Southall-Sarasohn

Vermin in history

August 17, 2017 - By

Editor’s Note: Dr. Sarasohn is a historian who is currently writing a book titled  Getting Under Our Skin: A Cultural History of Vermin. She also maintains a Facebook page that covers how rats, fleas, bed bugs and lice affect the relationship between human beings — from earlier ages through today. Learn more at Facebook.com/lehnstul. Vermin have always signified something deeper... read more

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Keep your mojo on track by focusing on the positive

August 14, 2017 - By

Anyone in the service or retail business knows that working with the public can be physically and emotionally draining sometimes. (All right, a lot of times.) “You treated last week and I just saw an ant on the counter!” “Are you sure you can’t work me in today?” (It’s 4 p.m.) “Can you do it any cheaper? That seems kinda... read more

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What’s your pest management company’s child care policy?

August 9, 2017 - By

Per an extensive press release, since 2013, Care.com’s Cost of Care Survey has culled insights from more than 1,000 parents nationwide about their child care spending habits, including the rising costs of babysitters, day cares, and nannies. According to the study, 32 percent report spending 20 percent or more of their annual household income on child care. Among this year’s findings: 40 percent of parents say... read more

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NJPMA Clambake: Facts, fun… and food

August 7, 2017 - By

In this three-and-a-half minute video, Greg Pettis, owner of Lancaster, Pa.-based Dominion Pest Control and a rep for Nature-Cide Insecticides, recaps the 75th annual clinic, trade show and clambake put on by the New Jersey Pest Management Association (NJPMA) last year. He also invites his pest management colleagues to join him at the 2017 event, taking place Aug. 17 at the... read more

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Web Exclusive: Tools to help manage digital photos

July 31, 2017 - By

The Scherzinger Face Off column that appears on p. 78 of Pest Management Professional’s August 2017 print issue focused on digital photography. Brothers Eric and Kurt debated the use of apps designed to better manage the digital photographs Scherzinger Termite & Pest Control technicians take to document pests and conducive conditions during service calls. Following are tools the Scherzingers have... read more

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Web Exclusive: What is your best tip for managing ticks?

July 26, 2017 - By

As will be seen in our August issue’s Question of the Month (p. 14), PMP contributors Stuart Aust, Dr. Doug Mampe and Mark Sheperdigian shared tick tips. But so did several of our other contributors – and we’d love to hear from you, too. Comment below! Dr. Austin Frishman, BCE-Emeritus: Start by having a training session with your people on how... read more

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Container transport: A pest management checklist

July 24, 2017 - By

Now that weather temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, proper transportation of processed foods and raw commodities is critical to avoid foodborne illness that directly affects consumers. Pest infestations during transport can corrupt food quality when left unchecked, can infest the food facilities to which they are delivered, and can create significant waste when the quality of the food... read more

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Video covers squirrel eviction basics

July 19, 2017 - By

Bill Earl is founder and technical director of Pest Tools, which manufactures the patented Evictor Strobe Light. In late May, he held a free seminar in Strafford, Pa., on “How to Evict Squirrels! Permanently without Trapping” — with his product and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques. While the seminar was aimed at homeowners, Earl notes that his strategy is useful... read more

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Teach commercial clients about pest prevention

July 17, 2017 - By

Are you marketing to office building clientele, or perhaps are overdue for training with existing accounts in this market segment? If so, this video might be of interest to you — to even incorporate into your multimedia presentation (citing the original source, of course). David Smith is owner of the British company Cleaning Services Group, and sent us a video... read more

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Experts recommend industry apps

July 12, 2017 - By

As you can see on p. 14 of our July print issue, Dr. Jim Fredericks, Dr. Austin Frishman and Frank Meek each suggested a helpful smartphone app for pest management professionals. But Meek had a couple to add, and so did some of other expert contributors. We’re also interested in what apps you might find to be useful throughout the workday.... read more

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