A rat tale: Living with rodents

January 22, 2020 - By

Are rats friends or foes? The late Dr. William Jackson, internationally renowned bird and rodent expert, asked this in the August 1980 cover story of Pest Control, the predecessor of Pest Management Professional. They’re usually considered foes, he argued, at least in Western culture. To trace our fear of and fascination with rats, Dr. Jackson presented a brief literary history,... ...

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A closeup view of the butterfly in Rachel Carson's hands in "The Entomologist." PHOTO: HEATHER GOOCH

A closer look at Purdue’s entomology sculpture

January 21, 2020 - By

PMP's Heather Gooch takes a closer look at “The Entomologist,” a bronze sculpture that resides on the main campus of Purdue University. ...

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Seeking mosquito control insights

January 8, 2020 - By

Pest Management Professional is kicking off the new year with a mosquito management survey. If you offer mosquito control, please tell us about the service. ...

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5 questions with Sandy Honess

December 16, 2019 - By

We catch up with Sandy Honess, who co-owns Ladybug Pest Management with her husband, Frank. In the past 10 years, the Delmar, Del.-based company’s bed bug services have increased to 70 percent of its yearly receivables, and its Canine Scent Detection services for bed bugs have skyrocketed. 1. You do a lot of bed bug work in rural areas. Are... ...

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Experts predict 2020’s top pest control topic

December 11, 2019 - By

We asked Pest Management Professional’s columnists and editorial board members to share their predictions for what the biggest topic in the pest control industry will be in 2020. Here are some of their responses — including a few extra that didn’t make it into our December 2019 print edition.   PMP’s Regular Contributors Stuart Aust: “The continued consolidation through mergers and acquisitions, as... ...

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5 questions with Bob Belmont

December 11, 2019 - By

Bob Belmont, BCE, pest prevention training and technical director of Massey Services, Orlando, Fla., explains why he has been offering presentations at local schools and groups since 1984, back when he owned Belmont Pest Control in Naples, Fla. We caught up with him to find out more about one of his most recent events with a Girl Scout troop. 1.... ...

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Live from the NPMA 2019 Technology Summit

December 4, 2019 - By

Pest Management Professional is reporting live from the NPMA 2019 Technology Summit in Atlanta, Ga. with the event's best highlights. ...

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PMPs prevail in tough regulatory year

December 4, 2019 - By

During 2019, the members of the National Pest Management Association’s State Policy Affairs Representative program worked hard to ensure legislation would not adversely affect pest management professionals. ...

A January 2018 manager meeting at Truly Nolen Pest Control. Scarlett Nolen stands at far right. She was a little over a year away from becoming the company's president. PHOTO: TRULY NOLEN PEST CONTROL

Use different team member perspectives to your advantage

December 3, 2019 - By

Truly Nolen's president shares why getting different perspectives from team members can help build creativity and better responses to problems in the field. ...

Expert tips for managing inventory

November 29, 2019 - By

We asked Pest Management Professional’s columnists and editorial board members to share their best tip for managing inventory. Here are some of their responses — including a few extra that didn’t make it into our November 2019 print edition.   PMP’s Regular Contributors Stuart Aust: “An inventory system is vital to keeping your costs in line. Employees should sign off that they... ...

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