Please join the CT Pest Control Association for a
Lobby Day at the State Capitol
Wednesday, March 6th
10:30 am, Meetings at 11:00 am
Legislative Office Building (LOB)
300 Capital Ave., Hartford
Meeting location: Lobby – 1st Floor of LOB
If you plan to attend and have not already registered with CTPCA, please email email@example.com with your name, home address and contact info. Our lobbyists at Capitol Consulting can assist you in setting up a meeting with your legislators.
**Parking is available in the parking garage behind the LOB. If first floor is full, head out and turn right to go to the back of the garage and park in the basement.
Talking Points for Lobby Day
PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT THE USE OF NEONICOTINOIDS AND RODENTICIDE.
Senate Bill 190 AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF NEONICOTINOIDS has been introduced in the Environment to ban the use of Neonicotinoids with certain exceptions.
In 2016 a law was passed designating neonicotinoids as a restricted use pesticide and established the Pollinator Advisory Committee. This was a reasonable and responsible approach which achieved the original goal of protecting pollinator populations in Connecticut and putting neonicotinoids in the hands of professional certified applicators. Senate bill 190 will undo this beneficial law by banning neonicotinoids with only certain exceptions.
Neonicotinoids are a critical component of an Insect Pest Management (IPM) program, and without their proper use could lead to unintended consequences. As drafted this bill presents specific concerns and could:
Instead of passing SB 190, the Connecticut General Assembly should:
The Lawn care industry is ahead of the curve, using better suited products as early technology implementers. We control weeds before utilizing a grub preventer to avoid pollinator impact. I we have a cinch bug, we over seeding with high endophyte turf seed. However, if neonicotinoids are not available as part of the IPM process, it will result in treating a problem with a MORE toxic and MORE expensive product.
For these reasons, we oppose SB 190 and the ban on Neonicotinoids in Connecticut.
House Bill 5217, AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF CERTAIN RODENTICIDES has been introduced to restrict the use and sale of second-generation rodenticides in order to protect the health of hawks and other raptors.
This bill would make second-generation rodenticide a restricted use product effective January 1, 2025 and effective October 1, 2024 restrict its use and sale.
In 2008 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed a safety review of rat and mouse poison products. At the conclusion of that review, it was determined that second generation anticoagulants (rodenticide) would be restricted for use and could only be applied by professional applicators in the commercial and structural pest control markets.
Current restrictions, regulation and oversight already exist in Connecticut:
We believe that when rodenticides are applied according to their label instructions, they serve an important role in protecting the citizens of Connecticut from both disease and property damage. We believe that CT DEEP and US EPA have the authority and the scientific expertise to restrict these products if they pose harm to wildlife, the environment or to humans and for these reasons respectfully OPPOSE HB 5217.
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The Connecticut Arborist Newsletter is here!
We look forward to the New Year and the Annual Meeting on January 18, 2024.
Click here to register: https://ctpa.org/annual-meeting-registration/
(CEU’s Available 2, 3D – 4.50 ceu’s, ISA Certifications 3.75 ceu’s, Forest Practitioners 1.5 ceu’s, and Advanced Certified Tree Wardens 4.25 ceu’s. )
8:00 Registration and Coffee
8:20 President’s Welcome -Michael Almstead
8:30 Business Session Election of Officers Treasurer’s Report Discussion of Issues
8:45 Brian Fain, Ferguson & McQuire Insurance- Competing with Non-Compliant Operators.
9:00 Restoring Pitch Pine in Connecticut. Mr. Gluck will talk about Pitch Pine that was once a common tree in much of Connecticut and now, one of Connecticut’s thirteen imperiled ecosystems with an estimated loss of over 95% of its area. Trees are being lost at an alarming rate and they are not adequately sustaining new generations under current natural conditions especially with the expansion of the Southern Pine Beetle range into Connecticut. Reviving a viable population will take an active hand. by Emery Gluck, Retired CT State Forester, DEEP
10:00 Meet the Exhibitors
10:15 Southern Pine Beetle Management for Urban Landscapes. Southern pine beetle (SPB) is killing hard pine species, especially pitch pine. This talk will give an overview of SPB’s natural history, identification and impact; the signs and symptoms of infestation and the recommended best management practices for urban and forested landscapes will help arborists, foresters, and land mangers alike advance early detection of, and rapid response to SPB, which is key to suppressing this little, but mighty insects’ costly impact while ensuring public safety. by Polly L. Weigand Science and Stewardship Program Manager, Westhampton, NY
11:30 Awards Presentation
1:45 Updates Diane Jorsey, DEEP Pesticides Lindsay Triplett, CAES
2:15 Hope for Connecticut’s Ash Trees. Dr. Rutledge will discuss the history of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Connecticut, and the current outlook for the ash trees in the state. The talk will focus on the ongoing biological control program for EAB and strategies for helping ash trees rebound. by Claire Rutledge, Ph.D. CT Agricultural Experiment Station
3:45 Adjourn – CEU’s Available 2, 3D – 4.50 ceu’s, ISA Certifications 3.75 ceu’s, Forest Practitioners 1.5 ceu’s, and Advanced Certified Tree Wardens 4.25 ceu’s.
The CTPA is pleased to announce the 102nd Annual Meeting will be taking place at the AquaTurf Club on Thursday, January 18, 2024.
There is a fantastic lineup of topics and speakers: Emery Gluck, DEEP Retired State Forester, will talk about Pitch Pine. The second talk is by Polly Weigand, Science and Stewardship Program Manager in Westhampton, NY and she will be talking about Southern Pine Beetle Management for Urban Landscapes. And Dr. Clarie Rutledge is the keynote speaker and she will round out the day talking about Emerald Ash Borers and hope for the ash trees.
CEUs are available for the following: CT Licensed Arborists 2, 3D/4.50 CEU’s, and Forest Practitioner – 1.5 CEU”s , ISA Arborist Certification-Pending, TCIA CTSP – Pending and Advanced Certified Tree Warden – 4.25 CEU’s. (As we receive the CEU’s we will update the post.)
The day will begin at 8:00 am and end at 3:45 pm. Come spend the day!
- Preregistration (before January 14th) Members: $90.00, Non-Members: $120.00
- After January 14th and at the door the day of the event Members: $105.00 and Non-Members $135.00
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All payments are non-refundable.
If you prefer to register by mail and pay by check, please download the AM Attendee Flyer 2024
If you prefer to register by mail and pay by check, please download the AM Exhibitor Flyer 2024