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Mar. 1, 2017
Don't miss out on this year's Saskatchewan Pest Control Officer's Convention being held at the Saskatoon Inn in Saskatoon on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6th & 7th.  Registration and Trade Show start at 8:00 am, Wednesday, June 6th.  Check out the full AGENDA for the two days. Don't miss your chance to stop by the PREP Tradeshow Booth to share information and stories with the PREP Board of Directors.
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Nov. 29, 2016
The Provincial Rat Eradication (PREP) Board would like to extend an opportunity to all active, licensed Pest Control Officers who are members of the Saskatchewan Pest Control Officers Association (SPCOA) and who may be interested in becoming one of the six Regional Pest Control Supervisors, one for each of the SARM Divisions. The job of the PCO Supervisors is instrumental in the success of PREP.  Communication and consistency in shared knowledge has proven a key component in the...
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Nov. 29, 2016
PREP is hosting its annual PCO workshops – one in each of the six divisions this coming January, 2017. These accredited workshops are provided free of charge to Saskatchewan Pest Control Officers.  This year, the workshop features topics relating to reporting requirements of PCOs, Baits, Baiting Procedures as well as Animal Identification.  All workshops run 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The agenda and registration form is available here or contact Annette Ellert, PREP Manager at (306) 761-3744 or...
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May. 9, 2016
2016/17 PREP Forms/Guidelines Now Available - see the PREP Home page The 2016-17 Provincial Rat Eradication Program (PREP) has once again received funding * for this program year.  As it was last year, the funding formula remains: The maximum amount of grant payable to an RM will be 50% of actual expenses reported for the year to a maximum potential grant amount based on $13.50 per farm site and $70.00 per township. * Because of the late Provincial budget, please be...
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Apr. 29, 2015
PREP is asking RMs to ensure all PCOs and ratepayers are aware of the risks and the steps they can take to protect themselves from the deadly Hantavirus. Valuable information and precautions with respect to the Hantavirus can be found on the Ministry of Health website at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/live/health-and-healthy-living/health-topics-awareness-and-prevention/diseases-and-disorders Another valuable resource is the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - Hantavirus...
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Apr. 29, 2015
96% of RMs participated in PREP in the 2014-15 program year!  That`s the highest participation yet with the lowest infestation rate being recorded (3.95%) since SARM has taken on the administration of this program!  In 2015-16, the Provincial Rat Eradication Program once again has received funding to $1.4 million for this program year.  As it was last year, the funding formula remains: The maximum amount of grant payable to an RM will be 50% of actual expenses reported for the year to a...
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Jun. 25, 2014
PREP Warns of Increased HANTAVIRUS Risks as Saskatchewan Ministry of Health Reports Hantavirus Death.  One of the big concerns discussed at length during the recent SPCOA convention in Moose Jaw was the population explosion of deer mice in our province this year. Along with deer mice, PCOs are also seeing an increase in the numbers of rats, ticks, snakes, etc.  Of course, with this comes the increased risk of coming in contact with the Hantavirus. This is all brought home by the...
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Aug. 1, 2011
The PREP Board strongly recommends that all landfills be inspected at least once per month by pest control officers to ensure that infestations are caught early and closely monitored. The potential for rat populations to quickly escalate exists, making growing rat populations more difficult to control if left unattended for long periods of time. The costs of overwhelming infestations are much higher than regular monthly inspections.
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