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AUGUST 12, 2020
 
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EXCLUSIVE: Bed bug advice for your home healthcare clients
 
Industry consultant Paul Bello, ACE, BCE, offers several bed bug prevention tips you can share with your customers who are working with homebound clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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  ON THE RECORD
 
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Take PMP’s State of the Industry survey for a chance at prizes
 
By Diane Sofranec
We want to know how your company has fared since state-issued, stay-at-home mandates changed the way many pest management professionals do business.

 
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  INDUSTRY INTEL
 
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Mosquito Shield launches first Wisconsin-based franchise location
 
Mosquito Shield is expanding into the Badger State with the launch of Mosquito Shield of North Central Wisconsin, based in Land O' Lakes, Wis.
 
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Viking Pest acquires ChemTec Pest Control
 
Viking Pest Control, an Anticimex company based in Basking Ridge, N.J., acquired ChemTec Pest Control of Saddle Brook, N.J.
 
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LOGO: COALMARCH
 
Coalmarch plans 2020 conference
 
Coalmarch's 5th annual CO2 conference is now branded as CO2@Home and will take place over three half-days, December 1-3, 2020. Check out this year's lineup.
 
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Mrs. Bzzz purchases Abbed Pest Control
 
Wayne, N.J.-based Mrs. Bzzz Pest & Termite Solutions purchased Abbed Pest Control from David Dodd.
 
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U.S. Pest Protection opens Murfreesboro branch
 
Based in Henderson, Tenn., family-owned U.S. Pest Protection opened a branch location in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in the Fountains at Gateway business complex.
 
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  ASSOCIATION NEWS
 
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UPMA's fall conference goes virtual
 
The Utah Pest Management Association's (UPMA's) virtual conference will be held the same days the conference was initially scheduled to be held, Nov. 12-13.
 
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  GIVING BACK
 
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Arrow Exterminators supports local children's hospital
 
Arrow Exterminators, based in Atlanta, Ga., donated $15,000 to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Check out how the funds will be used.
 
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Truly Nolen employees donate blood to give back to community
 
Nearly 50 employees of Tucson, Ariz.-based Truly Nolen Pest Control donated blood in July to give back to their community with the American Red Cross.
 
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  READER POLL
 

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Reader poll: Bed bug control challenges
 
Please take a minute to answer our latest poll: What do you consider to be the most challenging aspect of bed bug control?
 
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  MOVERS & SHAKERS
 
Brett Ponton
 
ServiceMaster appoints new CEO
 
Brett Ponton will join Memphis, Tenn.-based ServiceMaster as CEO by Oct. 1. Interim CEO Naren Gursahaney will continue as chairman of the board.
 
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Alex Ho
 
Terminix names chief marketing officer for residential business
 
Alex Ho joined Memphis, Tenn.-based Terminix as chief marketing officer for its residential business. He will oversee digital and brand marketing.
 
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Kathy Kness-Wauson
 
Kness announces leadership transition
 
Kathy Kness-Wauson, third-generation president of Kness Pest Defense, retired from 34 years of leading the day-to-day operational responsibilities. Discover who will oversee operations.
 
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Annie McCane
 
PCI marketing coordinator promoted to marketing director
 
Pest Control Insulation (PCI) promoted Marketing Coordinator Annie McCane to marketing director.
 
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  CURRENT ISSUE  
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Technology tools to track customer cancellations
 
Technology helps pest management firms keep track of customer cancellations more efficiently; these tools can assist in the process.
 
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Roundup: Latest technology for optimum rodent control
 
Because of this season’s spike in rodents across the country, we’ve rounded up a number of the latest technologies for optimum control.
 
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How Leading PMPs Are Redefining Strategies This Year
 
Date: August 13
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America was hit with unprecedented change in 2020 that rocked industries and presented us all with a lot of uncertainties. For most PMPs, it came with an unexpected residential boom — with consumer search up almost 300 percent! We answer the questions of what strategies and programs are being changed, have changed, will change next year and how consumer expectations and regulatory pressures have influenced temporary and possibly permanent change.

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  • Bill Welsh, VP of Sales and Region Manager, Rose Pest Solutions
 
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