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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

Will This Record Cold Affect The Pest Control Industry?

Concerned Business Owner

Most of the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures with this polar vortex. The end of January was down right glacial with temperatures plunging more than 20 degrees below normal. This record cold and snow is expected to last a couple more weeks. This frigid weather has us pest management professionals wondering, just how much this severe cold is going to affect business this upcoming pest season. There’s no doubt that these cold temps will kill off some of the invasive pests we service, but to what extent? How Extreme Cold Affects Insect Pests As PCO’s, we all know that many of the pests we strive to manage can… 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

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

Blog Pest Control 2014!

Happy New Year 2014

Peace out 2013! Another year has come and gone, and all of us bug guys and gals here at Blog Pest Control are so very grateful for all of your continued reading and viewing. We’ve put a lot of work into this publication, making it the go-to place for all things pest and pest control… The best is yet to come! In 2014, we will continue to keep you up-to-date an all of the latest pest control news for both the general public, and the pest management professional. Check out our profiles of interesting insects with our pest of the week feature, our links round-up to other informative pest control… 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

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

PestWorld 2013 Day 3

Stephen Dubner

 It’s Day three (October 24, 2013) here at PestWorld in Phoenix, AZ, and what an event filled day it has been. The day kicked off with the pest control industry rewards, followed immediately by the general session. The general session featured Freakonomics author Stephen Dubner addressing the 3,300 pest management professionals in attendance. After the general session, we all headed over to the exhibit hall to gander at all of the latest and greatest products and services for our industry. Our afternoons were spent in education sessions, in which I was able to attend three. Here are a few of the highlights from day three of Pest World 2013: General… Read More