August 2023


Methyl bromide is very important to the Canadian economy. In order to support the PMRA’s review of the uses of methyl bromide and to ensure the interests of SPMAO members are represented in the review, we strongly encourage our members and users to submit information related to how methyl bromide has been used for the past 5 years.
The deadline to submit this data is 11 August 2023.

Please let the SPMAO BOD know if there are any further questions or comments.

See PMRA notice below for submission details

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is currently conducting a re-evaluation of methyl bromide (Sub. No. 2020-0310). Products currently registered for use as quarantine or pre-shipment fumigants in Canada include Meth-O-Gas Space Fumigant (PCP# 9564) and TCC Methyl Bromide Fumigant (PCP# 19498).  PMRA is seeking information related to how methyl bromide is typically used in each facility for the past 5 years. You have been identified as a potential user of methyl bromide based on the registered use pattern found on product labels.

Please find attached an Excel spreadsheet that describes the information that PMRA is requesting, and information must be provided in the attached Excel template.  Given that we are requesting information up to 5 years ago, it is recognized that some details may not have been recorded at the time of treatment and may no longer be available. In situations where the requested specific information is not available at an individual treatment site level, please provide available general information such as an overview of stack heights (i.e., minimum, maximum and typical) of facilities. This information can be addressed in the comment section.

We would request that you provide any input by August 11, 2023.  Please submit electronic copies of the requested information to the email address: stefania.arlotta@hc-sc.gc.ca. We may reach out for further clarification once the information has been submitted.  The intent of collecting this information is to aid in the review for methyl bromide by using information that is current and accurately reflects real-world practices and circumstances. Information gathered will respect both privacy and confidentiality, and the general aggregated information will be considered in the reviews. Please specify if the information provided should be identified as trade secrets or confidential business information (CBI).  Additionally, collection of this information is not intended for compliance purposes.

If you are using methyl bromide, your input during this re-evaluation is valuable.
Please feel free to forward this email to any relevant user groups (using methyl bromide) we may not have reached.

Should you have any questions, please contact
Stefania Arlotta at stefania.arlotta@hc-sc.gc.ca

Regards,Stefania Fawcett (Arlotta)

Re-evaluation Coordinator, Value Assessment and Re-evaluation Management Directorate
Pest Management Regulatory Agency
Health Canada / Government of Canada

stefania.arlotta@hc-sc.gc.ca / Tel: 613-324-4682

Coordonnatrice de réévaluation, Direction de l’évaluation de la valeur et de la gestion des réévaluations
Agence de réglementation de la lutte antiparasitaire
Santé Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

stefania.arlotta@hc-sc.gc.ca / Tél: 613-324-4682



London: Tuesday, October 24th, 2023
Lamplighter Inn & Conference Center
591 Wellington Road South
London, ON N6C 4R3

Kingston: Thursday, October 26th, 2023
Location To Be Confirmed

SPMAO Conference: January 23 – 25, 2024
Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre
655 Dixon Road Toronto, Ontario M9W 1J3


The Crucial Role of Sanitation in the Pest Control Industry

Sanitation services play a pivotal role in the pest control industry. They are not only essential for maintaining a clean and healthy environment but are also crucial in preventing and controlling pest infestations. In this article, we will delve into the importance of sanitation in the pest control industry, exploring its various aspects and how it contributes to effective pest management.

The Foundation of Pest Control

Sanitation serves as the foundation of any effective pest control program. It encompasses a range of practices aimed at maintaining cleanliness and eliminating conditions that attract and support pests. By removing or minimizing factors such as food sources, water, and shelter, sanitation helps create an environment that is less hospitable to pests. This, in turn, reduces the likelihood of infestations and the need for extensive pest control measures.

Prevention is better than an infestation

The adage “prevention is better than an infestation” holds particularly true in the context of pest control. By implementing proper sanitation practices, individuals and businesses can proactively reduce the risk of pest infestations. Regular cleaning, proper waste management, and good hygiene practices are all key components of effective sanitation. They not only prevent pests from finding suitable habitats but also help in early pest detection.

The Role of Pest Professionals

Pest control professionals play a critical role in educating individuals and businesses about the importance of sanitation. They provide valuable insights and guidance on implementing sanitation practices that are specifically tailored to the unique needs of each environment. By working hand in hand with pest control experts, individuals can develop comprehensive pest management plans that prioritize sanitation as a vital component.


The importance of sanitation services in pest control cannot be overstated. A well-educated staff and effective sanitation practices can go a long way. In addition to helping you and your clients enjoy their space, pest problems can be controlled.


We invite you to contibute!

Please send your articles to info@spmao.ca.


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