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Social Buzz-edia

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Yelp… As pest management professionals it’s easy to get confused with all of these different social media avenues. To help you better understand all the different social media outlets a little better, here’s an infographic (with a pest control flare of course) from the professionals at Avalaunch Media and Bulwark Exterminating: Social Buzz-edia Published by Bulwark

Pest Control Trust Certified

Trust Certified

Bulwark Exterminating is proud to announce that we are Trust Certified! We have joined up with TC Referrals, a complimentary service that allows homeowners and businesses to quickly find reliable, certified service professionals they can trust to help with any of their household, auto, and commercial facility service’s needs! What Is Trust Certified? Bulwark Pest Control is proud to announce that we are Trust Certified! What exactly does Trust Certified mean? It means Bulwark has passed TC Referrals comprehensive 8-Step Trust Certification Process and has been given the Trust Certified Stamp of Approval for our pest control and termite control services! TC Referrals has researched and sorted through hundreds of businesses;… Read More

Pest Control Prices – Bidding Wars

Lowest Bid Wins… or Lowest Bid Loses? In my previous post, If Pest Control were Real Estate, I got a little heated over an unsolicited email I received asking for a bid on commercial pest control service. More over, I was bothered by the “Lowest Bid Wins” statement. After my initial shock I have decided to put some business and consumer perspective on this lowest bid practice. How Lowest Bid Contracts Hurt The Consumer The cheapest option typically brings poor results. This can be detrimental to the consumer. Who really want to eat at a restaurant that has its pest control done by the lowest bidder? The thought of maggots crawling… Read More

If Pest Control Were Real Estate

roach soup

I received an email today asking for bids to treat a commercial property. The email reads as follows (red highlight added): ________ is soliciting bids for Pest Control services at _________________. Attached is a scope of services and a site plan to assist you. The current contract expires on 07/31/14. If you wish to bid on this contract, the firm bidding deadline is Friday, June 13, 2014 at midnight. The annual contract will be awarded to the lowest bidder. All solicited bids are sent to our corporate office for verification of pricing by our Vice President. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. Attached was “the scope… Read More

Note Highlights of #ICON14

Icon14

#Icon14 was a power packed three days. Catering to small business owners, infusionsoft championed success stories, rejuvenated entrepreneurs with motivating keynote speakers, and urged small businesses to improve and move forward. On day one, Simon challenged those attending to ignore the fires and work on improving themselves. Stepping back and working on one’s business instead of in one’s business is essential to progress. As business owners face the struggles of surviving and thriving, it is important for leaders to recharge. This event was one of kind, and it allowed just that, recharge, charge up, and push on. Here are a few notes I took of the event. I hope you… Read More

Could You Be Using Pinterest For Marketing?

Small businesses are often wary of using Pinterest for marketing because it doesn’t seem as rewarding or straightforward as Instagram. Admittedly, Pinterest won’t work for all brands, but some companies can benefit enormously from including the image-pinning site in their social media marketing plan; including pest control companies. Here’s how to decide if Pinterest is for you, and if so, how you can use it: Is Pinterest right for your business? Some companies won’t get anywhere using Pinterest, and that’s fine — but you don’t want to be spending time getting to grips with the site if it isn’t going to benefit you. Work out whether it’s right for your… Read More

Understanding A Pest Control Non-Compete- The Employee Perspective

Choose your own way, concept

As a pest control technician, you labor long hours in often times uncomfortable, dirty, and hot conditions. You work hard! You build rapport with many of your customers. You learn your trade inside and out. After years of working for a pest management company, you’re done lining the pockets of “the man.” You decide to take your pest control knowledge, skills and abilities and start your own pest control business. Your plan has just one kink. Upon initially becoming a pest control technician, you signed a non-compete agreement with your former employer. Before you start your own pest control business, first you must understand the non-compete agreement or clause you… Read More

Understanding Pest Control Non-Competes- The Employer’s Perspective

Ethical vs. Legal

As pest control operators, you spend years building your companies. Blood, sweat, frustrations, and tears go into building relationships with your customers, and your employees. What if one of your employee technicians decides that he or she wants to quit and start their own pest control business? Are you protected? Many pest control companies utilize non-compete agreements or clauses in their businesses. What exactly are pest control non-compete agreements? Do they work, and how are they enforced? Are there any drawbacks to using these clauses in the employee hiring process? What about legal issues that come up? Many questions arise when it comes to pest control non-competes. In part one… Read More

Becoming A Pest Control Operator

Exterminator spraying

In an economy where jobs can be hard to find, sometimes it’s worth it to consider jobs you may not know much about. One job you may not have considered is that of a pest control operator. In 2013, Fox Business named the pest management industry as one of the top 8 jobs to ‘escape the office’ and with good reason. The pest management industry is in constant demand, which is great for job security. Here is some more information that can help you decide whether this career path is right for you. What is a Pest Control Operator? A pest control operator is also called a PCO or, more… Read More

10 New Years Resolutions For The Pest Control Operator

Online Reputation Management

As pest control operators (PCO’s), we all have inspiring visions for our companies in 2014. We want stability… We want growth. Without specific goals and resolutions, it’s going to be difficult to reach the growth and prosperity we all desire. Here are ten New Years resolutions for PCO’s in 2014: 1. I Resolve To Build A Better Brand. Many PCO’s wonder how to make themselves a brand. When your day to day operations keep you busy keeping your customers pest free, it is easy to postpone working on your business. Thinking about “branding” gets left on the back burner for another day. Ultimately your brand is what the public perceives… Read More