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OPMA’s Legislative Initiatives are Working
Democrats seek answers from wildlife agency regarding pesticide-endangered species consultations
NPMA Bed Bug Series Coming to a City Near You
NPMA Announces Bed Bug Pandemic Response Plan
What’s Going on Around Capital Square?
Ohio Department of Health Bed Bug Workgroup

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Group-Rating Safety Accountability

Each year Ohio employers have the opportunity to participate in BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program. While these programs are not required, they do provide you with an opportunity to significantly reduce your workers’ compensation premiums, while increasing your awareness of safety and risk-management strategies.

Workplace safety is an important component of these programs. To succeed in accident prevention, we encourage you to use the many resources available to you. We believe a group-rating program is a partnership that includes you and your employees, your sponsoring organization or third-party administrator (TPA) and BWC. Each has specific roles and responsibilities, all designed to assist in preventing workplace accidents. This letter outlines the safety services expectations you should have as an employer enrolled in a group-rating program.

The employer will:

  • Attend safety training to enhance workplace safety;
  • Use BWC’s safety services as needed;
  • Fulfill the required two-hour training requirement and provide proof of attendance to sponsor for claim(s) occurring within the last year.

The certified primary and affiliated sponsoring organizations will:

  • Sponsor eight hours of safety training (this may be done at one time or may be provided incrementally as long as the total is at least eight hours);
  • Provide information regarding safety resources to group members;
  • Possibly assist an employer in achieving its safety needs;
  • Manage employer fulfillment of the two-hour training requirement, where applicable;
  • Publish this letter to group members.

The TPA may:

  • Assist sponsoring organizations with fulfilling the group-rating safety requirements;
  • Assist an employer with its safety needs;
  • Work in conjunction with sponsors to develop safety training and deliver safety resources;
  • Provide resources for claims handling.

BWC will:

  • Monitor all group-rating safety activities to confirm requirements are met;
  • Remain in communication with sponsoring organizations to provide recommendations for fulfilling safety requirements;
  • Provide safety training through Ohio’s Center for Occupational Safety & Health;
  • Offer on-site safety consultation (hazard assessments, air and noise monitoring, ergonomics evaluation, training) by a BWC safety professional;
  • Offer publications and videos for safety program support;
  • Conduct employer visits to confirm the employer is meeting group-rating requirements, when appropriate.

The goal of this collaborative effort is to make sure all your safety needs are met. Using these resources will assist you in preventing accidents, reducing claims costs and achieving the highest discounts possible. Below you’ll find contact information for various resources.

Group sponsor: Ohio Pest Management Association ( or (937) 424-3300)
TPA: Frank Gates

February 2013 OPMA Issue Stink bugs
by Jamie Burkel

The stink bug is known for its smelly reputation and tendency to release odor when disturbed or crushed. This bug is seldom encountered by humans; however in Ohio we have seen a large upsurge in one particular species known as the brown marmorated stink bug this past year. Many families have been noticing these pesky bugs around their windows and light fixtures in their home lately, especially during the last few months. What are they doing here you ask? Well, it is simple. Normally an outside bug that feeds on plants and crops, they have started to move inside to seek shelter against the cold temperatures. Like many bugs, stink bugs tend to stay around the windows or well-lit areas when trapped inside. This often due to the fact the bugs are trying to return back to their normal habitat. Many species of the stink bug are attracted to lights at night and are most active spring through late fall.

An increase of the brown marmorated stink bug has been occurring throughout the country.  They are an introduced species that were mostly seen in the Eastern U.S in the past. They do not pose any kind of serious threat to people or to our homes. But their tendency to invade in high numbers makes them quite the pesky pest. They can be harmful to the agricultural industry because they can destroy crop plants, and pesticides have little effect on this species since they feed and move on quickly.

They are herbivorous insects that use their piercing and sucking mouth parts feed on plant juices.  Ohio had seen an increase over the last year or so due to the warmer winter temperatures. These bugs do not harm humans in any way, just are more of a nuisance and leave homeowners with a stinky smell. They do this by secreting a bad-smelling, bad-tasting fluid from the pores on the sides of their bodies. This is only used when the bug feels harmed or threatened. Their antennae can even rise up when alerted.
There are in fact different species of stink bug, and some play an important role in nature by preventing caterpillars and other insects from destroying plants, trees, crops and gardens. They prey on other insects and use their mouth parts to drain fluids from caterpillars and other insects around plant areas. It has even been thought by some scientists that stink bugs are a natural control agent for other insects that invade crops and gardens.

Still not sure if you want these insects in your home? You are not alone, lots of consumers have been looking for solutions to getting rid of these bugs and keeping them from ever entering in the first place. The best prevention for stink bugs is to seal up the cracks and crevices around your home. These bugs prefer to stay outside most of the year, but with the chilly Ohio whether they do tend to try to get in for warmth. Windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, chimneys and underneath wood fascia should be sealed up or caulked to keep the openings closed and the bugs out. Make sure to check for any damaged screen doors or windows and get them repaired or replaced.

If you have already noticed stink bugs in your home, you can use a vacuum cleaner to remove live or dead ones but the vacuum may smell of stink bugs for a time. This way you do not have to squish them and release their odors. Chemicals can be used to kill what is already in the home if an infestation develops. They are a seasonal bug however, and should not last for very long. Keep on the lookout, and remember to seal your home to prevent getting these pesky stink bugs in the first place.

January 2013 Focus

OPMA 1st Quarter 2013 Recertification Training
OPMA is offering 2013 recertification training classes on February 21, in Cincinnati, and on March 14, in Cleveland. Be sure to register to receive your commercial credits for 10A, 10B, 10D, CORE and 7 requirements!

Register online here.

OPMA Membership Renewal
After nearly 80 years of helping professionals across the world, we know what our members need -- and how to help them most! As a pest professional and a Member of OPMA, you have experienced The NPMA Difference, as well as the benefits of being a member of OPMA, from Training to Legislative Representation. (Many thanks to the leadership of OPMA for their constant watch and their vigilant involvement in passing of HB 420!) Be sure to submit your state association dues renewal payment right away to continue your membership for 2013!

Did you ever wish you could have more members of your team be more involved with OPMA? Now they can! Additional members of your team can now join OPMA for only $75.00 and receive the full benefits of membership.

Renew Your membership Online Today!

USDA Appoints National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee Members

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the appointment of 15 members to the re-established National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC). Membership represents a broad range of agricultural, animal welfare and wildlife interests. USDA is continuing
outreach to solicit nominations for five additional members.

NPMA member Scott Steckel of Varment Guard Environmental Services in Columbus, OH last week was reappointed to the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC).  The panel advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the activities and policies of Wildlife Services (WS) and it serves as a public forum that enables those affected by the WS program to have a voice in the program's policies.  NWSAC has served as a good opportunity for Scott to raise awareness of WS unfairly competing with the private sector for various nuisance bird and wildlife work the professional pest management industry has the capability and capacity to perform. This will be Scott's third term on NWSAC. Russ Ives of Rose Pest Solutions in Troy, MI and Gene Chafe of Senske Pest Control in Kennewick, WA previously represented NPMA on the panel.

Click here to read more.

 How Our Planet Is Being Bribed To Death
As you watch this please pick out the logical fallacies and outright lies. It should be easy
as this whole thing is full of them. But you can't fault them on how to tap the emotional
uninformed and misinformed.

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Harsher Energy Regulations Coming in Obama's second term

Tighter rules expected for oil, gas drilling - Solar, wind likely will get renewed focus
Chemical producers fear stronger emissions rules.

Energy companies likely will see more regulation in President Barack Obama's second
term, with less access to federal lands and water even as the administration promotes
energy independence. With a pledge to cut oil imports by half by 2020, Obama during
the campaign advocated what he called an "all of the above" approach to developing a
range of domestic energy sources. He said, however, that he would roll back subsidies for
oil companies and reduce the nation's reliance on oil by mandating production of more
fuel-efficient vehicles.

Official Says EPA Prepared in `Near Future' To Use TSCA Authority to
Restrict Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency is prepared to see “in the near future” whether it
can use authority the Toxic Substances Control Act provides to ban or restrict chemicals,
the agency's senior chemicals and pesticide official said.. “We will try and exercise
some muscle we have not exercised for decades,” Jim Jones, EPA's acting assistant
administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention, told state officials attending
the Environmental Council of the States' forum, State Environmental Protection in 2012.

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Wheels In Motion To Crush Chemical Innovation
 by Angela Logomasini
Chemical industry groups say they want to “modernize” the nation’s chemical law by applying reasonable reforms that would prevent states from passing a patchwork of conflicting state chemical laws. But industry groups should be careful of what they wish for. In fact, regulatory trends are clearly moving in a dangerous direction, one that threatens to undermine innovation, reduce profits for chemical companies, raise prices, and reduce choice for consumers. And there is little reason to believe that these regulatory changes will yield any benefits for public health or the environment.

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Do You Want to Be Perfect or Do You Want to be Powerful?

Are you a perfectionist? Do you feel like nothing is ever really good enough until it’s perfect? Like many of us, do you try to be the perfect person for every situation or role you play? If you’re like me, you want the intelligence and tenacity of Hillary Clinton and the thighs of Ms. Universe (even the complete package of Mrs. Clinton isn’t good enough!!). After years of struggling with applying high standards to everything (including myself) I’m beginning to realize that there is a large space between being perfect and being powerful.

How Being Perfect Hinders Our Potential:
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Reality vs. Union “Right to Work is WRONG” Infographic
“We Are Ohio” combines lies with decade-old statistics

We Are Ohio recently published an infographic of AFL-CIO talking points from 2002, presenting decade-old union spin against workplace freedom as current facts. The infographic, which contains four claims and lists no source, is easily debunked with public records and an understanding of what “right to work” means.

Click here to read more.

OPMA’s Legislative Initiatives are Working

As a follow up to NPMA’s Legislative Day, on February 29, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson commented about the use of propoxur and 25(b) and minimum risk pesticides at the Interior Appropriations Sub-Committee meeting while discussing the EPA’s FY 2013 budget. The comments came after Congressman Steve LaTourette (R-OH) and his aide, Sarah Cannon, asked her a two-part bed bug question. The questions came directly from conversations that took place between Ohio delegates at NPMA’s Legislative Day the week prior and the Congressman.

Specifically, he asked Administrator Jackson about the status of Ohio’s Section 18 request authorizing the use of propoxur and 25(b) or minimum-risk pesticides. Administrator Jackson said that she needed to touch base with the Office of Pesticide Program staff to find out the exact status of the revised risk assessment but that the initial request was rejected because the use pattern posed a potential risk to children.  Congressman LaTourette noted that the risk the homemade remedies homeowners are frequently resorting to - as illustrated by a February 23rd fire in Cincinnati - also pose a major risk to human health.  He further noted that 25(b) pesticides often do not work and, in some case, are just flat-out snake oil. Surprisingly Administrator Jackson responded by saying that "they (25(b)s) may not work but is it bad?" as though the fact that they didn't work wasn't really that big of a deal, not acknowledging that, after using a ineffective 25(b), a homeowner would surely move to a more desperate measure.

Congressman LaTourette's questions could not have been more timely as the EPA Scientific Advisory Panel meets the first week of March and is looking at bed bug efficacy standards for traditional pesticides.. 

Our members often ask if attending NPMA’s Legislative Day or working so hard on a state level is worth it. Rarely do we see such a timely example that yes, the efforts make a difference.

Please click here to see Congressman LaTourette’s questioning of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson about bed bugs (go to the 2 minute and 20 second mark in the video).

Please contact the Ohio Pest Management Association offices at (614) 453-5776 should there be any questions concerning this topic.

NPMA Announces Bed Bug Pandemic Response Plan

September 23, 2010 (Fairfax, Va.) - The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced its Bed Bug Pandemic Response Plan that will lead the industry's actions toward addressing the growing global bed bug crisis.  The initiatives, offered in response to the organization's findings from the recently released Bugs Without Borders global bed bug survey, provide action-steps for pest management professionals who are navigating uncharted territory with this re-emerging pest. 

Among the actions listed in the Response Plan are 1) appointment of an industry Blue Ribbon Bed Bug Task Force that will guide training, coordinate research, and encourage public policy initiatives; 2) sponsorship of the National Bed Bug Forum: A Solutions Conference, a January educational program that will provide the most complete educational offerings on bed bugs to date; 3) hosting of a spring Global Bed Bug Summit in Europe that will offer opportunities for sharing best practices; 4) adoption of a new, wide-ranging company bed bug accreditation program; and 5) support for the Congressional Bed Bug Summit in November sponsored by Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Don Young (R-AK).

"Our industry has not seen a pest generate so many unanswered questions in decades," noted NPMA Executive Vice President, Rob Lederer, when unveiling the organization's new bed bug programs.   "The recent survey we conducted with the University of Kentucky offered a glimpse of how pervasive the problems with bed bugs are across the world.  Now that we have that data, it's time to digest it and use the best and brightest minds in our industry to formulate workable action plans that will enable our professionals to most effectively support society in managing this pest."

Bob Rosenberg, NPMA's senior vice president, highlighted that appropriate responses for bed bug control need to be coordinated and properly orchestrated.  "It will be essential that our industry Blue Ribbon Bed Bug Task Force take a leadership role in all facets of the pest management industry’s response, from public policy to education to training.  Federal and state officials are all grappling for appropriate responses. Our industry must lead the way toward effective and appropriate guidelines for all those searching for answers."

Additional information on NPMA's Bed Bug Pandemic Response Plan will be available during Pestworld 2010 in Honolulu, HI next month and the Blue Ribbon Bed Bug Task Force will hold its first meeting during the event as well. 


Earlier this year, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky surveyed nearly 1,000 pest control companies in and outside the United States about a range of issues relating to bed bugs. The findings suggest a growing global pandemic that necessitates urgent action by stakeholders. The full study will be released in the September issue of PestWorld, NPMA's bi-monthly magazine; however, recognizing the importance of the information, we are pleased to offer this executive summary for your immediate review. 

Executive Summary

Among the findings, you will note:

  • 95% of professional pest control companies have encountered bed bug infestations in the past year. Prior to 2000, only 25% of U.S. survey respondents encountered a bed bug infestation.
  • 91% of professional pest control companies believe the incidence of bed bugs in the U.S. is increasing.
  • 76% of pest professionals in the U.S. believe bed bugs are THE most difficult pest to treat.
  • Respondents report 99% of clients who have had bed bugs were "upset and concerned" and 77% said such customers were "very upset and concerned." 

Additional information will follow in the coming weeks.

Dr. William B. Jackson passes
Dr. William B. Jackson of Chicago, IL, formerly of Bowling Green, OH, passed away on July 15, 2010.  He was a scientist, teacher, husband, father, and grandfather.  Over the years he served as a mentor to many people, at home and abroad, who found their way into his circle of influence. 

He was born in Milwaukee, WI on September 10, 1926 and the hours he spent collecting insects and watching birds in his early years led to being president of his high school nature club and an Eagle Scout. He earned his BA and MA from the University of Wisconsin, and his ScD in vertebrate ecology from the School of Hygiene and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he was involved in groundbreaking research on the ecology of urban rats. Several years as a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service were followed by two years in Micronesia with wife Shirley studying rodent populations for the Pacific Science Board/National Research Council. This was just the start of his international life – he ultimately visited and worked on all continents except Antarctica, as well as many islands, notably Bikini and Enewetak Atolls where he studied the effects of nuclear testing on rat and bird populations.  

Upon returning from Micronesia in 1957, Bill found his home base at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He served in many roles at BGSU including Professor of Zoology, Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Director of the Environmental Studies Center, which he established. He trained over 100 graduate students – 60 international students -- in basic and applied ecology, with many conducting their research at the National Wildlife Center in Colorado. Many went on to hold important positions in industry and government at home and abroad. Before his retirement in 1985 he was named “Distinguished University Professor of Biological Sciences.”

Recognized as a world expert in rodents and birds, he was a very active consultant, assisting the US Department of Wildlife Services, the US Atomic Energy Commission, the US Agency for International Development, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Boston’s Central Artery (“Big Dig”) Project, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, as well as many US and international foundations and companies. Over the course of his career he published over 200 technical and popular papers and book chapters, and lent his expertise to 60 Minutes, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, National Geographic, Time, and others. In 1995 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for “superior efforts to enhance human-wildlife relationships” by the Jack Berryman Institute for Wildlife Damage at Utah State University.

Bill was a member of Sigma Xi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He was past chairman of the American Society for Testing and Materials, and the Executive Director for 20 years of Pi Chi Omega, the national honorary fraternity of pest control professionals supporting the science of pest control.

Bill shared his love of nature and travel with his family and he will be missed very much.  He is survived by his wife Shirley, his children Beth, Mark & Craig and their spouses, and his grandchildren Kathleen and Elizabeth.  A celebration reception of his life is planned for August 14, 2010 at The Clare at Water Tower, 55 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611.  Condolences or thoughts may be shared at:

What’s Going on Around Capital Square?
By Belinda Jones, Legislative Counsel - Capitol Consulting Group

If you have not noticed by now, 2010 is an election year. As such, the Ohio General Assembly has recessed for summer. Your elected officials and their opponents are busy running for office in the districts. While things are quiet in Columbus, we thought it would be good to update you on where things stand on a few issues that we had been working on before the break.

By way of issue introduction, you might be interested to know that Ohio Professional Applicators for Responsible Regulation (OPARR) maintains a working “status sheet” of bills that we monitor on your behalf.

Slightly over 1,000 bills are introduced every General Assembly (every two years). Our firm reads all new bill introductions and if we think they may have even an ancillary connection to OPARR members, we put the bill number on the status sheet. As you might guess, any bill that pertains to pesticides or fertilizers is automatically on the watch list. We also put some bills that have small business applications (like a tax change for golf courses or a workers’ compensation bill). Although hundreds of bills are introduced, only a small percentage of those bills are passed. But the fact that they are introduced requires us to “keep our eyes on them.” By and large, most bills on the status sheet are under the status marked “monitoring” - meaning we are not taking an active position on the bill as of now. However, when a bill is starting to get hearings, the OPARR board will discuss the bill and decide whether we need to take a position on a bill and/ or take action on a bill. 

For example, bills pertaining to bed bugs are on an elevated status. Senate Resolution 132, sponsored by Sen. Eric Kearney (D-Cincinnati), and its companion House Resolution 182, sponsored by Rep. Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati), urges the Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant an emergency exemption for the use of propoxur to control bed bugs in Ohio. After hearing strong testimony in support of the resolutions from the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Lonnie Alonso, president of Columbus Pest Control Inc. and chairman of the OPARR, both resolutions were voted out of the environment committees considering them in both the House and Senate in mid-May. We will be working hard when session resumes after the fall election for a full floor vote of both resolutions in the House and Senate.

The hearings on the resolutions gave OPMA and OPARR a good chance to testify before the committees and heighten legislative awareness of not only bed bugs but the importance of the pest control industry. Additionally, this visibility has helped us on the regulatory side of the equation as we have been active in a Strickland Administration Bedbug Workgroup. In fact the workgroup participation of OPMA President Andrew Christman and Lonnie Alonso has been instrumental in “steering the ship” and helping the Strickland Administration gain a broad understanding of the problem (see separate story on page XX, “Strickland Responds to USEPA”). 

Even so, Rep. Mallory still has his eyes on another bill, HB 201. HB 201, legislation sponsored by Rep. Mallory, also is pending in the Ohio General Assembly. The bill establishes the Bedbug Awareness, Education and Prevent Program to provide information to the public about the problem and to require boards of health to adopt vermin control policies. The bill makes a $335,000 appropriation for the creation of the program and has had one hearing in the House Finance and Appropriations Committee.  We are also working closely with Representative Mallory on this proposal and will keep you informed of additional hearings and discussions on this bill after the election.

Of coutse OPARR is not just limited to bed bug bills, we also monitor turfgrass bills, for example SB 51. SB 51 was introduced by Sen. Sue Morano (D-Lorain). SB 51 designates the last week in May “Ohio Turfgrass Week.” This bill is marked “support” on the status sheet and OPARR, OLCA and others have written letters, testified in support in committee, etc. The bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee, passed out of the Ohio Senate, passed out of the House Agriculture Committee and is currently sitting idle in the House Rules Committee. The House Rules Committee determines which bills are put on the House floor. In general, Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish (D-Cleveland), who chairs the Rules Committee, does not like to put “naming” bills on the floor (for fear that voters might not think a mere naming bill is worth the taxpayer’s time). Still, OPARR supports SB 51 because the hearings have given us the chance, in testimony and letters, to tell legislators the economic, environmental and historic importance of turfgrass in Ohio. 

Finally, we monitor bills that affect other areas of your business like workers’ compensation. Hearings of the Competitive Workers’ Compensation Task Force chaired by Senator Tim Grendell (R-Chesterland) continue over the summer recess. This task force was created after the passage of Senate Resolution 118 passed by a party line vote to review the feasibility of allowing employers the option to obtain private insurance to insure their obligations under the workers’ compensation system of Ohio. The committee met in June and heard testimony from two attorneys advocating for a public system. The committee is expected to meet again in August. A report of the task force is due December 31, 2010.

For more information on any of these bills, please contact Belinda Jones at

MSN Story Featured Today Innacurately Depicts the Pest Management Industry
MSN ran a feature story today that inaccurately and incorrectly depicts the professional pest management industry.  The original version of this article first ran in 2007 in Smart Money magazine and has been repurposed several times since then, with almost no changes made to correct out-of-date and inaccurate data.  While we have issued previous responses and even talked with the Editor-in-Chief of Smart Money magazine last summer, when the article last appeared to encourage factual reporting about our industry, no changes were made to the feature that appeared on MSN today.  The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), NPMA's consumer education arm, contacted MSN today to address their journalistic inaccuracies and to ask for the removal of the story. 

To ensure timely and useful information is available to you, please use the links below:

1) A copy of today's MSN Article (as first appeared in Smart Money)

2) NPMA's response (through PPMA) to MSN

3) A Guide to Help with Customer and Community Inquiries About the Article

If you have any questions about the article or our response - or have any concerning questions from stakeholders about the coverage, please don't hesitate to contact Missy Henriksen, NPMA's Vice President of Public Affairs at or (703) 352-6762.


NPMA staff recently met federal officials to discuss the Clean Air Act, which permits obligations of fumigators (or their customers' obligations) using 10 tons of methyl bromide per year at a fixed site or stationary facility. Examples include the treatment of materials in a trailer or chamber at a fumigator's property, treating a client's facility and port fumigations.  Please note that the fact a treatment is driven by U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service requirements does not relieve a fumigator from complying with the Clean Air Act.   

There is a strong likelihood that this permit requirement will become a higher enforcement priority in the coming months, and penalties for noncompliance are significant.  Therefore, if your company uses more than 10 tons of methyl bromide per year at a particular fixed or stationary site, we urge you to contact NPMA staffers Gene Harrington and Bob Rosenberg at and to further discuss your company's possible Clean Air Act permitting obligations.  

NPMA will continue meeting with federal officials to discuss Clean Air Act permitting requirements for fumigators using methyl bromide, and will touch base with you again as developments warrant.

Ohio Department of Health Bed Bug Workgroup
On February 16, 2010 PCO’s and entomologists around the state met to discuss the current bed bug issues and what is being done to solve these problems.

Please belwo to review the minutes and SWOT analysis from this meeting:
Meeting Minutes
SWOT Analysis

Delaware City Council: Door-to-door solicitors now need permit
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Staff Writer

Door-to-door solicitors will now be required to register with the Delaware Police Department to sell their wares in the city.

Delaware City Council unanimously approved a new solicitation ordinance this week that was brought forward for retooling by the police department. The guidelines aims to better assure residents that door-to-door solicitors are legitimate by regulating commercial solicitors (those seeking funds) and peddlers (those selling goods or wares), but not charitable groups such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or religious and non-commercial groups.

Third Edition of the PCT Field Guide for the Management of Structure-Infesting Ants Now Available for Immediate Delivery
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The PCT Media Group is pleased to announce the publication of the PCT Field Guide for the Management of Structure-Infesting Ants, 3rd Edition by Stoy Hedges.

Completely revised and updated, the 3rd edition Ant Field Guide is an essential educational resource for pest management professionals.

“To be without this field guide is akin to doing pest management without a flashlight,” said longtime industry consultant Dr. Austin Frishman, AMF Pest Management Services, Boca Raton, Fla.

It’s no accident that ants are the industry’s No. 1 pest, representing millions of dollars in annual revenue. Unique behavioral characteristics, rapidly changing dietary needs and dozens of structure-infesting species all make control difficult. The PCT Field Guide for the Management of Structure-Infesting Ants, 3rd Edition, was written to provide pest management professionals with a handy resource they can access from their service vehicles for practical, up-to-date information on these challenging pests. Topics covered include:

  • Basic Ant Biology
  • Inspection Tips
  • Successful Treatment Strategies
  • Instant Ant Identification Guide
  • Taxonomic Keys
  • Full-Color Photo ID Section
  • Emerging Ant Species
Hedges, manager of technical service, Terminix International, provides a thorough review of the biology and behavior of ants (updated with new data where appropriate), and has included new case studies from his extensive field experiences.

The 3rd edition Ant Field Guide also has been updated with six new ant species. “For example, we rolled into the Pavement Ant chapter information about a related pavement ant species we are seeing in Missouri and Illinois,” Hedges said.

Perhaps the most significant revision is the inclusion of high-quality, 4-color photos taken by Joe MacGown from the Mississippi Entomological Museum. MacGown used a digital microscope for the photos, which provide incredible detail of each ant species.

“The biggest challenge for our service professionals is the identification of the pests involved and this guide was written with the service professional in the field in mind, so that they can solve the problem as quickly as possible,” Hedges said.

Priced at only $9.95 per copy, this 325-page handy field guide is a resource every one of your technicians should have in their service vehicle (quantity discounts are available).

For more information or to order visit or call the PCT store at 800/456-0707.

A School IPM workshop will be held at Berea High School in Cuyahoga County, April 23

The Ohio State University Extension Entomology and the Pesticide Safety Education Program are teaching School IPM Workshop to help Ohio's schools effectively manage pests and maintain safer and healthy environments for our youth, faculty and staff.

School IPM Programs are an ongoing process that includes: conducting a thorough inspection of the property and school buildings noting situations that may encourage pest invasion; development of strategies to reduce pest conducive situations; monitoring of pest populations; and, consideration of all pest control techniques that include sanitation, trapping, biological controls and registered pesticides, including baits.

We are holding two introductory meetings, one in Cuyahoga County (April 23, 2010) and one in Montgomery County (Dayton area) in June. Please note that the workshops are free of charge.

If you would like to be involved in this program, please see the web site for more information:

and/or contact:

Barbara Bloetscher, 614-292-4624, or 614-644-5839

Jennifer Andon 614-292-4624

Bed bug tracking in Columbus: “a fraction of the actual bed bug infestations"
by Renee Corea on December 15, 2009 in Statistics

It’s amazing how much the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force has been able to accomplish without any significant funding. The latest example is this presentation from the recent Central Ohio Bed Bug Summit: Bed Bug Distribution through Greater Columbus, 2007 – 2009 (PowerPoint).

The task force presents data from calls received at Columbus Code Enforcement, the Franklin County Board of Health and also from a survey of pest management firms in the Columbus area (3 firms responded):

The bottom line:

No part of the metro area is bed bug free

And, not surprisingly:

Bed bug calls are straining the resources of CCE [Columbus Code Enforcement], FCBH [Franklin County Board of Health], and most social services agencies in our city

This type of data collection is essential and here it is properly contextualized. Very often bed bug statistics are misunderstood. Valuable indicators, but by no means the extent of the problem

Position On Bed Bug Legislation Pending In The Ohio Legislature

  • OPMA is an interested party.
  • OPMA is an interested party regarding the legislation.
  • Pest management professionals need more effective residual products.
  • The proposed legislation will not help eliminate bed bugs.
  • OPMA is neutral on classification of bed bugs as “vermin.”
  • OPMA supports continued testing by the Centers for Disease Control to determine if bed bugs are vectors.
  • OPMA is opposed to required certification inspection of property as “bed bug free.”
  • OPMA supports inclusion of bed bug training in the existing recertification training process.
EPA Seeks to Disclose Hazardous Pesticide Inert Ingredients

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with a plan to disclose the identities of all inert ingredients in pesticides including those that are potentially hazardous.  This increased transparency will assist consumers and users of pesticides in making informed decisions and will better protect public health and the environment.  Pesticide manufacturers typically disclose their inert ingredients only to EPA.

Currently, EPA evaluates the safety of all active and inert ingredients in a product’s formulation when determining whether the pesticide should be registered.
The Agency anticipates publishing its proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register within the next few months.  In it, EPA will discuss ideas for greater disclosure of inert ingredient identities, including inerts associated with various hazards, as well as inerts in general.  EPA believes one way of discouraging the use of the more hazardous inert ingredients in pesticide formulations is by making their identities public.  In addition to pursuing regulatory action for inert disclosure, EPA is considering encouraging voluntary initiatives to achieve this broader disclosure.
On September 30, EPA responded to two petitions (one by Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, and a second by certain State Attorneys General), that identified over 350 inert pesticide ingredients as hazardous.  The petitioners asked EPA to require these inert ingredients be identified on the labels of products that include them in their formulations.  Copies of the petitions and EPA’s response can be found on the Web site at
This article came from the EP Pesticide Program Update.  EPA distributes its Pesticide Program Updates to external stakeholders and citizens who have expressed an interest in pesticide activities and decisions.  This update service is part of EPA's continuing effort to improve public access to Federal pesticide information.

For general questions on pesticides and pesticide poisoning prevention, contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), toll free, at: 1-800-858-7378, by E-mail at, or by visiting their website at:

OPMA Raises nearly $6K for Past President’s Scholarship

Newark, OH – On July 10 the Ohio Pest Management Association (OPMA) held its annual summer meeting at the Cherry Valley Lodge in beautiful Newark, OH. One of the highlights of the summer meeting was the scholarship fund-raising auction held following the banquet-style dinner on Friday evening.   A silent auction yielded $ $2,457.00 and was followed by auctioneer and OPMA president, William Kirchner Jr., “working the crowd” to bring the grand total raised for the scholarship fund to $5,932.00.  

The item commanding the single highest bid, $750.00, was a scale model of the WW II aircraft carrier USS Hornet, assembled by William Kirchner, Jr. of Cleveland Chemical Pest Control, Inc., and populated with bald-faced hornet “jet fighters”, damselfly “helicopters”, field ant “crew” and a longhorned beetle “auxiliary antenna” by Dr. Gerry Wegner of Varment Guard Environmental Services, Inc.

Click here for photos

Integrated Pest Management Standard (IPM) Developed

OPMA and OPARR have helped the ODA develop an Integrated Pest Management Standard (IPM) for non-agricultural uses in the state. This rule would cover pesticide businesses, school personnel or any other individuals conducting IPM activities. To read the final update on the IPM Rule in its entirety, please click here.

National Pest Management Association Strengthens Green Certification Program

June 25, 2009 (Fairfax, Virginia) — The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is excited to announce GreenPro, its enhanced green certification program that has now been endorsed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the world’s largest environmental advocacy groups.  The new GreenPro certification program is designed for those companies who want to tap into the growing green marketplace for pest control services.  Significantly improved GreenPro standards will provide consumers looking for a green service with a third party endorsed green approach to eliminating pest problems.

As part of this roll-out the existing QualityPro Green program will be rebranded as GreenPro – a new name and look that are the result of in-depth consumer research conducted by QualityPro.  “After collecting valuable qualitative and quantitative research, we are confident that the new name, logo and performance standards more accurately depict the principles of the program and the commitment to the overall green movement,” said Bob Rosenberg, senior vice president of NPMA.

“When we developed GreenPro, we did so to provide a better tool for our members who want to take advantage of the growing consumer interest in green pest control services,” says Rob Lederer, executive vice president of NPMA. “After many months of dialogue, it is a great milestone to have a group as formidable as NRDC to provide us with their support and endorsement of our green program."

“It’s continues to amaze me how quickly the association can adapt to consumer demands,” said Kevin Kordek, QualityPro board of directors chair.  “The GreenPro program is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of pest management companies from coast to coast, and I look forward to watching the evolution as we continue to build on our reputation for professionalism.”

GreenPro is a voluntary designation for companies that meet the enhanced GreenPro certification performance standards. For more information on QualityPro, visit For more information on GreenPro, visit or e-mail

Ohio Dominates a National Top 20 List

Congratulations Juliette Campbell of Varment Guard Environmental Services, Molly Patton of Patton Pest Control, Ka Tsu of Service and Kurt Scherzinger of Scherzinger Pest Control for making Pest Management Professional’s Top 20 “Worth Watching” list of 2009.  Ohio took the most honors on this list with four members and were followed up by Washington with three members and New York, Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia and Tennessee all had 2 members respectively.  All other states listed only had one.

NPMA Announces its 2009-2010 Board of Directors
June 9, 2009 (Fairfax, Virginia) — The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is pleased to announce its 2009-2010 board of directors.  As NPMA’s leadership team, the board of directors is the strength of the association and through their experience and dedication they position the association for dynamic growth and a bright future. 

In addition to the board members listed below, each year, the Board of Directors elects a Supplier Representative and up to two Associate Directors. Those appointments will be made in the summer, 2009.

Mr. Raleigh Jenkins
ABC Pest Pool and Lawn Services
Houston, TX

Mr. Kevin Kordek
A-Active Termite & Pest Control
Virginia Beach, VA

Mr. Ray A. Johnson
Johnson Pest Control, Inc.
Sevierville, TN

Ms. Laura Simpson
Dugas Pest Control of Baton Rouge, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA

Immediate Past President
Mr. Bruce Carter
Carter Services, Inc.
Farmington, NM

Past President Representative
Mr. Donnie Blake
OPC Pest Control
Louisville, KY

At-Large Directors 
Mr. Bob Dold Jr.
Rose Pest Solutions
Northfield, IL

Mr. Don S. Jamison
Jamison Pest and Lawn
Memphis, TN 

Mr. Dennis Jenkins
ABC Pest & Lawn Services of DFW, Inc.
Lewisville, TX

Ms. Karie Keown
Omaha, NE

Mr. Mickey Nolen
Nozzle Nolen, Inc.
West Palm Beach, FL

Mr. Kevin C. Pass
Action Pest Control
Evansville, IN

Ms. Sheri Spencer
Spencer Pest Control
Melbourne, FL

Mr. William A. Tesh
Pest Management Systems, Inc.
Greensboro, NC

Mr. Chuck Tindol
Allgood Pest Solutions
Duluth, GA

Mr. Joe Wilson
PermaTreat Pest Control Co., Inc.
Fredericksburg, VA

Region #1 Director
Mr. Joseph J. Pestana, III
J.P. Pest Services, Inc.
Milford, NH

Region #2 Director
Ms. Julee B. Efird
Modern Exterminating Co., Inc.
Jacksonville, NC

Region #3 Director
Ms. Rene Kesecker
Good Earth Pest Company
Corvallis, OR

Region #4 Director
Mr. Bert Putterman
Arizona Exterminating Company
Phoenix, AZ

Region #5 Director
Mr. Normand Doiron
Orkin PCO Services
Moncton, NB

NPMA Unveils New Bed Bug Poster
Resource in English and Spanish Designed to Educate and Inform Customers

June 2, 2009 (Fairfax, Virginia) — In response to the increasing bed bug problem throughout the United States, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is excited to announce a new resource designed to educate and inform customers about bed bugs.  The new professionally developed bed bug poster incorporates high-quality color photos of bed bugs for identification with the basics of biology as well as ‘where to look,’ ‘what to look for,’ and ‘who to contact.’  The poster is available in English and Spanish.

The 18” x 24” poster is designed to nicely fit on backs of doors, offices and bulletin boards for hospitality employees and housekeeping staff, apartment managers, and property directors for dormitories and other multi-family dwellings.  The new poster is also another method for pest management professionals to directly communicate with existing and potential customers about bed bugs and the reasons to hire a professional.

The laminated posters are available for purchase at $9.95 for NPMA members and $12.95 for non-members.  Visit the NPMA Resource Center at to place an online order.  For more information, contact NPMA at 703.352.6762.

NPMA Announces Women of Excellence Awards by Orki

Open 5/18/09 and close 8/14/09

FAIRFAX, Va. (May 11, 2009) – The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced today a ‘Call for Nominations’ for NPMA’s Women of Excellence Award, presented by Orkin, Inc. The award recognizes women who advance the pest control industry every day, in every way. Nominations open Monday, May 18 and may be submitted online at by Friday, August 14. Self-nominations will be accepted.
“The Women of Excellence Award is the premier recognition program for women pest control professionals and is the only such program in the industry,” said Rob Lederer, executive vice president for NPMA.

The international honor is open to women across the pest control industry. Deserving candidates who demonstrate outstanding leadership and make notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession and other women are encouraged to apply.

Nomination criteria:
An eligible nominee meets the following criteria:

  • Works in the pest control industry (pest control operator, manufacturer, researcher)
  • Demonstrates leadership in her professional career
  • Makes notable contributions to the good of her profession
  • Helps other women succeed in the industry

The winner of NPMA’s Women of Excellence Award will be chosen by an esteemed and independent judges’ panel comprised of professionals with backgrounds in pest control, human resources and other industries. The judges are Ellen Dotson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Tory Johnson, Women for Hire magazine; Rob Lederer, NPMA; Faith Oi, Ph.D., University of Florida; and Jean Seawright, CMC, Seawright & Associates.
The award recipient will be notified in September and formally announced at a special award presentation during NPMA’s PestWorld 2009 Convention, October 26-29 in Las Vegas.

“We are proud to celebrate women who have made significant strides to advance their companies, their colleagues and the pest control profession overall,” said Glen Rollins, president and chief operating officer of Orkin, Inc., the presenting sponsor of the annual award.

For more information about the NPMA Women of Excellence Award, please visit or contact Dominique Stumpf at or (703) 352-6762.

National Bed Bug Summit

Summary Materials Available from National Bed Bug Summit

NPMA Develops Bed Bug Sections on Web Sites for PMPs and Consumers
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsored a National Bed Bug Summit, April 14-15, 2009, with support from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials, as all three groups recognized the importance of bringing together those who could engage in constructive dialogue about what needs to be done by various stakeholders to get control of the nation's growing bed bug crisis.  
EPA has now posted a summary of information from the National Bed Bug Summit.  To view the summary of information, click here.

This summary includes the following Recommendations from the Summit will be presented to EPA's Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee meeting on April 22, 2009.  NPMA's Bob Rosenberg represents the pest management industry on the committee.

For PMPS: The Bed Bug Toolbox
In response to the growing bed bug crisis and in effort to keep NPMA members informed, we are pleased to present the pest management industry with a central online location for bed bug research, resource materials for PMPs, regulatory and legislation, and resources available to the consumer and general public, including recent media coverage.  To access The Bed Bug Toolbox, visit or click here

For Consumers: The Bed Bug Hub

It would be difficult for the consumer to escape bed bugs this week - at least in the media.  With the topic of bed bugs being everywhere, NPMA is pleased to present a central online location for bed bug information for consumers.  The Bed Bug Hub includes frequently asked questions, a fact sheet, bed bug resources, and links to recent media coverage.  To access The Bed Bug Hub, click here or visit and click on The Bed Bug Hub icon on the right.

GCPCA’s Tom Evans Award to Ron Belknap

The Greater Cleveland Pest Control Association (GCPCA) presented the Tom Evans Award to Ron Belknap, owner and president, Capital City Exterminating, Worthington, Ohio.

Legality of Baiting for Moles and Chipmunks in Ohio

Craig Velte, National Sales Manager for J.T. Eaton had been doing research for a new chipmunk bait when he saw a PCT magazine ad for TALPIRID that kills moles. This ad had a testimonial  from a PMP in Ohio. He then remembered during his research on the chipmunks that both moles and chipmunks are a restricted specie in Ohio. When he contacted Ken Fitz from the ODNR he found that under revised code 1531.02, it is illegal to bait for moles and chipmunks.

Therefore the PMP’s in Ohio are breaking the law by using TALPIRID.

Most PMP’s are not aware of this. But the ODNR is now aware of it. The good news is that the ODNR has met concerning this matter and has ruled to update the law for both moles and chipmunks, however this may take anywhere from 6-12 months to finalize.

OPMA feels this information is important to pass on. Thank you for the information, Craig.

A-Z Exterminating awarded “Quality Pro” Status

Congratulations to Dennis Eilers and A-Z Exterminating in Cincinnati for achieving the distinction of being one of a few “Quality Pro” members in Ohio. The National Pest Management Association awards this distinction to a company who goes above and beyond the norm and raises the bar in the pest control industry.

BWC Rate Recommendations for 2009 Mixed Bag for Employers

Recent action by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors produced outcomes that will affect all Ohio employers. Unfortunately, the bottom-line impact on employers’ workers’ compensation premiums for 2009 will at best be a mixed bag – ranging from a projected 9.6 percent increase in rates, on average, for group-rated employers to a projected 25.3 decrease in rates, on average, for non-group employers. This substantial difference will be particularly difficult for group-rated employers to swallow since they tend to use the workers’ compensation system less than non-group employers and thus have less of an impact on the system’s overall costs.

Over the past year, the BWC Administrator and staff explored various changes that would achieve what they described as “greater premium equity” for Ohio employers. The Bureau’s stated goal was to ensure that all employers – those participating in Ohio’s Group Rating Program as well as non-group employers – pay the most equitable rate based on the risk they bring to the system.

After months of moving targets, changing claims projections and rate-reform proposals and counter-proposals, the Board approved the following changes for the July 1, 2009 rate year:

  • Overall base rate reduction. To achieve the Bureau’s goal of premium equity among employers and rates that better reflect risk exposure, the base rate reduction will be directed entirely to non-group employers. To offset the reduction, group-rated employers will have a 31 percent “break even” assessment added to their premium. Group-rated employers also will feel the impact of a previously approved reduction of the maximum Group Rating discount from 85 percent to 77 percent. The net effect of all of these adjustments is the previously mentioned 9.6 percent increase in rates for group employers and 25.3 percent savings for non-group employers.

  • Premium cap for “penalty-rated” employers. A cap limiting a company’s Experience Modifier increase to no more than 100 percent will apply only to employers who are individually penalty rated. Employers protected by the cap must develop a workplace safety plan with assistance from a sponsoring organization, third-party administrator or BWC staff. This provision ensures that companies benefiting from the cap will keep an appropriate focus on safety and claims management best practices, which in turn will help keep overall system costs down.

  • Elimination of stacking of Drug-Free Workplace discounts. To lessen the overall impact of the “break even” assessment on group-rated employers, the Board eliminated the stacking of discounts on top of the Group Rating discount.

Employers should anticipate additional changes from the BWC, as discussions already are under way about rate proposals for the July 1, 2010 rate year. You can rest assured that The  Ohio Pest Management Association and The Frank Gates Service Company will be monitoring those discussions closely and keeping you informed of any important developments – all part of our ongoing efforts to maximize your workers’ compensation savings and improve your business performance while ensuring participation in the most beneficial options offered by BWC and your sponsoring organization.

PWIPM calls for Scholarship Applicants
Application Deadline is June 30, 2009

March 23, 2009 (Fairfax, VA) –The National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) affiliate organization, the Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) announces a call for applicants for their fourth Annual Scholarship.  The PWIPM Annual Scholarship is for women interested in advancing or securing a career in the pest management industry. The recipient(s) may use the scholarship to defer costs related to advancing their education and/or career in the pest management industry.

The scholarship will be a minimum of $1,000 and includes $500 toward travel expenses to attend the National Pest Management Association’s convention and exposition, PestWorld 2009, at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 26 - 29. The scholarship will be awarded at PestWorld 2009 during the PWIPM reception, Tuesday, October 27, 2009. The successful recipient will be notified by August 15, 2009.

To apply or learn more about the PWIPM Scholarship, visit or contact Dominique Stumpf at 703-352-6762 or  The application deadline is June 30, 2009.

NPMA Announces HUD Approval-NPMA-99 and 99B Forms

March 3, 2009 (Fairfax, Virginia) — The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved the use of the new HUD-NPMA-99A and HUD-NPMA-99B.  The use of the forms is authorized immediately and existing stocks of the previous forms, NPCA-99a and NPCA-99b, may be used until supplies are exhausted; however, some lenders may require the new forms immediately. The new forms expire February 29, 2012.

The HUD-NPMA-99A, called the Subterranean Termite Protection Builder’s Guarantee, is completed by the builder and specifies whether the work was done by the pest control company or the builder (in the rare case of using extensive pressure treated lumber as termite prevention). The form clearly delineates the responsibilities of the builder and the builder must guarantee that any work done complies with the building code.

The HUD-NPMA-99B, now called the New Construction Subterranean Termite Service Record, is completed by the pest control company and now includes all code-accepted methods into one service record. The code-accepted methods include Soil Applied Liquid Termiticide, Wood Applied Liquid Termiticide, Bait System Installed, and Physical Barrier System Installed.

Samples of the new forms can be viewed at

The new forms may be purchased online from NPMA at or by calling the Resource Center directly at 703-352-6267

PPMA Hires New Executive Director

Dear PPMA Guardians and Contributors,

It is with great excitement that I announce the hiring of Missy Henriksen as Executive Director of the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA).  Missy joins PPMA with more than two decades of experience in the association industry and an expertise in public relations and fund raising.

As you know, Cindy Mannes left the executive director position in July after seven years of strong service to the industry. With her departure, the PPMA Board of Directors had a twofold challenge: 1) to find a capable successor and 2) keep PPMA running without a hitch. 

Thanks to the capable marketing professionals put in place during Cindy's tenure, the second challenge was easily overcome and the business of PPMA continued unfettered for the past several months. Ensuring the right candidate was hired for the executive director position became top priority. After an exhaustive interview process, I'm pleased to report that Missy unequivocally meets all qualifications.

Missy recently served as the Director of Advancement with The Congressional Schools of Virginia with a focus on community relations, fund raising and marketing. Prior to that she served as the Executive Director/CEO of the American Composites Manufacturers Association where she managed all strategic and operational aspects with a $5 million operating budget.

I hope you'll join me in welcoming her to the pest control industry and the PPMA family.  I'm confident that her leadership will bring great things to our industry's marketing initiative and PPMA will continue to build on its strong legacy.

If you happen to be in Washington, D.C. this weekend for Legislative Day, please join us at the PPMA Board Meeting (beginning at 3 p.m. in the Colonial Room) to welcome Missy aboard.

Thank you,
Tommy Fortson
Chairman, Professional Pest Management Alliance


To honor the passing of Norm Ehmann, Univar USA has set up a page on PestWeb® where members of the pest control industry can share their personal memories of Norm. To do so, visitors simply click on the Norm Ehmann banner located on PestWeb'S home page under the "PestWeb Spotlights" section. At the bottom of John Bolanos’s letter about Norm is a link entitled "SHARE YOUR MEMORIES OF NORM EHMANN."

Univar will be collecting these memories and will present them to the Ehmann family in memory of Norm's immense contribution to the industry.

Open Letter to all OPARR Friends and Supporters

TO:  OPARR Members, Friends and Supporters      
 FROM:  Lonnie Alonso, Chairman
SUBJECT:  OPARR Executive Director Transition

First, I apologize for my delay in getting this notice out to you all.
Effective January 1, 2009, OPARR has a new Executive Director as a result of the retirement of Jim Betts who has served us so well in that position since OPARR’s inception in 1984.
While Jim does not plan to discontinue all professional activities at this time, he felt it was time to reduce his workload. Jim and the OPARR Board agreed on the January 1 separation date to facilitate a smooth transition during a very busy period for OPARR.
Belinda Jones and the staff of Capitol Consulting Group, Inc. have been selected by the OPARR Board to assume the Executive Director’s job and responsibilities. Belinda actually worked for Jim Betts and OPARR in the 1990’s and has substantial background and experience in representing clients on regulatory and legislative matters, including pesticide-related matters with The Scotts Company, the Ohio Lawn Care Association and the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association.
We are certain that with the addition of Belinda and the Capitol Consulting Group, Inc., OPARR will continue its history of service and representation of the pesticide user industry in Ohio.
On behalf of all OPARR member firms and individuals, I thank Jim Betts and Barb Adams (his long time colleague) for all their efforts and services over the past 24 years. Lord knows that they have led us well, taught us an immense amount and best of all been our key trusted allies! Best wishes to Jim & Barb!
Following is Belinda Jones’s contact info:
            Belinda Jones
            Capitol Consulting Group, Inc.
            37 West Broad St. Suite 820
            Columbus, OH  43215
            Office: 614-224-3855

Update on Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force

A great deal has happened since the last meeting of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force.  Rather than waste time in the meeting next week going over all that has happened, here is a summary of the activity that has occurred, or that is ongoing. Also, the agenda for the meeting on January 14th is located at the bottom of this e-mail

First, the bad news:

-  The number of bed bug reports continues to grow.  As of today, we are aware of residential bed bug infestations in Columbus, Whitehall, Reynoldsburg, Prairie Township (West Side) Truro and Madison Townships (East Side) Gahanna, and Westerville:

- Bed bugs have been found in hotels in Columbus (several) Grove City (3) Hilliard (1) Canal Winchester (1) and Westerville (1);

- Due to budget restraints, as well as overwhelming demand, The City of Cincinnati recently announced that it will not conduct inspections to identlfy bed bugs.  The situation there appears to be worsening;

Now the GOOD NEWS! (By no means in the order of importance!)

- Sue Carpenter from Columbus Code Enforcement organized training for all local code enforcement officials.  The training will be held at the Columbus Code Enforcement Office, 757 Carolyn Avenue on January 22, 2009. (If you know your local code official, please urge them to attend the training!)

- Leslie Dybiec, from the Washington Township Fire Department has organized training for all firefighters and EMS personnel, which will be held on January 27, 2009 at the Washington Twp. Administration Building, 6200, Eiterman Rd in Dublin. One of the speakers will be a representative of the Cincinnati Fire Department, who will explain the challenges that they are facing from the bed bugs;

- Dr. Jones and Matt Beal from the Ohio Department of Agriculture Have applied for a grant from Region 5, USEPA to print Pocket Guides to Bed Bugs, as well as stickers to be placed on discarded, bed bug infested furniture.  If you’d like more information, please contact Matt or Susan;

- Elizabeth Kress from the Franklin County Board of Health submitted a letter of intent to the Ohio Environmental Education Fund requesting funding ($5,000) to produce a pamphlet detailing proper and improper use of pesticides to treat bed bug - infested homes;  If your agency would be willing to do so, we need letters of support for this project. Please fax them to me at (614) 462 – 3851;

 - LifeCare Alliance has distributed a large number of fliers to their clients concerning bed bugs;

- Jim Hale, from the Grove City Visitors Bureau has completed a guidance document for hotel managers and housekeeping staff concerning bedbugs. He is currently having it translated into Spanish;

- We will have a web site very soon!  Our domain name is: Rob Combs from the Franklin County Board of Health is creating the web site for us;

- Rob also produced several logos that were sent to the Steering Committee and some other members.  The winner is the one that I placed at the top of the page.  Thanks to Rob for creating the logos;

- Susan Jones has agreed to be the Spokesperson for the Task Force. Dr. Jones is uniquely suited for this position by virtue of her knowledge and experience with bed bugs!

- We’ve decided to incorporate the Code Enforcement Subcommittee into the Housing subcommittee;

- We’re asking the members of the Media Relations and outreach Subcommittee to “wear two hats.” We’d like at least one member of the this subcommittee to become part of one of the other subcommittees. Our hope is that a professional media relations person directly working in each subcommittee will help us all to find ways to translate our ideas into useful products.

 However, we’d like the Media Relations and Outreach Subcommittee to continue to meet as a group also.  Finally, we’d like a representative of the Media Relations subcommittee to serve on the Steering Committee;

- Representatives of the Columbus City Schools, Hilliard City Schools, Ohio Department of Health Nursing Home Program, and Ohio Health have agreed to participate in the Task Force.  Thanks to Janet Hyme - Householder for her work in bringing the health care folks on board!

- Blank Work Plans were sent out to everyone in early December.  I hope that we can discuss them in the subcommittee meetings.

President-elect Obama Selects EPA Administrator

President-elect Obama today filled the position pest management industry observers had been watching most closely and tapped former New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)Commissioner Lisa Jackson as his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator.   She will be the first African-American to head EPA. 

Jackson, who recently stepped down as Commissioner to become chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and serving on President-elect Obama's transition review team for energy and natural resources, first joined NJ DEP in March 2002 as Assistant Commissioner of Compliance and Enforcement after 16 years with EPA at the headquarters in Washington, D.C. and a regional office in New York City.  She was sworn in as Commissioner in February of 2006.  During her tenure as Commissioner, Jackson worked to clean up contaminated sites, pass mandatory greenhouse gas reductions in New Jersey, establish a scientific advisory board to review agency decisions, and oversaw the implementation of some of the toughest chemical security regulations in the country. 

Jackson, 46, must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before officially taking office.  While at least one environmental group - Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility - publicly opposes Jackson's appointment, she will likely be confirmed with ease sometime in late January or early February.

A native of New Orleans who grew up in the city's Ninth Ward, Jackson earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University's School of Chemical Engineering.

NPMA's congratulates Jackson on her historic selection, wishes her a expeditious confirmation process, and looks forward to working with her.

Pest Management Foundation Looking for Research Proposals

Fairfax, VA – December 12, 2008 - The National Pest Management Association’s charitable organization - the Pest Management Foundation - today issued a solicitation for grant proposals related to the management of structural pests and pests in urban and suburban environments.  

Any submission deemed worthwhile by the Foundation will be eligible for a grant of up to $35,000. Eligible entities include, but are not limited to institutions of higher learning, non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and individuals. 

While the solicitation lists specific project ideas, the Foundation is interested in any proposal that pertains to the management of pests in structures and urban and suburban environments.  The Foundation recently funded research published by Cornell University, University of Kentucky, and Spokane Falls Community College researchers on the effectiveness of yellowjacket trapping, the efficacy of residential mosquito control, and various methods of controlling the black widow and hobo spiders. The Foundation also supported the World Health Organization’s recently published research on the public health significance of urban pests, and is funding ongoing research on the efficacy of canines as bed bug detectors, the significance of an emerging invasive ant species in the Southeastern United States, and the odorous house ant.

“Our main intent is to generate the submission of numerous different proposals,” said Gene Harrington, the executive director of the Foundation.  “We recognize that there are countless valuable research ideas and issuing anything too prescriptive could preclude many worthy proposals.  We look forward to carefully reviewing any and all proposals.”

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 20, 2009 and the target for identifying a worthwhile applicant is by the end of April, 2009. The solicitation is available at  Questions and proposals should be directed to Gene Harrington at or 703-352-6762. 

Mike Henning Gives Back to OPMA

Mike Henning, Henning Family Business Center, a nationally known speaker, was a presenter at the 2008 Winter meeting.  Mike Henning is known by his peers as “America’s Family Business Coach”.  Mike has generously donated several items for our members’ use.  There is a CD on “Planning Succession Without Conflict” which includes Family Relationships and Balance Communication; a book “ Your Final Test For Success”,  a book , “Cradle to Grave”- A Survival Planning Workbook for the Family in Business ; a book “Developing Internal Leaders and Managers. ” Mike Henning has devoted years to writing books and lecturing on small family business and is a valuable asset to our members.  OPMA members may borrow this information from the OPMA library or may buy the literature directly from Mike Henning. Mike will generously donate $10 of every $20 sale to the OPMA Past President’s Scholarship Fund.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Henning
Henning Family Business Center
1006 N. Pembroke Court
Effingham, IL 62401
Tel: (217) 342-3728
Fax: (217) 342-3768

PWIPM Announces Scholarship Winner

The National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) affiliate organization Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM), is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2008 PWIPM Scholarship is Julie Ramirez, Managing Partner of Forsyth Exterminating in Dawsonville, Georgia.  The PWIPM Scholarship is awarded annually to at least one female interested in advancing or securing a career in pest management.

Ms. Ramirez understands the mission of PWIPM and its goal of strengthening the forces and network of women in the pest management industry.  As the winner of the annual scholarship, Julie received funding to further her career and business, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C. for PestWorld 2008 where she was formally presented with this award at the PWIPM Wine & Cheese Reception on October 23.

Julie began working in the family business when she was 15-years old.  After college, she quickly realized that the pest management field was where she was going to excel.  She is proud to be a woman entrepreneur, and takes great pride in promoting the pest management industry to women, including recruiting women into the pest management field and cultivating their career advancement. 

PWIPM provides a place for women in the pest management industry to network and learn from their peers, and has taken the initiative to define its role and the value of women serving in the industry.  Now grown to almost 300 members, PWIPM continues to spread its mission of attracting, developing and supporting women through educational programs, resources, and peer networking at the national and local level.

NPMA’s Pest Management Foundation Announces Smart Car Winner
Mike Rottler of Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions Has the Winning Raffle Ticket

The Pest Management Foundation, the research arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is excited to announce that the raffle ticket winner of the brand new Smart Cabriolet is Mike Rottler, President of Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions in St. Louis, Missouri and a Past President of the NPMA. 

The Foundation is also pleased to report that over $25,000 in tickets were sold.  The winning raffle ticket was pulled by Stephen L. Moloney, Treasurer for the City of Fairfax, and the drawing was observed by NPMA Past President Jay Nixon and Gene Harrington, Executive Director of the Pest Management Foundation.  Video footage of the raffle drawing is available on NPMA’s Web site,

“The NPMA greatly appreciates all of those that purchased raffle tickets to support valuable industry funded pest management research, and the continued advancement of the pest management industry,” said Gene Harrington.

Over the last three decades, NPMA’s Pest Management Foundation funded research that includes the effectiveness of residential mosquito control, methods of managing the black widow and hobo spiders, and the effectiveness of yellow jacket trapping.  Most recently, the Foundation supported the World Health Organization’s recently published report on the public health significance of urban pests, as well as several ongoing research projects.

For more information about the Pest Management Foundation, call 703.352.6762 or visit

IPM Standard and Definitions

November 5, 2008 – IPM Standard and Definitions.  Note: These documents are in final form, but not yet official, since they have just recently been submitted to Rule Approval after open comment period and edits, but not approved yet. The approval process will take about two months. OPMA members can use these documents (located in the Members Only section) as a framework to build the needed IPM in Schools project for their school districts wanting “IPM in Schools” plans based on Jared’s Law.  For more information, click here.

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