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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

Keeping Pests Out: 5 Tips to Ensure Your Home is Bug Free

Dirty Cockroach Kitchen

When it comes to pests, mice, cockroaches and ants top the list as the most irritating (and unwelcome) household “guests.” How, then, do you keep these little creatures from invading your space? These five tips should cut back on the frequency of your pest sightings. Eat in the Kitchen This tip sounds almost too simple, but keep in mind that many families snack throughout the house or enjoy dinners in front of the television every once in a while. To limit your pest sightings, keep food in the kitchen and dining room only. You’ll have an easier time cleaning up after meals, and establishing this habit ensures that crumbs don’t… Read More

If Pest Control Were Real Estate

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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

6 Fun Facts about Mice

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Spotting a mouse scurrying through your home is many people’s worst nightmare. Because mice are so common, however, the likelihood of an infestation happening in your home is quite high. However, mice are actually quite surprising little creatures. They are smart, social and actually very clean. While you probably still don’t want them taking up residence in your living space, these six facts about mice may change the way you think of these “pests.” 1. Mice are cleaner than some humans. A common misconception about mice is that they are dirty little pests. However, the reverse is actually true; mice are very clean animals. Their homes are organized into different… Read More

Pest Control Technician Of The Year Award

Pest Serviceman

Does one of your pest control technicians have what it takes to be this year’s tech of the year? Does he or she go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of your customers? Are they passionate about what they do? If so, PCT is looking for nominations for their annual technician of the year award. This award recognizes standout pest control service professionals in three categories: commercial pest control, residential pest control and termite control. For 17 years, PCT’s Technician of the Year award recognizes the contributions of those frontline pest professionals working to protect food, health, property and the environment. The award is sponsored by BASF Pest… Read More

Friday Links To Pest Control Articles

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Afraid of Spiders? Me Too! If you’re a fellow arachnophobe, we’re in good company—Justin Timberlake, J.K. Rowling, and Selena Gomez also suffer from this affliction. In fact, between three and six percent of all people have Arachnophobia. Learn more about Arachnophobia here. Earwigs Crawl Into Peoples Ears While They Are Sleeping & Lay Eggs In Their Brains – FACT OR MYTH? Heard the tale that earwigs can crawl into your ears and bite you while you are sleeping and lay eggs in your brain, causing serious injury or even death? Is it fact or myth? Read more here. Landscaping Tip #8 – Mosquito & Noseeum Control for Your Home Have… Read More

5 Things Your Pest Control Technician Wants You to Understand

There are a lot of misconceptions about what pest control is and what to expect from your technician. No one wants to see bugs or rodents on their property, particularly if they have made their way indoors. However, it is important to stay calm and listen to the expertise of the technician that comes out to service your property. They can help you understand how to prevent future problems and address current issues. To get you started, the following tips will clue you in to five things that pest control technicians wish their customers understood. 1. A technician is not an “exterminator.” What do you think of when you hear… Read More

The 4 Scariest Insects in the World

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There are hundreds of thousands of insects in the world. Generally, these creatures are pretty small, so you may wonder why anyone would ever be scared of them. Believe it or not, some bugs can really hurt humans, and there are a number of them that can even kill you. The following four insects are some of the scariest in the world. Japanese Giant Hornets The Japanese Giant Hornet is quite small, only about the size of your thumb. However, you don’t want to underestimate this little creature, because it releases extremely potent venom into its unfortunate victims. Not only that, but the poison attracts other hornets from the hive… Read More

Click To Join Now!

Family Owned Pest Control is a referral network that allows users in need of pest control services find local, family owned pest control companies in their geographic region. It works as a web application or plugin in which the user enters his or her zip code, and is presented with a short list of local, pre-screened, family-owned pest control companies that match their criteria. The Family Owned Pest Control referral network is designed to improve the professionalism, integrity, and marketing value of all of the participating pest management companies. The network presents a professional image and high-quality point of connection between each participating company and their website visitors. The goal… Read More

Esteemed Writer Enlightens Masses With 1000 Published Blogs

1000 Blogs Published Trophy

Queen Creek, Arizona– At a ceremony held in a Barro’s Pizza banquet room Tuesday evening, noted pest control and insect blogger Anthony Ball, 32, was recognized by his peers in the pest control community with an award honoring his illustrious writing career, and accomplishment of publishing 1000 blogs. The black-tie ceremony was reportedly attended by over six prominent pest control professionals, many of whom lauded Ball for his deep and lasting influence in both the literary and pest control fields. Ball, who is regularly featured in WritersDigest.com’s list of the nation’s top 500 sexiest bloggers, amassed the 1000 blog publications in just 20 short months. His creative, well-researched works on… Read More

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