Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Business Plan Check Up

It’s no secret that pest management business leaders have an exceptionally demanding job. As you juggle countless day-to-day duties and challenges, it can be easy to lose sight of the future—and your long-term business plans can quickly go off the rails. Does any of this sound familiar? If so, it may be time for a strategic plan update. “Business leaders ...

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Bug Budgets

Budgeting. The mere mention of that word is enough to send chills down a pest management business leader’s spine. Most PMPs would wholeheartedly agree that financial management is certainly not the most exciting part of the job. However, effective budgeting is absolutely essential if you want your company to survive and thrive in today’s competitive business climate. “A budget is ...

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Making the Grade: Why Companies Benefit from Annual Performance Reviews

Last year, a number of major companies from Adobe to General Electric announced they were doing away with the annual performance review. Around that same time, new research showed that millennials—who became the largest share of the American workforce in 2015—didn’t like them. It may seem that this annual event is undergoing a slow, spiraling death. Research shows that about ...

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PestWorld 2016

Every year, NPMA gathers thousands of pest management professionals from around the globe to offer opportunities for information sharing, provide access to the latest products, services, and technologies in the 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall, and generate critical thinking in world-class educational sessions. Join us as we celebrate this year’s PestWorld in the Pacific Northwest—in beautiful Seattle, Washington. Click here to read ...

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Congress Fails to Pass Zika Funding Package

Congress adjourned for the July 4 recess without passing an emergency Zika funding package. On June 28, 2016, the Senate failed to pass the Zika funding package that passed the House of Representatives the previous week. As expected, the measure failed the procedural 60-vote cloture requirement (52-48). The $1.1 billion package was at the funding level previously approved by the ...

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Social Media & Employees: Why you MUST Have a Company Policy in Place

Social media has evolved into a powerful platform that provides people with an outlet to share news and express their opinions freely on a daily basis. If you think about it, I’m sure you can quickly recall rants from friends or viral posts that have shown up in your newsfeeds on all sorts of topics ranging from parenting advice to ...

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Grow with QualityPro

Growing your business is about more than finding new opportunities. Sustainable growth requires you maintain the integrity of your foundation, or what you do currently, as well. So as you sit back and reflect on the 2016 season, take a moment to check back with the pest control business basics, the QualityPro standards, to make sure your company is still ...

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Employee or Independent Contractor: Know the Difference to Protect your Business

Your technicians are a vital part of your pest control operation, so why place a label on them? Carefully identifying whether your technicians are considered independent contractors or full-time employees is actually much more important than you may realize for a variety of legal factors. Health care reform requires applicable employers (ALE) to report to their employees and the IRS ...

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Steer Clear Of Stinging Insects This Summer

The National Pest Management Association advises protecting against summer stingers FAIRFAX, Va. (August 25, 2016) – People walking, dining and socializing outdoors aren’t the only ones currently abuzz. With fall around the corner and summer at its height, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) explains more stingers, like yellowjackets and wasps, are outside foraging for food. “Insect stings are painful, ...

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NPMA Urges Industry and Consumers to be on High Alert Amid Growing Zika Virus Concern

NPMA asks pest control companies and consumers to help control biting mosquito populations FAIRFAX, Va. (August 4, 2016) – With the news of more than a dozen cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in Florida by infected mosquitoes within the U.S., the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is urging proper mosquito control practices to help lessen the outbreak. The NPMA, ...

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