The Inspector
PPMA Online Classes
Equipment Maintenance Webinar

Thursday February 11 at 7pm

Craig Martelle - B & G Equipment 
Bill Best - Target Specialty

00-Core: 3 credits

Cost: $15 for members; $30 for non-members

To receive continuing education credits, attendees must be present for the entirety of the call and participate in questions asked by the moderator.
The Spring Seminar Line-up! Registration Available Now!
Starting Thursday March 4, 2021, PPMA will offer our Virtual Spring Seminar! Once a week in March we will offer classes with credits as we have done since September.

Classes are $15 for members and $30 for non-members.
Speaker: Gabriel Gliwa of Zoecon

Gabriel graduated from the University of Hartford in 2002with a BS in Comm. He began his career in pest control with Ehrlich Pest in 2014 as Commercial Sales Representative where he worked with small and single site commercial and residential properties in creating and maintaining pest control programs. Gabriel was promoted to Regional Account Executive in 2017 where he worked with larger, more complex and multi-site commercial and residential properties. He developed and maintained IPM programs for higher education institutions like Temple University and St. Joe’s University as well as audited food processing and pharmaceutical accounts.

Gabriel completed CAS (Certified Apartment Supplier Accreditation) in 2017. He became the Regional Sales Manager for Zoecon, in 2016 – Representative for Zoecon Professional Products. He manages the northeast territory of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. 
Speaker: Lisa DiDomenico with Bayer

Lisa DiDomenico is a Mid-Atlantic US Area Sales Manager for Bayer Environmental Science calling on Pest Management firms from Virginia to Southern New York. In her current role, she is responsible for the sales of Bayer’s Professional Pest Management line of products, the supervision of the distributors of Bayer products, and for the training of pest control technicians in their safe and effective use.

She resides in Pennsylvania where she was born and raised.

Lisa first joined the pest control industry in 2001 with Western Pest Services learning the business as a Customer Service Representative, training of new office staff and overseeing the residential and termite department. She was quickly promoted to a Regional Retention specialist and from there a Sales Inspector. Lisa then moved to the distribution arm and became the National Sales Representative for Target Specialty Products, which she called on National pest management companies to introduce and educate on newest materials, introducing new revenue streams and Industry trends. Lisa joined Bayer July 2018, Lisa is responsible for the sales of Bayer’s Professional Pest Management products in the mid-Atlantic states.
Speaker: Heather King Alonso with Target

Heather Alonso is a Board Certified Entomologist and holds a degree from Clemson University in Crop and Soil Environmental Science. She has been in the industry for over 16 years and held various roles focused on technical training. She is currently the Technical Training Manager for Target Specialty Products and lives in Columbus, OH with her husband, AJ and three children.
Speaker: Harry Bryan with Nisus

Harry D. Bryan is an Area Manager for Nisus Corporation which is based in Rockford, TN. He is a 25-year veteran with Nisus Corporation and has served both the Professional Pest Control Industry and the Agriculture Industry. He currently serves the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions, which includes TN, KY, WV, VA, MD, DE, PA, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME and DC. 

Harry is considered a “hands-on” guy. You can often find him in the field helping a pest company treat a WDO problem on a farm or treating a restaurant for small flies at 2:00 a.m. Harry knows his company’s products because he uses them! Whether it is a new foaming machine or a new aerosol, you can bet he will be running it through the paces to find out exactly what it can do.

Equally important, Harry loves to share. He is constantly taking pictures and videos to share on social media and apply to the hundreds of training presentations he does each year. Over the past 25 years, Harry has presented more than 1,000 seminars in 45 states. 

Prior to Nisus, Harry was a Research Economist at the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station in Griffin, GA where he authored and co-authored nine research papers specializing in economic impacts of pesticide ban or reduction. He also worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chemical manufacturers and land grant universities. He specialized in economic modeling and “what if” analyses.

Harry attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he earned Bachelor of Science Degree with an Agricultural Business Major in 1986. He also minored in Statistics and Marketing and was a Wall Street Journal Scholar Recipient. He went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Economics from UT in 1988.
Speaker: Ed Van Istendal with Ensystex

Ed Van Istendal was graduated from Penn State University with a B. S. in General Agriculture, and a minor in Entomology. He has worked with local, regional, and nationwide pest control companies. He has experience as a pest control technician, termite control technician, fumigator, sales representative, weed control technician, tree/shrub analyst, sales manager, technical director, branch manager and operations manager. He has co-owned and operated a pest control company in southeastern PA, has been the Technical Director of 2 regional distributors, as well as Technical Director and sales generator for two nationwide pest control industry insurers. He has also represented nationwide pesticide manufacturers and distributors. He is currently the Mid-Atlantic Territory Manager for Ensystex, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of pest control and lawn & ornamental materials and supplies.
Ed has authored numerous articles for pest control and lawn & ornamental industry publications, and has conducted education presentations at conferences, seminars, trade shows and in-house training in over 40 states. He has served on a variety of National Pest Management Association Committees, is a certified pesticide applicator in PA [005003] & VA, a certified pesticide dealer in PA, DE, VA, MD & NJ, a NY State Workplace Safety & Loss Prevention Consultant, a TX Loss Control Representative, is Past President of the PA Pest Management Association, and is a past President of Pi Chi Omega, the international honor fraternity of the structural pest management industry.
Ed lives in Cozy Covid Lock-Down in Chester County, PA with his wife of 49 years.
2020 Platinum Partners
COVID-19 Vaccination Update
According to PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, PA will soon be moving to Phase 1B of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. This phase includes pesticide control professionals.
You can learn more about the vaccination plan, including where you will be able to get a shot, at the PA Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.
Training Opportunities
NJPMA Online Class Opportunities
Wood-Destroying Insect Workshop
On February 24th, 2021 we invite you to join us for the NJPMA Wood Destroying Insect Online Workshop. This workshop will feature a mix of in-depth sessions focusing on the latest research and technology in the pest management industry and how to combat Wood Destroying Insects. A great opportunity to directly reach the professionals working in the WDI Pest Control Industry.

The Wood Destroying Insects Workshop will cover the following topics…
  • Problems with Moisture: Using Borates to
  • Protect the Wood
  • Determining the Proper Amount of Materials to be Applied for Termite Services
  • Termite Myths and Lies
  • WDI Inspections and Treatment Labeling
Featured Speakers include:
  • Harry Bryan, Nisus
  • Jason Meyers, Ph.D., BASF
  • Janis Reed, Ph.D., Control Solutions
  • Frank MacDonald, Select Insurance Agency
NPMA Adapt & Accelerate Series
Recharging Your Business for 2021

Adapt. Pivot. Persevere. We've heard (and said) these words countless times over the past year. Our industry endured the challenges that came along with the pandemic in 2020, but now it's time to turn the page, recharge, and accelerate.
Pest control business owners and upper managers are encouraged to join us virtually for this four-week conversational series. With a new year of business ahead and a changing political and social landscape, learn from your peers and industry experts on how to not only thrive in 2021 but how to adapt and accelerate your business for greater success.

Discounted pricing for NPMA members!
$249 for NPMA Members / $349 for Non-Members
Registration includes access to all four sessions. 

Week 1: Preparing for Life After Covid
February 11, 2021

Week 2: What to Expect from the Next Administration
February 18, 2021

Week 3: Getting Ready for the Busy Season
February 25, 2021

Week 4: Embracing Diversity and Appealing to a Diversifying Customer Base
March 4, 2021
NPMA Back In Action 2021 Webinar Series
Back to Bugs: Rodents - February 29, 2021 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Keeping Roof Rats from Turning Your Rodent Control Efforts into a Circus
Optimizing Rodent Control for Commercial Accounts
Managing House Mice: America’s Most Common and Most Under-Appreciated Rodent Pest

Back to Bugs: Wood Destroying Organisms - March 26, 2021 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Carpenter Bees
Termites: Understanding the Past and Looking to the Future
Meet the (Wood Destroying) Beetles!

Back to Bugs: Flies, Ants, and Spiders - April 23, 2021 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Big Picture Pest Control for Small Fly Problems
Uncontrollable Ants... Or are They?
Beyond the Brown Recluse: Managing Nuisance Spiders in Homes
Silver Partners

PA811 Safety Day Virtual Conference 2021
Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. is taking its industry leading premier safety training event to a virtual platform for 2021. A complete program of 3 training tracks and an Exhibit room will be available for this entire event. The virtual venue allows sign on for the entire event as well as allowing targeted attendance for sessions of interest.
The training tracks will cover:
   Track 1: A complete walk through of the construction process from design to complex project meeting prior to the dig date.
   Track 2: Working through 811 including member services, tolerance zone training, Excavator obligation, Designer obligations, and Paradigm Pipeline Safety.
   Track 3: Industry, public agencies, and compliance speakers including LTAP, PUC, working on curved roads, renting equipment and meeting 811 obligations, utilities cuts, and more.
   Resource Room: Available all day. Sponsor information will run to allow you to discover contacts to help with your business needs.
An interactive learning game with prizes will close our day similar to our Live Safety Day. You won’t want to miss this! It is reinforcement for your day of safety learning. Remember there is no travel involved. We will do our best to give the look and feel of our hustle and bustle safety days in this live virtual event.
Bronze Partners
Pests In the News
The next time an American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) account has you beating your head against the wall, consider two things:

  1. Stop that. It’s not good for your noggin.
  2. Some researchers have your back, although the process may be slow-going.

According to a news release recently issued by the Washington, D.C.-based American Chemical Society (ACS), neuropeptides produced by American cockroaches could “someday be targeted by new, more selective and effective pesticides.” The resulting paper was published in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research, October 2020. The study was funded in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Department of Science and Technology in Guangdong Province, and Shenzhen Science and Technology Program.

Neuropeptides are defined as “small proteins produced by neurons or endocrine cells that send messages to other cells. In insects, neuropeptides often act as neurotransmitters, hormones or growth factors, influencing an organism’s development, growth, metabolism, behavior and reproduction. Therefore, disrupting these processes by targeting neuropeptides or their receptors is a potential new approach to pest control.”

Just as insect growth regulators (IGRs) and juvenile hormones have had a positive impact in controlling pest populations by targeting immature stages, these new findings seem to imply that science could eventually develop products that affect adult stages as well. In this particular study, researchers noted that adult male American cockroaches had the most neuropeptides. In addition, “one neuropeptide, called sNPF, that was more highly expressed in females appeared to stimulate feeding behaviors, the researchers say, so it could be an attractive target for pest control measures.”

In the meantime, our industry needs to be patient and keep the faith — and keep using the many already-very-good tools we have on the market. Meanwhile, our team will keep an eye on this topic for further research and development news. And we can all look forward to the time when someday, somewhere, researchers tackle the gene mapping to do something similar with the American cockroach’s pervasive cousin, Blattella germanica!
We want to hear from you!
Do you have any news about your business? Anything to brag about? We would love to share stories about our members. Feel free to send those to Bridget at so we can all learn more about each other!
Pest World for Kids!
Kids grade K through 8 might want to check out Pest World for Kids! There are ebooks, crafts, games and more to educate and entice a young learner, especially the kids that love creepy crawlies! Check it out now!