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photo 17 e1397793977523 225x300 Long Live The Florida Pesticide Applicator

Pesticides came about after the first world war. Some brainy petrochemical money maker said, ‘Hey, that mustard gas worked great on people, maybe we could dilute it down and spray it on our crops to deal with pests.’
Woody Harrelson

Ignorance is not bliss…it’s simply ignorance

Have you ever gone into an account and someone looks at you in all seriousness and said, “Hey, aren’t you afraid of getting cancer?” I sure have, and over the years my responses have varied. I’ve tried to use humor –you know, the ol Dursban twitch line. I’ve tried to be scientific, I’ve ignored them, and once I even responded “yes I’m deathly afraid”- That person looked at me and their jaw dropped to the ground. I finished my comment by adding “it would help if you didn’t blow your cigarette smoke in my face.” Eh, that didn’t go over real well.

But in all these occasions I cannot remember ever really convincing anyone. So realizing this, I rarely take anyone to task. However, one consistent fact I always share that only changes as I spend more time in the industry is this. “I’ve been doing this 5 years & I’m perfectly healthy.”… I’ve been at this 10 years… 20 & now I can proudly I can say 30 plus & I am healthy as a horse. Alas, even with this my words so often fall on deaf ears.

But I’ve decide from now on I’m going to state this scientific fact & if you are a pesticide applicator in Florida, you might want to consider using it as well.

“It is a proven scientific fact–pesticide applicators were consistently and significantly healthier than the general population of Florida.”

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Are single operator companies worth PCT’s & PMP’s & the Guru’s time. (an open letter)

One bug a boo of mine is that none of the ‘how to grow’ books, magazine articles or guru’s at speaking conferences really ever reach out to help the small company–the single operator. Now they say they do and their ad’s claim great strategies for small business growth and I believe 100% that they deliver […]

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Did You Choose Pest Control or did Pest Control Choose You?

There’s something about a person who’s “career” is in pest control. Specifically a tech. I’m often asked how I became a bug guy or hear stories of others and not one has ever been ‘born’ into it or knew from an early age that this is what he or she had such a passion for. […]

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The Transfer Effect That Has Nothing To Do With Termidor

Do you remember when Termidor first came out? What an awesome product — but back then I hardly ran into anyone who knew exactly how it worked, what it did to the bug. Sure it killed em but in what way? When we asked, the answer we got more often than not was “The Transfer […]

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Old Termite Techs Never Die-They Just Get Replaced By A Pipe Dream

I had no idea about the Florida heat when I moved here back in 1990. Relentless and oppressing isn’t even the strongest way I could describe it. To add to my misery, my new company that was so happy to have me relocate 1500 miles, was too cheap to even give me a truck with […]

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The Trail That Was Blazed By A Good Ol Country Boy

I used to dream of the day when I’d have a full route. All my problems would be solved if I could just fill up that daily sheet with names and addresses. So I worked and scratched and clawed trying to achieve this goal. Along the way my journey was fraught with problems. Some I […]

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Astonishing Termite Evidence & Odd Places I’ve Found It

Part of the reason I love my job is that there is that even after 30 years, there’s always something new to see. I’ve seen homes where every square inch was infested with roaches, come face to face with angry bees in a refrigerator, wandering opossums in crawl spaces and even a rat in a […]

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Termite Teachable Moment- How Termites Sneak Into Your Home

Termites are blind and shun light. Just just how do they find their way into our home if they can’t see? Well despite this apparent handicap, termites are very adept at finding food. They use “clues” that they find in their totally dark world and will search out those areas until— eureka– pay dirt. Well, […]

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Unspoken Problems With Your Tubes In The Wall

Tubes in the wall pest control systems seem like the perfect answer to many drawbacks of traditional pest control service. On paper- it seems like a ‘win win’ for both consumer and provider alike. No one needs to be home, pesticides are kept “in the walls” where theoretically and in reality many insects gain access […]

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Another Termite Teachable Moment ‘Where To Drill In The Tile’

Hey there termite techs! Ever get to a termite job, unpack and plug in your big drill only then to see that you’ll be drilling through a tiled floor? To make matters worse the sales weasel, eh,emm, I mean sales professional…. didn’t even tell them that you’d have to treat that area by using a […]

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Termite Teachable Moment Video Series-Termites Under The Slab

Home is a place where you should feel comfortable, impregnable and secure. It’s sometimes the one place where the homeowner can look to as an old friend who’s solid, safe and a respite they can always rely on. For the most part I think most of us feel this way. Having said that, even the […]

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Why I Joined CPCO

I have a few hard and fast rules in my life that I rarely veer away from. I think of them as life lessons that easily adapt and are applicable to many many situations. So I cite them often. My family however, has heard them so many times over the years that they’ll even do […]

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How Bout This For A Website?

I think we’ve all been burned to some degree or another by a business. The wait staff at a restaurant ignores your table for a 1/2 hour then the food is cold and horrible. A mechanic fixes a noise in your engine for a pretty hefty price only to have that unsettling sound start up […]

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Is Our Industry Doing A Terrible Job At Promoting Our Professionalism?

Do you ever get to the end of your rope and just say out loud “enough is enough?” When you’ve been pushed on and tugged at and trodden over to the point that you just can’t stay silent anymore. I guess we as an industry haven’t reached that point because we’ve been blown about with […]

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Everybody Has A Special Deal With Jerry

I guess I’m not a very good business man. I mean if you compare me & the stereotypical tycoon type that is described in all the guru books, I fit NONE of the definitions. I might shave twice in one week, I’m always dirty from crawling around the belly of a home, I never do […]

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