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How to persuade customers to avoid DIY pest control

September 17, 2018 - By

Here's some advice on what to say to DIY-determined customers. read more

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1946 study looked to primary sources of secondary infestations

September 12, 2018 - By

In this look back, we examine how the industry managed carpet beetles and clothes moths read more

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3 factors to consider before selling your company

September 10, 2018 - By and

Currently, merger and acquisition activity in the pest control industry continues to surge. How long this will last is unknown. However, this trend should continue to remain active for some time thanks to the favorable business climate, low interest rates, access to loans and capital, strategic planning and growth of pest control companies, and entry of private equity firms in... read more

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Training detector dogs to alert at odor source

August 31, 2018 - By

We haven’t yet, in this series on odor movement, discussed a training exercise to help your detector dog (and you) recognize the difference between a transient odor concentration and an odor source. It’s what’s called “the point,” and is demonstrated by the three dogs in the photos. The photos illustrate how the point can simplify and significantly shorten the visual... read more

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How eliminating food sources can improve scorpion control

August 29, 2018 - By

To run a long-term, sustainable scorpion management program, it is important to consider the urban ecosystem and make it less hospitable for scorpions. read more

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How to use detector dogs in office settings

August 24, 2018 - By

Common obstructions in office settings change the way detector dogs are able to detect an odor source. read more

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Thriving young professionals group injects new life into AMCA

August 20, 2018 - By

Few industries are immune to the challenges that accompany an aging workforce. Industries and organizations lacking an influx of interested, talented young people can lose momentum and become less effective at meeting the needs of their constituents. That’s the scenario the mosquito control industry and the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) faced just a few short years ago. In 2011, Dr.... read more

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How air movement affects dogs’ odor detection

August 17, 2018 - By

Our discussion about odor movement problems continues. Last time we talked about how air moves and concentrates as it moves through doors or other openings. In this segment, we’ll move on to furniture and other such items. As we discussed last time, the configuration of an item that is in the odor stream plays a major role in how the... read more

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Answering client’s mosquito control questions

August 13, 2018 - By

Be prepared to answer client questions for an effective mosquito control program. read more

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Training detector dogs to find odor source

August 10, 2018 - By

Learn how to help our detector dog track odor to the source. read more

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