Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

State Elections Produce Gains

GOP dominates in state legislative elections and state issues facing PMPs in 2021. Donald Trump helped delivery a disaster for Democrats in state legislatures as his supporters assisted Republicans with a plethora of down-ballot victories. Going into Election Day, Democrats were feeling very optimistic that they would gain control of many state legislative chambers. The Cook Political Report had 14 ...

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PPMA Calls On Industry to Participate in Termite Awareness Week

The Professional Pest Management Alliance is encouraging members to spread awareness about this destructive pest during Termite Awareness Week As much of the nation waits patiently for the arrival of spring, the pest control industry is readying itself for termite season. To help prepare consumers as well, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm ...

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Challenges and Opportunities in 2021

2020 has drawn to a close and oh, what a year it has been. A year ago, the biggest story was the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. No one could have foreseen the impact COVID would have on our day-to-day lives, nor how much of this year’s legislative dickering would be over massive COVID packages and the Paycheck Protection Program ...

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Using Electronic Monitoring for Integrated Pest Management

There are currently a lot of different manufacturers producing electronic, remote monitoring devices with many focused on rodent monitoring. However, as the technology continues to advance, there are a variety of devices rapidly being produced for insect pests as well, such as adaptations for flying insects and pheromone traps. Electronic monitoring is a rapidly growing technology that allows pest management ...

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Managing Customers with QualityPro

QualityPro accreditation is a demonstration of a company’s commitment to the highest standards in the industry, but communicating the value of a company’s accreditation to customers can be tricky. As with all other aspects of business operations, the QualityPro program sets companies up for success with multiple resources for gaining and retaining customers. QUALITYPRO.ORG Accredited companies that haven’t taken time ...

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2021 Planning and the Importance of Flexibility When Preparing for the Year to Come

If the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that you can prepare all you want, but there are just some things in life you cannot plan for. And while we may not be sure what 2021 has in store, the pandemic has revealed the true importance of flexibility and adaptability in business. By building a flexible marketing ...

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Tips for Managing a Fleet During Civil Unrest

As riots broke out in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and many other cities, including rural locations throughout the United States, images of violence, looting and vandalism were highlighted by the national press. Property Claim Services (PCS) has provided an early estimate that the Minneapolis riots damaged 400 businesses and could exceed $500 million in insurance losses. Twenty states ...

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It’s Time to Enhance Your Company’s Virtual Presence

Service providers and retailers have anticipated the increasing reliance on e-commerce and the need for enhanced virtual presence for years. Retailers have moved more quickly to offering online purchases and customer service, but the effects of COVID-19 highlighted the need for digital services in the pest management industry as well. Not only did more consumers find themselves relying on virtual ...

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Global Pest Management Coalition Announces 2021 Council Members

The Global Pest Management Coalition (GPMC) held its third annual council vote for the 2021 leadership. Each year, the Coalition selects a council of leaders from pest management associations worldwide. These leaders are chosen based on their service, passion and dedication for the industry. The appointed council members for the GPMC in 2021 are: Vasili Tsoutouras, ChairCEO of Allstate Pest ...

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On the Safe Side

Amidst a pandemic, communicating safety procedures to both employees and clients is increasingly important. Travis Aggson, ACE, Executive Vice President and associate certified entomologist at American Pest Management Inc., was at the airport returning home to Kansas from NPMA’s Legislative Day. The President came on television announcing a halt to all international flights. The goal was to stop the spread of ...

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