Resolve to Keep Pests Away From Your Home This New Year’s

2015 is almost upon us and if 2014 wasn’t as great a year as you had hoped, you may be looking to make some changes for the New Year. If bugs were constantly pestering you in 2014, there are a few things that you can resolve to do differently to prevent that from being an issue in 2015. Here are a few of the changes you may wish to implement to deter pests in 2015.

Store Your Firewood Away From Your Home


If you store firewood right next to your home, you may be leading wood-eating pests such as termites and carpenter ants right to your home. These pests may come in to your area when you buy the wood or find the area because of the wood. Regardless, they can easily move from firewood to your wood siding, stairs or deck if firewood is stored directly by these items. Instead, store your firewood 20 to 30 feet away from your home, or any other wood structures around your home, such as decks or outdoor storage sheds.

Also, it is important to inspect your firewood about once every month for signs of wood-eating pests. If wood-eating pests are present, you will want to spray the wood or remove it from your property to ensure the pests do not make their way to your home. The longer they are allowed to sit and multiply on the wood, the more likely it is they will find your home, even if the wood is stored away from your house.

Seal Your Home’s Exterior

Caulking window

Bugs, rodents and other outdoor pests can easily come into your home if there are cracks around your window frames, door frames or in the siding of your home. A crack or gap in these areas is basically an open invitation to pests to come out of the hot or cold outdoor weather and into your temperature-controlled home.

Many people hate taking the time to seal their exterior. However, resolving to seal your can help keep pests out, while also helping you to decrease your energy consumption.

Properly Store Food

Food (Photo credits: PB Teen)

Many of the pests that enter your home, such as ants, cockroaches and mice, are in search of food. Unfortunately, if they find the food they are after, they are likely to bring their family and friends to your home and make it their own. Luckily, you can prevent this from happening by properly storing your food.

Storing food in airtight containers helps prevent these pests from having access to your food, which decreases the likelihood they would want to live in your home. Pests don’t care if the food they have access to is human or pet food, so seal all of the food in your home to deter these pests.

Hire a Pest Service


Hiring a pest service may cost a little bit of money, but it is one of the best ways to ensure that pests are kept at bay. A pest control specialist can walk around your home and look for signs that pests may be near or may have already started to inhabit your home. Unfortunately, you may miss many of the early signs that pests are hiding around or in your home. Additionally, a pest control specialist can spray pesticides that the average person does not have access to around the perimeter of your home, helping to ensuring that common household pests, such as spiders and ants, don’t enter your home.

If you want 2015 to be the year that your home finally stays pest-free, resolve to take action to prevent these pests from bothering you any longer. Storing your firewood away from your home, sealing your home’s exterior, properly storing food and hiring a pest service are all great ways to keep bugs away once and for all.

Pest Control Links Round Up: Veterans Day Week Edition

Pest Control Links Round Up: Veterans Day Week Edition

US FlagBulwark Salutes Veterans

Here is a very heart warming tribute, from Bulwark Exterminating, in which some of their employees offer some Veterans Day gratitude by offering tribute to a few service men and women they personally know and love. More…

Does Your Fruit Have Flies?

Fruit Flies seem to come from nowhere and are almost impossible to get rid of. Learn what you can do to solve your fruit fly problems here.

Choosing the Right Termite Treatment To Meet Your Needs

They’re termites, and they do billions of dollars in damages to property every single year. So what are the keys to making sure they’re not going to feast on your home? More…

Getting To Know Carpenter Ant Tunnels and Ways to Search and Control Them

For a few facts about Carpenter ants, tips on how to identify them, and how to eventually controlling them, click here.

3 Tips You Need Now to Fight German Cockroaches

For a few tips to help you out with your German Cockroach battle, click here.

Asian Needle AntPest Of The Week: The Asian Needle Ant

Found in the South-East United States, the Asian Needle ant has started to become quite the pest; making a definite impact. One of their biggest impacts to date is that they are driving out Fire ants and Argentine ants in well established areas.

Asian needle ants are a dark brown (almost black) color, with a lighter almost orange antennae and legs. The measure about ¼ of an inch in length, and have been spotted as high north as Virginia. They are very common during from March through October.

Asian Needle ants frequently build their nests in the soil, under whatever debris they can find. Look for their nests under large rocks or logs. A typical Asian needle ant colony will have multiple queens, and can range in members from 100 ants, all the way up to 5,000. These ants will savage for garbage and other organic debris, but their absolute favorite meal is a termite. In this aspect, and probably this only aspect, they are beneficial to homeowners. Serious Asian Needle ant infestations require professional ant control.

Pest Control: Your Friday Links Round-Up

Black House SpiderPest Control: Your Friday Links Round-Up

Fall Wasp Wars

Every autumn, homeowners wage war against wasps and hornets. These flying pests grow excessively aggressive as their preferences move from proteins to sweets. Learn more about these wasp wars.

How to Get Rid of Bugs in Acorns and Pine Cones

Many of us use pine cones for holiday decorations every year, but unknowingly bring pests into our homes by doing so. Here’s a step by step guide to getting rid of these unwanted bugs so you may continue using acorns and pine cones for decor. More…

Plants Enlist Aid From Birds For Pest Control

When trees or plants are under attack from insects, they can emit certain scents that attract birds. The birds in turn then gobble up many of the plants-munching bugs. More…

Tips to Pest Proofing Your Home This Fall

With the change of season comes a different challenge for homeowners because it is also a peak time for pests to make their way indoors. Learn to protect yourself, here.

When Are Carpenter Ants Active?

Click here, to learn more about the most active times of year for carpenter ants.

Carpenter BeePest Of The Week: Carpenter Bees

Measuring almost an inch in length, Carpenter bees get their name for their love of all things wood. They will build their nests in building frames, dried wood, tree stumps, and bamboo by chewing through it. They can be destructive pests, despite their ability to beneficially pollinate.

These bees look almost like bumble bees, but are a little bit smaller and have a glossy, hairless, black abdomen. Throughout the spring and summer months, female Carpenter bees gather nectar to transform into their “bee bread” which they feed to the rest of the colony.

There’s more good news (other than beneficial pollination) about Carpenter bees… The males that one usually sees buzzing around the hive cannot sting.

Pest Control Links Round Up: Halloween Edition

Jack_o_LanternPest Control Links Round Up: Halloween Edition

Scary Pest Facts – Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, we wanted to share a few creepy facts about pests that can be pretty scary! More…

Creepy Halloween Movies – Tarantula

Clark Pest Control gives a few insights on the 1955 classic movie, Tarantula! More…

Have A Safe, Happy & Pest Free Halloween

Take a minute and enjoy a Halloween roach video. More…

The Scariest Spiders in the World

Nothing gets people on-edge quite like spiders. A popular rumor states that no matter where you are you are usually about eight feet from a spider. More…

Vampires In Your Bed

Bedbugs are like vampires but you can’t use garlic to defeat these bloodsuckers. Here are some tips:

Little Brown BatPest Of The Week: The Little Brown Bat

What better pest of the week for the week of Halloween, than the Little Brown Bat. While these bats are pest control agents of their own, eating millions of pounds of insects every year, they can also be pests of their own; nesting in attics, voids, and chimneys of homeowners.

The Little Brown Bat, with dark brown fur as its name suggests, is one of the most common bats in the United States. This bat’s fur glossy brown on the back; with an upper body that is slightly paler; with a grayish fur underbelly. Compared to other species of bats, the Little Brown bat is smaller in stature.

Over the last decade, it has been reported that Little Brown bat numbers have significantly declined due to White Nose Syndrome. This disease, which affects cave-dwelling bats, causes a white fungus to grow on the bat’s wings and nose. This fungus disrupts the bats hibernation pattern, causing them to wake up too early and eventually die of starvation.

Read more about Little Brown bats being in danger of extinction.


Halloween Roach Bits: Tricky Roaches Are No Treat

Trick or Treat kids in costumesThis Halloween, as you’re carving your jack-o-lanterns, watching your scary movies and handing out bowls of trick-or-treat candy to all of those superheroes, princesses, ghosts and goblins that come ringing your doorbell; be on the look-out for Halloween intruders!

Watch the horror unfold as one of these Halloween intruders is caught red handed:

Halloween Roach Bits: Tricky Roaches Are No Treat



Cockroaches are notorious consumers of anything sweet or starchy; and all of your Halloween favorites fall into this category. Your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, your fun size Snickers bars, and your miniature Hershey’s bars are all vulnerable.

This Halloween, don’t share your trick-or-treat candy with cockroaches! Get professional roach control!

Happy Halloween



All of us here at Blog Pest Control and Bulwark Exterminating wish you all a very safe and Happy Halloween! May your Halloween be cockroach free!

Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control Links

Fall pumpkins

Halloween Party Food: Edible Insects

Edible insects make great and creepy Halloween party food. Here are a few that might wet your appetite. More…

Mole Crickets in Trinity, FL

Mole crickets are becoming an increasing problem in some states; damaging lawns. They tunnel through the surface layer of the soil which damages the grass roots. Eventually the grass is uprooted and dries out. There are solutions to dealing with Mole crickets.

Don’t Forget About Fall Termite Treatments

Many homeowners don’t realize that October can actually be one of the worst months for termites. Wondering why? The simple truth is that termites are attracted to moisture, and that’s typically plentiful during October. More…

Why Do Rodents Keep Getting Into My House?

Learn more about the most common places that rodents get in through, here.

How To Reduce The Risk Of Pests In Your Home

There are a few steps you can take this fall that will help protect your home from intruders like mice and rats when the cold weather sets in. Learn more here…

Pest Of The Week: The Australian Cockroach

Periplaneta australasiae (Australian Cockroach)
Periplaneta australasiae (Australian Cockroach) (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

While common in Australia (hence the name Australian cockroach) the Australian Cockroach is also very prevalent in the southern United States. Because of their large size and similar coloring, the Australian cockroach is often times confused for the American cockroach. Both are a reddish brown in color, but the Australian roach has a yellow stripe that runs near the side of its wings. The Australian is also a little bit smaller, compared to the American roach, with average lengths of 1.2 to 1.5 inches; which is still rather big for a roach species.

Unlike a lot of species of roach, the Australian cockroach prefers the outdoors. Since they cannot tolerate colder weather, they will usually only enter homes when it suddenly gets cooler. Another unique characteristic of this roach is that is quite vegetarian; feasting mainly on organic materials like plants and veggies. Although this is their preferred diet, they also seem fond of starchy substances like the glue of book bindings. Like any other species of roach, professional roach control techniques can manage the Australian cockroach populations near a home or property.

PestWorld 2013 Day 3

PestWorld  2013 Awards

 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 Session With Freakonomics Author Stephen Dubner


Stephen Dubner

Back in 2005, Stephen Dubner changed the way much of the world thinks about incentives when he released his book entitled Freakonomics. Since then, the book has remained on the New York Times best sellers list for over seven years. Attendees at PestWorld had the privilege to listen to a few of his real word examples of how incentives fail; and how we can get them to be successful.


Example of Incentives Failing

Several years ago, Alexandra, South Africa was plagued with rats. The government had come to their wits end, trying to come up with solutions to combat the disease carrying pests. The government offered free trash cants with tight fitting lids to it’s citizens, and even offered free pest control, but people viewed these efforts as a hassle. The Alexandra city government then offered a bounty for rat carcasses. They were literally paying the equivalent of $4 U.S. for each dead rat brought to their doorstep. Like many incentive programs, it failed miserably. This actually lead to a bigger rat problem, as the city’s citizens actually started farming rats just to slaughter and turn in for cash.

Point being that financial incentives may work initially, but rarely work long term. They may even backfire. Keep that in mind the next time you decide to start paying your kids for good grades.

Example of Incentives Failing, & Eventually Working

A New York hospital asked it’s doctors to self report the rates of personal hand washing behavior. Some 73% of doctors reported washing their hands when they were supposed to. What they didn’t know is that the nurses where actually asked to spy on the doctors and record their real data. The truth was only 9% of doctors actually washed when they were required. An incentive of a $10 Starbucks gift card was added when the docs washed. The number immediately rose to nearly 100%. Funny how none of us can turn down free stuff. What eventually occurred was that the incentive didn’t change long term behavior. In a last ditch effort, the hospital administration took petri dish samples of the bacteria on the Dr.’s hands, looked at them under a microscope, and converted the results to images. The results were pretty disturbing, and the images where used as screen savers on every computer in the hospital. Being constantly reminded by these images, changed the behavior at the hospital.

A Few Points Made By Stephen Dubner

  • Find the data that represents the real world, and really challenge the data to best reflect real world application.
  • We all have declared preferences, and real preferences for everything, especially with our business goals. There is typically a huge difference between the two.
  • Collect data before making real decisions; know what is really happening (real preferences, not declared).
  • Success is a proxy for honesty.
  • It’s hard to get people to do the right thing, even with incentives.
  • Compensation doesn’t change long term behavior, but incentives do matter. Find the right incentives.
  • 10-20 smaller ideas that you experiment with are better than one big idea (Ahem politicians).
  • Don’t accept artificial barriers. Mental barriers have huge impacts.
  • Look at problems differently than other people are looking at them (Stephen shared the story of Takeru Kobayashi’s success at the hotdog eating contest).

PestWorld Educational Sessions


There were another 24 breakout educational sessions today, educating us on everything from PMP marketing strategy, to control of squirrels and opossums, to hiring sales superstars. I had the opportunity to sit in on these three educational sessions:

Cockroaches, Crickets, Earwigs & Pillbugs: How Understanding the Biology of Occasional Invaders Can Increase Management Success

I had the great pleasure to listen to Dr. Roger Gold of Texas A&M today; one of the most brilliant minds on all things Arthropoda.  The main point I took away was that understanding the biology of a pest is key to professional pest management (life cycle, nutritional requirements, and environmental selection). GO FOR THE WEAK LINK!  To best control a population you need to eliminate or contaminate at least one resource for life (environment, water, food, etc.).

A few other interesting points: (1) Some customer accounts you can afford to lose, especially if sanitation, harborage, etc. is bad.  (2) He hears about far more cases of cockroaches entering people’s ears than earwigs.

Scorpion 8 eyes

Scorpion Biology, ID and Management

  • Dr. Bob Davis of BASF Pest Control Services spoke on all things scorpions.
  • There are 90 different species found in U.S.; 42 in Arizona. Some live in trees, some on ground. Some in sand, some on rocks.
  • Have long slender bodies, divided into two segments. Head and thorax fused together, abdomen, tail, two pedipalps, and four pair of legs.
  • Have comb-like sensory organs (pectines) on last pair of legs to detect environment, wavelengths, chemical queues and vibrations. Males have larger pectines.
  • Scorpions cannot see very well.
  • Adult scorpions perform elaborate courtship, and then grasp each other. Mating looks like intense fighting. I got to see an amazing video of this I will try to link to later.
  • Females give birth to live young, with average litter size of 26. She will care for them for two weeks on her back.
  • Some scorpions live 20+ years. Leads to heavy populations.
  • Scorpions are not disease vectors.
  • Got to learn to distinguish among Stripe-tailed scorpions (devil scorpions), Striped Bark scorpions,  Arizona Bark scorpions, Whipscorpions, Windscorpions, and Pseudoscorpions.
  • Inspection, identification, assessment, remedial tactics and evaluation are all necessary for scorpion control.  Habitat modification is critical!

Recent Arizona Regulatory Changes & Their Impact On PMP’s

Since I work out of Arizona, for Bulwark Exterminating, I thought it best to sit in on this topic. Vince Craig from the Arizona Department of Agriculture presented on the historic revisions and additions to the Office of Pest Management Laws.

Instead of writing these new laws here, I found it easier to just link to them. The new laws are effective September 13, 2013.

New Arizona Office of Pest Management Laws:


PestWorld 2013 Day 2

PestWorld 2013 Jordan Belfort

Day two of PestWorld 2013 (October 23, 2013) got off to an enthusiastic start as the 3,300 attendees got the privilege to hear from Jordan Belfort, “the Wolf of Wall Street.” After his remarks all of us pest professionals spent the rest of the morning checking out the pest management exhibits in the exhibit hall, while we mingled and networked with pest management professionals from all over the world. The afternoon was spent sitting in on some concurrent educational sessions, learning about some of the latest pests and pest technologies. During these sessions, much emphasis was also placed on PMP marketing, business management, and industry related training.

Here are a few of the highlights from day two at PestWorld 2013:

Opening General Session: Jordan Belfort “The Wolf of Wall Street.”


Jordan Belfort at PestWorld 2013

Day two of PestWorld 2013 was kicked of by “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort, sharing his interesting story; his rise and fall and rise again. As one of the most successful and dynamic sales guys in the history of Wall Street, Jordan was earning $50 million a year selling $5-$6 stocks to the wealthiest 1% in the country. During the peak of his success, Jordan fell into some of the pitfalls that super successful lifestyle. He found himself on some 22 different drugs, and in jail with Tommy Chong of all people, before he had a moment of clarity and turned his life around. Through this rise and fall, Jordan learned a few things along the way. Here are just a few points he touched on:

“Success in the absence of ethics and integrity is failure!”

  • You can change your life story by not succumbing to a negative situation.
  • If you have a vision, goals, and are driven toward something, you’re happy no matter where you are in life.
  • Our success or lack there-of, can come from our inner-world skills. Our belief systems, or the things in our head, lead us to success.
  • There’s always going to be stuff to trip us up.
  • Be visionary. Focus on visions, not just goal setting. Gravitate to other people with vision.
  • To get on top and stay there, you must continue learning
  • It’s hard to turn non-buyers into buyers. It’s easier to get existing buyers to flip.
  • Reciprocity is a powerful marketing tool
  • Linear concepts are easier for customers, and all of us to grasp.
  • Failure= not managing your growth

3 Things For Success

1. Have a vision for the future

2. Have the ability to share your vision. Make it known to others and empower them to take action.

3. Give more value than you look to receive. Monetize this value. Money and success is a byproduct of value.

The Wolf Of Wall Street Movie Trailer


PestWorld Educational Sessions


There were 24 different educational sessions to choose from today; everything from hiring/training PMP’s, to bedbug progress, to risks and rewards of pest control technologies. I had the opportunity to personally sit in on these three educational sessions.

Tramp Ants: What New or Exotic Ants Are Coming To Your Area

Dr. Laurel Hansen, from Spokane, WA, presented on Tramp ants. Tramp ants are introduced, exotic, invasive, and alien. They have made their way into urban environments from territories around the world. They are transported by us, usually by accident. Here are a few of the ants popping up in new territories around the world:

Tramp Ants: These Ants Get Around

Ponerine ants- From Africa and Central Asia, now worldwide. They sting! Nest under concrete slabs. Winged females are problems, leaving colonies, mating and stinging. Difficult to control.

Odorous House ants- is a tramp ant because they’re moving across the country. Now #1 most invasive ant, overtaking carpenter ant. Gel baits work best for these ants.

Velvety Tree ant- Similar to odorous house ant, but bigger. Moving from forested areas into structures. Very serious problem.

Pavement  ants- Stinging ants hiding under concrete slabs. Move around a lot.

Ghost ants- liquid baits, showing up in shopping mall atriums even in cold weather climates

White footed ants- found in Florida, SE United States, California, and Hawaii. Liquid baits to treat as well.

Pharaoh ants- Comes from Africa, and might be biggest tramp of them all.

What Would A World Without PMP’s Look Like?

  • Dr. Faith Oi of the University of Florida offered some insights on what our future would look like without pest control. Here are a few quick points I took away from her very in depth and historical presentation:
  • U.S. has ability to export food to poverty stricken countries. Pest control protects this food. Our food exports also affect our economic stability and GDP.
  • Malaria caused 289 million cases and 836,000 deaths in 2010. 90 percent come from areas without pest control. U.S. has very low rates because of pest control and medical technology.
  • 80 percent of diseases are spread by pests. Example: Typhus, Yellow Fever, Plaque which is spread by pests like rats, mosquitoes, and fleas, may have killed billions more victims.
  • Found this fact interesting: If we had pest control in early 1800’s, we wouldn’t have 1/3 of the U.S. Yellow Fever wiped out populations in Haiti, causing Napoleon to sell land known as Louisiana Purchase for $13 million.

German Cockroach Management: How Your Application Methods Can improve Your Speed and Efficacy

german cockroaches

Dr. Dini Miller of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University presented a very elaborate and detailed guide on some of the most effective ways to combat German roaches. In this strategy, it’s crucial to start your baiting program in January if at all possible (tricky I know), and bait highly infested communities with a lot of bait fast. I will likely dedicate a separate blog post to this method and technique in the near future; so stay tuned!

Stay Tuned

Check back tomorrow for our highlights from day three of PestWorld 2013 in Phoenix, AZ.


PestWorld 2013 Day 1

PestWorld 2013

The first day of PestWorld 2013 (Tuesday, October 23, 2013) in Phoenix, AZ is just wrapping up, and what a day it’s been. Some 3,300 Pest Management professionals from across the globe have packed the Phoenix Convention Center, getting all the latest info on everything from new methods of treatment and control to marketing strategy.

Here are a few of the highlights from day one (pictures to come):

Pre-Convention Activities

Before PestWorld 2013 officially kicked off, many participants elected to run/walk in the Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) 5K, just outside the downtown Phoenix Sheraton, with proceeds going toward a breast cancer cure and awareness. Additionally PestWorld 2013 held a golf tournament at the majestic Kierland Golf Club to help kick off the event. The admins of Blog Pest Control did not attend these two events, but should have pictures shortly.

Canine Scent Detection

I personally had the opportunity to sit in on the full four hours of of this pre-conference specialty session, and took quite a bit away from each of the presenters.

PestWorld Scent Detection

The Science Behind Canine Scent Detection

Dr. Paul Waggoner of Auburn University was the first to present and delved into the broad depths of canine scent detection; and not just as it pertains to bedbugs. In his research at Auburn University, Dr. Waggoner works extensively with detector dog teams in the context of basic sensory and behavioral sciences. In this work, he was able to tract different brain responses of detector dogs under MRI, as they were presented different odorants. It was quite fascinating to see some of the results.

One of the major themes I took away from Dr. Waggoner’s presentation, is that canine scent detection is extremely complex. There are so many variables that come into play when training and using these dogs. Early canine experience is key, and when training these dogs, do all you can to ensure that the dog’s training matches real world application/operations. Use wild bedbugs to train dogs for scent detection.

One thing I did find interesting, is that it really doesn’t matter all that much the breed of dog you choose for scent detection. The biology of how a dog smells is more or less the same, but certain dogs have a better public perception (i.e. labs, German Shepherds, etc.). That is why these breeds are more frequently selected for scent detection.

How To Effectively Sub-Contract Canine Scent Detection Teams

Here are a few highlights of this presentation, given by Judy Black of The Steritech Group and Donnie Blake of Okolona Pest Control Inc.:

If your customers claim they are getting bit, but you can’t find any visual bedbug activity, use canines. For your own protection, you have to verify that there is nothing there. You also have to have reliable dogs for this very reason. You cannot have false negatives.

English: Bedbug sniffing Dog, New York

Why Use Canine Bedbug Detection?

  • Increase inspection efficacy
  • Increase marketability
  • Increase competitiveness
  • Increase differentiation
  • Inspection is faster
  • Inspection more accurate and thorough

Own vs. Subcontract Canines:  Keep in mind the initial cost, upkeep, two canine team capability, training, and certification. Can you make a profit doing it all on your own? Use one of your competitors?  What’s vendor approval criteria?


  • Dog on bed preferably
  • Reinspect rooms done before and just after break
  • Reinspect alerted rooms
  • Track findings and false negatives
  • What to do when canine alerts with no visual activity? (Documentation for court purposes and should still treat).

Watch Outs

  • Air flow can confuse canines
  • Heat, in hallways in particular
  • Heavy Infestations
  • Canine sick
  • Handler/canine relationships
  • Reinspection= different results

Final Point: If you’re going to sell Canine services to your clients, you better believe in it!

Thought Leader Session: Ownership Thinking

PestWorld Ownership

Lead by Tom Bouwer, with Ownership Thinking out of Atlanta, GA. These sessions covered the paradigm shift from a employee view to a a business owner view. The sessions explored taking your employees and teaching them to think like business owners. Helping them understand profits, waste, and improving the company as a whole. Tom discussed how to set efficiency numbers. How to help employees see and measure key points for improvement. Sharing models for rapid improvement plans (RIP). Overall the group was full of pest control business owners learning how to improve their operations.

Opening Ceremony

PestWorld Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony for PestWorld 2013 kicked off the event in the Phoenix Convention Center Ballroom with a presentation by String Theory. Basically, it was a concert or music performance, done by a giant harp. Words cannot do it justice. (Pictures to come)

Exhibit Hall

The remainder of today was spent in the exhibit hall, checking out the 100,000 square feet of exhibits and vendors. These vendors offered information and literature on every for products and services on everything pest management. It was a great opportunity to take a peak at all of the newest pest management products and technologies. They even h ad a pie station! I will likely dedicate another blog post to some of the exhibits I observed here today.

Stay Tuned

Check back tomorrow for our highlights from day two of PestWorld 2013 in Phoenix, AZ


Blog Pest Control Headed To PestWorld 2013

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Blog Pest Control Headed To PestWorld 2013

Exciting news! Blog Pest Control will be at NPMA PestWorld 2013 this week. For those of you in the pest management industry, tune in this week for our comprehensive daily reports regarding all things PestWorld.

Blog Pest Control will be front and center at PestWorld, getting all the latest info on everything from new methods of treatment and control to marketing strategy; as we receive focused education, browse hundreds of pest control related exhibits, and mingle with some 3,000 pest management professionals.

In addition to our daily reports from PestWorld, the experience will no doubt allow Blog Pest Control to continue to bring you the most cutting edge information on the most cost-effective and efficient ways of running a pest control business, along with all the latest trends in technology, pests and pest management.

We look forward to seeing all of you at PestWorld 2013!

NPMA PestWorld 2013

PestWorld 2013 is October 23-26 at the Phoenix Convention Center, located at 340 North 3rd Street in Downtown Phoenix. PestWorld is the foremost platform to conduct business in the pest control industry. For more information on PestWorld 2013, visit

Phoenix Convention Center