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Is My Pest Control Company Big Enough To Be A Brand?

Well-Known Brands

Many small business owners wonder about when or how to make themselves a brand. This problem and question are not unique to pest control companies. The root of this question stems from the misunderstanding around what a brand is and how to build a brand. The misconception that building brand requires a large investment in advertising dollars is common. Branding doesn’t begin with advertising, nor does it end there. When your day to day operations keep you busy working in your business it is easy to postpone working on your business. Thinking about “branding” gets left on the back burner for another day. Building a pest control brand is often… Read More

5 Strange Bugs You’ve Never Heard Of

Poodle Moth

The world is full of natural wonders, and that extends to the insect kingdom. Scientists are constantly discovering new species that were previously unknown to the world. Below is a list of five strange and downright wacky bugs that you’ve probably never heard of. 1. Panda Ant First discovered in 1938, the Panda Ant actually isn’t an ant at all – it’s a wasp! This fuzzy black and white critter hails from Chile, and is related to the Red Velvet Ant, a species of wingless wasps, (which is also known as the “Cow Killer”, as it’s sting is so poisonous it is said to debilitate cows.) The Panda Ant is… Read More

Tips For Successfully Expanding Your Business In 2014

2014 growth

As a business owner, you may have fallen into the trap of believing that your business will continue to maintain a sense of stability. You may be comfortable, for example, with the number of customers and employees that you currently have. I would suggest that such an approach is unlikely to pay dividends over time. The reality of any business environment is such that a failure to expand and progress almost inevitably leads to a situation where your rivals are making headway. In essence, the danger is that you will be left behind. By attempting to stand still, the reality is that you are actually seeing your business head backwards.… Read More

Handle With Care: How To Address Negative Online Reviews

Every company hopes to provide the best products and services, and they hope to make every customer’s experience enjoyable. Unfortunately, that’s not always going to occur. Sometimes, your company is going to upset a customer to the point where they write a negative online review about your business on sites like Google+ Local or Yelp. Although you cannot control what customers say about you online, you can help to diffuse the situation by addressing these negative comments. The following tips will help you handle each and every negative review with care to help put the customer’s mind at ease. Read the entire review. Don’t read the first line and assume… Read More

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Spiders

Spider In Hand

Aside from the seriously dangerous creepy crawlies that inhabit a small percentage of the world, most spiders are harmless and essentially not dangerous, just visually unpleasant. For many, a dislike of spiders will have no impact on their daily lives, and when coming into contact with, or noticing, an arachnid, they can just avert their eyes and dismiss, capture and release, or exterminate, but for those with true arachnophobia, the consequences of seeing a spider can be incredibly traumatic. Those that suffer from a fear of spiders will be well aware of the impact that their phobia has on their daily lives. A seemingly small fear can actually detrimental to… Read More

6 Tips To Successfully Let Employees Go

You're Fired Sign

We can be brutally honest here, and please believe in the uncompromising honesty of this fact: firing an employee is just about as hard as getting fired! Seriously. You, as an employee, may think that the fires of Hell rained on you when that boss called you in to say “you’re done,” but I’d wager that it was just as hellish for your boss as it was for you. No one likes to fire anyone — except for maybe Donald Trump. It’s a necessary evil as an owner you have to be okay with doing. A lot of the difficulty, though, of having to terminate employees is a lot of… Read More

Top 5 Killer Scorpion Movies

Scorpion Gigantus Movie

What do you get if you put scorpions in Hollywood? Giant mutant bug flicks relaying tales of unrenowned horror! In real life, scorpions are scary enough as it is, but when you blow them up to six-feet or more on the big screen and add the killer element… well, you’ll be having nightmares for weeks to come! OK, maybe not, but you’ll certainly have an entertaining way to waste a couple hours. Below is the top 5 killer scorpion flicks that you must watch if you enjoy giant mutant bug movies. 1. The Black Scorpion (1957)   The Black Scorpion is the film that started it all – at least… Read More

Bug Themed Halloween Snacks

Spider Cookies

Halloween is the time to get all buggy – quite literally. Bugs are a common theme associated with the holiday that embraces all things creepy and crawly. A fun way to incorporate bugs into your Halloween plans is by making bug-themed snacks. No, this does not require the use of actual bugs (although technically you CAN eat most bugs if you really want to…) Below are some fun Halloween bug-themed snack ideas that not only will your children love, but adults will love as well. Chocolate Chip & Spider Cookies Got your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe on hand? Good. Now gather the ingredients and make your cookies the way… Read More

Ten Insect Dishes You Must Try

Spicy herb fried insect wings in food dish and blue fork.

Entomophagists are people who include bugs in their diet. While consuming insects is not for the faint of heart, there are some interesting recipes out there from various cultures which regularly incorporate bugs in their diet. Below is a list of ten unique insect dishes that you might want to try if you’re ever feeling adventurous or are simply looking for an additional source of protein. 1. BBQ Silkworm Chrysalises    These hard shelled pupa are a byproduct of the silk industry and are canned or sold by street vendors throughout Asia. They can be enjoyed deep-fried or barbecued. This Asian delicacy can be eaten whole or you can just… Read More

Top 10 Edible Bugs

Bug Suckers

Most people agree that insects are unappetizing, but did you know that some people actually enjoy munching on them? It’s true- people who consume insects are practicing entomophagy, which is actually more common that you would think. Many insects are actually a good (and cheap) source of protein, and while most people eat bugs out of necessity, nowadays they are also considered a delicacy. Below you will find a list of the top 10 edible insects, based on taste and popularity. 10. Weaver Ants Eggs    Weaver ants eggs are used as a tasty dip or topping for salad and tortilla chips in Thailand. However, they can only be collected… Read More