TAMPA, Fla. – McCall Service announced its second annual Partners in Pest Management Summit (PIPM), an immersive educational experience developed to support industry and business professionals, will be held in September. Formerly the Commercial Pest Management Summit, McCall created this opportunity for attendees to network, discuss the industry trends and critical issues facing all, and to hear from pest experts from across the country. PIPM is held in Tampa, Fla. on Sept. 15, 2022 and will begin with an optional cocktail reception sponsored by PIPM title sponsor Veseris for all attendees Sept. 14, 2022.
PIPM was originally created from the life-long learners within McCall, giving access to Continuing Education credits and invaluable information to not only other pest experts but also business owners wanting to take control of their integrated pest management solutions. Led by Cory Goeltzenleuchter, B.C.E., P.H.E., PIPM will once again welcome Keynote Speaker Dr. Bobby Corrigan, along with other notable industry names, to this one-day summit.
“With the pest industry constantly evolving, being able to offer this type of learning opportunity and bring other pest and business professionals together is incredible,” said Goeltzenleuchter, McCall’s director of technical services and operations support. “I’m looking forward to hearing from our expert lineup and growing alongside other professionals! I hope to see everyone there in September.”
The regional council of Peel, Ontario, extended a subsidy program for residential rat control through Nov. 30, 2022. The pilot program is designed to help residents defray the cost to improve rat issues on the exterior of their properties. Interior rat-related issues are not eligible for the subsidy.
Eligible residents will be reimbursed for 50 percent of the cost of hiring an approved pest control vendor up to a maximum of $200 per calendar year per residential Peel address.
To be eligible, residents must have cleared their properties of issues contributing to rodent problems. This includes removing junk piles, overgrown vegetation, pet waste, bird feeders and compost piles. Residents must have proof of hiring an approved pest control vendor for services provided between March 22, 2021, and Nov. 30, 2022. They must complete the application form and submit required supporting documentation.
Businesses, institutions, apartments and apartment-style condominiums are not eligible for the subsidy pilot program.
According to the Mississauga News, council staff in April proposed replacing the underutilized program with an education program on rat prevention. Feedback from the public, however, urged the council to promote the program better and extend its run date.
Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PRMA), which is undergoing a transformation process, has appointed Sean Rollo to its Transformation Steering Committee.
Rollo, who is technical and business development manager at Orkin Canada and president-elect of the Canadian Pest Management Association (CPMA), will represent the pest management industry in committee deliberations.
Other steering committee members come from agriculture, forestry, pesticide manufacturers, regulatory, and environmental and animal welfare advocacy organizations.
The committee has four main areas of focus: improve transparency of research and information used in decision making; increase the use of real-world data and independent advice; improve human health and environmental protection through modernized pesticide business processes; and undertake a targeted review of the Pest Control Products Act.
Smaller groups are forming to work on specific issues and actions, such as a science advisory committee that will advise PRMA, as appropriate, prior to federal decisions on pesticides on issues such as including maximum pesticide residue limits.
The steering committee also is exploring ways to provide continuous oversight of the pesticide product lifecycle instead of PRMA re-evaluating products once every 15 years, said Rollo. This could help streamline the registration and re-evaluation process for pesticide products. It would give industry experts and the public more time to provide data and feedback and PRMA officials more time to review it.
PRMA and CPMA officials met in March 2020 at the Pest Management Canada conference in Quebec City, where PRMA unveiled plans to transform the product re-evaluation process.
“Then COVID hit, and everything went quiet,” said Rollo. “Now it’s ramped up again, and it’s much bigger. They’re involving everyone, which I think is really good.”
Rollo called the PRMA transformation initiative “very encouraging,” but time will tell how effective the steering committee is at implementing change, he said.
In May, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change announced proposed changes that will restrict the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs).
On July 21, 2021, B.C. temporarily banned the use of SGARs for an 18-month period. During this time, it considered “a science review, regulatory gap analysis and a jurisdictional scan of how SGARs are regulated internationally” in making its proposed changes.
The proposed changes aim to address the risks and reduce wildlife exposure to rodenticides by minimizing the unnecessary use of SGARs. Currently in B.C., an authorization is required to sell or use SGARs on public land, in multi-residence buildings or as a service. Authorization holders must be certified, and include vendors, pest control companies, municipalities, golf courses/landscapers, utilities, oil and gas, forestry and highway personnel.
In a May 2022 intentions paper, the ministry proposed changes in nine areas:
1. Prohibiting access and use of SGARs in B.C. to the public, and most commercial and industrial operations.
2. Only allowing essential services, including agriculture, to use SGARs:
- Health and health services
- Public safety
- Critical infrastructure
- Food supply and agricultural production
- Coroners and those performing mortuary services
- Environmental protection activities
3. Requiring the use of Integrated Pest Management for all SGAR use. Proposed changes include:
- Prohibiting preventative baiting.
- Creating and implementing a site-specific Integrated Pest Management plan when using SGARs.
- Implementing and documenting prevention measures prior to SGAR use.
- Recording when SGARs are deployed and removed.
- Requiring other non-chemical/physical controls to be used preceding or following SGAR use.
4. Requiring all essential services, including agriculture, to hold pesticide applicator certification for SGAR use.
5. Requiring an authorization for all essential services, including agriculture, when using SGARs, including:
- Requiring all essential services using SGARs to be licensed.
- Requiring all licensees that have used SGARs to indicate whether they have purchased SGARs online.
6. Prohibiting long-term SGAR use. Proposed changes include:
- Prohibiting long-term SGAR baiting scenarios, which are defined as baiting that lasts longer than 35 consecutive days or baiting that exceeds a total of 120 days within a 12-month period, per site.
- Only allowing short-term SGAR baiting, which is defined as falling under the threshold of long-term baiting.
7. Prohibiting use of SGARs in critical wildlife habitat by:
- Prohibiting SGAR use within any critical wildlife habitat.
- Providing an exemption for authorized government-approved conservation projects.
8. Modifying the disposal and notification of SGARs by requiring:
- Timely cleanup of waste bait and dead rodents.
- Properly disposing of expired or end-of-life SGARs at an approved facility.
- Affixing bait box labels to the outside of the bait box to accurately identify the contents of the box.
9. Enhancing requirements for SGAR sale. Proposed changes include:
- Restricted access to and posting ministry signage where SGAR products are sold.
- Requiring pesticide vendors selling SGARs to verify that purchasers hold a certificate in the appropriate category, hold a license and are an essential service or licensed service provider.
- Requiring dispensers to inform customers of the risks to wildlife from SGAR use, and about the new requirements for IPM, disposal and record keeping prior to each SGAR sale.
- Requiring pesticide vendors to keep additional records relating to the sale of SGARs.
Several administrative amendments also were proposed.
The Structural Pest Management Association of British Columbia (SPMABC) has worked closely with the B.C. Ministry of Environment on this issue.
“We’ve been engaged throughout most of the process, and we’re working closely with them on the proposed changes. They’ve taken quite a bit of our feedback, and this is just the next step,” said Christopher Day of the public comment period. Day is president of SPMABC and Vancouver Island branch manager for Orkin Canada.
He said the association is advocating for the interior use of rodenticides, which are needed at times to knock down extreme rodent infestations. “We feel there’s no harm reduction in banning the interior use of these products,” mainly because wildlife predators are not present indoors, said Day.
Sean Rollo, technical and business development manager for Orkin Canada in Moncton, N.B., and president-elect of the Canadian Pest Management Association, did not expect the proposed rule changes to be altered much following public feedback.
“I think this is a purely political and emotionally driven decision. It is unfortunate,” he said of the pending regulations.
Rollo was particularly concerned about the restricted number of days allowed for continuous SGAR use. He asked, “What do you do in those areas where you’ve got major rodent pressure? What are we opening the food chain up to? What are we opening up from a public health perspective?”
Rollo agreed there is a role for trapping-only programs and other rodent control measures that do not rely on SGARs. “I’m fully on board with that,” he said. “I think pushing the industry in a certain direction is not a bad thing, because I think there are times when people get reliant on rodenticides. It’s cheaper.”
The “silver lining” of the proposed changes, said Rollo, is that now, “all pest control companies are on even footing.” Clients will no longer be swayed by less-expensive control programs that rely only on rodenticide use. Instead, all pest control companies will have to offer more labor-intensive IPM-based programs.
“Unfortunately, this is going to cause the cost of pest control to go up quite a bit, which I think will lead to some trying to do it themselves or not do it at all,” said Rollo on how clients may respond.
SGARs Up for Re-Evaluation by Health Canada in 2022
Pesticides are jointly regulated by provinces and Health Canada, which reevaluates them every 15 years. In 2010, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency re-evaluated SGARs and imposed new measures country-wide to reduce the risk to non-target wildlife species. Domestic SGARs were removed from the marketplace, and their use was restricted to certified pesticide applicators, farmers and government-approved pest control programs. The PMRA will re-evaluate SGARs in 2022 to determine whether they continue to meet current health and environmental risk assessment standards.