Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

PPMA Calls for Industry Participation in Annual Rodent Awareness Week

Aims to promote public vigilance through rodent-centric consumer campaigns In anticipation of rodent season, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), is working to educate the public about the diseases and dangers associated with rats and mice during Rodent Awareness Week, October 23-29, 2016. Rodent Awareness Week ...

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Wearable Devices

Smartwatches, augmented reality glasses and more might become more prevalent in the workplace. It wasn’t all that long ago that handheld devices “disrupted” the pest control services world. And yet, they already seem like such an outdated technology. Consider, for instance, the Palm Pilot, which is less than 20 years old. These days, providing a technician with that technology—so revolutionary ...

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Targeted Tech

Want to streamline your business and boost sales? Follow these four smart tech tips. Love it or hate it, technology is essential to the success of virtually every business in this day and age. With the right tech solutions in place, a company can run more efficiently, build customer loyalty and drive sales through the roof. This may explain why ...

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Down with Data Breaches

Protect your business and customer data from cyber thieves Data breach. You’ve probably heard the frightening phrase thousands of times, but if you think it could never happen to your pest management company, think again. As cyber attacks continue to grow more common and increasingly sophisticated, every single business is at risk. In a data breach, critical business information or ...

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Proving Your IPM Service with a Handheld Generated Report

With the adoption of handheld technologies, the documentation coming from a pest management service has changed. Many companies have transitioned from pen and service ticket forms to printed electronic records. Either format can achieve the main goal: to tell the story of your service. Electronic records are becoming the norm, in part because of the ability to search all records ...

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Communicating to the Public about Mosquitoes

Zika virus, a disease-causing pathogen spread to humans through mosquito bites, has been the subject of great concern and scrutiny as human cases from people who have recently traveled to affected areas outside the U.S. are being confirmed in states across the country. The need to curb local transmission within the U.S. is paramount as we continue to learn more ...

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Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Regulations

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) posted the Final Overtime Rule. The final rule amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and raises the minimum threshold in which all employees are entitled overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per work week from $23,660 annually ($455 per week) to $47,472 ($913 per week). Some ...

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Choosing a Mobile Device

Deciding which mobile device to use in your field force is determined by many factors—and the factors important to one pest management company may be completely different than the factors important to another. OPERATING SYSTEMS The first consideration would be to make sure your tablet and its operating system is compatible with your company’s current or desired field service software, ...

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Why Mapping Your Data Can be a Useful Business Tool

While maps have been around for thousands of years, the digital kind is a more recent innovation and more of a communications language that can be used to visually display content and get context. Plus, they are universally recognized by everyone, or at least used to be back before we all started using GPS’s in our vehicles to navigate around ...

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Disruptive Technology

The recent PestTech conference had many great, informative discussions and speakers that were designed to help our industry rally around opportunities and challenges that technology brings to our businesses. One topic included a panel of speakers all talking about Disruptive Technology in the pest control industry. Disruptive technology is defined as an innovation that creates a new market by applying ...

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