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How social media helps boost business

December 14, 2018 - By

Lisa Myers-Botts, owner of Peacock Pest Prevention in Tomball, Texas, relies on social media to get the word out about her company. The toughest thing she learned when launching her company 21 months ago was where to spend her advertising dollars. “Fortunately, social media has become ‘the back fence’ of the modern age,” she says. Someone who posts, I’ve got... ...

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Meet PMP’s Editorial Advisory Board

December 12, 2018 - By

PMP announces a new Editorial Advisory Board for 2019. Read on for details of the members. ...

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Get the most out of a pest industry meeting, conference

December 10, 2018 - By

The professionals who contribute to Pest Management Professional have been to many industry events. We asked them: What is the best way to get the most out of pest industry meetings and conferences? Stuart Aust: Introduce yourself to as many PMPs as possible, and exchange business cards and your contact information. Building relationships and networking is key to growing your... ...

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How to get your detctor dog to ignore distractions

December 7, 2018 - By

Do you know what’s important to your dog? ...

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Debugging pest control recruitment problems

December 3, 2018 - By

In today’s tight labor markets, pest management companies don’t have the luxury to stick with an old-fashioned playbook for recruiting and retaining employees. The bottom line depends on reducing turnover and finding ways to attract new talent in an economy that’s approaching full employment. Engagement boosts productivity Happy workers are more productive and work harder for their employers, and that... ...

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Identifying sources of distraction for detector dogs

November 30, 2018 - By

(Editor’s note: This is part three of a four-part series on detector dogs and distractions. Read part one, “What distractions mean for detector dogs” and part two, “Don’t go to extremes when helping your detector dog with distractions.“) I want to start this segment by relating how I deal with distractions with my dogs. When my dog and I encounter... ...

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Live from 2018 Global Bed Bug Summit

November 27, 2018 - By

Pest management professionals (PMPs) seeking the latest information on bed bugs descended on Denver for the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) Global Bed Bug Summit held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel Nov. 27-29. The event, which is sponsored by Bed Bug Central, kicked off with a beer tasting reception in EXPO Central the evening of Nov. 27. More than... ...

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Giving Tuesday opportunities abound

November 26, 2018 - By

Now in its seventh year, Giving Tuesday will take place tomorrow, Nov. 27. Whether it’s through your local community, your church, your school, your in-laws — it’s a day where organizations worldwide unite on social media and through grassroots efforts to promote their cause and appreciate public support. The professional pest management industry is no different. For example, P.E.S.T. Relief... ...

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Consolidated Pest shares why customer satisfaction is key

November 19, 2018 - By

As the owner of a pest management company in the Tampa, Fla., market, I’m often asked about the way we do things and what has worked best for us. We have been blessed with success in many areas, not to say that we have it all together (we don’t), but here’s a little of what we’ve learned along the way. Central Florida... ...

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Termite control? Tell us more

November 16, 2018 - By

Termite management is especially rewarding for many pest management professionals (PMPs) because they help stop or prevent hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. If you are one of them, we want to hear from you. As Pest Management Professional (PMP) prepares for the upcoming annual Termite Management feature, we are seeking pros who can tell us more about how they manage... ...

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