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SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
 
  Top 5 Reads from MyPMP.net This Month
 
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Industry up 9.9% over July 2020, per index
 
For July, the total U.S. pest index increased 9.9 percent over July 2020, per the Blair/PCO M&A Specialists Index. This marks a deceleration from June 2021, which was up 12 percent year-over-year.
 
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Growth Leaders: Manage growth through technology
 
Solomon Airhart, CEO of Aruza Pest Control, discusses how technology has helped his company grow over the past five years.
 
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Run Your Business: Getting lost
 
Michael Broder, owner of BHB Pest Elimination, examines how getting lost can be good sometimes — but don't be afraid to ask for help when it's needed.
 
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Raising awareness of the kissing bug disease
 
Chagas disease, which is transmitted from a kissing bug bite, is getting attention thanks to a reporter’s recent memoir.
 
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Researchers develop technology for fire ant control
 
New technology is being used to develop effective, non-chemical pest control strategies to help control pests, such as fire ants, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Services.
 
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Reader poll: Pest control apprenticeships
 
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