May 2024



Thank you Sharon!!

Sharon Izzo is embarking on a well-deserved retirement. Her journey in the pest control industry has not only had a lasting impact on her clients and colleagues but has also set a standard of professionalism and integrity for the entire industry.

Sharon’s career in pest control began with a passion for helping homeowners and businesses maintain healthy and pest-free environments. Her deep knowledge of pest behavior, combined with her innovative approaches to pest management earned her reputation as a trusted expert in the field. Clients consistently praised Sharon for her attention to detail, personalized solutions, and willingness to go above and beyond to address their pest control needs.

It was a natural progression to move from customer service to professional sales representative within the Pest Control industry and from there she accepted the challenge of becoming Sales Manager for Professional Pest Control Products for Agrium Advanced Technologies Direct Solutions.

Sharon Izzo has been an active board member of SPMAO and has contributed significantly to the organization and the pest control industry in Ontario. Her retirement marks the end of a notable career in pest management, where she was highly regarded for her dedication and expertise.

Throughout her career Sharon has been a driving force in advancing the standards of pest control services in Ontario. Her expertise has not only contributed to the growth of the industry but also ensured that customers receive the highest quality of service and care.

As a respected member of SPMAO, Sharon has played a crucial role in shaping the direction of the association and advocating for the interests of the pest control professionals across Canada. Her contributions to the association have left a lasting impact on the industry.

“Sharon’s dedication to excellence and her passion for advancing the field of pest management are truly commendable” said a colleague from SPMAO. “Her leadership has been instrumental in driving positive change and fostering collaboration within the industry”.

Sharon’s professionalism, integrity and industry expertise will continue to inspire future generation of pest control professionals across Canada.

We extend our warmest wishes to Sharon as she embarks on this new chapter of her life, knowing her impact on the industry will be felt for years to come.


Exploring Career Opportunities in the Ontario Pest Management Industry for Graduating Students

Dusana Bondy from Abell and Dale Kurt from Orkin are working hard to get the younger generation into the pest control industry. They visited Fleming College and spoke to the Environmental Systems Management Class. They provided the students with a talk on careers in Pest Management as a strong option after they graduate.  

They reviewed the opportunities within pest management and the high placement rate within pest control companies across the country. The industry provides an appealing option in a workforce. They really stressed how are recession and now pandemic proof.

As graduating students step into the professional world, the pest control industry in Canada presents a promising avenue filled with diverse career opportunities. This article aims to guide graduating students through the various aspects of the pest control industry, including job roles, educational pathways, and the growing importance of pest management in modern society.

Understanding the Pest Management Industry: 
The pest management industry encompasses a wide range of activities aimed at controlling and managing pests that pose threats to human health, agriculture, and the environment. Pest management professionals play a crucial role in safeguarding public spaces, residential areas, and commercial establishments from pests such as rodents, insects, and nuisance wildlife.

Key Job Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Pest Control Technician: Graduates can pursue roles as pest control technicians. Professionals are responsible for inspecting premises, identifying pest infestations, and implementing appropriate control measures using safe and effective methods.
  • Pest Management Consultant: Consultants work closely with clients to develop customized pest management plans, conduct risk assessments, and provide training and guidance on pest prevention strategies.
  • Wildlife Control Specialist: Wildlife specialists focus on managing and relocating wildlife species that can cause damage or pose risks to human health and safety.
  • Entomologist: Entomologists study insect behavior, biology, and ecology to develop innovative pest management strategies and solutions.
  • Sales and Marketing: The industry also offers opportunities in sales and marketing roles, where professionals promote pest management services and products to clients and businesses.

Educational Pathways and Training:
Students interested in pursuing a career in pest management can choose from various educational pathways including certificate programs, diploma courses, and degree programs in environmental science, biology, entomology, or related fields. Additionally, many industry associations and organizations such as SPMAO (Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario), CPMA (Canadian Pest Management Association) and the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) offer specialized training and certification programs for pest management professionals to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Growing Importance of Pest Management: 
With increasing concerns about public health, food safety, and environmental sustainability, the demand for skilled pest control professionals is on the rise. Graduates entering the pest control industry contribute to essential services that protect communities, support sustainable agriculture, and promote responsible pest management practices.

The pest control industry in Canada offers graduating students a dynamic and rewarding career path with opportunities for growth, innovation, and meaningful impact. By gaining relevant education, training, and hands-on experience, graduates can embark on successful careers as pest control technicians, consultants, wildlife specialists, researchers, or professionals in sales and marketing, contributing to a safer and healthier environment for all.



The Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario (SPMAO) is excited to announce its upcoming Fall Workshops in October 2024. The workshops will be held on two separate dates and locations to accommodate professionals from across the province.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2024

Join us in Kingston for a day filled with insightful presentations and networking opportunities with industry leaders that promises to deliver the latest advancements and best practices in pest management.

Friday, October 11th, 2024

For those who are unable to attend the Kingston event, the same comprehensive program will be available in London. This second date ensures that all members have the opportunity to benefit from the valuable content and connections offered by the SPMAO Workshops.

What to Expect

Educational Sessions: Gain knowledge from experts on the latest trends and technologies in pest management.
Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow professionals, suppliers and industry leaders to share experiences and insights.
Exhibitor Showcase: Explore products and services from leading suppliers in the pest control industry.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is ideal for pest management professionals, business owners, technicians and anyone involved in the pest control industry. Whether you are looking to expand your knowledge, improve your services or grow your professional network, this event is designed to meet your needs.

Registration Details

Registration for the SPMAO Workshops will open soon. Stay tuned for further announcements on the SPMAO website and through our newsletters. Be sure to mark your calendar and secure your spot early as spaces are expected to fill quickly.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your expertise and connect with peers in the pest management field. Save the date for October 8, 2024, in Kingston, Ontario or October 11, 2024, in London, Ontario, and join us for an enriching and impactful event.

A reminder that SPMAO Events are to be used for educational, learning and networking purposes and not as a recruitment opportunity.


SPMAO to Host Regular Meet and Greet Events for Fun and Networking

The Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario (SPMAO) is thrilled to announce the continuation of its regular meet and greet events, open to both members and non-members. These events are designed not only for professional development and networking but also for fun and community building within the pest control industry.

Purpose of Meet and Greet Events

The meet and greet events hosted by SPMAO serve multiple purposes, Network Opportunities, knowledge sharing, professional growth and most of all Fun!

Open to All

While SPMAO membership offers exclusive benefits, these meet and greet events are open to both members and non-members. This inclusivity ensures that a diverse group of professionals can participate, learn, and network.

Join Us

Whether you are a seasoned pest control professional or new to the industry, SPMAO’s meet and greet events provide the perfect platform to connect, learn, and have fun. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to enhance your professional journey and build lasting relationships.

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Dates!



Calling all ladies! I am pleased to announce I have been appointed as the Ontario ambassador for Women in Pest Control.

WIPC is a dynamic and an engaging group on Facebook, we would love to invite all women from Ontario to join our group https://www.facebook.com/groups/974295686039637.

Our mission is to create a safe space where women can connect with other women in a judgment-free environment, ask for advice, make friends, and share some laughs.

We're also gauging interest in hosting an in-person luncheon in the GTA this fall.

Please join us on Facebook for education and fellowship, and feel free to reach out to me directly if you or any women in your company would be interested in getting together.

Rachel Mendes, SPMAO Director


We invite you to contibute!

Please send your articles to info@spmao.ca.


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