PMPs have plenty to like on Facebook

By |  March 2, 2018

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I knew when the critically panned “The Emoji Movie” still made $217 million at the box office last year that there was no coming back from social media. It has wormed its way into our everyday routine the same way “Sweet Caroline” sneaked into Boston Red Sox games (bah-bah-baaah).

I am by no means a social media scholar. My kids could tell you the differences among Tumblr, Reddit and Snapchat, but I can’t. Currently I’m on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and GroupMe. If I post pictures of my kids on Facebook, then I better repeat it on Twitter, Instagram and GroupMe or I might miss five or six people who didn’t see my nephew going potty by himself for the first time. Being on social media has become a full-time job.

For many millennials and kids under the drinking age, Facebook is sooooo 2014! But for old people like me, Facebook has been an unbelievable way to send pictures of my family and friends to — my family and friends (?). I can also preach about the social injustices clearly affecting us all: If Fox News LIVE is covering a Green Lives Matter Rally in Vermont, it must be important enough for me to stop what I’m doing and put a heart emoji on the screen. Seriously, how could the world continue to turn if all of my friends didn’t see me post that “Gilligan’s Island” was a way better Sherwood Schwartz production than “The Brady Bunch”?

As I become more entrenched in Facebook (watch “Happy!” tonight on SyFy Network through its FB page!), the more amazed I am at the sheer volume of pest management sites and groups available. Sitting here at my desk typing this article, I am currently a part of 11 — no, make that 12 — industry Facebook groups. There is one group for which I might even be an administrator. I just can’t remember.

There are many great Facebook pages that help promote pest management, and many others that help you identify insectorum. In alphabetical order, these are the groups I follow:

There are literally hundreds, maybe thousands of groups you can join if the material interests you. The Preying Mantis Society, Exotic Insects and Butterfly Lovers, Wildlife Control Business Builders and the Salt Lake Bug Lovers are just some of the credible groups you could join. Don’t go to Alaska Bug Bites, though, if you are looking for industry material: They are not for bugs, they are into dehydrated fruits and veggie chips. Also stay away from Insect Lovers, as that is a porn site.

Industry groups I’d like to join:

  • Ridiculouspestness: Rob Dyrdek shows us funny clips of spiders climbing into people’s mouths while they sleep. Hilarious!
  • Mothman Prophecies: Members share ghost stories involving bugs.
  • Bedbugs and Ballyhoo: Echo and the Bunnymen sing songs about insects, and members critique their work.
  • SharkTank!: Wildlife experts give case studies on exotic wildlife pests.
  • CheaperByTheDozen: Entomologists discuss roaches while watching a live feed of a hatching ootheca.
  • West Coast Chopper Pests: Follow the daily arguments of a father and son about the best way to get roof rats out of a church steeple.

Check out this article and many other great articles by “liking” Pest Management Professional magazine’s Facebook page (?).

Schopen is president of McHenry, Ill.-based Schopen Pest Solutions. You can reach him at 847-529-BUGS or pete@schopenpest.com.

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