learn how to use @replies and #tags, write effective tweets, build your following base, and more so participants are armed with the tools they need to better use twitter as a powerful business development resource.

About the Speaker
Patricia Stofanak is an Account Manager at Vault Communications, the public relations and marketing agency for the Professional Pest Management Alliance. Stofanak holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations from The Pennsylvania State University. She has worked on developing and executing PPMA’s marketing programs since joining Vault in 2006 (formerly FCF Schmidt Public Relations). These programs include traditional media relations, online advertising, public service campaigns as well as search engine optimization and social media initiatives. PPMA launched @PestWorld, the consumer-facing NPMA Twitter account in 2009. Currently, @PestWorld converses with more than 1,160 followers and actively tweets several times daily.

NPMA Hosts FREE Webinar – Flies

WEBINAR – Establishing a Profitable Insect Control Program for Flies
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Flies are of concern as they can serve as both nuisance pests as well as pests of medical importance.  This session will investigate the importance of flies as public health and nuisance pests in pest control accounts. The identification, habits, biology of these pests will be presented. Ideas for prevention, exclusion and control of these abundant pests will be shared.

Dr. Robert Davis (Bob) is the Market Development Specialist for BASF Pest Control Solutions.  Davis holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Natural Resources, a Masters of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree, all from UNL. He is a Board Certified Entomologist and is active in service to the Entomological Society of America. His graduate degree work was focused on testing and evaluating termite control techniques. Davis has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals and has provided educational materials and articles through extension and professional magazine venues. He has provided many educational and research presentations in our industry for over twenty years.


Training Session – June 9th

The SPMA of BC will be hosting a training seminar on June 9th that features Sean McCann (PhD student from Simon Fraser University).  He will discuss Bees, Wasps, and Look A Likes.

Lower Mainland Training / Meeting – Wed. June 9th, 2010

Date: Wednesday June 9th, 2010
Time: 7:00pm
Place – NEW LOCATION !!!: Hilton Metrotown (Burnaby) – 6083 McKay Blvd (off Kingsway) in Burnaby
Topic: Bees, Wasps, and Look A Likes
Speaker: Sean McCann of SFU
Credits: 1.5 Credits (Pest Management)
Other: Parking is free for 3 hours at the Crystal Mall (below the hotel)

FREE Ant Webinar

Joe Barile, field development and technical service representative for Bayer Environmental Science, will be presenting a Webinar on April 30, at 2 p.m. Barile will present research data, trends and tips relating to the management of ants and other pests.


Cosmetic Use of Pesticides in British Columbia

Cosmetic Use of Pesticides in British Columbia

Currently British Columbia requires companies applying pesticides to use the pesticides as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. In IPM programs, all available information and treatment methods are considered in order to prevent and manage pest populations effectively, economically and in an environmentally sound manner.

In the August 25th 2009 Speech from the Throne, the Government of British Columbia committed to consult British Columbians on “new statutory protections to further safeguard the environment from cosmetic chemical pesticides.”

The advertised consultation period is now closed. Thank you for all the comments and responses that have been submitted.

The Ministry of Environment has carefully reviewed every response received during the consultation. Those responses have been compiled into a summary report so those who are interested can see the full range of submissions received.

* Click here (PDF/361 KB) to read the summary of comments received.
* Click here (PDF/91 KB) to read the background information and discussion topics.

Next Steps in the Consultation Process

All comments have been reviewed by the ministry and are being considered in determining ways to address the non-essential use of pesticides in British Columbia.

Backlog Of Licences

The Ministry of Environment has a backlog of pesticide user and vendor licence applications.

If your licence expires April 1 and you have already applied for your new licence, you may continue to use or sell pesticides until the end of April. If you have not received your new licence by the end of April, please contact us at (250) 387-9502.

Please be assured that ministry staff are working to renew your licence as soon as possible.

2010 Training Dates Set

The 2010 SPMA of BC training dates are now set.  We are in the process of selecting topics and booking speakers.  As we have more information we will post it here.  Please take a moment to mark these dates in your calendars.


Lower Mainland Training / Meeting – Wed. Apr. 21st

Date: Wednesday April 21st, 2010
Time: 7:00pm
Place – NEW LOCATION !!!: Hilton Metrotown (Burnaby) – 6083 McKay Blvd (off Kingsway) in Burnaby
Topic: Latest research and technologies coming down the pipeline for bed bugs, cockroaches, indian meal moths and more …
Speaker: Dr. Gerhard Gries of SFU
Credits: 2 Credits (Pest Management)
Other: Parking is free for 3 hours at the Crystal Mall (below the hotel)

Wed. June 9th

Wed. Sept. 22nd

Wed. Nov. 17th


Island Training / Meeting – Wed. Apr. 14th

Date: Wednesday April 14th, 2010
Time: 4:00pm
Place: Best Western – Duncan
Topic: Wildlife Regulations / Conflicts / Certification
Speaker: Mike Badry of MoE
Credits: 0.5 (Regulations)

Wed. Nov. 24th

Annual SPMA Conference Agenda

The annual SPMABC Conference lineup has been finalized !!!  We are proud to be featuring the following renowned speakers with an anticipated 8.5 credits available toward recertification:

In addition to these great speakers we will be following the Olympic spirit by offering up photo opportunities with an authentic Olympic Torch.  This torch will then be auctioned off at our silent auction.

For more information please visit our SPMA Events section.

Interested in sponsorship, booths, or advertising; call Sean Rollo at 604-434-6641 ? (Advertising PDF)

CPMA Presidential Nominations

The CPMA nominating committee is charged with the responsibility of submitting to the general membership a slate of candidates to run for the next President-Elect on the 2010-11 board of directors, thereafter serving as the association President.

If you would like to submit the name of a CPMA member in good standing for the PRESIDENT ELECT POSITION please do so no later than Friday, December 18, 2009 to info@spmabc.com or cpma@pestworld.org.  You may also fax your nomination to 866-957-7378 or mail to CPMA PO Box 1748 Moncton, NB E1C 9X5.

Per the Constitution & Bylaws, the duties of the President-Elect (Vice President, 1 year term) and thereafter President (2 year term, followed by 1 year term as immediate Past President) is outlined as follows:

Duties of Officers

5.1  President: The President shall preside at the meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors.  The President shall be, by virtue of his office, a member of all committees.  The President shall perform such other duties as pertain to this office.

5.2  Vice-President: The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of the latter.  The Vice-President shall be kept informed of the major issues pertaining to the Association.  The Vice-President shall perform such duties as the President may, from time to time, delegate.

BC Proposes Cosmetic Ban Of Pesticides


BILL M 206 — 2009


This Bill will help protect public health, safety and the environment in British Columbia by regulating, restricting and prohibiting the use and sale of pesticides for residential and cosmetic use, and regulating the use of pesticides around children.

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:


1 In this Act and Schedule I,

“agriculture” means the production of crops for commercial trade.

“cosmetic” means non-essential, or an item used for the intention of improving or maintaining an esthetic quality.

“minister” means the Minister of Environment or someone designated to act on the Minister of Environment’s behalf.

“pesticide” means a micro-organism or material that is represented, sold, used or intended to be used to prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate a pest, and includes

(a) a plant growth regulator, plant defoliator or plant desiccant;

(b) a control product as defined in the Pest Control Products Act (Canada); and

(c) a substance that is classified as a pesticide by regulation.

“sell” includes barter or distribute, offer, expose, advertise or possess for the purpose of selling.

“use” means the placement or application of a pesticide, or the mixing, dilution, or loading of a pesticide for the purpose of placing or applying it.


2 The purpose of this Act is to protect the health of British Columbians and the environment by reducing the production, use and sale of toxic and hazardous substances in the province of British Columbia, without adversely affecting the forestry or agriculture industry.

Bylaws are Operative

3 (1) Nothing in this Act affects a municipality’s or regional district’s power to make bylaws to regulate, restrict, or prohibit the sale or use of pesticides used for a cosmetic purpose.

(2) Where there is a conflict between a provision of this Act and a provision of a municipal or regional district bylaw that regulates, restricts, or prohibits the sale or use of pesticides used for a cosmetic purpose, the more restrictive provision prevails.

Prohibition on Sale, Transfer, and Use

4 (1) No person may sell or transfer a pesticide used for a cosmetic purpose other than a low-risk pesticide prescribed in Schedule I of this Act.

(2) No person may use a pesticide for a cosmetic purpose other than a low-risk pesticide prescribed in Schedule I of this Act.

Excepted Uses

5 (1) Subject to any regulation enacted for the purposes of this section, section 4 does not apply to the following uses:

(a) uses related to agriculture;

(b) uses related to managing pests that impact forestry;

(c) uses related to maintaining golf courses for a period of three years beginning on the day that this Act comes into effect;

(d) uses related to the preservation and promotion of public health and safety.

(2) A person claiming an exception under this section must hold a permit required for that purpose and must comply with the terms and conditions in or attached to that permit.

Permits for Excepted Uses

6 (1) A person applying for a permit must submit to the minister a permit application that

(a) is in the form specified by the minister,

(b) contains the information required by the minister, and

(c) is accompanied by a prescribed fee.

(2) The minister may issue a permit to a person if the minister is satisfied that the permit application is for a use enumerated in section 5, and complies with section 6 (1).

(3) The minister may refuse to grant a permit.

(4) If the minister issues a permit to a person, the minister must specify the terms and conditions in or attached to the permit, including

(a) the name of the permit holder,

(b) the date on which the permit expires, and

(c) any other conditions the minister considers appropriate in the circumstances.

(5) The minister may revoke a permit at any time.

(6) The minister must disclose a copy of any permit to any person who requests it.


7 The provincial government must develop and execute ongoing public education and awareness-raising programs providing information to the public on

(a) why restrictions exist on the sale and use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes, including health and environmental impacts of use,

(b) sustainable landscape management practices,

(c) authorized active ingredients as prescribed in Schedule I,

(d) and must provide any other ongoing education deemed helpful in fulfilling the purposes of this Act.

Monitoring Act Effectiveness

8 The minister must collect and maintain statistics related to enforcement of this Act, including names of persons found to be in violation of this Act, and semiannually make recommendations to the government for improving the effectiveness of this Act.

Creation and Revision of Schedule I

9 (1) The minister must create Schedule I, which will list authorized low-risk and bio-pesticides.

(2) The minister must establish a multi-stakeholder committee that will, semiannually

(a) add to Schedule I low-risk pesticides as they emerge on the market or are discovered,

(b) remove from Schedule I any item that could contravene the purposes of this Act, and

(c) publicly disclose the names and occupations of the committee’s members.

Power to Make Regulations

10 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations referred to in section 41 of the Interpretation Act.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations as follows:

(a) respecting the application, requirements, and use of permits; and

(b) prescribing enforcement powers.

(c) powers to delegate.


11 This Act comes into force on the date of Royal Assent.

Schedule I

Authorized Low-Risk Pesticides

Schedule I shall be created from the low-risk pesticides found in the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s most recent Reduced Risk Update, currently RR2008-01. As mentioned in section 10 of the Cosmetic Pesticides and Carcinogen Control Act, the minister or multi-stakeholder committee may add low-risk pesticides to this list. Only the multi-stakeholder committee may remove items from Schedule I.

Explanatory Note

This Bill will help protect public health, safety and the environment in British Columbia by regulating, restricting and prohibiting the use and sale of pesticides for residential and cosmetic use, and regulating the use of pesticides around children.

Free Bed Bug Webinar With Dini Miller

PCT Magazine is hosting a FREE bed bug webinar with Dini Miller on Thursday January 7th, 2010 at 2pm (EST).  You will need to register in order to participate (again this is free).

Here is the info from the PCT Article:

Pest management professionals, property managers, facility managers and others throughout the country will join bed bug researcher Dr. Dini Miller, associate professor at Virginia Tech University, for a free interactive Webinar entitled “A Whole-House Approach to Bed Bug Treatments.” Hosted by the PCT Media Group and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, the event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).The Webinar is a unique opportunity for participants to familiarize themselves with a comprehensive and efficacious treatment strategy. They will learn more about the need to communicate effectively with residents, which Miller describes as one of the major bed bug treatment challenges she’s observed. Topics to be covered include:

  • Fumigation and heat treatments for successful bed bug management.
  • Communicating with customers.
  • Inspecting for bed bugs.
  • How to treat hard-to-reach locations.
  • Conducting container fumigations using fumigation chambers for treating household items.
  • Breaking the language barrier (including tips for working with Spanish-speaking clientele).
  • Case studies: Reviewing successful comprehensive bed bug treatments.
  • Looking ahead: the future of comprehensive bed bug control.

CLICK HERE to register.

PCT Media Group is hosting a series of one-hour Webinars – live multimedia events designed to assist its readers in building their businesses. A broad range of industry experts will be featured in these monthly learning sessions.

Upcoming Training

Island Training / Meeting

Date: Thursday November 26, 2009
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Place: 6474 Trans Canada Hwy. in Duncan
Topic: Equipment Calibration and Maintenance
Speaker: Brett Johnson (Canadian Pest Control)
Speaker: Sean Rollo (SPMA President)
Credits: 1 (Equipment/Safety Category)

Lower Mainland Training / Meeting – Wed. Dec. 2nd

Date: Wednesday December 2nd, 2009
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Executive Inn – 405 North Road (at Lougheed) in Burnaby
Topic: Non-Chemical Treatment of Pests In Commercial Establishments
Speaker: Mark Pilley (EcoLab)
Credits: 2 Credits in Pest Management Category
Other: Put your business card on your dash and the parking is free

SPMA Training Session – Sept. 30th

On Wednesday September 30th the SPMA of BC held a training session.


What’s Itching Me (Besides Bed Bugs)?  Ever had a client insist that bed bugs are biting them yet you can’t find any evidence?  Come learn what else could be causing “bites”, rashes, etc.

Speaker:  Sean Rollo – Orkin Pest Control

Credits: 1 credit toward recertification


Legislation Overview:  When is posting a notification required and what information should it contain?

Speaker: Sean Rollo – Orkin Pest Control

Credits: 0.5 credits toward re-certification

NOTES: Legislation – Colour Coded Synopsis of Posting Notification (This is not a legal substitute for the actual legislation.  The interpretations are not necessarily accurate.  Check with the Ministry of Environment for more information).  Download PDF of Notes.


EPA Fines New Mexico Pesticide Company Maximum Allowable Penalty for Illegal Pesticide Application

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined a New Mexico pest control company $650 – the maximum penalty for first-time offenders applying registered “general use” pesticides – for allegedly using pesticides contrary to label requirements at a daycare center on Navajo Nation lands.

The pesticide was applied to an occupied classroom, contrary to label directions.  The “company’s failure to apply the pesticide correctly may have put children at risk,” said Katherine Taylor, associate director of the Communities and Ecosystems Division in the EPA’s Pacific Southwest region. “Companies must ensure employees applying pesticides protect people from exposure by following all label requirements.”

The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency discovered the violation during a routine inspection in October, 2008. Navajo Nation inspectors are authorized to inspect for violations of both Navajo and federal pesticide laws.

CPMA 2010 – March 4-6, Chateau Laurier In Ottawa Ontario

The CPMA has announced the dates for next year’s Canadian conference.

March 4-6, 2010 in Ottawa Ontario (Chateau Laurier)

While we are meeting in September to discuss the program, we wanted to get the dates out in advance. The attached will be mailed next week to all contacts in Canada. Please if you have the opportunity to print and distribute these to your members, please seize it!

Download Brochure

Dominique M. Stumpf CMP

Executive Director

Canadian Pest Management Association

PO Box 1748

Moncton, NB  E1C 9X5  Canada

866.630.2762; fax 866.957.7378

PMRA Completes Rodenticide Reevaluation —Additional Restrictions Required

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has completed its reevaluation of eight rodenticides and is requiring additional mitigation measures to address concerns about ecological risks and risks to children and pets.  The eight rodenticides are brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, difethialone, diphacinone, warfarin, and zinc phosphide.  The Executive Summary of PMRA’s decision can be found by clicking here.  With a few exceptions (e.g. the prohibition against using brodifacoum and difethialone outside of a structure), the mitigation measures adopted by PMRA are in-line with the recommendations made by CPMA.

Proposed Risk Mitigation Measures of Eight Rodenticides June 19, 2009 Full PDF

New Site – Your Thoughts?

Hello All,

As many of you have noticed by now the SPMA of BC website got a wee makeover. Much of the content is similar to that of the old site but placed in easier to find locations.

Some key additions:

  • Search Function – The search box in the upper left corner will aid you in finding previously posted information.  It does not search through PDF documents (linked), only information posted directly on the website.
  • Comments – You will now be able to post comments on many of the topics that will be discussed on the site.
  • Email Updates – We can now email you updates about the site, industry events, and other industry related news.  In no way will your email address be used for SPAM etc.
  • Recertification Credits – There is now a PDF list of the recertification credits you have earned located here.
  • Job Postings – The SPMA now allows companies to post job postings on our site for a nominal fee.  We are in the process of directing Monster.ca, Workopolis, Craigslist, and HRDC to our listings.  For information on how to place your job posting on this website contact us at info@spmabc.com.
  • Pest Information – For the time being we are piggy backing the information off of the NPMA website.  As time allows we will be updating this section to be more detailed and thorough.

We encourage you to register (click here) if you have not already done so such that we can keep you in the loop.

We welcome any comments on the new site layout, design, information, and suggestions for improvement.  Please comment directly on this posting.


Your SPMA Board of Directors

New Job Posting

The Steritech Group Corp., leader in specialized Brand Protection has a position open in their Pest Prevention Division for the greater Lower Mainland area and interior of BC.  If you have good people skills, can work on your own unsupervised this is the time to join Steritech which is the 2nd largest Commercial only and overall thirteenth largest Pest Prevention company in North America.  Salary plus commission pay structure, plus full use of company vehicle at no charge with full benefits package.  A clean driving record is needed.  There is no monthly sales quota with this position.  We are looking for quality people who will provide quality work for our clients.

For further information on Steritech please visit our website at www.steritech.com or email: steve.wittig@steritech.com or call 1-877-777-1432


New Site Launched

The SPMA of BC has launched their new website. The majority of the site is completed as we speak and we ask you to be patient with areas that are still under development. As always, we encourage your feedback.

You can email us at info@spmabc.com

New Site Coming Soon

We are in the process of redesigning our website.  Please be patient as we make these improvements.