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MARCH 11, 2020
 
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Legislative Day 2020 helps PMPs advocate for the industry
 
By Diane Sofranec
Earlier this week, pest management professionals from accross the country visited Washington, D.C., for Legislative Day to meet with their state representatives and advocate for the pest control industry on Capitol Hill.

 
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  ON THE RECORD
 
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4th annual PMP Growth Summit brings together top industry players
 
By Danielle Pesta
Last week, Pest Management Professional (PMP) held the fourth annual PMP Growth Summit at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.

 
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How to POP your sales this spring
 
Pest management professional and industry consultant Eric Palmer strategizes point-of-purchase displays for home and garden shows and other public appearances.
 
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Arrow Exterminators buys Kelly’s Pest Control
 
Atlanta, Ga.-based Arrow Exterminators acquired Kelly’s Pest Control, a full-service company focused on termite and pest control services in Saraland, Ala.
 
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Killingsworth Environmental grows with acquisition, new leadership
 
Killingsworth Environmental, an Anticimex company, named new leadership and purchased Woodstock, Ga.-based Bug Busters.
 
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Massey Services purchases another Insight Pest Solutions location
 
Massey Services, based in Orlando, Fla., completed its second acquisition of Insight Pest Solutions, with its South Florida location.
 
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Neighborly wins franchise award for 2nd time
 
For the second year in a row, Neighborly earned the distinction Best Property and Home Maintenance Franchise of 2020 from Global Franchise.
 
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  GIVING BACK
 
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7 ways to appreciate employees
 
Pest management professional and industry consultant Eric Palmer outlines ways to let your team know they're valued.
 
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  MOVERS & SHAKERS
 
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PestRoutes earns spot on Forbes’ Best Startup Employers list
 
McKinney, Texas-based PestRoutes was named to Forbes’ inaugural list of America's Best Startup Employers for 2020.
 
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AJC names Arrow, Rollins as top workplaces
 
Arrow Exterminators and Rollins Inc., both based in Atlanta, Ga., were named to the 2020 Top Workplaces list by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). Learn more about the recognition.
 
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Blasingame Services reignites training program
 
W. E. Blasingame Services, a training and consulting firm for urban pest control, has been re-established and reopened by Billy Blasingame, ACE, owner and CEO of Blasingame Pest Management.
 
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Truly Nolen promotes California manager
 
Truly Nolen Pest Control, based in Tucson, Ariz., promoted Melvin "Buddy" Jones to manager of the company’s Moreno, Calif., service office.
 
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Help — we've got ants in our pants!
 
Are you a pest management professional (PMP) who provides ant control services? We want to hear from you. Our annual ant survey is here and we need PMPs like you to help us out! As a thank you for participating, you will be entered for a chance to win a $50 or $25 gift card.
 
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The 411 on DIYers
 
Jerry Schappert, owner of The Bug Doctor, Ocala, Fla., evaluates whether it is a waste of time to convert consumers from doing DIY pest control.
 
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How well do you know birds? We have compiled 10 questions from pest management experts. See if you can pass this tech test.
 
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