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

Update: CPMA Special Alert: Coronavirus & Essential Services

Please see below for the latest updates from the CPMA regarding COVID-19.

Our recommendation is to register for the webinar at the bottom if you are able to do so.

Please attached for a copy of the letter that has been sent to the Ministry of Environment and others in the BC government to outline the importance of our industry being able to continue to operate during the pandemic.

We’ll continue to update you with new information as we receive it.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

CPMA Special Alert: Coronavirus & Essential Services

CPMA Members,

Over the past several days as more information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being disseminated by the federal and local governments, there has been a push to classify industries as essential or non-essential. Those deemed as essential can continue to operate as more quarantines and restrictions are put in place. CPMA firmly believes that structural pest control is an essential industry that must continue to provide the valuable services we offer during this pandemic. To that end, CPMA and NPMA have crafted a letter which is being shared with Health Canada, CFIA, Canadian Health Ministers, Canadian Premiers, and the Mayors of Canada’s capital cities.

On March 24, Ontario enacted a mandate to close all non-essential businesses. Pest Control is specifically deemed essential per the provincial definition.

  • Language states: 40. Businesses that support environmental management/monitoring and spill clean-up and response, including environmental consulting firms, professional engineers and geoscientists, septics haulers, well drillers, pesticides applicators and exterminators,management of industrial sewage/effluent (eg for mining operations), and environmental laboratories.

If you’d like to customize this letter and share with your local municipalities or others feel free to do so. If you have already shared this letter and have received a response, please update this tracking document or forward your responses to Mike Bentley.

We also want to clarify that it is upon each business to make a decision on what works best for your company, your employees, and your customers but do want to ensure that we have the ability to continue protecting the public from pests and their associated disease and destruction.

Reserve Your Seat for CPMA’s Coronavirus COVID-19 Webinar

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation with many implications on our lives, businesses, employees and families. In an effort to help the businesses in the pest management industry keep up, CPMA is hosting this webinar. How to handle human resources issues during the pandemic will be covered by Sara Cromwell, Human Resources Manager at Abell, as well as a walk through on Canadian resources on pestcontrolcoronavirus.com (subject to change based on the fluidity of the situation). Join us Friday, March 27, 1pm – 2pm EST. This webinar is being offered at no charge, but space is limited.

SPMABC: CPMA Special Alert: Coronavirus & Essential Services

Hello,

Please see below for the latest information regarding the Coronavirus from the CPMA.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions and we will do our best to answer them.

We are working on providing more information this week, please look for it as it becomes available.

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