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Pest Control Information- Weekly Links Round-Up

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Pest Control Information- Weekly Links Round-Up Caterpillars Invade Arizona Would walking into what looks like a “science-fiction movie” scare you? It definitely has creeped out some people in Arizona. These tent caterpillars are a sight to be seen. More… Great Pest Control Tips That The Experts Swear By! Are you in need of a few good pest control tips? Look no further than here. Prevent Ants From Marching Into Your Home This Summer Are you having a problem with ants invading your home this summer? Here are a few tips to help you live ant free. More… Know Your Enemy…The German Cockroach Despite their name…”German Cockroach”, these creepy pests don’t… Read More

A Roach Is Not A Love Bug

Ah, Valentine’s Day… A day of love… A day of romance. A day of cockroaches? This week loving couples across the country are making romantic plans in anticipation for the big day. Reservations are being made at the finest restaurants. Bouquets of beautiful red roses and boxes of expensive chocolates will be at a premium as couples pull out all the stops to show that special someone just how much they are loved. Getting “Unlucky” On Valentine’s Day After a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, you head home with that special someone. Upon arrival, you have Barry White softly playing in the background. You blindfold your date. She is guided upstairs… Read More

Pests Caused The Super Bowl Power Outage?

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Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans was full of twists and turns as the Baltimore Ravens edged the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34-31. One of the most memorable twists to the game happened to be when the power to half of Mercedes-Benz Superdome, including the scoreboard, went dark with 13:22 left in the third quarter. The game was literally stopped as the players, announcers, and fans where all left scratching their heads. After nearly 35 minutes of head scratching, wondering what had happened to the power, the game resumed. The San Francisco 49ers, who were down 28-6 just before the blackout, staged a monumental comeback, only to… Read More

Pest Control Operator Tips- 12 Ways to Build a Better Day

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Pest Control Operator Tips- 12 Ways to Build a Better Day As pest control operators, our days are filled with ups and downs. We find joy in being able to help our customers eliminate serious pest problems, but we also find it challenging to juggle our day-to-day priorities. We must balance our sales, marketing, and managing efforts; with training our employees, scheduling and billing our customers, and making sure we meet overhead… All while balancing family, community, and even religious obligations. While we are making our customer’s days better, sometimes our days suffer. Here are a few tips pest control operators can do to ensure you have a great workday:… Read More

Headless Ladybugs

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A New Discovery of Rare ‘Headless’ Ladybug It is said that if a ladybug lands on you it is a sign of good luck. This old myth proved to be accurate when a Montana State University student discovered a new species of ladybug that appeared to be headless. Ross Winton made the discovery in a trap he set at a sand dune in southwest Montana. The MSU entomology graduate student was rather perplexed when he first saw the insect, thinking it was some kind of headless beetle. As scientists further examined the specimen, they were able to determine that the insect was actually a ladybug. The scientists also discovered the… Read More

Friday Links Round Up

The Culture of the Negotiated Pest Control Transactions Here’s a great blog for us pest control operators that explores the art of negotiating prices among different cultures, and how American’s are catching on. There’s a great take home lesson at the end on setting prices while still being able to negotiate with potential and existing customers. Check out: http://heartspm.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/culture-of-negotiated-pest-control-price/ Tips on Hiring Pest Control Services This article provides an interesting consumer perspective on exactly what our customers want in a pest control service. As pest control operators, we can look to model ourselves, and our customer service, according to these guidelines. http://www.linksparadise.com/?p=20782 August Means Hungry Yellow Jackets Heritage Pest Control of… Read More

Roaches Predict Our Next President!

As pest control professionals we deal with roach problems almost every day. As we are working to eliminate these pests for our customers, roaches are busy predicting the next president of the United States. The New Jersey Pest Management Association holds a “presidential cockroach derby” every four years to predict this country’s next president. The derby pairs two Madagascar hissing cockroaches against each other with each cockroach representing a corresponding presidential candidate, Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Each roach has a tiny cartoon caricature stuck to its back as they race down a three-foot-long track to the finish line. Commentators make political wisecracks like, “Look, the Obama roach is leaning… Read More

Lost dog

During one hot summer in Austin, I was performing first time services for new Bulwark customers and training a new technician.  It was getting late in the week and the two of us had performed several first time services, so I told the trainee to get started on the outside and I would go inside, talk to the new customer, and get started performing the inside service.  I expected the trainee to come inside after doing the weephole screening and power spraying the perimeter, but after about half an hour, he had not yet come inside.  I explained to the new customer that I was going outside to check on… Read More

Time Out

Have you ever tried to talk a woman out of Pest Control? There are certain things that you should just pamper your wife with, and pest control may fall into that category.