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Veterans Day Gratitude

Soldier Kneeling At Grave

“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” ~ Ronald Reagan Veterans Day is one of those non-glamorous holidays, sandwiched between Halloween and Thanksgiving, that doesn’t garner much attention other than government offices and banks being closed. The day gets lost amongst all of the hustle and bustle of the beginning of the holiday season. Unfortunately, we often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. This Veterans Day, let’s do something different to show our love and appreciation to the brave men and women who have so honorably and… Read More

What The 2012 Election Means For Pest Control Operators

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President Obama Re-Elected For Second Term  The highly contested 2012 election has come to an end, with President Barack Obama coming out victorious over Governor Mitt Romney. The President retained a second term from an extremely divided nation and electorate. This was illustrated by the popular vote, which Romney lead most of the election night; eventually closing with Obama obtaining 58,720,700 (50.1%) votes to Romney’s 56,145,950 (48.4 %). This Country’s voters who elected President Obama to another four years, also elected a divided congress. Republicans re-established their majority in the House of Representatives, and the Democrats will keep control over the Senate. As pest control operators, we will wait and… Read More

Navigating the Pest Control Software Maze

Navigating Maze

Finding a pest control software program for your small business can be challenging and often times overwhelming. With technology changing rapidly some businesses are finding their current software outdated. There are a few things to keep in mind while navigating the pest control software maze. You’ll want a software program that is organized, easy to use, and will make daily, weekly, monthly, or even a year’s schedule easily accessible. A strong customer relationship management program is a must. Look for software that easily enables you to log and track new or existing customers while giving you the ability to route, invoice, and print reports. Many of the software programs will… Read More

Weekly Pest Control News

Seattle Tunnel Dig Could Bring Rats and Cockroaches To Surface  The big dig along theSeattlewaterfront that will build a traffic tunnel could also displace scores of rats and cockroaches.Pestcontrol experts say the pests will flee the massive construction project for quieter homes and food. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019141467_apwatunnelrats1stldwritethru.html?syndication=rss What To Look For When Hiring A Pest Control Company  Here are some criteria our customers are taking into consideration when they are looking to hire a pest control professional. As a pest control operator, look to align yourself with most of these demands to be successful in the industry. http://smithereenpestblog.com/2012/09/13/what-to-look-for-when-hiring-a-pest-control-company/  Prevention and Elimination of Slugs and Snails  Many people are familiar with the old “pour… Read More

We Will Never Forget

Sept 11 Memorial

  Tuesday, September 11th 2001 started off as any normal day for most of us in the world. We were eating our oatmeal, thinking about everything we had to get done for the day. We were taking our kids to school, and heading to our own jobs. A few of us were even waking up to greet a birthday or a wedding anniversary, but none of us had any idea it would be a day, and a date, etched on the memory of the world forever. Eleven years later, we all still remember that day. Most of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we… Read More

10 Qualities of Outstanding Pest Control Employees

As pest control operators it can be challenging at times finding extraordinary employees and technicians to work for your company. Showing up to work everyday and performing adequately is expected, but it doesn’t make for an outstanding employee. Several pest control operators were asked, “What qualities do their most outstanding technicians and employees possess, and what traits do you look for when hiring them?” Here are their top 10 responses: 1. They have a positive attitude. Working for a pest control company might not always be the most glamorous of jobs at times, but the most outstanding employees will always show up to work everyday with a positive disposition, enthusiastic… Read More

This Weeks Pest Control News

Fruit fly sex lives impact effectiveness of pest control strategies Scientists in Australia have been hard at work watching fruit flies mate to figure out how fly sex is affecting your food. During this process they are discovering more effective pest control strategies. For a great read, check out: http://nittygrittyscience.com/2012/09/06/fruit-fly-sex-lives-impact-effectiveness-of-pest-control-strategies/ Mosquitoes Plague the Northwest as West Nile Cases Increase Recent rains, warm weather, and high humidity have made mosquito control in the Northwest challenging. The number of foreclosed properties in the area, with their sometimes un-kept swimming pools and scattered backyard debris that’s collecting water, is making mosquito control more difficult. http://blog.pestcontrolceus.com/mosquitoes-plague-canyon-hills-neighborhood-as-west-nile-cases-increase/ New Kind of Ant Discovered in New York City… Read More

Ants Use The Internet?

Contrary to popular belief, Al Gore did not create the internet– Ants may have thousands of years ago. New research from Stanford University suggests that Harvester Ants use their own type of internet, or “anternet,” for decision making inside the nest. These ant colonies are able to determine how many foragers need to be sent out by using a protocol system that is similar to the one IT professionals use to find out how much bandwidth is accessible on the internet. Harvester Ant Evolution It has long been thought by scientists that there may be some connection between ant behavior and computer science. Biologist Deborah Gordon and computer scientist Balaji… Read More

I’ve not seen a bug in my house for years…why am I starting to see them now?

Have you lived in a home where you thought you were bug free and then all of a sudden in the corner of your eye you see a bug scurrying across your kitchen counter? Surprise! Well you are not alone, we get customers calling in all the time saying, “I’ve lived in this house for years and have never seen a bug; all of a sudden I’m seeing them in my kitchen and bathrooms.” Why am I starting to see bugs now? If you think about it, we’ve built our homes on “their” land; therefore it’s a fact that they will always be in “their” neighborhood. So the pests have… Read More

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