Category Archives: In my opinion

After more than a quarter century I’ve seen a lot of what goes right and what turns out so wrong in pest control. Myths, distorted facts and truths people just don’t adhere to are rampant by word of mouth alone. Add the world wide web to the mix and in becomes very hard to know what to believe. Here I give you my opinion on a variety of subjects but beware, my view may be not what you expect.

Great & Not So Great Freebies In Pest Control

Something about running a pest control route that happens to everybody, not just me. People give you stuff! Now it doesn’t happen everyday and it’s not always a big ticket item, but there is definitely some sort of karma thing … Continue reading

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Winning the Anecdotal Fight Is Just A Myth

anecdotal |ˌanikˈdōtl| adjective (of an account) not necessarily true or reliable, because based on personal accounts rather than facts or research: while there was much anecdotal evidence there was little hard fact | these claims were purely anecdotal. Not to … Continue reading

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How To Read An Anti Pesticide Article If You Absolutely Must

I have stated for years that there are 3 things that have contributed greatly to the great advancement of mankind. #1- Advances in the medical field, #2, Plumbing and #3, Pest Control. Yes that’s right! I said ‘pest control.” Now … Continue reading

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What If I Could Start My Pest Business Over Again? I’d Be Just Like You

I often think what it might be like if I could nix what I have and just begin again. I have many ideas of how a perfect business should be and in all honesty, mine is far from it. Now … Continue reading

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3 Moral Dilemmas For The Termite Control Operator – What Would You Do?

There are moral and ethical challenges in just about anything you can think of. Some are as simple as black and white, right and wrong and there is no gray area at all. It’s pretty easy to decide what actions … Continue reading

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You Might Be A Pest Control Redneck Part Deux

There are a few definitions for a Redneck; World English Dictionary redneck  (ˈrɛdˌnɛk)  — n 1.(in the southwestern US) a poor uneducated White farm worker 2.a person or institution that is extremely reactionary — adj 3.reactionary and bigoted: redneck laws … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Are You An Expert In Pest Control? I hope Not

Not to long ago I was contacted by a law firm asking if I’d be interested in being an “expert” in a case involving termite damage. (amazing how my little site reaches out) I don’t mind saying–I couldn’t say NO … Continue reading

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Does A 400 Million Year Old Springtail Disprove God?

I was recently asked a question after telling a client that roaches were some 350 million years old & that the springtail is thought to be the oldest dating back some 407 million years. The reply I got came with … Continue reading

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