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Welcome to the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association February 2022 edition. Please read on below for more details below or visit our website for online version


AEPMA eNewsletter February 2022 

Dear Members,

Welcome to the February edition of the AEPMA eNewsletter.

You may have received our email or seen our social media post regarding pest control now considered an “essential service”  
AEPMA contacted all State Premiers, Health Ministers and Health Departments asking and seeking clarification if pest control was considered an “essential service” 

Eventually after many emails and calls to the relevant departments over nearly two years, we received a response that pest control was now on the list of services and jobs put forward by the AHPPC

This is fantastic news for our industry and a great start to 2022!


Details regarding this year’s Pest Manager of the Year competition will be released shortly.  

Pest Manager of the Year is sponsored by BASF and aims promote the wider pest management industry.  This year the winner will be announced at Pesticon.  Keep up to date with all the details through our Facebook page.


The AEPMA membership renewals for 2022 / 2023 have now been sent out and you should have received information on how you can renew.

If you have not received this email please contact our national office on 1300 307 114. If you are a current member or thinking about joining AEPMA, there is a link to the membership benefits in the why join AEPMA? article.


Planning for Pesticon 2022 has recommenced. The conference will be held at The Star, Gold Coast , QLD from 6 – 8 June 2022. 

More details are below and I can’t wait to catch up with you all at the conference.

Best Wishes

Vasili Tsoutouras



AEPMA Membership 2022/2023

The renewal invoices have been sent to all members.  If you have not received your renewal invoice please contact the AEPMA National office 

Go to

  1. Click on Industry Portal
  2. Log in with your username and password (valid for current members)
  3. Click on “Manage My Account”, then go to “Memberships”, click  on “Renew/Upgrade” button 
  4. Fill in the online payment form
  5. Your membership will automatically be updated

IMPORTANT – Check your profile details and amend if necessary.

Why join AEPMA?

The AEPMA national office gets asked this quite a lot! One of the main reasons to join AEPMA is

  1. Job Referrals

The AEPMA National Office receives telephone enquiries daily from consumers seeking a pest manager which, in turn, are referred to member companies.  

The AEPMA website receives enquiries every day through its “Search for a Pest Manager” facility and these are referred to member companies.  

Commercial entities are particularly careful about the companies they engage to do pest control work and AEPMA is well known in the business world as a reference for ethical and professional pest management companies.

Read more here 

AEPMA Branch Updates


The Queensland AEPMA Branch meeting has been rescheduled and will now take place via Teams on the 17th February at 9am.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact the AEPMA National Office 

Pesticon 2022 

Planning has recommenced for Pesticon 2022, and it is shaping up as one of the must-see events in 2022 and will be once again held at The Star Gold Coast on 6-8 June 2022.

The key message for this year's conference is "Pest Management in the Digital Age".   The program is exciting and full of outstanding and interesting presenters, with up to the minute topics and workshops to help you and your business stay relevant in this fast-paced industry. 

Revised program details will be released shortly.

Registrations are open and can be found here

If you have any questions please contact the AEPMA National Office 

Greener, Safer Termite Management for New Buildings

Several companies claim their termite management products are greener and safe for use in allergy free housing. Yet only TRITHOR® Termite Protection can provide independent, scientifically audited and globally trusted Certification of both its green credentials and safety for use in Asthma and Allergy Free projects.

Regional Director, Steve Broadbent, notes that “Ensystex are truly committed to developing greener pest solutions and meeting international standards of acceptance. It was therefore obvious to us that, when a new, robust product transparency assessment for people with asthma and allergy sensitivities launched under the Global GreenTag International Product Health Declaration (GreenTag PHD™) service, we needed to get TRITHOR Termite Protection approved and give us a further edge in the market.”

Many motivating factors, generated by indoor health impact studies and demand from architects and builders for a more robust product assessment scheme for people who suffer with asthma and allergies gave rise to Global GreenTag International introducing the new Asthma and Allergy Sensitive™ assessment under its Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration and ‘In use healthiness’ toxicity assessment rating scheme – HealthRATE™.

Read more here

Welcome to 2022 from the team at Rapid Solutions!


Welcome to 2022 from the team at Rapid Solutions!

During Summer, as business heats up, a strong focus on work, health and safety (WHS) in pest management and inspection jobs is vitally important. Especially when it comes to heat exhaustion and manual handling. 

We put together this guide to help the industry understand and avoid the risks from physical labour in the Aussie Summer heat.


Bayer Appoints New Territory Business Development Manager 
(Pest Management) – QLD/NT/NZ

The Environmental Science business unit at Bayer has appointed Ken Ferguson to the role of Territory Business Development Manager (Pest Management) – QLD/NT/NZ.

Ken comes to Bayer having over 15 years experience in pre and post construction and pest control industries. The last 5 years he has operated his own pest control company, Centenary Pest Control, located in the western suburbs of Brisbane.

Ken said: “I most look forward to meeting all stakeholders; developing relationships and making positive contributions for all."

In his new role, Ken will be responsible for providing service and support to distributors and end-users in Queensland, Northern Territory and New Zealand.  Ken will report to Daryle Swarz, Sales and Marketing Manager – Pest Management and commenced with Bayer on Monday, 6th December.

Ken’s contact details are: 

Biflex® Mikron

To continue to reward our valuable customers and celebrate our exciting launch of Biflex® Mikron, we’re giving away 10 more 15 L centre console fridges. 

To enter, simply purchase any FMC Biflex® product and complete the online form.

Sundew Research to Reduce Plastic Waste

While developing a leading edge cockroach gel bait formulation was a primary objective for the research team at Sundew, just as important was developing a solution to reduce plastic waste associated with current syringes used in the market. 

“It would have been infinitely easier to just launch our new AbolishPRO Cockroach Gel in a standard plastic syringe like everyone else,” said David Priddy, C.E.O at Sundew Solutions.  “But listening to our valued customers when we launched our BattleaxePRO Roach Bait Gel they wanted us to look at ways of reducing plastic waste.”

Answering this call the research team at Sundew reviewed a multitude of possible delivery mechanisms, and what they came up with is very exciting for reducing plastic waste.

While plastic is durable, this also means plastic waste can be trapped in our environment for centuries, if not managed well. While plastics deteriorate into fragments easily through wear and tear, their polymer chains only break down into other smaller components at very high temperatures, such as during some chemical recycling processes. However, today only 15% of plastic waste is recycled.  
“Once we refined our formulation for AbolishPRO we went through the process of writing a brief for the delivery mechanism for the product which was to reduce plastic waste and be quick and easy for pest managers to use,” explained David.  

“What we came up with was the easy squeeze tube applicator,” said David.  “We’ve been able to reduce the amount of plastic waste compared to traditional syringes by 64%.”

“The new Sundew AbolishPRO Roach Bait Gel tube weighs in at only 7.2 grams compared to the traditional syringe applicator at 20.1 grams.  That’s a reduction in waste plastic of more than 64%.  HOWEVER, AbolishPRO has 50 grams of product in the tube compared to industry standard of only 30 grams.  This translates into even less plastic waste when you choose to use AbolishPRO Roach Bait.”

“Not only have we been able to bring to market a totally unique cockroach gel bait, but we’ve also been able to do our bit to help reduce plastic waste when technicians choose Sundew AbolishPRO,” concluded David.

AbolishPRO Roach Gel is available now at Agserv, David Grays, Garrards and Globe and will be an exciting upgrade for pest management professionals across Australia. 

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New Year’s Resolution: Win more quotes and increase sales!

What happens when you combine the usual summer increase in business and the increased rainfall that comes with La Niña? A boom in business! 

But how can you ensure all those quotes translate into invoiced work?

While you understand the value of your services, your customers might be suffering from a post-Christmas spending hangover and be reluctant to part with their limited cash flow.

QuickFee’s Buy Now, Pay Later solutions have been designed exclusively for service providers like you in mind. When you offer QuickFee’s easy, frictionless Buy Now, Pay Later service you are ensuring that your customers get the service they need today without breaking the bank.

When your customers choose to pay in 4, 6, 9 or 12 interest-free monthly payments, they can keep more money in their pocket and rid their homes of pests today.

Don’t waste any more time or lose any more quotes. Get started today – it only takes a few minutes.

Hot and humid Darwin weather brings the cockroaches out, but you'll never get rid of them

AEPMA members in Darwin may have heard a familiar voice on ABC radio recently, when AEPMA National Director Gary Stephenson was interviewed regarding cockroaches and how to treat them.

Read more here 

Credit – ABC Radio Darwin  

Grower concern on Khapra beetle management

The leader of one of Australia's grain grower peak bodies has expressed concern at a growing numbers of khapra beetle incursions and is urging government to ramp up protection measures.

Barry Large, Grain Producers Australia chairman, said in 2020-21 there were an unprecedented 19 khapra beetle interceptions at the Australian border, many hidden in household goods such as baby highchairs, whitegoods and cardboard.

The small beetle is one of the most feared crop pests on the planet, with biosecurity experts in Australia estimating the bug could cause a whopping $15.5 billion damage to our agricultural economy over 20 years if it became endemic here, due to loss of production, control costs and loss of market access.

Read more here
Credit – Farm Online

Massive cockroach invasion hits Sydney

First came the fires, then a pandemic, floods and now, as if the past two years weren’t rough enough, an “extensive influx” of cockroaches are plaguing the homes of Australia — and could be yet for months to come.

Multiple experts urged Aussies to heed their warnings back in December, when it was predicted the months of rain, coupled with bouts of hot weather brought on by the La Nina climate system, had created an environment primed for an insect “explosion”, especially in coastal areas and estuaries.

Now, millions of the critters are swarming homes, particularly in Sydney — which already has an unfortunate reputation for being a crowd-favourite breeding ground for the six-legged insects.

Read more here 

Credit – ABC News 

How the speed of climate change is unbalancing the insect world

The climate crisis is set to profoundly alter the world around us. Humans will not be the only species to suffer from the calamity. Huge waves of die-offs will be triggered across the animal kingdom as coral reefs turn ghostly white and tropical rainforests collapse.

For a period, some researchers suspected that insects may be less affected, or at least more adaptable, than mammals, birds and other groups of creatures. With their large, elastic populations and their defiance of previous mass extinction events, surely insects will do better than most in the teeth of the climate emergency?

Read more here

Credit – The Guardian 


Banned corn snakes keep popping up around Australia

Another American corn snake has been seized by Australian biosecurity officers.Corn snakes are popular in the illegal pet trade with officials finding them in every state of Australia.

This latest find, in Ipswich, takes the number found in Queensland for last year to seven.It was the 31st American corn snake detected in Queensland since 2014.

Experts say they would be difficult to eradicate once established in the wild.

Read more here 

Credit - Bega District News

Important Dates


AEPMA Membership Renewals – February 2022

AEPMA Queensland Branch Meeting 17th February @ 9am via Microsoft Teams  

AEPMA PestiCon 2022 – 6th – 8th June 2022 Star Gold Coast

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