KPU Professional Pest Management Course – February 18-20 (Online)

Hello SPMABC Members!

KPU will once again be offering the Professional Pest Management Module 1 training this year from Feb. 18-20, however, this time, due to COVID-19, it will be delivered online.

KPU Professional Pest Management | Module 1

The Professional Pest Management (PPM) course was designed for industry professionals and anyone interested in learning more about pest management. The content was created by Dr. Cameron Lait, a respected entomologist and co-chair of KPU’s School of Horticulture. This course is recognized by the Structural Pest Management Association of BC (SPMABC) and students who successfully complete Module 1 will receive five credits towards their pest applicator license recertification.

Course Format

Module 1 includes online lectures, lab demonstrations and quizzes delivered over three days. Students will need access to a computer with a microphone and web cam, as well as high speed internet to participate in classes. Students are encouraged to review lecture slides prior to each class and be prepared to discuss. There will be a brief quiz at the beginning of each class to review material from the previous day. At the end of the three-day training, there will be an exam to test your knowledge of all of the content covered.

Content Module 1

  • Basic insect biology
  • Taxonomy/identification
  • Survey of important structural pest orders and families
  • Pest behaviour
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) philosophy and practices
  • Basic pesticide chemistry, safety and regulations
  • Professionalism and safety protocols at the work site
  • Documentation

Course Outcomes

Participants who successfully complete the course will reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify key morphological features of arthropods
  • Understand basic insect biology
  • Understand integrated pest management principles
  • Recognize insect behavior as related to structural pest management
  • Manipulate live or preserved specimens without damage
  • Identify arthropods from live or preserved specimens to Order or Family using a range of resources and keys
  • Recognize the hazards associated with the use of chemical pesticides

Who Will Benefit

  • Professional Pest Managers
  • Pest Control Technicians
  • Exterminators
  • Public Building Managers
  • Landscape Managers
  • Environmental Advocates
  • Childcare Safety Advocates
  • Regulatory Personnel
  •  

Tuition cost: $375 (plus GST)

Instructor: Dr. Cameron Lait, BSc (Biology), PhD (Major Plant Biochemistry & Physiology)

Dates: Feb. 18, 19 & 20, 2021 (We, Fr, Sa) | 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Location: ONLINE

REGISTRATION: kpu.ca/cps-pest

CE Credits: 5 industry-recognized credits issued by the SPMABC

For any questions regarding the course please contact fsh.ps@kpu.ca.

Web-Based CPMA Conference 2021

Hello All,

Due to COVID-19, the CPMA will be hosting its annual conference virtually this year.  We have put together a great lineup of speakers and topics.  As always, there will be a Management Day and a Technician Day.  For Provinces where continuing education credits are permitted; we have submitted the sessions for approval. 

The CPMA is committed to providing for its members, and this year we are offering the virtual sessions at a very affordable rate of $75 for the Management Day and $50 for the Technician Day (includes tax). An a-la-carte option is available on demand the first week in March at $25.00 a session. 

Let’s please support the CPMA by showing up in strong attendance from the SPMABC members as always!

https://www.pestworldcanada.net/meetings-events/2021-virtual-pest-management-canada/

SPMABC Early Bird Deadline in 15 days! Introducing new member updates page!

Hello SPMABC members!

This is your friendly reminder that the deadline for early bird fees for SPMABC membership is fast approaching!

After December 31st, fees will increase as per the below table:

For our members who have not already submitted payment, you will receive another invoice reminder from Quickbooks today. Please ensure that quickbooks@notification.intuit.com is added to your safe list for your email. 

Thank you so much to those who have already submitted their payment and submitted their application and certificate of insurance. Please note, your membership is not considered valid until we have received all three. Once we have receive your certificate of insurance and application, I will provide you with a link to a page where you can make your payment online.

We’d also like to introduce our brand-new News Updates page. Any updates we provide via email will also be posted here: https://spmabc.wordpress.com/. This is also linked from the SPMABC website (http://www.spmabc.com/) from News > News Updates

Wishing all our members a lovely holiday and all the best for 2021!

Warm Wishes!

Kiley Crossby

Executive Secretary, SPMABC

SPMABC Membership Invoices have been sent!

Hello,

Please be advised that all invoices for SPMABC Membership have now been sent to all Full, Associate, Supplier, Non-Profit, and National Members.

For our Full, Supplier, and National Members, please be advised that in order to qualify for early bird rates you will need to submit your membership form, proof of insurance and membership fees by December 31 2020.

Please ensure that quickbooks@notification.intuit.com is added to your safe list for your email. If this was not done prior to the sending of the invoices (about 10 minutes ago), please check your junk mail folder for your invoice.

For this year, we are excited to offer an online payment option as well. Once you have submitted your proof of insurance and membership form (preferably via email to integratedpest@telus.net or info@spmabc.com), you will be provided with a link to our online payment page to make your fee payment.

Otherwise, cheques can be sent to Integrated Pest Supplies for processing (the address will be provided on the membership form, which will be attached to the invoice), but must be received prior to December 31st in order to qualify for early bird rates.

Please note that we are no longer offering the option to call and make a credit card payment over the phone. If you’d like to pay via credit card, you will need to do so via our online payment form.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns about this.

Thank you for your continued support!

SPMABC Invoices for 2021

Hello SPMABC Members,

Many of you may have received an automated invoice for your SPMABC dues. Our invoicing system through Quickbooks had several of our members on an auto-invoice schedule, meaning that several of you may have received an invoice with last year’s membership form.

We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.

Please note that this year’s invoice for membership fees for 2021 will be sent to our members on Monday, November 30th 2020.

In order to qualify for early bird rates you will need to submit your membership form, proof of insurance and membership fees by December 31 2020.

Please ensure that quickbooks@notification.intuit.com is added to your safe list for your email, or your invoice may go to your junk mail folder.

For this year, we are excited to offer an online payment option as well. Once you have submitted your proof of insurance and membership form (via email to info@spmabc.com), you will be provided with a link to our online payment page to make your fee payment.

Otherwise, cheques can be sent to Integrated Pest Supplies for processing (the address will be provided on the membership form, which will be attached to the invoice), but must be received prior to December 31st in order to qualify for early bird rates.

Please note that we are no longer offering the option to call and make a credit card payment over the phone. If you’d like to pay via credit card, you will need to do so via our online payment form.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns about this.

Thank you for your continued support!

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy- 2019 Structural Sector Audit Report

Please see attached for the 2019 Structural Sector Audit Report from the Ministry of Environment.

This information is also available on the Ministry website:  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/pesticides-pest-management/publications-guides

If you scroll to page 22 of the report, you might notice some familiar faces, as the report includes a picture taken at the SPMABC conference this past February.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

SPMABC Credits Available from PestWorld Conference (Oct 13-15)

Thanks to the diligent efforts of one of our members, we’re now able to confirm that we are able to offer credits towards recertification for our members.

We were pending confirmation from the Ministry of Environment, as they were reviewing the schedule for the conference.

For your reference, the following sessions are approved for credits:

TitleSPMABC Credit
Rat Behavior(1) Pest Management
German Cockroaches(1) Pest Management
Pest Control Crystal Ball(1) Pest Management
Invasive Asian Longhorned Tick(1) Pest Management
Mix it Up(1) Pest Management
Research Update Univ of TN(1) Pest Management
Brown Recluse Spider(1) Pest Management
Invasive Ants(1) Pest Management
Flea Control(1) Pest Management
Finding My Granule(1) Pest Management
Cracking Termite Code(1) Pest Management
Controlling Pests in Kitchen(1) Pest Management
Putting Foundation of IPM(1) Pest Management
Electronic Remote Monitoring(1) Pest Management
Safety Outcomes(1) Human Health & Safety
Specialty Fumigation(1) Pest Management
Novel Personal Safety(1) Human Health & Safety
City-Wide Rodent Management(1) Pest Management
Pest Prevention in Public Housing(1) Pest Management

We apologize for the delay in releasing this information, but we only just received the confirmation regarding credits.

It’s not too late to register for these online sessions: https://www.pestworld2020.org/registration/pestworld-registration/

The conference schedule can be found here: https://www.pestworld2020.org/program/schedule-at-a-glance/

Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.

Welcome to our new website!

Hello SPMABC Members!

Because our training sessions and ability to connect as a community have been put somewhat on hold by COVID-19, we wanted to find a way to better connect to our members and create a place to share information.

We’ve continued to provide email updates to our members, but if your inbox looks anything like mine, it’s not always possible to peruse the updates as soon as they are sent.

Therefore, we’ve created an archive of sorts where updates can be accessed at any time.

We look forward to providing updates here as we move forward, but are still available for inquiries at info@spmabc.com.

Stay safe and hope to see you soon!

SPMABC COVID-19 Update- September 30 2020

Given the current pandemic situation, we just wanted to take a moment to provide a quick update to our members.

I know many of you have expressed concerns about recertification credit opportunities, given we are unable to host in-person training sessions at this time.

We are sensitive to the needs of our members, and are now able to offer exemptions to the previous regulation that requires license holders to earn credits in 4 of the 5 years of their certification.

We’re also happy to report that the previous cap on the number of online credits that can be put towards recertification has been lifted. This will remain in effect until June 30th 2021. Please see below for links to online resources.

Any exemptions are being addressed on a case by case basis, so please contact us should you have concerns or want to determine if you will qualify.

The number of credits per category and the total number of credits required will remain unchanged. All members need to earn a minimum of 20 credits over the 5 year period with a minimum of 3 credits earned in each of the following categories:

·         pest management

·         application technology

·         human health & pesticide safety

As we are unable to host in-person meetings for the foreseeable future, there are some online training options that provide credits towards recertification

Univar: https://pestweb.ca/protraining

PD Solutions: https://www.pdsolutions.ca/

Please rest assured that SPMABC is working closely with the Ministry of Environment to support our members through this unprecedented situation.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns at this time.

Thank you and stay safe!

Ban on Use of Temprid in the City of Vancouver

We were notified yesterday regarding a ban on the use of Temprid in the City of Vancouver.

After having spoken to the Ministry of Environment, we have confirmed that because the City of Vancouver has its own charter, it is in a unique position to be able to enact such a bylaw.

Vancouver is the only jurisdiction in the province that can create a bylaw limiting the use of pest control products within their boundaries. A link to the ban has been provided below and the pertinent section has been highlighted for your reference.

Please note that this ban is not just on Temprid, but on all products categorized as neonicotinoids.

This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Seclira cockroach bait
  • Seclira aerosol insecticide
  • Max Force Impact cockroach bait
  • Max Force Fly Spot Bait
  • Max Force Quantum ant baits

All information regarding the ban can be found on the Vancouver Health Bylaw Website’s PDF: https://bylaws.vancouver.ca/9535c.PDF

I’ve copied the specific sections that pertain to the use of neonicotinoids below. There are exempted uses for pesticides (e.g. inside buildings, or for human health hazards) but neonicotinoids are specifically excluded from these exemptions.

Ban on pesticides

2.9 A person must not apply, or suffer or allow the application of, a pesticide:

a) that is a neonicotinoid; or

(b) that is a registered control product under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada); and

that persons use directly or indirectly to control, destroy, attract, or repel a pest, being:

(i) an animal, plant, or other organism that is directly or indirectly injurious, noxious, or troublesome, or

(ii) an injurious, noxious, or troublesome condition or organic function of an animal, plant, or other organism, or to mitigate or prevent any injurious, noxious, or troublesome effects of a pest.

Exception to ban on pesticides

2.10 Despite section 2.9, a person may apply, or suffer or allow the application of, a pesticide other than a neonicotinoid:

(a) to disinfect swimming pools, whirlpools, spas, or wading pools;

(b) to purify water intended for the use of human beings or animals;

(c) within an enclosed building, being an area closed in by a roof or ceiling and walls with appropriate openings for ingress or egress equipped with doors which are kept closed except when actually in use for ingress or egress;

(d) to control termites;

(e) to control or destroy a health hazard;

(f) to control or destroy pests which have caused infestation to property, being the presence of pests in numbers or under conditions which involve an immediate or potential risk of substantial loss or damage;

(g) to exterminate or repel rodents;

(h) as a wood preservative;

(i) as an insecticide bait enclosed by the manufacturer in a plastic or metal container made in a way that prevents or minimizes access to the bait by human beings and pets;

(j) as an insect repellent for personal use; or

(k) that contains only one or more of the active ingredients set out in Schedule A to this By-law.

If you have specific questions about the details or scope of the bylaw, I would encourage you to contact the City of Vancouver.

This situation is ongoing and we will provide updates as we receive them. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any concerns.

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