Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Outdoor Cockroach Control

The Turkestan cockroach, the rusty red and the red runner…Blatta lateralis goes by many names. Introduced to California and Texas in the late 1970s, probably hidden within military equipment brought back from the Middle East, the species is now common throughout urban and suburban landscapes of the American Southwest. Interestingly, this cockroach is readily available for purchase online as a popular ...

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Professional Pest Management Alliance Releases Summer Vector Sectors™ List

Identifies top 10 U.S. cities with heightened vector pest pressure this summer FAIRFAX, VA (August 1, 2019) — The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the consumer education and public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), released its new summer Vector Sectors™ list of the top 10 U.S. cities that are at greater risk for ...

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Residential Tick Management Practices

Ticks can be serious pests in and around homes and can transmit numerous pathogens that cause disease in humans and animals. In the United States, both ticks and tick-borne diseases have been on the rise over the last 20 years. Cooperation between both homeowners and pest management companies is essential in managing ticks on properties. TICK BIOLOGY AND DISEASE All ...

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Utilizing Your Unique Qualifications to Grow Your Pest Management Business

With sectors of the U.S. pest management industry approaching $9 million in revenue, there is plenty of opportunity for growth for pest management companies. The industry has challenges, including staffing the business and gaining new customers, but there are many tips for companies to ensure they are poised for growth. Successful companies typically have strong websites where customers and prospective employees ...

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Tips to Strategically Growing Your Business

The U.S. Small Business Association estimates there are 30.2 million small businesses in America, and in a competitive industry like pest control, the pressure is on to expand and grow operations each and every year. If a company does this too quickly, however, the ramifications are sometimes impossible to recover from. While the idea of growing quickly may be enticing, ...

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Employee Train

The very idea of “training” can introduce eye rolls, glances at watches and anxiety about additional information needing to be learned. But what if the focus could be on opportunity, continued growth and the creation of culture instead? Sure, there are the modules of requisite onboarding, and lessons to be learned along the way to certification and performing a particular job. ...

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NPMA Releases 2018 Annual Report

FAIRFAX, VA, July 8, 2019 – The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has released Making an Impact: 2018 Annual Report. The report reflects the actions the association has taken to support the membership and the impact our industry has made on the communities we serve. “Over the last year, NPMA has been collaborating with and listening to members in our ...

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3 Case Studies Managing A Business During Rapid Growth

Everyone knows the phrase or a variation of the phrase: “Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.” The reality of thinking carefully about what you want and being prepared to have the wish come true applies in all areas of life—including owning a pest control company. It is normal for a business owner to wish for the company ...

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Growing Your Customer Base

Finding customers these days requires many of  the same skills as pest management: looking in cracks and crevices for every new opportunity. It also may mean closing up some old pathways that no longer work. New customers not only help a company grow, but they also replace customers who quit or move. “If you aren’t growing, you are dying,” said ...

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The Importance of Consistent Branding

When a company is in the early stages of development, there are so many questions asked. Where will the company operate? Who will the company hire? Who will help the company raise the capital needed to get it off the ground? But here’s one of the most important questions that is often glossed over: What is the branding of the ...

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