Web Exclusive: Cockroach war stories, Part II

October 18, 2017 - By

In the 2017 Cockroach Management Supplement of our September issue, we included “war stories” from pest management professionals describing their worst encounters with this pests. In our Sept. 25 post, we shared two more stories. But just like Blatella germanica, there’s always more where that came from. Enjoy! Ken Yarrington, Owner, KenX Pest Control, Charlton, Iowa: “A private home had German... read more

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Inaugural car show benefits community

October 16, 2017 - By

On Saturday, Oct. 7, Truly Nolen Pest Control hosted its first-ever Community Car Show. More than 800 people attended this free event, which featured 54 antique cars from late founder Truly David Nolen’s collection. It took place in the parking lot of the Truly Nolen Leadership Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Leadership Center has served as a training center for... read more

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Web Exclusive: How innovation leads to growth

October 9, 2017 - By

Developing a process for innovation can help businesses get ahead of the curve, says Robert Tucker, president of Innovation Resource Consulting Group, a global research and executive development firm that helps companies use innovation to drive growth. Recognized throughout the world as a pioneer in the field of innovation, he explains the tools, skills and mindset needed to embrace change... read more

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Web Exclusive: Inspect-All’s reason for growth

October 9, 2017 - By

Brothers Brandon and Brian Lunsford are no strangers to incredible growth. Ten years after they acquired Inspect-All Services from their father in 2006, the company has grown by 3,000 percent. The hard work by the Atlanta, Ga.-based pest management company has not gone unnoticed. Inspect-all Services landed on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies the past three... read more

Social Media

How to create a Linkedin Company Page in 13 steps

October 4, 2017 - By

Good for you if your company has a website and social media presence. But if think Facebook is all your company needs, think again. If you don’t have a LinkedIn Company Page, you’re missing out. Traffic from LinkedIn generated the highest visitor-to-lead conversion rate than any other social media platform — including Twitter and Facebook – according to a study... read more

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Air ducts as an add-on

October 2, 2017 - By

If you’re considering offering a “clean air” add-on service, consisting of air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and changing the customer’s high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, you may find this program breakdown helpful. It was part of a pilot program I helped create at Orkin Pest Control years ago, and outlines the basics of what goes into such an endeavor.... read more

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What is a good add-on service for PMPs?

September 27, 2017 - By

On p. 10 of our October issue, you’ll see great responses from Dan Gordon, Eric Scherzinger, Mark “Shep” Sheperdigian and Dr. Stephen Vantassel. But several more of our columnists weighed in on the topic. Not only is residential duct cleaning a viable add-on service, says Paul Hardy — he lays out how to do it, step by step, in a... read more

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Web Exclusive: Countless cockroaches

September 25, 2017 - By

In the 2017 Cockroach Management Supplement of our September issue, we included “war stories” from pest management professionals describing their worst encounters with this pests. Below are two more creepy-crawly tales, and we invite you to share your stories either in the comments below or sending us an email at pmpeditor@northcoastmedia.net. Don’t let your fingers do the walking “An apartment... read more

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Truly Nolen’s Key Largo office offers aid

September 20, 2017 - By

Our Key Largo, Fla., service office (100105 Overseas Highway), which services the entire Florida Keys, reopened yesterday following Hurricane Irma. From 9 a.m. to sundown, the team set up a pop-up tent in front of their office and gave out free water, hot dogs, sterilizer spray, liquid hand soap, baby wipes, and much more. Key Largo residents and passers-by were... read more

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Web Exclusive: Top-rated tools for digital IDs

September 18, 2017 - By

Just to delve more deeply into the topic of the Mobile PMP column I wrote in the September issue (p. 116), creating a digital pest ID program should include the following: A written guideline for image quality. It should include standards for lighting, magnification, clarity (sharpness via resolution), focus, and perspective (top, bottom, side, etc.). The proper photographic tools to... read more