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.

Western Hemlock Looper Moth Outbreak

Please be advised of an ongoing outbreak of Western Hemlock Looper moths that has recently been reported by various news outlets.

The number of moths will start to drop towards the end of September, as their breeding cycle is cyclical, but in the interim, pest control customers will be reporting increased activity levels. More information can be found at the links below.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/moths-having-huge-party-in-metro-vancouver-expert-says-of-ongoing-outbreak-1.5099773

Thank you and stay safe!

NPMA Training Webinar: Non-target Rodenticide Exposure and Wildlife

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe in these uncertain times. We wanted to take the opportunity to share a training opportunity through the NPMA. Given the recent history in BC with the bans in North Vancouver and Saanich, it is important to have the opportunity to become more informed on this issue and that we are all knowledgeable about the issues surrounding the use of anti-coagulant baits.

Non-target Rodenticide Exposure and Wildlife
September 17, 2020  |  2:00-3:00pm EST  (11AM-12PM PST)
Niamh Quinn, PhD, University of California, Davis, CA

Rodenticides have been under heavy scrutiny in recent years, with high profile media reports implicating rodenticides in the poisoning of wildlife in California and other locations. In response, researchers have begun investigating different aspects of rodenticide use to better understand how wildlife are becoming exposed. Learn about the latest findings, what they mean for the industry, and what efforts every PMP should make to protect future rodenticide use in the U.S

If you’d like to participate in the training session, please register today!

SPMABC Update: Essential Services List Updated March 26th 2020

The BC Provincial Government just updated their list of essential services and Pest Control is included as an essential service. Please see the below for relevant section:

Sanitation

  • cleaning services necessary to provide and maintain disinfection;
  • manufacturing of sanitary products, household paper products, chemicals, microelectronics/semi-conductor, including companies able to retrofit their production facilities to produce goods/services that can be used to address critical shortages of sanitary and protective goods;
  • businesses that support environmental management/monitoring and spill cleanup and response, including environmental consulting firms, professional engineers and geoscientists, septic haulers, well drillers, pesticides applicators and exterminators, management of industrial sewage/effluent (e.g., for mining operations) and environmental laboratories; and
  • waste (garbage and organics) and recycling collection, processing and disposal.

The full release can be found here:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PSSG0020-000568

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

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