Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

5 Steps to Increasing Your Visual Game on Social Media

With more than three billion active social media users around the globe, each with an attention span of roughly eight seconds (that’s less than a goldfish, folks!), marketers have no choice but to engage in the cut-throat competition that is social media. Because of this, standing out among competitors and peers is not only desirable, but essential for a company’s ...

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Mitigating Costly Silica Compliance Exposures For Your Pest Control Operation

Effective June 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised silica rule on how contractors should manage their workplace exposures to respirable crystalline silica is being enforced, but many contractors still don’t realize they are among the businesses it applies to. Non-compliance can be costly from every perspective. The revised OSHA silica rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline ...

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Building Better Contracts: Dos and Don’ts for Creating Rock-Solid Service Agreements

As the late, great film producer Samuel Goldwyn once pointed out, “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.” These wise words hold true for any type of agreement drawn up between a company and its customers. However, written contracts are particularly critical in the highly regulated, ever-evolving pest management world. “The biggest mistake most make in our ...

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The Pest Control Operators Association of West Virginia Rebrands as the West Virginia Pest Management Association

Chris Alford, President of the Board of Directors and owner of St. Albans-based Alford Home Solutions announced yesterday the re-rebranding of the organization which serves the pest control industry in West Virginia. The Pest Control Operators Association of West Virginia will now be called the West Virginia Pest Management Association (WVPMA). Alford and fellow board members unveiled a newly designed ...

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NPMA’s Latest Business Development Webinar – FREE TO MEMBERS!

Starting a pest control company isn’t easy. It takes time, hard work, and the drive to turn a vision into a thriving business. But, once you’ve launched your start-up, where do you go from there? When is it time to start hiring? How far out should you be forecasting revenue and expenses? Is there a right and a wrong way ...

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To Test or Not to Test: Employee Drug Testing in the Age of Legal Weed

Employers across the country are struggling with the issue of employee drug testing as more states allow the use of recreational or medical marijuana. Although pre-employment as well as random drug tests have always tested for marijuana, more stories of employees who are doing away with tests altogether are showing up in the press for various industries. Is this the ...

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Wildlife Control Training

The National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) is holding a wildlife control operator training event in Minneapolis, MN, September 21 – 24, 2018 that will include three training events. NWCOA Bat Standards Certified, Part 1 – September 21, 2018 NWCOA Wildlife Control Operator Training Course – September 22 & 23, 2018. This brand-new program is being rolled out in Minnesota! ...

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Earn Your Next Recertification Credit Online for Free!

NPMA’s newest online training course, Using Pyrethroids Responsibly for Effective Pest Management, is now available in the NPMA Online Learning Center and is approved for credit in most states! This 1-hour course was designed in collaboration with the Pyrethroid Working Group to train PMPs on the responsible application of pyrethroid insecticides to promote effective pest management while mitigating the risk of non-target exposure. ...

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Better Safe Than Sorry: op Tips for Workplace Safety

“Safety first!” As a pest management professional, you’ve probably heard and uttered this phrase more times than you can count. Although it may seem like a tired concept, safety on the job is more important and relevant than ever. Why? Because workplace injuries and deaths are on the rise. In 2016, 5,190 U.S. workers were killed on the job, according ...

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Regulatory Compliance Requires Training Throughout

There is no doubt that employees are your biggest asset. But every time they walk out the door and head into a company vehicle, they also become living, breathing liabilities. What they do on the job could cost your company sizeable settlements in lawsuits, damages and regulatory fines. The good news is that there are ways to mitigate the potential liabilities—and ...

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