Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: OSHA Safety: Understanding the Silica Rule in the Pest Control Workplace

To limit exposure to silica, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued standards in 2018 for both construction and general industry to help protect workers and requires that employers comply with the standard. Exposure to silica in the pest control industry would primarily occur during termite treatments that require drilling into concrete, brick, mortar, or ...

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Maximizing the Benefits of a Remote Workforce

Lessons Learned During Shelter-in-Place When shelter-in-place or stay-home rules became the norm in most states during the COVID-19 pandemic, the good news was that pest management companies were deemed an essential business that could remain open. However, business owners faced the challenge of maintaining operations while employees worked remotely. Important lessons were learned during the transition from office-based to remote staffing ...

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Online Resources to Help Your Business

The power of modern technology is the ability to put resources and opportunities in the hands of those who otherwise would not have access. At QualityPro, our goal has always been to raise the bar and pursue excellence in the industry by setting all of our accredited companies up for success. The best way we know to do that is ...

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PPMA’s Latest Project Shows What an Extensive Underground Ant Colony Actually Looks Like

Professional Pest Management Alliance takes the message of treating the nest to consumers with this jaw-dropping campaign The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), today released its latest video project chronicling the creation and excavation of a fire ant nest cast in zinc to show how these ...

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Bolster Your Marketing Efforts

Artificial intelligence (AI) is considered the new frontier in technology, and businesses are utilizing the information they glean to better inform their marketing programs and reach new audiences. According to Forbes.com, a 2018 McKinsey study found that 47 percent of executives say their companies have embedded at least one AI capability in their business, and 21 percent say their companies have ...

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Tawny Crazy Ant (Nylanderia fulva)

The tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva, is a highly invasive pest from South America that has invaded the southeastern United States. This ant’s exact point and time of introduction into the U.S. is unclear. In 2002, a pest management professional discovered a large population of unknown ants in Pasadena, Texas. This unknown species looked identical to another pest ant found in ...

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PPMA Emphasizes the Importance of Industry Participation During Annual Bed Bug Awareness Week

Professionals agree that bed bugs will remain an issue during the summer travel season This June 7-13, 2020 is Bed Bug Awareness Week, an annual campaign in which the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), works to educate consumers about the prevalence of bed bugs. Through various media relations and social media ...

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Get Smart

NPMA provides a multimedia suite of educational resources Whichever way you prefer to learn, NPMA has got you covered. Audio, visual or interactive, take your pick and get smarter about pest management. You can even do it in the car on the way to your next jobsite. Here are some educational resources offered by NPMA: NPMA BugBytes—This podcast offers listeners an ...

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Social Inflation

How High Claim Payouts Are Impacting Insurance Rates Just recently, a transportation and logistics company was slapped with an $89 million verdict in a fatal crash involving a student driver. Nuclear verdicts such as this are described as jury awards in which penalties exceed $10 million. In this instance, a vehicle lost control due to icy road conditions, crashed through ...

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The National Pest Management Association Innovates Academy 2020

Academy 2020 shifts to a virtual interactive experience with flexible participation options “Innovate. Collaborate. Motivate.” This has been the tagline for the National Pest Management Association’s annual Academy event, and as COVID-19 continues to change the way we connect with others, this tagline is more important than ever. As we innovate and adapt to the current conditions, NPMA and the ...

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