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Air ducts as an add-on Posted on 02 Oct 2017 in the Pest Talk categories.

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... Read more»

Q&A: Best ant management lessons learned Posted on 19 Apr 2017 in the Ants & featured categories.

What’s the best ant management lesson you’ve learned? Experts chime in: “In Houston, we had a mall-turned-assisted-living facility that was infested with Argentine ants (Linepithema humile). After several months of... Read more»

Common cockroach control mistakes Posted on 27 Oct 2016 in the Cockroaches & featured categories.

What is a common (but honest) mistake made, or misconception held, regarding cockroach control? Experts weigh in: “The advantage and disadvantage with our pest control service is complacency. We’re perfectly... Read more»

Can you see the termite forest for the trees? Posted on 15 Apr 2016 in the Drywood Termites & featured & Termites categories.

An early detection/protection program can help your termite customers minimize property damage, and help your business receive recurring revenue. Remember the termite swarms of the past? For many years, the... Read more»

Termite Management: Help Customers 
Breathe Easy Posted on 05 Oct 2015 in the featured & Termites categories.

Did you know that up to 60 percent of the air you breathe inside your home comes from the crawlspace and basement? I recall one client whose interior walls were... Read more»

Revisiting the Basics of Crawlspace Remediation Posted on 26 Jun 2015 in the featured & Technical categories.

As homeowners react to the need to save energy, tighter construction has become the norm in nearly all new structures — more insulation and better-sealed walls, windows and doors. The... Read more»

Wood-Destroying Organisms are on the Rise Posted on 17 Oct 2014 in the Termites categories.

2013 was the year of nonsubterranean-termite wood-destroying organisms (WDO) and what appears to be evasive wood-infesting insect species. Most of the cases appeared in new construction and structures that were... Read more»

The Top 5 Pests that will make 2014 a banner year for PMPs Posted on 16 Apr 2014 in the Bed Bugs & Cockroaches & Invasive/Occasional Species & Trends categories.

After talking to pest management professionals (PMPs) throughout the country, it appears the industry is poised for a banner year. Pests are plentiful and leads are at an all-time high.... Read more»

Fall termite swarms indicate a good season Posted on 21 Feb 2014 in the Technical & Termites categories.

In mid-November, the temperature was warmer than normal. Then, all of a sudden, on Nov. 13, 14 and 15, it became unseasonably cold. On Nov. 16, 2013, about midday, the... Read more»

2033: Hardy’s Predictions for the Future of Pest Management Posted on 10 Sep 2013 in the Invasive/Occasional Species categories.

The good news about termite control is if you don’t like the way services are being performed, wait because it will change. When I started in pest management in 1961,... Read more»