Governor Signs Bill to Improve Small Business Efficiencies

This afternoon, Governor Terence R. McAuliffe, surrounded by Delegate David Bulova (D – 37th District) and representatives of the Virginia Pest Management (VPMA), signed into law House Bill 1516 which allows for the use of remote trap checking technology to determine if there is wildlife in a trap.

Pest Management and Wildlife Control Professionals provide trapping services to protect homeowners’ properties from nuisance wildlife. Current Virginia law requires trappers to visit their traps daily to satisfy the state required check of a trap. In recent years, remote trap technology products have entered the marketplace that allows the trapper to monitor the trap from a mobile device or office location.  The technology has won positive review from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This bill was introduced by Del. David Bulova, at the request of VPMA, and their national partner, the National Pest Management Association, to address the utilization of this advanced technology which is now available. “This bill becoming law is a great example of the legislative process working to benefit small businesses and the consumer in Virginia”, says Beth Duncan, VPMA’s President. With the signing of this bill, Virginia joins Pennsylvania, Georgia, Ohio and Oklahoma in allowing the use of time- and money-saving technology.

“Remote trap technology saves time, fuel costs, and unnecessary emissions while still ensuring a trapped animal is treated humanely”, reports Duncan. “These small efficiencies can make a big difference to the bottom line for small businesses in Virginia allowing them to grow their business’ employment opportunities”.

In addition to pest control services, many professional pest management firms provide nuisance wildlife control programs to their clients. If nature’s uninvited animals are taking up residence in your space, contact a professional pest management company to safely and expeditiously rid you of your unwanted guests.

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VPMA is a professional organization of approximately 250 member companies employing over 3000 people throughout Virginia and generating over $280 million in annual revenues. VPMA is dedicated to promoting the interests and general welfare of the pest management industry and to supporting scientific, technical and business research in the areas of pest management. For more information, please call our Executive Director, Andrea Coron, at 877/875-8722 or visit our website at www.vpmaonline.com.

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In Virginia, pursuant to Gov. Northam's Executive Order 55 2.a on March 30, 2020, all public and private in-person gatherings of more than ten individuals are prohibited. This includes parties, celebrations, religious, or other social events, whether they occur indoor or outdoor. This restriction does not apply: a. To the operation of businesses not required to close to the public under Executive Order 53
Remember: You are not required to continue operations, but if you do you have the responsibility to follow CDC Guidelines on social distancing and disinfection of common surfaces, and in Virginia, you may not have a gathering of more than 10 people.
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