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Cockroach control advice from the pros

October 19, 2018 - By

What is one step that will put PMPs on the path to cockroach control? read more

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Don’t go to extremes when helping your detector dog with distractions

October 19, 2018 - By

Last week we talked a lot about the dog and how they treat new things or “distractions,” especially those things that cause anxiety. This week, I want to focus more on the handler end of the leash and what we can do to help our dog. Dogs react as they do based on sensory input and past experience. A part... read more

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How to curtail cockroach callbacks

October 17, 2018 - By

Cockroaches are not going to go away by themselves. Effective treatment depends on many factors; here’s how to gain control. Sometimes, cockroaches come back after treatment thought to be successful. Even when pest management professionals (PMPs) use every tool at their disposal, control may be elusive. Here are 10 tips to help reduce customer callbacks. 1. Eliminating callbacks, or at... read more

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Rodent control: Latest technological inventions for effective outcomes

October 15, 2018 - By

Editor’s Note: What follows is Take Care Termite & Pest Control’s Raymond Web’s explanation of some recent technology advancements to help PMPs with rodent control. Constant research and innovation in the pest control industry have revolutionized the way this industry functions and delivers. The latest technological advancements can help reduce the environmental impact of the pest control methods and can prove to be... read more

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What distractions mean for detector dogs

September 28, 2018 - By

You take your dog into a room, give the command to search and rather than immediately focusing on sniffing, the dog runs over and stares out the window or sniffs under the door, maybe barks excitedly at something and just pretty much ignores your commands. Do you correct with a jerk on the leash? Do you repeat the command in... read more

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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