Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Team Building in Unusual Times

It’s getting to be cliché to say that 2020 has changed the way we all look at previously-normal business operations. Between offices going increasingly remote and everyone needing to rapidly adapt to social distancing, the more interesting conversation is not that things have changed, but how. While the specific methods and best practices for management have changed, the principles of ...

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A Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Marketing Plan

Springtime is here, and homeowners across the country are busy tackling spring cleaning chores like decluttering the pantry, pest-proofing the home, and more. Springtime, however, isn’t just for getting your house in order. It’s also a great time for business owners to evaluate and freshen up their marketing strategies. From assessing your company’s website and social media presence, to cleaning ...

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PPMA Updates Its Popular School Programs & Urges the Industry to Get Back in Schools

The Alliance is also gifting the programs to NPMA’s Workforce Development Initiative The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), the consumer marketing and education arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), today announced it has released two new versions of its customizable school presentations that bring pest control into K-8 and high school, technical and vocational classrooms. Perfect for virtual ...

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Battling Bed Bugs

PMPs get creative in the fight against these prevalent pests Bed bug infestations continue to be one of the greatest challenges for the pest management industry. According to an NPMA survey, nearly 97% of pest professionals have treated bed bugs in the past year, and 66% say the prevalence of these problematic pests is on the rise. While the majority ...

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PPMA Calls for Industry Participation During Inaugural Tick Awareness Week

Pest control companies urged to help spread consumer awareness of the dangers associated with ticks The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is calling on the industry to help educate consumers about the health threats posed by ticks during its inaugural Tick Awareness Week—recognized by Chase’s Calendar ...

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Women are a Natural Fit in the Pest Management Industry

When good employees are hard to find, don’t forget to recruit women Few 11-year-old girls write a list of their life goals and even fewer list their top goal as working in the family pest control business. In fact, Stacy O’Reilly, owner of Plunkett’s Pest Control, may be the only 11-year-old girl to have set her sights on running a ...

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Staying Connected

Strengthening your company culture and onboarding practices while working remotely John Myers, President and CEO of Rentokil North America, had a bit of a head start when the pandemic forced many of his workers home. About six years ago, his company moved its email, calendar and contact platforms to Google because of the “ability to share documents and collaborate at ...

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PPMA Warns of Increased Bed Bug Activity During Bed Bug Awareness Week

The Professional Pest Management Alliance is encouraging members to spread awareness about these hitchhiking pests during Bed Bug Awareness Week. This June 6-12, 2021 is Bed Bug Awareness Week, an annual designation recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events to remind consumers to remain alert for bed bugs while traveling. The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public ...

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Professional Pest Management Alliance Recognizes the Important Work of Pest Control Professionals During National Pest Management Month

PPMA encourages industry participation to help raise awareness of the essential role pest control plays in protecting public health National Pest Management Month (NPMM) is an annual observance recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events each April and the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the consumer marketing and public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), ...

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Pest Management Foundation Awards Student Scholarships to Five Aspiring Urban Entomologists

The Pest Management Foundation recently awarded five scholarships to university students pursuing advanced degrees in entomology. The Pest Management Foundation scholarship program, inaugurated in 2018, provides up to five $2,000 scholarships annually for outstanding students interested in urban entomology. The Pest Management Foundation Scholarship Program identifies and rewards the best and brightest minds in undergraduate and graduate programs across the ...

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