UPFDA 2018 Spring Conference

UPFDA 2018 Spring Conference

April 26, 2018 - By

Not even snow mid-spring could douse the camaraderie and collective sense of accomplishment at this year’s United Producers, Formulators & Distributors Association (UPFDA) meeting. Held April 17-18 in Chicago, UPFDA’s spring meeting marked the golden jubilee of the organization. Attendance at the annual meeting was up 20 percent thanks to UPFDA’s 50th anniversary, a powerful lineup of presenters, and a... read more

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The School of Hard Knocks

April 25, 2018 - By

Editor’s Note: This is the second in series of a look at business growth by the author. See the previous one here. You’ve been contacted by hundreds of advertising venues, and you’ve finally decide on one. Let’s say you pay $1,000 that you really couldn’t afford to lose, but are hoping will earn an extra five to 10 clients. You... read more

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Web Exclusive: 1968 Irene Taurasi Profile

April 23, 2018 - By

As part of our year-long look back at our PMP Magazine archives, our April issue highlights Irene Taurasi, who happened to be the cover girl of what was then known as Pest Control back in December 1968. You can read our coverage here, but as promised, click here to view the PDF of the original article (including vintage ads in between... read more

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Web Exclusive: Summit War Stories

April 18, 2018 - By

Right before the 2018 PMP Growth Summit took place in February, we sent out a call for entries for attendees’ “most bizarre, unusual or challenging pest management experience out in the field.” Paul Sugrue, technical director of Nozzle Nolen, West Palm Beach, Fla., won a $50 VISA gift card for sharing his story, as seen in our April print issue.... read more

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The ‘Responsible’ way to sustain business growth

April 16, 2018 - By

Editor’s Note: This is the first in series of a look at business growth by the author. In 2000, my brother and I took control of my father-in-law’s business, which was producing a respectable $80,000 a year. By 2007, we had grown Responsible Pest Control to $1.4 million. We did it with very little to no money. In 2009, we... read more

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Double blind: Difficult, but worth it

April 11, 2018 - By

Last week, I talked about the scientific basis for using randomized, double blind testing of canines used in termite, bed bug and other inspections. Today, I’d like to address a big concern I’ve heard raised against taking a randomized, double blind test. The World Detector Dog Organization (WDDO), which I founded after years of working with and training canines, has... read more

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Truly Nolen’s Minor League ‘Madness’

April 9, 2018 - By

In March 2016, Truly Nolen Pest Control created the TRULY Insect Madness Bracket of Insects, which featured 16 insects and mirrored the fun of the yearly NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. After the fourth-seeded Ladybug was voted by our Facebook fans as the Champion, we were happy to have done something that was considered unique for the pest control... read more

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NCPMA PestLine, behind the scenes

April 4, 2018 - By

Now in its sixth year, the North Carolina Pest Management Association’s PestLine project helps the public with their pest issues while also recognizing April as Pest Management Month. We launched the PestLine to help North Carolinians get answers to their pest questions and to connect with pest management professionals in their local area for further assistance. We made it an... read more

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Eye contact and detection dog testing

April 2, 2018 - By

Last week, I defined what randomized, double blind testing is for testing detection dogs, including those trained for bed bug and termite inspections. Now, let’s go a little more deeply into the technical basis for using this testing method over traditional testing. I have long had concerns about traditional detector dog team testing and reliability, as there’s always someone in the... read more

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Web Exclusive: Professionalism counts

March 28, 2018 - By

On p. 14 of the March issue, you’ll see great responses to our question of the month from Dr. Austin Frishman, Dr. Doug Mampe and Pete Schopen. But here’s what other PMP contributors had to say about why it’s important for service technicians to look professional. Paul Hardy: First impressions are essential to our service. Pest control is 70 percent customer relations, 20 percent technology, and... read more

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