Welcome to the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association March 2019 edition.  Please read on below for more details below or visit our website for online version
NSW State Council Meeting Update
The NSW State Council held a meeting at the Tea Gardens Country Club, Tea Gardens at 10am on 9 February 2019.

The meeting was productive and some good work was achieved. With very little NSW EPA to talk about at the meeting, we were able to work on other items such as a trainee template log book which should be available soon. Other discussions included the Field Biologist course, licencing in other States, the Codes of Practice and training for the Codes and much more.

Continue reading about the meeting here.

Pest Manager of the Year Nominations Open 1 April, 2019!

Entries open for the 2019 Pest Manager of the Year Awards, organised by AEPMA and proudly sponsored by both AEPMA and BASF, on 1 April, 2019.

The Pest Manager of the Year Awards recognise the most progressive pest management firms, who keep up with the latest innovations and focus on professional development and responsive customer service. 
“BASF are proud to be supporting the Pest Manager of the Year awards for its 9th consecutive year,” says David Elmouttie, BASF Business Manager for Professional & Specialty Solutions. 
“BASF continue to applaud all those whom are nominated for embodying the progressive values which we at BASF share and practice in our own business. Each year, we are a witness to an impressive range of entries, showcasing companies with a genuine commitment to keep raising the standard of service within the Pest Control Business at every level.”
Categories for this year's competition are as follows:
  • Business Award, Two Classes: Pest Management firms employing 10 or more people, and Pest Management firms employing fewer than 10 people. National Pest Manager of the Year will be awarded from nominees in these 2 categories.
  • Micro Business: Pest management businesses with fewer than three employees.
  • South Pacific Pest Manager of the Year: Open to AEPMA member businesses both large and small, operating in the South Pacific Region.
The winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner at the Rapid Solutions Conference in August 2019. Entry forms should be forwarded by COB Friday 28 June, 2019 to the AEPMA National Office via email to info@aepma.com.au or fax 07 3268 4213. More information is available on the AEPMA website.
Urban Pest Management Training Review - Have Your Say

A national review of training for urban pest management is underway.

Changes have been proposed to the Certificate III qualification and a new Certificate IV qualification is being developed.

Some changes may affect licensing.

To find out more please visit our Project Page.

We are interested in your feedback and would like to hear from you by April 5 - click here to take the survey.

Thanks for your time!

PelGar Launches New Brand Identity

PelGar International is delighted to announce the launch of its new brand identity at the PestEx trade show held at ExCel, London on the 20th and 21st March 2019. Bringing together three diverse branding styles, the new design consolidates the full range of rodenticide and insecticide products available from PelGar, following its acquisition of Agropharm, under one clean, clear and distinct family brand.

The new identity delivers a co-ordinated, consistent, yet flexible style, which can be applied across the product ranges and labelling requirements for PelGar brands around the world. It employs a strong use of colour to identify products in the distinct sectors of rodent control,insect control and plant protection. It builds on the existing palette used across the rodenticide products and retains the dark blue of the existing amateur use insecticides, introducing a new ‘sunset yellow’ for professional-only insecticides and saving the green for its flagship range of pyrethrum-based plant protection products.

Read more here.

5 Minutes with Steve Butcher, Riverside Pest Management and Pest Manager of the Year Winner

AEPMA HQ caught up with the winner of the 2018 Micro Pest Manager of the Year award, Steve Butcher, owner/operator at Riverside Pest Management in Deniliquin.

1. Your name and company name? 
Steve & Jess Butcher from Riverside Pest Management in Deniliquin. Our team includes our children Georgie 5yrs & Olivia 3yrs (Quality and Performance Management), Casey (Technician), Ellie (Administration and jokes department), Ben & Alaska (Termite detection dogs) and Missy (Guard dog) 
2. What made you want to get involved in the pest management industry?  
After being laid off as a 3rd year Apprentice Builder, Steve's cousin put him on as a trainee pesty. It wasn't something I ever saw myself doing but I eventually started to like the job and stayed. 
3. What do you love most about your job? 
The satisfaction you get from solving a termite job and watching our termite dogs do what they do.  
4. Favourite animal?
It would have to be dogs, both Ben and Alaska our termite detection dogs, Missy our Maltese guard dog and my old mate Mick the American Bulldog RIP. 
5. Favourite sports team?
Steve follows the Geelong Cats and Jess and the girls do too by default! Steves heart broke last year when Georgie announced half way through the season that she now followed West Coast, who went on to take out the premiership! Steve also loves cricket so the Aussies and Brisbane Heat are other teams he supports. 
6. Best holiday destination?
Torquay, Victoria by far. 
7. Three people, living or dead that you would invite to dinner?
Shane Clarke, Carl Barron and Aleasha McCarthy of course. 
8. Best thing about the town you live in? 
Apart from the river, good and bad news travels fast in a small country town. We use this to our advantage and go above and beyond expectations, it gets around pretty quickly and our word of mouth referrals get us the most work. And of course the Deni Ute Muster with Tim McGraw headlining this year, who's coming?
9. What makes you laugh? 
Our Admin Ellies really bad jokes, our kids and Carl Barron.

It's All About Pest Control

Further to the Mega Marketing Prize which will be announced on April 1, Syngenta have started sharing a series of videos and content on their Facebook Page.  With a shared passion for a job well done, the latest technology and best business practices we want to start conversations that help pest controllers everywhere build their reputations, businesses and of course profits.

With the help of Aimee Stanton our new, young presenter, we will be consulting with trusted trade professionals to create an ongoing series of videos, sharing all the top tips on how to improve your reputations and give your businesses a boost.

In these conversations, we’ll talk about everything, the best methods in pest control, the latest science and tech, as-well-as all the top tips and tricks, on how to move your business forward, putting you at the forefront of the pest control industry.

Read more here or follow us on Facebook and look out for Aimee and the guys and all our new videos and posts, because when we boil it all down, we just want to help all Pest Management Professionals take pride in their business, build quality reputations, build successful futures through this industry we all call pest control.

Join Agserv for their Breakfast with a Supplier

Throughout 2019, Agserv will be hosting a series of supplier breakfasts. The aim of this initiative is to provide a casual forum where pest managers can engage with manufacturers to learn more about the products and services they have to offer.

The meetings provide a great opportunity to ask questions & share knowledge to help gain that edge you may be looking for when providing safe, effective and efficient pest management services to your valuable customers.

The format is short and sweet, allowing you to get on with your daily business having gained some extra knowledge and the added bonus of a great breakfast to start the day. 

All breakfasts commence at 7.30am and conclude at 9.00am.

Where: Agserv Branches

As well as providing an overview of the extensive supplier range of pest management products. Suppliers will also conduct a Q&A to answer any questions you may have in relation to the product range and the latest updates in pest management practices.

Find out where your closest breakfast will be held and when, here.

Notice of AEPMA Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association is to be held at the AEPMA National Office, Unit 6, 12 Navigator Place, Hendra QLD and by teleconference on Thursday 9th May, 2019 at 9.00am AEST.

For further information, proxy form and dial-in details (for members only) visit the AEPMA website.

Newsletter contributions/comments

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  • SAVE THE DATE! Rapid Solutions Conference (RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast) – 8-11 August 2019
  • FAOPMA Pest Summit 2019 (Daejeon, Korea) – 24-27 September 2019 

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